Jacksonville ISD

A set of safety and security procedures for the soon-to-be reopened Tomato Bowl was adopted by Jacksonville ISD trustees Monday,“to create a safer, more pleasant atmosphere for all,” according to a district employee.

Calah Moake – administrative assistant to Dr. Chad Kelly, JISD superintendent – said JISD Police Chief Bill Avera presented the recommended procedures to the board during their regular monthly meeting, describing the various items that will be banned from the historic stadium during events held there.

“We plan on publishing (the list) on our district website and social media, if possible, in time for our first event,” a May 24 Jacksonville High School graduation, she said. “Mainly, we talked about the bag policy: No backpacks, no bags, no fanny packs, duffles or large totes.”

Also on the list of prohibited items are alcohol, tobacco, pets, balloon, outside beverages and artificial noisemakers.

However, seat cushions and folding chairs are still allowed, but not inside the bags they are contained in, she said.

Clear bags also will be allowed inside the Tomato Bowl.

During their meeting at the Jacksonville Middle School Little Theater, trustees also approved a number of teacher contracts for the upcoming school year, as well as a consent agenda that contained minutes from a March 25 regular board meeting and investment, finance and amended budget reports.

They also approved of new dates of summer board meetings: They are scheduled for May 13, June 24, July 29 and August 26.

Also during the meeting, representatives from Claycomb Associates and Jackson Construction gave an update on the bond construction project at the Tomato Bowl. Moake said they are “going through punch-list items right now,” and but turn-over time, when JISD is given full possession of the site, is getting closer.

Architectural firm Claycomb Associates and Jackson Construction are overseeing work on the stadium, a project that is part of a $21 million bond package that also includes the enlargement and renovation of Jacksonville High School's CTE building.

In other action, school officials also addressed a School Health Advisory Committee and an ADA Summary Report, and Jeff Horton will present information about board credit, while Kelly recognized the JISD Employee and the Teacher of the Year.

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