Monday’s meeting of the Lindsay Independent School District Board of Trustees included appearances by North Central Texas College (NCTC) officials, who spoke about college programs available to high school students.
Dr. Emily Klement, Debbie Huffman and Debbie Endres of NCTC reviewed current programs including dual credit; lifelong learning and technical. Klement noted that with recent legislative changes, the path to college from high school will be somewhat different and those changes will begin to take effect in January 2014. Collaboration with other universities is in place for nursing and technology programs where students can attend NCTC and then transfer to a four-year college to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Briefs from the meeting also explained that in other areas, the college is piloting a collegiate academy for incoming high school students who earn college credit hours beginning with their freshman year, providing them with an opportunity to obtain an associate’s degree simultaneously with their high school diploma. NCTC is also looking into piloting an honors program in the coming year. Due to the high demand in workforce education, NCTC has also expanded education opportunities in welding, computer technology and precision machining. Klement concluded it was NCTC’s desire to provide as much opportunity as possible for area high school students, noting that 53 percent of Lindsay ISD’s graduates begin college at NCTC.
Other meeting highlights:
• Athletic Director Charles Boles reported about upcoming events. He said Lindsay will host its cross country meet Saturday and will also be hosting the district cross country meet on Oct. 21. Volleyball has begun district play. The “Kraut Bowl” football game (versus Muenster) will be Friday. Boles noted there will not be a junior varsity game due to lack of enough players from Muenster. Junior high football began last week, and an organizational meeting of all spring UIL events was held last week; Lindsay ISD is expected to host the junior high district track meet.
• Elementary Principal Amber Fuhrmann reported that Lindsay ISD will be hosting the district elementary UIL academic meet at NCTC in December; she is also attending training workshops to ensure that she is in compliance with all required ESL (English as a Second Language) regulations.
• Secondary Principal Robert Haynes updated the board on the activity calendar, enrollment and the benefits of the new security camera system. Haynes also commented he has begun to notice an improvement in the attitudes students are showing and feels great strides are being made in the area of discipline and respect.
• Superintendent Nora Curry announced the district and campus improvement plans will be presented at the October board meeting. Also, the district’s FIRST rating (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) public hearing will be at the October meeting. School districts are required to distribute the FIRST report to parents and taxpayers and hold a public hearing.
• The board approved giving final purchasing authority from TASB energy services to the Superintendent and Director of Finance & Support Services.
• The board approved a resolution recognizing Cooke County 4-H as an approved extracurricular activity. Adjunct faculty status was also approved for the Cooke County Extension agents.
• A presentation to the board by Haynes illustrated how the administrative team accesses and monitors different parts of the district through the use of a security camera system installed during summer 2013.
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