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GISD Board discusses scholarship estate

By Martha Mericle

Members of the Groveton School Board of Trustees meet in regular session beginning at 7 p.m. President Dean Due called the meeting to order. Members present were President Dean Due, Vice President Benny McClain, Secretary WH Holcombe and members Benny Abshier, Mark Folds, Randy Hughes and Anthony Lowery. Faculty present was Superintendent Don Hamilton, Assistant Superintendent Todd Moore and High School Principal Bryan Finch. Board Member Anthony Lowery led the group in prayer.

A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Benny Abshier to accept the minutes of the June 15, 2015 meeting. Voted and Carried.

A motion was made by Randy Hughes and seconded by Anthony Lowery to approve bills, payroll and budgeted expenditures. VP McClain abstained. Voted and Carried.

The Board entered closed session concerning a student discipline appeal and personally identifiable information of a student. The Executive decision was 'No Action Taken'.

The Board discussed the Bradley-Miles Memorial Scholarship Estate. It was decided as outlined to publish the sale in the Groveton News and the Houston County Courier. Sealed bids of two tracks of land (no mineral rights) near US 287 in Houston County and the home within the city limits of Crockett will be published in the fall. These decisions are guided by the terms of the will.

A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Randy Hughes to approve TASB Local Policy Update 102. Voted and Carried.

A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Benny Abshier to approve the Quarterly Investment Report. Voted and Carried.

A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Randy Hughes to hold the pubic hearing of the 2015-2016 budget and the proposed tax rate for August 17th and to set the tax rate on August 22. Voted and Carried

A motion by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Randy Hughes to approve the proposed non-professional and teacher salary schedule pending adequate funding. (The projected budged and proposed tax rate will be a deciding factor.) Voted and Carried.

In accordance to the Texas Open Meeting Act, the board went into closed session to discussion of professional teaching personnel and other personnel matters. Upon returning, the following business was settled.

A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Benny Abshier to accept the resignation of Coach Jeff Jones and Marina Doss. Voted and Carried.

A motion was made by Mark Folds and seconded by Randy Hughes to hire Tabitha Donley as Assistant Band Director and John Bickham III as Science teacher/Coach. Voted and Carried.

There being no further business a motion to adjourn was made by Benny Abshier and seconded by Mark Folds to adjourn. Voted and Carried.