JISD award

From left, Jamie Maddox (JISD health service coordinator), Jeff Phillips (JISD physical education teacher at Fred Douglass Elementary) and Susan Elizondo of the American Heart Association. Not pictured is Jeni Chilton, JISD nurse.

By April Barbe


More portable buildings will be coming to each Jacksonville Elementary School campus soon, after the JISD Board voted to approve the purchase of four buildings for $54,497.05 each during the regular Board meeting, Monday.

The realization of needed space to relieve the current overcrowded elementary classrooms came as a sign of relief for some administrators in attendance.

“Hallelujah,” said West Side Elementary School Principal Craig Weaver.

The 24-by-64-feet buildings will be purchased. Only the cost to build ramps, install intercom/fire pull and awnings will be contracted labor. Other utilities, including electric, water and sewer will be installed by school personnel.

Board members also approved the procurement method for a warehouse expansion with sealed bids. The 50-foot expansion will allow space to house a new freezer (which was approved with a bid of $60,494 to Kirby Restaurant Supply) and according to Danny Morrow, JISD budget manager, the expansion will “give us some room to grow.”

Some concerns about the estimated cost of the expansion, $80,100, were expressed by Board member Dale Jamerson.

However, Morrow and other school officials assured Jamerson the cost is only an estimate, and the Board need only approve to accept bids at this time.

A warehouse delivery truck bid of $27,384.52 from Bill McCrae Ford was also approved.

Other items approved included the consent agenda, budget amendment No.07-04 and policy update 79 for TASB.

Board members also voted to change the date of the January Board meeting from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22.

During the acknowledgements portion of the meeting, a representative from the American Heart Association presented JISD health coordinator, physical education teacher and school nurse with a community service award.

“I finally stumbled upon a school that I felt was worthy (of this award),” Susan Elizondo, of the American Heart Association, said.

Jacksonville Middle School teachers Amber Partain and Brenda Brown were recognized as 21st Century Teachers for December, and Emily Muniz (a second grade student from East Side Elementary) was recognized for her winning Christmas card design.

A public hearing to discuss Academic Excellence Indicator System results was held before the regular meeting. JISD Testing Director reviewed the results with Board members.

The AEIS results will be available at the Jacksonville Public Library today. They are also available at the JISD Web site and the Texas Education Agency Web site.

Peggy Chitwood, retiring food service director for JISD; JMS teacher Davis Barker and Demetris Boyd spoke during the public comments portion.

Both Barker and Boyd expressed concerns about the affects of a possible class restructuring would have on the JMS campus.

JISD Board President Larry Folden said discussions of a restructure were only an attempt to alleviate overcrowding at the elementary campuses.