The Clifton Record (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 30, Ed. 1 Friday, July 28, 2006 Page: 2 of 44
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The Clifton Record
Friday, July 28,2006
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; nancial management and re-
This is the fourth year of
; Schools FIRST, a financial ac-
* countability system for Texas
! school districts developed by the
; Texas Education Agency in re-
* sponse to Senate Bill 875 of the
- 76th Texas Legislature in 1999.
I The primary goal of Schools
FIRST is to achieve quality per-
formance in the management of
school districts’ with the Texas’
school finance system.
- j District are rated on 21 indi-
! cators, and the goal is to get a
“yes" on all 21. Clifton ISD re-
* ceived 20 “yeses” and one “no,”
. the same score as the three pre
* vious years.
Superintendent Greg Stone
reported that the one “no” the
district always receives is re-
lated to budget funds.
I “The state feels we should
* only have three months’ operat
* ing funds in the bank,” Stone
I said. “But the figure they take is
l a snapshot that varies from
* month to month.”
Stone said that as of last
‘ Thursday's meeting, the district
had about six months’ operating
T reserves in the bank. However,
* with a payroll of about $490,000
monthly and vendor payments
1 averaging $150,000 to $160,000
each month, and with little funds
coming in, by September that
* figure will likely be below three
1 months' worth.'
A public hearing related to the
rating will be held later this year
1 by the district.
During discussions concern
ing final versions of the district’s
various handbooks, officials de-
bated eliminating student ex-
emptions from final
examinations. New Clifton High
School Principal Sharon
Bergman said she favors elimi-
nating exemptions, but under-
stands why they were put into
“We’re really one of the few
districts remaining that still of-
fer them,” Bergman added.
Several board members, in-
cluding Secretary Larry Mus-
selman and Trustee Greg Gloff,
said they are aware of students
who had exemptions throughout
high school, then when they
went to college, had no real
knowledge of how to take a com-
prehensive final examination.
Some officials said they be-
lieve the exemptions serve as an
incentive for some students to
attend school when they might
otherwise be absent.
The district decided to look at
ways to gradually remove the
exemptions rather than elimi-
nating them “cold turkey,” as on
trustee put it.
Other discussion included ad-
ditional courses that will soon be
required by the state which will
eliminate most seniors from
only attending a half-day of
Changes in some policies re-
lated to dances and parties, the
elimination of students carrying
any type of pocket knives, bell
schedule changes at the high
school due to an additional
lunch period, fees for National
Honor Society members, and
visitors to the campuses.
Drug Testing To Expand
Due to the success of the sec-
ond year of random drug testing
for students in extracurricular
activities, Superintendent Stone
was given permission to expand
testing dates and numbers.
“We asked for and received
policies from 10 different school
districts, and they are all vastly
different,” Stone told the board.
He recommended, instead of
changing the policy itself, add-
ing more testing dates and test-
ing more students on those
dates. The board agreed with
Vice-President Kenneth Low-
rance and Trustee Vicki Gloff re-
ported on their recent
attendance of the Texas Asso-
ciation of School Boards’ Sum-
mer Governance Seminar. The
pair detailed some of the ses-
sions they attended which fo-
cused on school finance, school
board operations, advanced
placement programs in small
school districts, Internet issues,
the open meeting act, credit
card policies, wage and hour
laws, asset management, and
Assistant Superintendent Ted
West said that a bid from Aars
and Nelson Insurance for prop-
erty and casualty insurance cov-
erage will likely be accepted by
the district, being favorable over
a proposal submitted by the
Texas Association of School
Business Manager Kitsy
Spitzer detailed a recent IRS au-
dit of the district and its findings,
saying that while a few issues to
be corrected were noted, the au-
ditor was “very complimentary
of the district and its records,"
Spitzer said the minor problems
found by the audit have already
Unless plans change, the
board will meet off-site Monday,
Aug. 21, for a budget workshop
session, with the monthly meet-
ing set for Tuesday, Aug. 22, in
the board room on the middle
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that brought dust clouds and
scattered and varying rain
amounts in central Bosque
County last Thursday knocked
down trees, temporarily block-
ing County Road 3240, north-
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“The storm knocked down
about 20 very big trees, com-
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Commissioner Jerry Smith said.
Pet. 4 Commission Jimmy
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reporting the downed trees,
and immediately notified Com-
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responded to the scene.
“We cut up trees and pushed
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Health Services pertaining to
its vital records database.
Applications to permit pipe-
lines to cross CR 2850 and CR
1175 were approved.
Certificates of completion for
continuing education for Emer-
gency Management Coordina-
tor George (Dewey) Ratliff
were received and filed.
Discussion and action on a
permit to bury cable within
County Road 3566 and
across or along CR 3375
No action was taken on an
agenda item for bids for plumb-
ing repairs at the county jail.
The court approved payment
of claims, salaries, and wages
against county and precinct
funds, and okayed several line
Next month’s meetings of the
court will include Mondays,
Aug. 7, 14, and 28, starting at 9
a.m. in the first-floor meeting
room at the Bosque County
Collection in Meridian.
Bosque County’s November 2006
General Election Officials
T. Don Howard
Royce R Heath
Jo Ann St. Clair
Albert L. Hunter
Carl A. Smith, Jr.
Steele Creek Acres
Tana Jo Gabriel
Early Voting Board
Mary Ellen Boren
Early Voting Ballot Board Clerk - W.C. (Bud) Sparks
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turned in no later than Wednes-
day, Aug. 2, to qualify.
“We still have several petitions
out, and we’re asking that those
who have them, whether full or
partially full, turn them in as soon
as possible so we can get a more
accurate count,” Hudson said.
Petitions currently are available
at Timeless Treasures and Tea
Room, Fehler’s The Lumber-
“If you’re thought about sign-
ing but haven't, please consider
doing so,” Hudson said.
She said she’s been told more
than once that people would like to
sign but that they don’t want their
names on public record for all to see.
“I checked with the clerk’s of-
fice, and as far as they know,
there’s never been a request for
copies of such signatures,” Hud-
son said Tuesday.
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