The North Zulch ISD school board welcomed new members Becky Wilson and Steve Diserens to the board at the monthly meeting for December on Thursday after the two were elected to their positions in November.
Tammy Gilbert and Board President Brian Baker, who ran and won unopposed in Nov., were also sworn in once again.
“I am excited at the prospect of four more years in this position,” said Baker. “All of our new members seem ready to go.”
During the meeting, the board heard a presentation from Way Construction as they consider possible updates to their facilities. While no updates are official, the board was impressed with the company’s thoroughness and their history on past projects. The board listed lighting and system controls as possible upgrades they could make to save them money in the long run.
The board also further discussed the possibility of becoming a district of innovation and will submit the necessary paperwork to take the next step in that process. They also designated Superintendent Alan Andrus the authority to appoint a district of innovation committee.
Now that the paperwork is submitted, NZISD will now await approval.
Some of the advantages mentioned when originally considering the plan were the hiring of new teachers as well as the school’s start time. Innovation status can enable districts to hire industry experts for specific positions where it may be difficult to find a qualified educator. They would also have the ability to start their school year earlier. This year, the academic year began on Aug. 27.
In other business, the board:
Approved board minutes for the Nov. 13, 2018 regular meeting and Nov. 16, 2018 special meeting
Approved financial audit for 2017-18 school year
Approved adoption of updated and revised shared services agreement effective the 2019-20 school year
Approved 2018-19 textbook committee