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Kaufman school districts thank Commissioners

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Proclaim Oct. 4-Oct. 10 4-H week

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KAUFMAN COUNTY–Kaufman County Commissioners met Sept. 22 and heard routine correspondence which included a video submitted from Kaufman County school district superintendents expressing their gratitude for the County’s redistribution of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. 
“The Kaufman County Commissioners Court voted to share more than $2 million of coronavirus relief funds with all of our county schools,” said Crandall ISD Superintendent Dr. Wendy Eldredge. “Sharing resources, that’s something that’s unheard of in normal politics but it’s business as usual in Kaufman County,” stated Kaufman ISD Superintendent Dr. Lori Blaylock. Superintendents said that their budgets have been stretched buying supplies students needed during the pandemic. “We can now afford to purchase more safety supplies,” Superintendents said. The district’s said that they are now able to purchase more Chromebooks, hotspots and more of the supplies it takes to make sure students are healthy and receiving the best education possible. Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry was present during commissioners court and addressed commissioners, “We have talked over and over again, about how this couldn’t have come at a better time for each and every one of our districts. Our boards are very appreciative, our teachers are very appreciative of what we are able to do with $2 million. That’s an incredible gesture,” he said.
State Representative Keith Bell was also in attendance to recognize the commissioners for their work in the budget which limited the property tax rate within the county. “You guys have done the people’s business. I’m proud of you and I’m proud to represent you,” Bell said. Judge Hal Richards stated that the average house in Kaufman County went from $180,000 to $200,000. “That’s a pretty significant percentage increase. The county taxes on that house went up $9 a year,” Richards said. 
Bell stated that he also sits on the Public Education Committee and that commissioners had a choice to provide that $2 million of CARES act funds to the school districts. “There are only two counties in the State of Texas that have done what you have done to your public education partners,” Bell said. 
Commissioners also heard from Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent Carrie Sharp about county 4-H activities for the fall and introduced 4-H Youth Council President Anna Hiser. “We are so excited to kick off National 4-H week and we are looking to reach out to new students and pull in more to get involved with us,” Hiser stated. To kick off National 4-H week, commissioners approved a proclamation that Hiser read proclaiming Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 as National 4-H week. 
In other business, commissioners:
• Approved a court order to identify employees required to complete Cybersecurity Training for the fiscal year (FY) 2020-21. 
• Approved a payment to Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS) to bring part-time employees current. 
• Denied the final plat for Camilla Estates located in Precinct 4 until the development can obtain fire suppression. 
• Approved a resolution for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Hazardous Pay and Reimbursement Grant through the Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office, Criminal Justice Division and approved temporary grant-funded Hazard Pay Allowance Personnel Policy. 
• Approved receipt, transfer and disposal of county owned assets, approved an award of contract for RFP 20-21 Electrical Contractor, HVAC Contractor, Plumbing Contract and General Construction Contractor, approved an award of contract for RFP 20-24 annual contract for County Road right-of-way clearing/excavation and approved permission to solicit responses for RFQ 20-28 2019 Kaufman County Bond Program Engineering Services, Helms Trail (from Interstate Highway 20 to US 80). 
• Approved an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement ETJ Authority Land Use Regulations between the City of Mabank and Kaufman County. 
• Approved an order exempting procurement of professional services for attorney services from requirements of the County Purchasing Act, Opioid Litigation and approved entering into a Supplemental Attorney’s Retainer Agreement for Opioid Litigation with Ferrer Poirot and Wansbrough, Fears Nachawati, Aaron L. Wiley, Roger L. Mandel and McNamee Hosea. 
• Approved a project agreement with the City of Scurry pursuant to existing interlocal agreement. 
• Approved claims for payment in the amount of $5,131,090.97. 

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