Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


November 14, 2012

JISD receives donation from Lon Morris


A gift of clothing and theater props donated from Lon Morris College to the Jacksonville High School theater department was assigned a value of $6,560 by members of the local school board, who met Monday evening.

LMC's theater department “has always had a very close working relationship with ours, and have shared a lot of things with us over the years,” Dr. Joe Wardell, JISD superintendent, said Tuesday.

But whenever a donation to a program in the district exceeds $1,000, “it has to be approved by the board, because it's something that our auditors look at … we're required by law to have an asset listing,” he explained. “The theater arts personnel go through (the items) and come up with an estimate of value.”

Among the items donated by LMC's theater arts program to the high school are clothing, specialty handmade custom costumes, wigs, miscellaneous props, shoes, remnant material and stage combat weapons, according to the list prepared by the school.

In a separate item involving the college, following a closed session meeting, the board gave Wardell permission to look at a catalogue of LMC items listed for auction by AmeriBid. The auctions will take place between mid-December and mid-January, as part of a recovery plan for the former junior college to make restitution to former employees for unpaid wages,

In other action, the JISD board on Monday approved the 2011-2012 district financial audit prepared by Carthage agency Robinson and Payne.

“Everything looked great on it,” Wardell said. “The information is prepared by our business department, and so our audits always are very good.”

Auditors take into account an array of things from a financial and business standpoint, such as whether the district is properly following purchasing laws and meeting government standards, the superintendent said. “We're required each year to bring in an outside auditor, and they're always very complimentary of the work our people do,” he said.  

During the board meeting, Wardell presented members with an update on construction projects that are part of a $49.8 million bond election held in November 2010.

“Everything is going great with that,” he said, explaining that projects have been and are being completed on schedule, likely because of a lack of weather-related delays thanks to last year's drought.

“We're using Joe Wright, East Side and all portions of Fred Douglass (Elementaries), and the high school has had use of the new cafeteria for about three or four weeks now,” he said.

Progress is underway on eight science labs at the high school campus, and conversion of the old cafeteria into a new band hall for the high school is coming along to plan, with hopes to be in them by Christmas, Wardell said.

Pogue Construction of McKinney is contractor of the projects at the four campuses.

“All our faculty and staff and students have been great about not letting (work) interrupt” the programs, the superintendent said. “We've moved classes and lunch periods around, especially at the high school, but I've really not seen or heard of any disruptions because of it.”

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