Calvert ISD Principal resigns

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Less than a month before school starts, Calvert all-level principal Lynn Ponder resigned his post of six years to take a principal’s job with Dime Box ISD. The Calvert Board and Superintendent Maxie Morgan praised Ponder for his dedication to CISD and its students and wished him well. Ponder thanked the Board and Morgan for their consistent support.

In other business, the Board decided not to appoint a new member to its six-member panel. A vacancy occurred when former Board president Sandra Greaves resigned, but, after a 30 minute closed session, the Board opted not to appoint a replacement.

In other business, Morgan reported that 93% of its current tax levy, totaling $1,225,242, had been collected with a total of $1,286,339.45 (including back taxes, penalties and interest) collected this year.

The Board approved its Code of Conduct and Student Handbook. Ponder explained that two documents had been reorganized to fit the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) model, making both better organized and more readable.

Curriculum and technology director Dan Arnold reviewed the District Improvement Plan and Needs Assessment. He said that the plan remained largely the same but that a couple of elements had been added. The State is now requiring a self-evaluation and more parent/community involvement. He said that the staff and administration had given Calvert ISD an “acceptable” self-evaluation rating, but, he said, they would like to earn a much higher one in the future.

To improve community involvement, the District plans to offer more evening events to which community and parents are invited.

Morgan informed the Board that the CISD budget had to be set by September 1, and a hearing had to precede final passage. The Board agreed to hold the hearing during its next meeting on August 19. It set August 11 at 7 p.m. for the Board facility walk-through.

Next, the panel approved a bid for $685 to purchase a CISD bus that had not run for years and decided to stay with the same auditing firm that had prepared its audits in years’ past. It also named Dr. Dana Stanton and Board President James Green as its delegate and alternate to the TASB convention.

In his principal’s report, Ponder said that summer school attendance totaled between 25 and 30 students each day. The students who attended had retaken their End-of-Course tests but the results were not in yet.

Morgan reported that summer facility improvements were progressing. Workers had tackled the boys’ restroom in the main building. Urinals were being re-plumbed to stop leaks and the bathroom is being painted. New chairs to fit young students had been purchased for the elementary school. A hot water booster had been installed in the cafeteria to get the water temperature up to the federal standard and a new water heater was going into the field house so athletes could take hot showers. Lights were being replaced in the stadium ahead of football season.

The Board hired a new art teacher and hopes to have a new principal on board by next week.
Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

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