Chico School Board sets tax rate, budget

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board Thursday levied a tax rate of $1.29 per $100 property valuation for the 2017-18 school year.

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Board approves bus purchases

Published August 23, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Monday approved purchasing four school buses as part of the district’s voter-approved bond package. The board earlier in the meeting adopted an order authorizing the issuance of school building bonds. The buses will include three-point seat belts, which is required of all buses built after Sept. 1, Superintendent Don Elsom said. The added requirement comes from a bill signed earlier this year by Gov. Greg Abbott mandating the safety harnesses. Elsom said it wasn’t made clear in the law how wearing the seat belts would be enforced on the 71-seat vehicles. The added cost of the seat belts brought the district’s purchase from around $350,000 to $363,000. In other business, the board approved creating a half-time custodial position and approved its contract for the instructional technologist position. Elementary teacher Breann Cox will move into the position. Trustees also approved stipends for the academic services coordinator and academic coaches. These positions are held by current teachers who work extra hours to perform the additional duties. Board member Steven Cox abstained from the votes. Trustees discussed, but didn’t settle on a tuition or an acceptance plan for pre-k enrollees. Enrollment in district’s pre-k classes recently jumped, and Elsom said the district may need to consider more staff or assistants to handle the influx of new students. Several board members expressed support for adding at least one aide. Bell schedules were also set, with trustees approving a schedule that gave the middle and high school campuses an optional study period between 2 and 3:35 p.m. on Fridays. Trustees also heard a report on the district’s state accountability rankings, with all campuses meeting standard and the middle school earning five distinctions.

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Chico School Board hears values, talks budget

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board Monday heard a report on the district's certified values and discussed its proposed revenue, expenditures and tax rate.

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Chico ISD hires Sewell to lead middle school

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By David Talley

Chico ISD trustees this week named Monte Sewell principal of Chico Middle School.

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Chico ISD adds 2 positions

Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board Thursday created two new positions and approved several bids.

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Chico School Board approves security upgrades

Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017
By David Talley

Chico ISD trustees Monday approved purchasing and installing security cameras and access controls for district buildings through funding obtained in the district's bond package.

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Chico School Board sets bond schedule

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Monday approved a plan to use the district's general fund to pay for construction projects approved in the May 2017 bond election.

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Chico School Board approves DOI plan

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board Monday approved a district of innovation plan, finishing several months of work to give the school flexibility from certain state guidelines.

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May Elections: Chico voters to decide $1.8 million bond

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017
By David Talley

Citizens in Chico ISD will vote for or against a $1.8 million, 10-year bond in the May 6 election. Early voting starts Monday.

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District extends administrator contract

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Monday gave Superintendent Don Elsom a stamp of approval, extending the head administrator's contract one year.

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Meeting Previews for Saturday, March 18, 2017

Published Saturday, March 18, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Bridgeport School Board called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20.

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Chico School Board hears DOI report

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Monday night heard a report from their District of Innovation committee, citing specific concerns and interests school faculty members have expressed regarding the designation.

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Chico trustees call bond election

Published Saturday, February 18, 2017
By David Talley

Chico ISD board members voted Monday to place a $1.8 million, 10-year bond on the May ballot to fund several facilities and transportation projects.

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Meeting Previews for Saturday, February 11, 2017

Published Saturday, February 11, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Bridgeport City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss amending the city's zoning ordinance to establish a historic district overlay and the purchase of amenities for the city pool.

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Chico School Board funds energy-reduction plan

Published Saturday, January 28, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board last Monday approved a budget amendment to pay for the district's contract with an energy-saving firm.

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Chico School Board inks energy-saving agreement

Published Saturday, November 26, 2016
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Monday approved a contract with energy consulting firm Ideal Impact to optimize the district's energy use.

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Chico School Board discusses energy conservation agreement

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016
By David Talley

Ideal Impact, an energy consulting firm, gave a presentation to the Chico School Board Tuesday night, detailing how much money could be saved with its conservation service.

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Chico School Board forms subcommittee, talks bond election

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Monday night approved the formation of a board subcommittee to study the district's infrastructure needs.

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Chico School Board sets budget, tax rate

Published Saturday, September 3, 2016
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Tuesday night voted on the district's 2016-2017 budget and tax rate.

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Chico School Board proposes balanced budget, approves laptops and pay raises

Published Saturday, August 20, 2016
By David Talley

Chico ISD will propose a balanced 2016-2017 budget this month.

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