In a further attempt to cut their budget and control costs, Crosby ISD announced last week that the hours for Pre-K classes would be reduced in January to one-half day.
Crosby ISD is currently facing a deficit in their budget of several million dollars, and have cut staff and put off other expenditures to try to make up the difference.
Currently the district offers a full day of Pre-K as an option. The new plan is to offer two half-day options. The morning session will run from 8:20 to 11:20 AM, and the afternoon session from 12:15 to 3:45 PM. The change will affect about 230 students in the Pre-K program.
According to CISD administrator Viviana Killion, the state of Texas reimburses the district $660,000 for the program, or $2800 per student. However, the cost of 12 teachers alone is $780,000, causing a deficit of $120,000 if the current arrangement were to continue. Given the financial condition of the district, it was deemed impossible to continue the full-day program.
The announcement of the change came on the district’s Facebook page, which many parents thought was not an appropriate manner. Parents also were unhappy with having to make arrangements to care for their children the other half-day when they are not in class at Pre-K.
CROSBY – This Veteran’s weekend is the Centennial of the signing of the Armistice that ended the War to End All Wars and the Eastside Veteran’s Celebration (EVC) is keeping their Veteran’s Day celebrating active by hosting a parade, ceremony, dinner and bake off on Saturday, Nov. 10.
In the interim as they made plans, they raised funds for two Crosby High School activities that needed support. Eastside Veteran’s Celebration donated $500 to the Crosby Band trying to raise funds to go to a special band event in Chicago and $500 to the Crosby High School JROTC. Eastside Veteran’s Celebration curtailed their annual cook-off and will do without the Red, White and U ceremony done by Crosby High School.
Starting anew annually, EVC is intent on building for the future with Liberty and Justice two Piggy Banks seeking donations to build a permanent veteran’s memorial.
Those that would like to help are asked to attend the $10 dinner on Nov. 10 and purchase raffle tickets from members of EVC or at ACE Hardware for a military engraved M1911 Springfield .45 Caliber A.P.C., a $2,000 vacation voucher or a $500 gift card. Tickets are $10 or 3 for $25. Another raffle is for a quilt is $1 per ticket or $5 for 7.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman with Crosby Community Center Director Michelle Thompson. He sponsored a Fall Fish Fry Luncheon last Friday, with a magician, live entertainment and special recognition of local first responders including Crosby VFD and Precinct 3 Constable Deputies.The Commissioner said of the packed house, “I am glad everyone could join us.”
District Governor Carmen Cuneo presents Highlands Rotary President Denise Smith with a Certificate recognizing the club for 100% participation in Rotary Foundation’s Giving for the End of Polio Now Fund. The club also presented a check for $300 toward the Rotary 2019 Conference for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
CROSBY – A school board meeting last Monday filled many in on how the next incoming audit will address the financial conditions and the State of Texas Comptroller had issued a preview of the financial conditions.
Following the Board of Trustee Meeting on Oct. 15 the Crosby ISD School District issued a statement: “At last night’s Regular Board meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the recommendation to terminate the contracts of 33 district employees on a Chapter 21 or non-Chapter 21 contract. Last week at a Special Called Meeting on October 8th, the District declared a state of Financial Exigency making it possible to conduct a mid-year reduction in force. These employees will continue employment with Crosby ISD through December 20th.”
“We are working through this process with a heaviness in our hearts,” said Scott Davis, Superintendent of Schools. “It is our desire to help those affected by the reduction in force find new employment and provide assistance, wherever possible, to facilitate the transition.”
It is believed that some 46 other contracted employees have been laid off to hit about $5.5 Million in employee reduction.
Initially, the administration believed that the 2017-2018 audit would be presented to the Board of Trustees in open session at Monday’s board meeting. But the audit firm requested additional time to complete the audit and present it at a future special-called board meeting. (more…)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Crosby Independent School District 706 Runneburg Road, Crosby, TX 77532 www.crosbyisd.org 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. (more…)
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.
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:
HIGHLANDS – Constable Eagleton met with the Highlands Rotary club, last week, to present information about his department and public safety concerns in the Highlands area.
Eagleton brought with him seven members of his command staff, to answer questions in their particular area. Included were chief deputy Kirk Bonsal, and Lt. Warden of the Environmental division.
Eagleton is enlarging his department’s capabilities, with federal funds secured after Hurricane Harvey in the amount of $3.5 million dollars. For high water rescues, he has added 10 Hummers, several boats, an airboat, and three deuce high water trucks. He said that during Harvey, his department made 5000 rescues.
He has also added quite a few deputies to his staff. When he took over in 2016, there were 122 officers and there are now 170.
David Mendez, Pam Jamail Johnson and Debbie Fannin show the new 2018 Chevy Malibu a lucky golfer could win in the 20th Annual Jared Jamail Golf Classic on Oct. 13 at Stonebridge at Newport. According to Johnson, “We are only a few days away and we are still in need of teams, sponsors and donations.”
The Jared Jamail Scholarship fund still gave their annual four scholarships to Crosby students even after the devastating floods last year. This year registration starts at 7:00 a.m. Tee time is at 8 and lunch and awards are at 1:00 p.m. Contact Pam at 832-592-3974 or write to sign up email@example.com.
The 62nd Annual Highlands Jamboree will come to life next Saturday, October 6th.
Townsfolk are looking forward to this annual celebration, after last year’s near “wash-out” from Hurricane Harvey.
Parade chairpersons Jessica Woods and Virginia Woods announced the theme as “Happy Days are Here Again.” The Jamboree is put on as a fundraiser for the Highlands Lynchburg Chamber, and sponsored this year by Woodforest National Bank.
Events will start early Saturday morning with a 5K Fun Run/Walk, starting at the Highlands Community Center. Registration starts at 7am. Sponsored by Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, the co-chairs are Kathy Jaeger and Gary guy.
The Parade starts at 10 am, and follows the traditional route down Main Street, from E. Houston Street to Jones Road. Brenda Moore and Betty Michalsky are in charge of the parade. Judging of floats/units will take place for the following categories: Best of Theme, School Spirit, Non-Commercial, Commercial, Antique/Classic Car, Modified or Race Car.