By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
February 19, 2015
Several groups of Point Isabel ISD students were recognized at Tuesday’s regular board meeting for their accomplishments in UIL competition. It was a packed house as parents filled the boardroom for the occasion, which included groups from Port Isabel Junior High, Derry Elementary School and Garriga Elementary School.
One by one, students were called to be honored for success in their individual events and were greeted by the board members and applause from the community. The individual student successes led to a District-wide sweep with the junior high taking first place overall in District 32-4A and the elementary schools securing first and second place at their level. For the first year, Derry and Garriga Elementary competed as complete schools with kindergarteners through fifth grade students and were each able to send three students per event culminating in success across the board for both schools. Derry took home first in district and Garriga took second.
In other action on the agenda, the Board approved the enrollment of a new student in the Brownsville Regional Day School Program for the Deaf not to exceed the amount of $2,500, approved the 2015-2016 budget calendar, and made provisions to facilitate the May 9 General Election.
The Board discussed construction payments and progress on the addition at Port Isabel High School in the amount of $54,346.75. The majority of the project has been completed but has been recently delayed due to the wait on the arrival of furniture for the Learning Center. The furniture is taking slightly longer than expected because of customization to the shape of the room and technology that will be used. After clarification of the reason for delay, board member Olga Vega-Carter said, “We wanted to do it right the first time, and if it does take a little longer, it’s best for us to do it correctly. ” The project is expected to be completed by the end of the school year in May.
Last on the agenda for discussion and action was the approval of a payment in the amount of $115,042.98 for the District-Wide Investment Grade Audit to Schneider Electric of Dallas. Payment for the project, which is being done to improve energy efficiency throughout the District, was approved.
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