NORTH ZULCH — The North Zulch Independent School District employees presented the School Board Members with a gift basket for all their hard work.
The board took time to recognize students, faculty, and staff for exemplifying the North Zulch Spirit. The Students of the month were Madison Brown (elementary school), Jannat Sunny (junior high school), and Ashlynn Sturgeon (high school).
The Teacher of the Month was Kali Bohannon, the special education teacher and assistant coach. The Staff Member of the Month was Janelle Jefferies.
The principal, Kendall Todd, reported that the attendance rate was below 95 percent, but he has a plan to combat the absences. He is creating a program that will reward students.
Todd’s plan is to have a drawing for gift cards at the end of the six-week period, and the only students that would be eligible for the drawing are students with perfect attendance the previous six weeks.
Todd also reported North Zulch doubled the state average in End of Course retest. The EOC retest is for student that did not pass the STARR test the previous year.
“The kids are excited, and bouncing up and down the halls when they find out they passed,” said Todd. The students are happy, because they can return to their elective courses instead of supplementary classes that are intended to help students increase their STARR scores.
The board discussed purchasing a manufactured home for a property they own. The district would rent the house to faculty members that move to the area to teach.
The board tabled the discussion for the next meeting, as members wanted more information on the finances and process.
The board also discussed and passed the new Clearwire Educational Broadband lease agreement. The district will lease the broadband tower they received from the state for $1,500 a month for the next 30 years.
One Board Member, Mike Crocker, was opposed to the lease, because of the length of the contract.
North Zulch ISD will be conducting a salary audit that will be completed March 2, and will cost $2,500.
The school district’s new bus was vandalized over the holiday break. The electrical wires were cut near the battery.