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Ussery elected to state TAFE office
Sunday Feb 7, 18 students traveled to the Texas Association of Future Educators State Conference in San Marcos, Texas.
Monday, Deisy Aranda and Austin Stapp led two 45 minute sessions, titled “Successful teachers inspire successful students”, to about 100 students from across Texas. Abby Ussery and Crystal Hamilton led the ice breakers. All of the Eldorado TAFE members participated.Eldorado ran for a state office. Abby gave a speech to 1200 students asking for their vote. Tanja Hibbs started the skit, written by past president Brent Martinez, that was performed by Abby, Crystal, Austin Stapp, Timothy Cuevas, Rudy Montez, Marcus Perez, Jessica Pasillas, Lori Escobar, Janet Hernandez, Shelby Daniels, Brooke Guerrero, Robin Hibbs and Deisy Aranda. Veronica Fuentes handled the music, and Hunter Alvizo video taped the skit. Ashleigh Wright and Hervy Solis assisted off stage.
Nursing home gets fire protection waiver
The Schleicher County Nursing Home will have until January 1, 2013 to correct concerns with fire protection on cross-beams supporting the facility's suspended ceiling. That news came Friday when a waiver was granted and regulators accepted a plan of correction filed by administrator Sarah Crone.
The facility, which received a "zero-deficiency" state survey last fall, was visited by a federal surveyor soon thereafter. The federal surveyor cited the facility for inadequate fire protection, noting that the latice-work cross braces that connect the building's main beams, weren't sufficiently protected against fire.The main beams that hold up the building's roof are coated with asbestos, a fire retardant commonly used when the home was constructed in the late 1960s. The building's steel frame and masonry construction also provides fire protection, a fact that nursing home's engineer, Mark Fratto, made known to regulators as the facility sought the waiver.