Alpine School Board meets, accepts Hendryx resignation

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Alpine School Board meets, accepts Hendryx resignation

By Denton Ramsey / Staff Writer

The Alpine Independent School District Board of Trustees met for their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 19, as key issues discussed were resignations, contract extensions, enrollment numbers, door proposals and a small school resolution.

After meeting in executive session, the board accepted Houston Hendryx’s resignation and also extended the principal contracts one year with a five percent increase in salary.

In addition, board members also approved hiring three new employees, two at the high school and one at the middle school.

Jeremy Schuoening, from Midland, will join the Alpine High School staff as a Social Studies teacher and a coach.

David Barnes, from Bastrop, joins the AHS staff teaching science and coaching.

Lisa Manning, subject to assignment, has current plans to become the new girls coordinator and P.E. teacher at Alpine Middle School.

In AHS news, enrollment is currently sitting at 294 students. ‘One Act Play’ will hold a farewell performance on Monday, May 1 at the auditorium.

A sports banquet will also be held for AHS athletes on Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at Kokernot Lodge.

At AMS, enrollment numbers are steady at 287 students with a 95.6 percent attendance rate for the fifth six-weeks.

AMS also began a journalism class this year as 7th and 8th grade students were given an opportunity to apply for positions on the 12 person staff. The class is responsible for producing the ‘Belvedere Bugle.’

Alpine Elementary School currently has 413 students enrolled and an attendance rate of 96.32 percent. Big news at AES concerns the ‘Brainy Bucks,’ a tutoring program involving 20 students from AHS meeting every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:15 a.m. for individual tutoring sessions for the elementary students. The program began Sept. 20, 2005 as the group met for a total of 41 times throughout the year.

Future event dates at AES include a Bicycle Rodeo on May 4, a Kindergarten – Second Grade Field Day on May 9, a Third – Fourth Grade Field Day on May 10 and a Music Program slated for May 18.

In the Business Manager’s Report, current tax collection rates are up to 92.5 percent as the board made their budget for the month.

A door proposal at AES and AHS was approved unanimously as the board hopes to move forward with a security system installation with doors being repaired by a company out of Midland. The board approved a motion for up to $30,000 to be spent on door repairs at the elementary school and high school.

Board members also approved $11,600 in budget amendments with $10,000 going towards security system installation and $1,600 for maintenance.

The next scheduled meeting for the AISD Board of Trustees is set for Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m.