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Posts published in “Day: October 11, 2018

Crosby ISD declares fiscal emergency

Carla Mills Windfont warns not to forget our principles before the Oct. 8 meeting is declared in order.

CROSBY – The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution declaring Crosby Independent School District as being in a state of Financial Exigency at Monday’s Special Called Meeting at the Operations Center.

Texas Education Code defines Financial Exigency as a school district where financial resources are insufficient to support the district’s instructional programs or the school district is unable to finance the full compensation of staff for the current or succeeding fiscal year.

Approving the resolution allows the district to proceed with a reduction in personnel that would be necessary to correct budget issues. Included in the resolution were several employment areas that would be impacted by the reduction in force.

JoeAnne Crawford, a former Trustee, defeated in an election when Gerald Blankenship presided, during the Hearing of Citizens was very critical of the board’s decisions.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis stated, “Tonight’s board meeting officially marks the beginning of the reduction in force process with the board’s approval of the resolution declaring Financial Exigency and listing of the employment areas to be impacted. Some of you may have heard rumblings that some employees have already been notified of their future with Crosby ISD. Last week we met with 18 employees who would be easily identifiable per tonight’s resolution, as they constitute an employment area with only one or two employees. Because this agenda needed to be posted last Friday to be in compliance with requirements set forth by the Texas Open Meetings Act, we wanted to notify those employees that would be easily identifiable of their employment status with Crosby ISD. It is a difficult process, but it is our earnest desire to give every employee the respect and dignity they deserve. For this reason, I met with these employees ahead of the board meeting. As these conversations begin, many have asked about the process for the reduction in force. There are several legal scenarios that we have applied to finalize staff reduction decisions:

1. Eliminating an entire employment area was possible without having to apply the criteria set in place by Board Policy DFFA (local). In these cases, professional employment areas were affected when duties assigned to those areas could be shifted to remaining personnel Contact: Viviana Killion, Director of Community Relations Phone: 281-328-9200 Email: Crosby Independent School District 706 Runneburg Road, Crosby, TX 77532 and would have the least disruptive impact to classroom instruction and district operations. Additionally, the majority of these employment areas consist of no more than one or two employees. These employees will be allowed to remain with the district until December 20th to minimize mid-semester disruptions, whenever possible, but have already been notified of their recommended status with the district.

Miss Highlands Pageant this Saturday

MISS HIGHLANDS PAGEANT will be OCT. 13 – Above, last year’s winners were Kennah Holloway (Jr. Miss Highlands) and Victoria Gonzalez (Miss Highlands).

The Highlands Horizons invite you to the 61st annual Miss Highlands Pageant & the 26th annual Jr. Miss Highlands Pageant this Saturday, October 13th 2018 at Highlands Junior High auditorium. The Jr. Miss Highlands Pageant begins at 2:00pm and The Miss Highlands Pageant begins at 7:00pm.

This year’s theme is “Bringin’ Back the 80’s”. Both pageants will include an opening number, contestant introductions, casualwear modeling, talent competition, dress modeling and interview question. The MC for the Pageants will be Assistant Chief David Alford from the Baytown Police Department.

Awards presented will include Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality, High ticket sales, Talent, 2nd runner up, 1st runner up and the crowning of the 2017 Miss Highlands & Jr. Miss Highlands. Each year, the Horizons present the Jennie Robbins Community Service Award to the Miss Highlands contestant who has proven to be community minded and dedicated her time to serving & helping others. Last year, Victoria Gonzalez was chosen to receive this special honor.

Crosby crowns 2018 Homecoming King and Queen

Crosby High School announced Senior Dayton Berezoski as King and Senior Maggie Hearn as Queen of the Homecoming King and Queen contest. The halftime announcement was made at the annual Highway 90 Showdown football game between the Crosby High School Cougars and the Dayton Broncos. Crosby won 56 to 41. (Photo by Allan Jamail)


By Allan Jamail

Crosby, TX. – Friday, October 5, 2018 there was a rumble in “The Jungle” as the Crosby Cougars and Dayton Broncos displayed a thrilling offensive performance with 14 touchdowns to the near capacity crowd for bragging rights as it’s been billed as, “The Highway 90 Showdown.”

As you enter the new two year old Cougar stadium their welcoming message reads, “Welcome to the Jungle.

The Broncos came out ready to rumble scoring first, using just three plays in two offensive drives to lead 13 – 0 early in the first quarter.

At the end of the first quarter Dayton led 13 to 7. But then Crosby gained their composure, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter to lead at halftime 35 – 20.

In the third and fourth quarter the rumble continued with both teams scoring three touchdowns each. A 97 point high scoring game ended with the Cougars remaining undefeated having 15 more points than the Broncos 56 – 41.

The rivalry matchup began in 1923 between the two Highway 90 rivals. Last year Crosby won at Dayton, again a high scoring game of 96 points, Crosby won 69 to 27.

Crosby’s Coach Jeff Riordan who in 2012 came from Sulphur Springs High School as offensive coordinator and now serves as both head coach and athletic director of the Cougars said, “We are 6 – 0 and not near where we can be,” Riordan said. “We have lots to fix and improve on. We are a really good football team that will only get better.”

Jamboree sees “Happy Days”

Goose Creek Memorial High School Band was judged Best School Spirit in the Jamboree Parade.

HIGHLANDS – Unlike last year, when Hurricane Harvey put a stop to the Jamboree, this year was sunny, warm and just right for the theme “Happy Days Are Here Again!”

The 62nd annual Highlands celebration was enjoyed by hundreds that lined Main Street, and then gathered at the Elementary School for a day of games, food, exhibits, music, and entertainment.

Under the direction of Jessica Woods and Virginia Woods, and with the help of many volunteers, the event ran smoothly and everyone had a Happy Day.

The Jamboree was originally a celebration of Highlands Bank’s founding in 1955 in the community. It’s successor, Woodforest Bank, was the major sponsor of the Jamboree this year. Proceeds from the event go to the Chamber of Commerce, for scholarships and community projects.

The committee made awards in the following categories:

Czech Fest big success

For 41 Years, Live Polka Music, crafts, kids games, food and family fun has been the attraction to Czech Fest. This year the fun began at 11:30 and continued into the evening.

The Live Auction is one of the prime fundraisers for the Sacred Heart Church. The wonderful barbecue sold out. Quilts sold for about $4,000 each with the first bringing $5,000. Over 3,000 people attended this year’s family fun. A tremendous success.