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Board tables tax notes

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, December 8, 2012

In what was literally a five-minute meeting, the Alvord ISD board of trustees Thursday night tabled consideration of issuing Maintenance Tax Notes to pave the parking lot and driveways around the middle school campus.

Superintendent Bill Branum asked the board to put the matter on hold “until we complete everything we need to do” to get the plan rolling.

Last week, the board talked about using just over $1 million in debt to finance the paving project as well as take care of a couple of other issues. Paying it off over 15 years would cost the district about $85,000 a year.

With no discussion, the board voted unanimously to table the matter. Branum said after the meeting that they would try to get the ball rolling before the holidays.

The board did vote on two items – terminating the contract of a teacher and establishing an Alvord ISD Hall of Fame – before heading back to the basketball tournament going on at the AHS gym.

The probationary contract of first-year middle school English teacher Paul McConnell was terminated, effective immediately, on a unanimous vote. Branum noted that he had briefed the board a few weeks earlier on the reasons for the action but said he could offer no further details.

The board also voted unanimously to appoint a committee to set up the guidelines and publicize the establishment of an Alvord ISD Hall of Fame.

“We want to make kids aware of the successful people who’ve come through the system and their accomplishments,” Branum said. Board members said they thought the recognition would be “inspirational and motivational” to current students.

The meeting, which began at 6:08, was adjourned at 6:13.

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