The Schleicher County ISD board of trustees met Monday, April 8, 2019, and voted to accept the resignations of teachers Lana Jones, who is retiring after 37 years on the job, 34 of which were in Eldorado, and Teresa Baker Shirley, who is retiring after 39 years at SCISD. Both teachers will serve until the end of the Spring semester.

In other business, the trustees heard from campus principals and program directors about benchmark testing and extracurricular activities happening on the three campuses.

SCISD athletic director Michael Johnson presented several EHS athletes who competed, and continue to compete in tennis, track and powerlifting. He also advised the board that both the Eagles baseball team and the Lady Eagles softball team have qualified for the playoffs with games till remaining to be played in the district schedule.

He further noted that EHS tracksters would compete at the Area Track Meet at Irion County High School on Wednesday, April 10th.

“It’s been an unbelievable spring for the kids and they are still going a hundred miles an hour,” Johnson said.

SCISD Superintendent Robert Gibson explained that overall enrollment was 519, unchanged from a month ago but up from 509 on the first day of school last fall. Gibson also advised that a staff appreciation breakfast is planned for Friday, May 31st.

For his part, EHS Principal Perry Graves advised that numbers of EHS students are competing in a wide array of academic, arts and skills competitions. He noted that the EHS one-act play “Taming of the Shrew,” has advanced to the Regional Contest at Odessa High School on Tuesday, April 16th.

Graves went on to explain that EHS students had won the District UIL Academic Meet and would compete at the Regional UIL Meet on Thursday and Friday, April 11th and 12th, at Odessa College.

Graves explained that Ericka Sanchez had won State with her project and presentation at the FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) conference in Dallas on April 5-6.

Eldorado Middle School Principal Ezra Walling and Eldorado Elementary Principal Michael Rudewick each updated the trustees on various testing and spring activities on their campuses that are keeping their students busy. Rudewick explained that the elementary students will be holding their annual Shannon Harber Relays on May 16 and said that 4th grade art students will design t-shirts for the event.

Finance Director Ray Ballew explained that the school is seeing a better return on its investments since depositing money in a brokerage account with Financial Northeastern Company (FNC). He noted that the school has a total fund balance of $3,330,815.00 with $2.1 million of that being designated for capital improvements.

Before adjourning, the trustees approved the minutes of the board’s March 18th meeting, agreed to waive tuition and approve a student transfer from Sonora, and set May 13th as the date to swear in new board members and elect board officers.

The trustees also authorized the transfer of a little more than $1.7 million into the school’s FNC brokerage account.

A closed-door executive session followed with the board returning to open session and voting to approve accept the resignations of Lana Jones and Teresa Baker Shirley.

They also voted to hire Bud Arendt as an Industrial Arts instructor.

Board President Kriss Griffin presided over Monday’s meeting with trustees Lupe Sanchez, Holly Griffin, Glyn Hutto and Michael Mertz in attendance. Trustees Kurtis Homer and Melissa Rodriguez were absent.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County ISD board of trustees is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 13th in the SCISD board room.