Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 18, 2013

AISD accepts annual audit

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday. 

The Board heard the annual audit of the district’s financial records presented by J. W. landright, Auditor.  Following the presentation, the Board accepted the audit report as prepared by Smith landright & Associates, P.C., Certified Public Accountants.

Total revenue, according to the audit is $24,159,486.  Expenditures indicated total $22,482,374.  The ending fund balance, as of June 30, 2013 was $9,617,731.

Three action items, over $10,000, were presented to the Board for consideration:

Renee Campbell, Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, requested approval to purchase the TAP Training Portal and Comprehensive Online Data Entry (CODE) system for use at Bel Air Elementary, South Athens Elementary, Athens Intermediate, and Athens Middle School.  Use of the system is a requirement for participation in the Teacher Incentive Fund or TIF Grant that has been in place in AISD for six years.  Cost of the system is $3,000 per campus, and funds are provided through the grant to cover the cost.

In another item, Barry Choate, Director of Operations, requested approval to replace an AccuTemp steamer at Athens High School.  The steamer is used in food service preparation.  Cost of the steamer is $14,350 to be purchased from Kirby Restaurant Supply Company in Longview.

In a third action item, Dr. Cathy Kirkland, Athens High School Dean of Accountability and Instruction, presented a request to assist concurrent students with tuition and fees to attend Trinity Valley Community College during the fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014 semesters.  Total cost is estimated at $26,000, and funding has been provided by the Ginger Murchison Foundation.

The Board approved all three action items unanimously.

In other action, the Board approved revisions to the district’s retention policy, as well as approving a School Improvement Plan for the Bridges Center.

Highlights from the meeting included recognition of the October teachers and employees of the month.  They are: Angie Eaton – Bel Air Elementary; Holly Allen – South Athens Elementary; Amy Bellah – Athens Intermediate; Aimee Burks – Athens Middle School; Virginia Reeder – Athens High School; Julie Whitley – CATE; and Randy Satterfield – Operations Center.

Also at the meeting, Board Vice President David Freeman, and Superintendent Blake Stiles accepted a check in the amount of $585 from Goodwill.  The donation was generated from the Tax Free Weekend, and the check was presented by Raymond Ledesma, Manager of the local Goodwill facility.