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EAST CENTRAL -- Thanks in large part to a Texas Cool Schools Grant, students and staff at East Central’s Heritage Middle School will enjoy the comforts of new air conditioning and heating systems when the 2012-13 academic year begins.

The East Central Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees met June 21 for its regular monthly meeting and moved quickly through the agenda. Announcement of the grant was big news for the trustees, and they unanimously approved a resolution allowing Superintendent Gary Patterson and his staff to move forward with replacing aging equipment at the middle school.

Jim Selby, assistant superintendent for business/operations, delivered the good news to the board, advising them that an application for grant funds was submitted in September 2011. After originally being turned down for the funds, his office was notified recently the district would, in fact, receive a grant. The district was awarded $997,670, and the systems at Heritage were identified as those most in need of replacement. The district will utilize The Interlocal Purchasing System, better known as TIPS/TAPS, to replace the aging systems, and the work is to be completed before the start of the new school year, Selby said.

A public hearing also was held regarding the Optional Flexible School Day Program. Dr. Patti Birney explained how “invaluable” the program was to the success and graduation rate at East Central High School. The program provides flexible hours and days of attendance for students who are considered “at-risk” of not graduating. There were more than 300 students in the program last year, and many of these students were able to walk the stage and receive their diplomas earlier this month. The trustees later approved the application to continue the program.

In other business, Patterson:

•Provided Board Policy Update 94 for review

•Provided a maintenance update

•Informed trustees that all grant information is available for public viewing.

Trustees approved:

•An interlocal agreement between the district’s police department and the Texas Department of Transportation

•Revisions to the 2012-13 Student Code of Conduct

•Region XX contracts of just more than $400,000.
 

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