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    Paula Brown (left), outgoing Cuero ISD technology director, is presented a plaque from Cuero ISD board president Courtney Moore for 25 years of service.

Cuero ISD hopeful to re-open this fall

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

The discussion centered around plans to potentially re-open schools this fall at Cuero ISD’s regular board meeting last week on Thursday, June 18. Cuero ISD superintendent Dr. Micah Dyer laid out what he knows up to this point while also stating the school district sent out a survey to teachers and parents about how to best re-open with options including regular school, a block schedule to spread out students during the week or completely online learning.

Before this discussion ensued, though, Paula Brown was recognized by the board for 25 years of service. Brown has worked in the district’s technology department and most recently as the director.

Moving into communication reports, Dr. Dyer noted that there may be a need for a special meeting between now and the July regular meeting to amend the school calendar. The revisions are to make it a year-round calendar, as required now by the state.

As for plans to have school in person again this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott is optimistic, while TEA (Texas Education Agency) is not as sure.

“We still haven’t heard from TEA,” Dr. Dyer said.

There’s a possibility that some parents may only be comfortable with sending their children back to school with a vaccine. Dyer is hopeful, though, that they’ll be able to re-open at 100 percent and be safe.

“We will put in safety precautions,” he said.

Currently, Cuero ISD is using the athletic department’s summer workout program as a pilot program for safety measures.

Even if they are able to go back to 100 percent this fall, there will be most likely be some difficult logistics to put in place. Notably, bus routes could be down to 13 kids per bus, which would add to the number of routes needed.

During the budget development update, board member B.J. Drehr noted the district is expected to have an excess of $1M. After years of cutting expenses and adding revenue, they are back in the positive.

“We’ve come a long way in four to five years,” Drehr said.

Drehr commended the work of prior superintendent Dr. Ben Colwell, Dr. Dyer and Mark Iacoponelli, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance.

The board also discussed the plans to team with the Education Foundation to pay for most or all of the first college classes for high school students. The pilot program of 100 students would cover the tuition of kids on free/reduced lunches. All other students would pay $50.

Board members approved all three action items, including the payment of bills involving pecuniary interest to Standard Printing for $1,624.85; the 2019-2020 Annual School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) report; and the renewal of two School Resource Officers for the 2020-2021 school year. Those officers are Jerry Hernandez and Rhonda Templin.

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