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Londrie, Villarreal, Garza, Tudon Approved for New LFCISD Administrative Positions

Trustees Nominate Salazar for Superintendent of Year Award


(l to r): Valarie Londrie, Joseph Villarreal, Annice Garza, Sara Tudon. Photos: LFCISD

Valerie Londrie and Joseph Villarreal were named Assistant Executive Directors for Academics, in action approved by the Los Fresnos CISD Board of Trustees at Monday’s meeting.

Londrie is currently principal at Olmito Elementary, and Villarreal is principal at Los Fresnos United. Both will continue to serve as principals for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

Also approved to new positions were Annice Garza and Sara Tudon as Curriculum Coordinators. Garza is Dean of Instruction at Los Cuates Middle School and Sara Tudon is the district Mathematics Strategist.

Also approved to personnel positions were:

  • Lindsey Zimmerman, counselor for Las Yescas Elementary;
  • Hubert Haylock, teacher for AMI-Kids; and
  • Luis Gomez, Los Fresnos High School NJROTC.

In other action, trustees also approved employment contracts for school years 2013-2014 and 2014-15 for administrative positions on the campus level and at the District Service Center level.

They also approved employment for 2013-14 at the campus level, including teachers, professional staff, counselors, librarians, nurses, speech pathologists, diagnosticians, and athletic trainers.

Eleven groups of students from Los Fresnos High School and Los Fresnos United were recognized at the start of Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The final recognitions of the academic year took one hour. Each student shook hands with trustees and photos were taken.
Groups of students recognized included:

  • Athletics: Girls’ softball, girls’ soccer, girls’ track, and boys’ track
  • Career and Technical Education programs: Adobe Certification,
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA), Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Robotics Team, Falcon Law Group, and Health Occupations of America (HOSA) Team.

Also recognized were students who led the Pledge of Allegiance. They included Kaylie Castro and Baldemar Sosa Jr. of Los Cuates Middle School, and Kevin Benavides of Resaca Middle School.

To view a photo gallery of the student groups, visit http://www.flickr.com/losfresnos/sets

Trustees approved a motion to nominate Los Fresnos CISD Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar as Superintendent of the Year.The nomination will be forwarded to the Region I Education Service Center for consideration as Region I Superintendent of the Year.

The Region I Superintendent of the Year will be forwarded to the state level. The state committee will select five state finalists and the Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the annual joint convention of the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators to be held Sept. 27-29 in Dallas.Los Fresnos CISD Board of Trustees

Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Los Fresnos CISD Training Center/Board Room, located next to Los Fresnos Elementary School on Texas Highway 100.

Sandra Garcia, President Darlene Pederson, Vice-President Ruben Treviño, Secretary Jesus Amaya, Assistant SecretaryMartin Castillo, TrusteeRey Farias, TrusteeLeonel Garza, Trustee Gonzalo Salazar, SuperintendentElizabeth Neally, Board Attorney

The next regular board meeting will be held Monday, June 10.

Action Items Trustees approved:

  • Awarding Agreements/Contracts for Depository Services between Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District and Wells Fargo Bank, NA for the 2013-2015 Biennium in Accordance with Texas Education Code, Chapter 45, Subchapter G, District Depositories.
  • Budget Amendment #12 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
  •  A Resolution Reversing the Commitment of $5.5 Million in General Fund Balance for Construction of Locker Rooms and a Band Hall for the Los Fresnos United 9th Grade Campus.
  • Budget Amendment #13 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
  • Adopting Policy CCG(LOCAL) on the First Reading.
  • Adopting a Resolution Approving Designation of Cameron
  • Wind Reinvestment Zone No. 1.
  • Agreements/Contracts with Independent Contractors for
  • Professional Services, Moak, Casey, and Associates, Inc., to Provide Financial Consulting Services in Regards to a Value Limitation Agreement Pursuant to Chapter 313 of the Texas Property Tax Code.
  • Renewing Agreements/Contracts with Linebarger Goggan
  • Blair & Sampson, LLP for Collection of Delinquent AdValorem Taxes.
  • Renewing Agreements/Contracts with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP for Collection of Current Ad-Valorem Taxes.
  • Renewal of External Auditor Contract with Patillo Brown and Hill, LLP, for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014.
  • Agreements/Contracts with Staff Development Providers as Independent Contractors for Professional Services for the2012-2013 School Year.
  • Ratifying the Application for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant (Cycle 8).
  • Out-of-State Student Travel for the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) students to attend the national conference in Nashville, Tenn. June 25-30.

District Reports
Trustees also received the following Financial Reports:

  • Portfolio Report
  • Tax Collection Report
  • Summary Revenue and Expenditure Status Reports
  • Monthly Disbursements
  • Budget Amendments

Trustees also received the Budget and Tax Collection Calendar for 2013-14 and the Annual Delinquent Tax Collection Report from the firm of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Simpson LLP.

Consent Agenda
Trustees approved:

  • Ad-Valorem Tax Refunds for the Month of May, 2013.
  • Renewal of Student Accident Insurance with Columbian Life and Zurich American, Texas Insurance Service Center, Agent, for the 2013-2014 School Year.
  • Renewal of Property Insurance with Underwriters at Lloyds, London, Shepard Walton King, Agent, Effective May 15, 2013.
  • Adding, Revising or Deleting LOCAL Policies as Recommended by TASB Policy service and According to the Instruction sheet for the TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 96 – First Reading.
  • The Proposed 2013-2014 Work Calendar for employees who work on a 260-day calendar.
  • The School Board Members’ Operating Procedures.
  • Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day on June 10.