Report From Cameron County School Board Meeting
county school board clarifies changes for meetings in 2015. No longer
will agendas be posted on its website for workshop meetings….voting
meeting notes will be published on the website. Visitors had been given
the opportunity to address the board at both the beginning and end of
the meeting, but now public comments will be limited to the start of the
meeting. Board president Paul Abraitis explained the changes were made
by the board solicitor.
county school board dipped into its reserve fund to pay the bills last
year as an audit shows the district used 450 thousand dollars to pay the
bills. One of the reasons….. Less taxes collected and increased
expenses including 150 thousand for for a new gym floor. Auditors
predict the district again will dip into that reserve fund using about
300 thousand dollars to pay bills.
county school district preparing for negotiations with faculty and
support staff. Board president Paul Abraitis will sit on both
negotiating teams…joining Abraitis on the team which will work on a deal
with teachers is sandy shields and Dave Mcmanigal….negotiating with
support staff will be Kris Umble, abraitis and Jan Hampton.
school board member wants cell phones banned from Cameron county school
district. Sandy shields requested that the cell phone policy be
reviewed. Shields gave three reasons for the ban…including a new app
that allows text messages to be untraceable, the current sexting
investigation involving a substitute teacher and students at the school
and calls cell phones a distraction from education. Superintendent
Chris Holjencin says she will gather cell phone policies from other
districts for the board to review. Meanwhile administrators admit that
several teachers have imposed their own ban on cell phones in their
to look at reducing staff at Cameron county high school receives no
support. The high school has a ratio of one teacher to 10 students.
Last night board member sandy shields asked for a meeting to review
class sizes and setting a minimum number of students in order to offer
the class….but no other board members nor administrators made a
comment. This is the third time shields has asked for the meeting and
received the same response.