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Tab Beall (left) with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP gave the Commerce ISD Board of Trustees the annual report on delinquent taxes within the district on Monday.

Four new inductees into the Commerce Independent School District’s Hall of Honor were announced and a school meal price increase was passed at the July meeting of the CISD Board of Trustees on Monday.

Trustee Dr. Ray Green was not in attendance at Monday’s meeting.

No members of the general public attended the session.

Carolyn Burt, CHS class of 1955 and CISD teacher from 1958 to 1960, Wade Wilson, CHS class of 1977, Medley Wilson, CHS class of 1976 and Kristin Barker Hames, CHS class of 1996 will be the newest inductees into the CISD Hall of Honor. The hall recognizes students at both Commerce High School and the former Norris School and CISD staff who have made a significant impact and had distinguished careers.

This is the 10th edition of the Hall of Honor, and the four new inductees will mark 40 total members in the prestigious fraternity.

An induction ceremony and luncheon will be held on Sept. 20 at noon as part of homecoming festivities. The inductees will also serve as honorary captains and deliver the coin toss before the CHS Tiger football game that same night.

Approved by the board during the meeting was a meal price increase for all campuses within the district. By law, the district must set their lunch prices to balance out with federal reimbursement rates for food service costs, necessitating the increase in price. Meals at the elementary schools will increase from $2.45 to $2.55. while meals at secondary schools will jump from $2.70 to $2.80. The last time the district’s meal prices jumped by $0.10 was in 2017.

Tab Beall with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP gave a report to trustees about tax delinquencies within the district.

Beall stated that the district was in relatively good shape in regard to tax collections, stating that the total number of money held up in unpaid taxes to the district has dropped from $767,000 to $751,000 over the past six years even with new delinquencies being added over that time. Beall added that of all the unpaid taxes, 28 percent are tied up in litigation, 16 percent are deferrals made by homeowners aged 65 or older, seven percent are for bad addresses, 41 percent are still pending action and the remaining eight percent are on properties held in trust by the district and other tax collecting entities due to non-payment.

In addition, the board approved an updated student code of conduct which will be uploaded to the district’s website in the near future for viewing.

The next meeting of the Commerce ISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Aug. 20, with public session beginning at 7 p.m.