MISD board members learn of
Student EMTs and pharmacy techs have
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK – During a public hearing October 24, Mabank school
trustees heard that Mabank Independent School District
received a superior rating from the Financial Integrity
Rating System of Texas.
“We have always received a superior rating but in the future
it will be harder,” said school superintendent Russell
“Currently we are required to earn $15 in interest for our
average daily attendance count for the year. I expect this
to change for the next year because of the economy,”
assistant superintendent of finances Scott Adams said.
Adams told the board that about 90 percent of the school
districts receive a superior rating.
School paramedic Jim McKee praised Mabank High School
students Preston Burcham and Toby Grimes for obtaining
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) credentials
through the TEEN Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
program during the board meeting that followed the public
Burcham and Grimes are EMT-Basic students which is part of
the school’s health science department.
Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison
School board trustees Todd Grimes (left) and president
Kenneth Odom (right) stand with Mabank student Toby Grimes
(second left), Jim McKee (center) and Mabank student Preston
Burcham after receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) credentials through the TEEN Community Emergency
Response Team. Grimes and Burcham are the first teens in the
tri-county area to receive the credentials.
“Both attended the training in Midlothian and are the
first in the tri-county area to receive their TEEN CERT
credentials. Their training was extensive and included
strategies for lifting and moving victims, search and rescue
procedures, disaster first aid, fire suppression, leadership
responsibilities and a full disaster drill,” said McKee.
McKee also informed the board that the pharmacy tech
students will have a new opportunity.
“The pharmacy tech program has taken a step up. CVS has a
new team to handle educational students. Our students will
receive 24 hours of hands-on experience at CVS,” explained
“This opens up networking and career opportunities and will
pay off in dividends for our pharmacy tech students.”
Trustees voted to join unincorporated association concerning
the Texas school finance system and potential litigation to
protect the taxpayers and school children of Texas.
“All districts took a financial hit this past session,” said
Marshall and that 250 plus districts have joined the
In other business, Trustees:
• approved consent items, Sept. 26, 2011 minutes, September
disbursements and property tax resale,
• approved application for Ginger Murchison Grant for Child
• approved annual investment policy and evaluation
• approved amendment to Mabank ISD Policy DEC (LOCAL)
academic Achievement: Grading/Progress Reports to Parents –
First Reading for special education students and amendment
to DEC (LOCAL) Compensation and Benefits: Leaves and
Absences – First Reading, whereby staff with extended
absences would, at the most, be charged 50 percent of their
daily pay for substitutes,
• Marshall referred trustees to the school’s website
calendar for important dates,
• accepted all employment and resignations as presented by
Public law library to get new Texas
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Nothing lasts forever, not even law research books
and Judge David Lewis, County Court at Law No.2, who is in
charge of the law library, said the research books currently
in the library are woefully obsolete.
Oct. 24, Kaufman County commissioners approved the purchase
of Vernon’s Texas Statutes and Texas Jurisprudence 3rd for
the law library, at a cost of $6,716 for both sets.
“This will not require any tax dollars as it will be paid
with money that flows into the library from fees,” Lewis
The law library is open to attorneys and to residents
needing to look up laws and statutes.
“The books are very handy for the public,” he said.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a resolution recognizing Christopher Lee Callahan
upon earning the Eagle Scout designation
• approved ongoing investigation into the purchase of
software and ticket writers for Precinct 2 Constable patrol
cars, along with a credit card scanner.
Equipment costs are to come from the Precinct 2 Justice of
the Peace technology fund.
The equipment will also be used to expedite the issuing of
“It sounds like a time saving situation. This could be like
a test for the rest of the (constable) precincts,” Precinct
1 Commissioner Jerry Rowden said.
• heard a followup discussion on refurbishing the upstairs
portion of the annex, containing about 5,000 square feet of
“Rumors are that it is not real sturdy but we will get an
engineer to look at it,” County Judge Bruce Wood said.
“We will not move the walls but honor the historical makeup
of the area,” he said.
• heard an update from technology director George York and
improvements being considered for a central information
The equipment necessary to network and store materials from
all county offices will cost approximately $4,245,187, he
However, York asked permission to negotiate with Southern
Software, who has the technology available.
“We will be pursuing grants, and the funds will not come out
of this year’s budget, but be spread over four to five
years,” he explained.
• accepted the treasurer’s report as presented by Johnny
Countryman including September’s financial, the quarterly
report ending Sept. 30 and the quarterly investment report.
• accepted the tax assessor/collector’s report for
September, as presented by Richard Murphy.
With 97 percent of the current taxes collected, Murphy
reported $29,125,412 collected for the general fund and
$2,824,215 for road and bridge.
• approved the purchase of a motor grader for Precinct 2
through the Buy Board Purchasing Cooperative at a cost of
$190,000 with a $50,000 grant as part of the lease purchase
The new grader will replace a 1995 machine.
• approved seeking bids to install communications equipment
on a tower located at the sheriff’s office.
• approved the donation of county surplus property/furniture
to the county Senior Citizens Services as per the local
• tabled for the second time, a request to accept Bedrick
Lane as a county road.
The half mile long rock road becomes impassable during
inclement weather, Rowden explained. He wants the county to
accept and maintain the road to insure passage by emergency
vehicles and school buses. The road would fall in Rowden’s
However, the other commissioners were concerned the action
might set a precedent.
Wood suggested the item be added to the lengthy “work shop
agenda,” to be scheduled.
• accepted a resolution needed in order to apply for a
$50,000 Indigent Defense Grant Program formula grant.
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have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
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and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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