Board honors Purdy; views choir trip presentation

BY GAIL M. WILLIAMS
Muleshoe News Correspondent

Muleshoe Independent School District Board of Trustees honored Cindy Purdy for being elected president to the Texas State Board of Regional Service Centers at the regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 23.
Choir Director Christy Barber showed a PowerPoint presentation of the planned Spring Choir Trip to South Texas where they will sing in a concert at Hamshire-Fannett ISD.
When Hurricane Harvey struck, Texas Choir Directors immediately sent out the call to help choirs devastated by the storm. “I posted a request to find someone in a small school district like us,” Barber said.
Kathryn Owens, a 2009 Muleshoe High School graduate, responded. Owens, who was mascot in 2008 when the football team won state, is the choir director for Hamshire-Fannett ISD south of Beaumont. About 42 students are in the high school choirs, and around 25 students are in each middle school choir.
The MISD choir trip will take place from March 9 through March 12. The itinerary includes trips to ComedySportz Theatre, Houston Zoo, Riverdance and Galveston Island. The choirs will perform at St. Joseph’s German Catholic Church, built in 1859,
The minutes of the previous meeting on Sept. 18 were approved.
Randy Field reported a clean audit. The board offered appreciation to Lisa Whalin, Lynda Washington, Debra Jennings and Dana Rasco for keeping Muleshoe ISD’s finances in good shape.
The board approved resurfacing on the track, as many parts of the surface are suffering from wear and tear. Sam Whalin reported on the track conditions and gathered quotes. The Board of Trustees had visited buildings and viewed the track at an October 13 meeting to determine the surface deficiencies.
The board approved a budget amendment for track resurfacing.
The Information-Investment Report showed that MISD’s investments are beginning to receive higher interest rates. Lisa Whalin and Superintendent Dr. R.L. Richards must attend required trainings annually for investment skills.
Heathington presented the District Improvement Plan. Part of this improvement plan is to purchase new Chrome Books for each freshman. These will be distributed in January.
“Muleshoe Board and administration are attempting to provide new technology that will assist our students in their future,” Richards said. “At this point the Chrome Books will stay with the student, and upon graduation they will keep their Chrome Books. Students will be involved in meetings about these Chrome Books. Teachers have already geared up to prepare more instruction on the Chrome Books.”
The Head Start application was approved.
Update 109 was reviewed. The board plans to review this lengthy school board policy update at several meetings before approval.
Richards presented the Formative Evaluation of Superintendent, a self-evaluation, to the board.

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