Steel rises on new Kemp High
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Despite the slow down caused by heavy August rains, construction
crews are hard trying to make up for lost time.
“Construction has picked up considerably with enough (concrete) slab
poured to keep the steel crews ahead,” Blair Williams of Baird Williams
Construction told Kemp trustees Tuesday.
Roofing crews will be showing up after Thanksgiving, and masonry workers
“The last slab will be poured sometime around the first week of
December,” he said.
Included in the list of units still to be framed are the auditorium,
library and agricultural building.
“We need to get the steel up, so we can get the other crews in,” he
“We’re 30 days behind, but we hope to be back on schedule by Jan. 15,”
In other business, trustees:
• approved a certified payment of $870,841 for work completed on the new
• approved an out-of-state band trip to Hermit Basin Lodge, Westcliffe
Co., from Wednesday through Sunday, March 18-22, during spring break.
• heard a request from maintenance director Dewey Haley to consider the
purchase or lease of a backhoe for the district.
All trustees agreed the machine was needed and asked him to seek out the
The huge machine could be used for cleaning the brush from the creek
behind the bus barn and high school, prepare an area for a small
100-yard practice field and other planned projects.
• reviewed the maintenance calendar.
• made application to modify the schedule for Texas Assessment of
Knowledge and Skills testing day attendance.
The district is asking that high school students who are not required to
take the TAKS test delay their arrival to classes.
The previous waiver for the 10-day FLEX schedule was denied.
The FLEX application was to provide tutoring for students at risk of
failing some portion of the TAKS test.
• approved a property tax resale request.
• heard the portable buildings will be gone by Saturday, Nov. 29.
Superintendent Dr. Peter Running also reported the property adjacent to
the new high school is being cleaned up, and all old cars removed.
• discussed the color scheme at the high school.
The trustees were trying to imagine the effect of as much orange as
possible without going overboard.
“The big thing is you don’t want to build a giant pumpkin,” Running
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ coming
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Rehearsals for the Monday, Nov. 24 performance of “Fiddler on the
Roof,” are heating up, as the Mabank Intermediate fifth grade music
department prepares to present its first ever Broadway, Junior musical.
“Fiddler on the Roof” is based on the beloved original Broadway
production of the same name, which has enjoyed much acclaim since its
The cast and crew includes nearly 50 fifth-grade students from Mabank
ISD, who have dedicated themselves to putting on the show of their
Full cast singing, large scale choreography and from the gut acting are
on the menu for this heartfelt portrayal of the lives of the 1905
citizens of Anatevka, Russia.
A matinee is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, followed by an
evening performance at 7 p.m.
Both performances will be held at the Mabank High School auditorium and
admission is free to the public.
Gun Barrel City employees
complete supervisory training
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY– City Manager Gerry Boren is a strong advocate for
training in the workplace, from the entry level to the administrative
Four city employees completed the “Management Skills for First Time
Supervisors” training in October.
The employees are Christy Evans, communications supervisor for Gun
Barrel City Police Department; Jacqui Callaway, code enforcement
supervisor; Don Akins, street department supervisor; and David Morrow,
laborer for the street department.
The performance of a person in their position as a supervisor is
critical to their professional future.
In order to become an effective leader, a supervisor must be
knowledgeable in the skills they will need to operate effectively in
their role and fulfill their positions.
Christy Evans, a city employee for 4½ years, states “To be a good
leader, you must learn to delegate work; praise employees when they do a
good job; boost employees’ morale by getting them involved; and have
regular staff meetings once a month for team input and to discuss ways
to improve productivity.
“I also learned that in order to manage my employees I need to be able
to manage myself,” Evans said.
Supervisors need to possess the skills in team-building and dealing
effectively with their employees.
“The training I attended will enable me to communicate in a more
effective manner with my co-workers,” three-year supervisor Don Atkins
This training provided building blocks for supervisory excellence.
“The training educated me on skills regarding handling conflicts more
effectively; proper time management in the workplace; and building a
more effective working relationship with my co-workers,” three-year
employee David Morrow said.
Effective leaders have a clear vision of their objectives and how to get
Continuous training for employees, in house and other training
organizations, promotes better service to the citizens of Gun Barrel.
“I am a great believer in training. Training adds quality to all
personne,” five-year employer officer Jacqui Callaway summed up.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at