The newest Trustee was sworn in and multiple agreements with the university were passed at the October meeting of the Commerce Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday
Dr. Ray Green was officially sworn in as the new Place 3 Trustee during executive session Monday night. Green currently serves as Dean of the Honors College at Texas A&M University-Commerce and has two children currently attending school in Commerce ISD. Green was appointed by the board at the beginning of this month and is replacing Michael Beane, who stepped down from the position this June.
The Board also received a presentation regarding the new district Family and Community Engagement Center. Also known as FACE, the center is located at the former CTC building located just north of the Commerce Middle School campus.
The center is the result of an ongoing project to utilize space in the building, which was being used for storage. Programs that are already being held there are “Grandparents Raising Grandkids,” a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren that meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. The Center has also held a First Responder Training session.
The building has been refurbished and has received furniture from A&M-Commerce, which donated some furniture from their Rockwall campus which is slated to close at the end of this year.
Hopes for the center are that it can begin to offer programs such as a support group for parents of dyslexic children, nutrition classes, shot clinics, emergency planning courses and more. The center is aiming to be a meeting place to further educate families.
The Board approved a memorandum of understanding with A&M-Commerce regarding a construction of a water well at Commerce High School. The well would mark the completion of a larger district project, and is predicted to provide savings down the road.
The Board also approved a memorandum of agreement with the university and the Boys and Girls Club for the an after-school program. The district will be providing $40,000 annually, with the university providing $25,000, to hire a full-time director at the Boys and Girls Club specifically for the after-school program.
Enrollment was announced at 1,511 students, an increase of more than 100 students from the beginning of the school year, but still less than this point of the year last year. Average daily attendance was announced at just over 1,400, which falls short of the district’s budgeted amount of 1,440.
The next meeting of the CISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Nov. 15, with public session beginning at 7 p.m.