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Legion Junior Boys
Team will host a car
wash at Chicken
Express on Ennis
Avenue on Saturday,
July 21. The event is set
to raise the funds need-
ed for an upcoming trip
to Stephenville, July
23, to participate in the
Join Sterling House
Ennis at 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 for “A
Spoonful of Sugar,” a 45-
minute laughter therapy
event with comedian
Mary McNinch. Funny
refreshments will be
served and prizes will be
awarded for audience
participation. If laugh-
ter is the best medicine,
Sterling House wants to
fill the prescription.
Admission and refresh-
ments are free. To make
reservations or for more
Marian Monday at 972-
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Qualls presented prelimi-
nary budget assumptions
for the 2012-2013 school year
at the board meeting
Tuesday night, with the dis-
trict projected to run at a
$2.4 million deficit.
Qualls laid out budgetary
goals for the next school
year, including an increase
in personnel costs totaling
$503,900, an air condition-
ing expenditure of $344,000
to replace the district’s old-
est climate control systems,
and the purchase of a new
bus and maintenance truck.
She also blamed the loss
of certain federal funds and
the $5.4 billion statewide
cuts to education for the
She noted several meas-
ures the district undertook
to save funds, including
closing the tax office to save
roughly $100,000, saving
$425,000 in electricity costs,
and saving $100,000 on sub-
stitute teacher costs.
Board trustee Bramlet
Beard pressed Qualls and
of Finance Lisa Fincher for
“One thing I asked for
was a four-year budget,”
Beard said. “Given that
these are all occurring at a
$2.4 million deficit, what do
we do next year to balance
Lisa Fincher responded
“If you want to balance
the budget, you’re going to
have to cut staff,” she said.
See BUDGET, page 8
Ennis Daily News photo/Phil Banker
Exotic animals showcased
Allison Blankenship from Zooniversity holds a rare Madagascar tenrec
Tuesday afternoon at the Ennis Public Library. Thursday’s program at the
library features children’s author Michael H. Steele. For more information
about the library’s Summer Reading Program, call 972-875-5360.
1 indicted in break-in assault
An Ennis man has been indicted for break-
ing into a woman’s home with the intent to
commit a felony assault.
Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said David Eric
Skroh was arrested Jan. 17 for a charge of
burglary of a habitation intend other felony.
The victim stated Skroh entered her apart-
ment in the 2300 block of Yorkstown Drive
without her consent and entered her room
while she was asleep.
“She said she didn’t know how the subject
got into her apartment, and he got on top of
her and started kissing her on the neck,”
Hopson said the victim told Skroh “no”
and reached for a phone, but couldn’t get to it
with him on top of her. The manager for the
apartment complex knocked on the apart-
ment door at that point, and Skroh leapt up
and ran for the door, Hopson said.
The victim deadbolted the door behind the
suspect, according to police reports, and
called both her aunt and the Ennis Police
Department. Skroh allegedly kicked the
apartment door trying to gain entry after he
had been locked out, Hopson said. By the
time an officer arrived on the scene, Skroh
had already left, but he was located in the 300
block of W Ennis Avenue by Sgt. Randy
Owens and arrested. He bonded out of Wayne
McCollum Detention Center the next day on
$10,000 bond, and was indicted by an Ellis
County grand jury on the charge July 12.
Audiences have spoken and the
Ennis Public Theatre’s annual
awards ceremony is set Thursday.
Among the award categories are
recognitions for best actor and
actress honors for plays and musi-
cals, supporting actor and actress
nods, awards for best performance
and best production and others.
The annual awards represent the
highest honor that can be bestowed
on those who volunteer their time
and resources to take part in the the-
ater’s season each year. Director Bill
Rhoten said the awards have been a
tradition for the past five years, and
represent a way the theater and its
patrons give back to the actors.
See ENNIES, page 8
looked back on 15 years of
service at Ennis ISD with
fondness on Tuesday, less
than 24 hours after learn-
ing the Jasper ISD School
Board chose him as the
“lone finalist” to become
its new superintendent.
“We’re going to miss
Ennis,” Skuza said. “I’m
so thankful that the com-
munity of Ennis has
allowed me the privilege
of serving their children.”
Skuza, who previously
worked for the Somerville,
Cuero and Victoria school
districts, said he and his
wife, Bowie Elementary
Principal Kay Skuza, are
familiar with the Jasper
“Kay’s parents were
born and raised in the
Jasper area,” he said.
“We know a lot about the area and are
very fond of it.”
Skuza said after coming from a 2A school
district, Ennis ISD taught him how best to
move students forward academically.
“Ennis ISD has been a wonderful place to
work,” he said.
“They’re very progressive.”
He said it is “unclear” who will replace
both he and his wife at their respective
positions in the district, though Kay Skuza
said she is staying at least long enough to
begin the school year at Bowie.
“I wish I could tell you how that’s going
to play out,” the principal said. “We would
like to go as a family to Jasper, but right
now it’s a hard transition time.”
Kay said she hopes to join her husband
in Jasper in the near future, but said she’s
still planning for the upcoming year at
“As far as I know, my role is the same,”
“But again, family is most important.”
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