The Schleicher County ISD board of trustees met in regular session on Monday, October 12th and heard about efforts on all three campuses to educate the district’s students while complying with COVID-19 protocols.

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In other business, the trustees heard from the SCISD Superintendent Robert Gibson, Sr. and the three campus principals including Perry Graves (high school), Ezra Walling (middle school), and Michael Rudewick (elementary).

It was noted that students at all three campuses have been busy with their studies, as well as extra-curricular activities. High school juniors are preparing for their PSAT tests and a virtual Fields of Faith event is slated in Eagle Gym.

Representatives of Howard College will be on hand Monday, October 19th to help complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

SCISD trustee Melissa Rodriguez will be leading EHS seniors through CPR training and EHS students are busy participating in sports, FFA, band and FCCLA, which Perry Graves said were going strong. He added that members of the senior class are preparing for life after high school.

On the middle school campus, students and teachers have been taking part in virtual online training, according to Principal Ezra Walling. The training is helping prepare students and staff for distance learning, if schools have to close again because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elementary Principal Michael Rudewick advised the board that his students are taking virtual field trips due to the fact that many of the places the students would otherwise visit in person are closed due to COVID-19. He reminded the trustees that there have been no students test positive for the virus. “We plan for the worst and hope for the best,” Rudewick said.

Superintendent Gibson told the trustees that he will be asking the Schleicher County Commissioners to release money from the Gaines County School Land Fund that they oversee on behalf of the school district. The money will be used to purchase two news buses, if the county makes it available. Gibson added that the topic will on the commissioners Oct. 19th agenda.

It was noted in the meeting that the school’s overall enrollment was 514 on Friday, October 2nd. The board also reviewed and approved the district’s financial reports as presented by Fiance Director Ray Ballew.

A resolution was approved in support of including the 4-H program as an extracurricular activity at SCISD. Schleicher County Agent Mark Zoeller was also approved as an adjunct faculty member. It was noted that Zoeller’s appointment allows students to participate in 4-H activities and trips while still counting toward the school’s ADA or average daily attendance numbers.

Before adjourning, the board retreated behind closed doors to discuss school security matters. When they returned to open session, the trustees voted unanimously to provide written authorization for particular employees to act on behalf of students, faculty and staff in the event a security threat arises.

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

The next meeting of the SCISD board of trustees is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020, in the SCISD board room.