SIVELLS BEND — The Sivells Bend Indpendent School District board of trustees accepted the retirement of superintendent Phil Newton, according to the Dec. 10 unofficial minutes.

Board members thanked Newton for his 10 years of service to the district and praised his work with the district and the students.

Newton’s retirement will be effective at the end of February 2015. The board asked Newton to head the search for a new superintendent who they expect to assume the position on March 2, 2015. The board also agreed to terms with Newton to work for several months, beginning in April 2015, as a consultant to the district.

In this consultant position, Newton would work part-time with the incoming superintendent to ensure a smooth transition and help the incoming person become familiar with the workings of the position.

Newton would continue to work with the staff to ensure the state mandated “Improvement Required” is achieved.

Ted Neeb from the accounting firm of Freemon, Shapard, and Story presented the district’s audit for the year ending August 31, 2014. Neeb reported that the district was in good financial shape and had added more than $28,000 to fund balance for the year, while paying $530,824 to the state for recapture.

In addition to $76,500 which is set aside for future construction, the district has two and one-half months operating expenses in reserve. This is in line with what most districts expect to have in their fund balances. Board members thanked Neeb and his staff for their work and approved the audit unanimously.

In other business, Newton reported that the 22 new computers approved during the November meeting had arrived and will be configured for student use during the Christmas break.

The district entered into a three-year agreement with NORTEX Communications to provide internet access to the district since the T1 lines to the district had been lost due to relocation of Region 11 ESC in Fort Worth.

Other items included district finances, delinquent tax collection by Jim Robertson, enrollment, and cost for adult meals to the district.

Board president Chad Martin announced that all board members had met or exceeded the state required training hours for 2014 – 2015.

The next meeting of the Sivells Bend ISD will be Jan. 13, which will include the presentation of the 2013 – 2014 Texas Academic Progress Report.