The Anna ISD school board meeting on May 21 had a little bit of everything: swearing in of newly elected members, election of board officers, a number of presentations and awards and down-to-board-business items.
The three re-elected board members ran unopposed, which resulted in the cancellation of the May 11 election. Those three members —Duane Hayes, Shelli Conway and Brent Hendricks — were sworn in by executive secretary Sherri Groves. Election of board officers followed the swearing in with all three previous board officers elected for another term – Ty Chapman, president, Duane Hayes vice president and Shelli Conway, secretary.
Assistant Superintendent Thomas O’Neal presented the Anna ISD Campus Teachers and Para-Professionals of the Year awards. Lyndsay Ellison was the Teacher of the Year from Bryant Elementary, Tiffany Moore from Rattan Elementary, Ashley Besco from Anna Middle School and Karen Bump from Anna High School. Anita Bickenbach was the Para-Professional of the Year from Bryant Elementary, Lottie Marsch from Rattan Elementary, Tamatha Parker from the middle school and Charlotte Gladden from the high school.
"We cannot function on a daily basis without them," said O’Neal.
The district’s Teacher and Para-Professional of the Year will be announced at the end of the school year luncheon.
The board was treated to an Anna High School Gifted and Talented program video presentation by Marianda Wysocki. The program’s topic this year was "What is Art?" and the video featured a number of student projects. Next year’s program topic will be Entertainment.
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) and Credit Recovery Program Principal Debbie Dumas in her presentation pointed out that the program had 73 students this year from Anna, Celina, Melissa and Van Alstyne.
"We had 26 students graduate, compared to seven last year," said Dumas. Superintendent Larry Johnson thanked Dumas "for everything she put in the program." Effective July 1, Dumas has been named the first principal of the new Early Childhood Center.
Johnson updated the board on the Collin County Appraisal District 2013 Certified Estimate of Taxable Value for the district. Property values had a seven percent increase, going from $516.1 million in 2012 to $552.2 million in 2013.
"Prosper was the only district with a higher increase than Anna," Johnson pointed out. "We are pleased with the values."
In his comments on the budget for the 2013-14 school year Johnson said that while the preliminary budget discussed at last month’s school board meeting "was $300,000 in the red, the seven percent value increase will be an offsetting factor." And he added "one of these days the governor will sign off the school funding bill." Johnson told the board that "next month we will come to you with a more precise budget."
The board approved a Bank Depository Contract for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years with Independent Bank.