QISD board elects officers, buys field equipment

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Dr. Jeremy Smith was re-elected for another term as Quitman ISD board president at last Monday night’s meeting with Doug Cameron elected vice-president and Royce Patterson board secretary.

QISD Superintendent Rhonda Turner is confident about the future and the leadership of the current school board.

“QISD continues to forge forward with a strong vision of Educating Every Child...Every Chance...Every day. It is exciting to see continued facility improvements on every campus, and to see the growth our students are making,” Turner noted. “Our improving test scores, diverse and successful CTE programs, UIL performances, and Fine Arts programs are all testaments to the impact that a stable and supportive board has on the overall academic success of students.

“I am very proud of our school board and the diverse backgrounds that they represent. Their passion for our children is evident, and their guidance is the force behind the success.”

In another matter, the board approved the $14,500 purchase of field equipment from Grand Saline ISD (with a retail value of $31,735). The equipment will be used by Quitman personnel in the care of all the outdoor athletic facilities.

“Grand Saline is going to all turf over at their facilities and they won’t need any of their field equipment anymore. Some of it, like the field mower is only a year old so we were able to get what we need at an excellent price,” Turner said.

The equipment will be useful, not only at Bud Moody Field and the football practice facilities but also at the new softball facility and the high school baseball field at Dawson Athletic Complex. Included in the list of equipment is a field mower valued at $25,000 retail which has only been used this year along with field and hand rollers, a 75-foot hose, batter’s box template, mound clay, seven field rakes, mat drag, spike drag, grass sweeper, chalker, tamps, field conditioner and several other smaller items.

In other action the board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Tyler Junior College (TJC) and QISD concerning the dual credit program. TJC will pick up half of the tuition for economically disadvantaged students while QISD pays the remainder. QISD currently picks up half of the tuition for all students in the dual credit program for the first 15 hours of classes.

A bid of $29,900 for repainting needed at Quitman Elementary School was awarded to Campbell Paint and Wallcovering of Tyler. The work includes all labor and materials for the project.

Winn Tile Company of Tyler was awarded the bid to replace the carpet at Quitman Junior High and High School for $69,859.40.

The trustees also approved the Student Code of Conduct and separate handbooks for each campus including elementary, junior high school and high school.

Donations approved by the board included $300 from Faith Baptist Church ($100 to each campus) and two checks totaling $2,850 from the Quitman Athletic Booster Club.

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