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Friday, May 25, 2007

CCISD: Why are CCISD Students allowed to run at large during school day hours?

CCISD: Why are CCISD Students allowed to run at large during school day hours?

Education is for our Children, our Youth, our Future. Children and Youth need constant redirection and set boundaries at home and at school as well. When a minor is allowed to run at large during the school day hours whether it is in the halls, leaving or returning a closed campus or simply unaccounted for is irresponsible of the caretaker whose custody in which he / she is placed.

An absent student is one who does not arrive at school in the morning and is absent for the WHOLE Day. The student was never on campus. The Parent is responsible for the student getting to school (requiring the student to attend school). If the student does not get to school it is the Parent’s responsibility not necessarily the Parent’s fault. There are circumstances where the student will walk in the front door and out the back door without attending a single class. This is where the attendance officers need to improve their due diligence like the old days.

Once the student is counted present in the morning; the Parent has required the student (child) to attend school. Once the student is verified in attendance at the beginning of the school day the student is in the custody of the School.

If the student is tardy or skips class (on campus or off campus) this happens on the watch of the school. The Parent if informed should cooperate and communicate with the School Counselors Administrators and the Attendance Officer to correct the behavior. The Security and Attendance officer should take notice and tighten the belt. This is a security issue as well; there is no excuse for students coming and going outside of the lunch period and it is imperative that attendance irregularities be dealt with within 24 hours. This is easily done with our modern technology.

Instead, what we are seeing is the Attendance Officers documenting the absences as they accumulate and filing on the Parent and student when the number of absences are achieved.

Texas Public Education Watchdog Authority

Thursday, May 24, 2007

New City Council Members: Why work previously estimated at $734,500 is now estimated at $1,334,500

New City Council Members: Why work previously estimated at $734,500 is now estimated at $1,334,500
Posted on May 24, 2007 at 02:15:07 AM by Jaime Kenedeno

CORPUS CHRISTI — New City Council members Nelda Martinez, Mike Hummell and Mike McCutchon wasted no time questioning city spending Tuesday, moments after they were sworn-in.

The three immediately voiced concern Tuesday over a request for $600,000 more than had been first estimated for the city's participation in a groundwater drilling study with San Patricio Municipal Water District.

Martinez asked Assistant City Manager Ron Massey why work previously estimated at $734,500 and is now estimated at $1,334,500.

The council approved $1,015,735 for the project in December.

After some discussion Tuesday, the issue was tabled to take up at the city's next meeting.

Massey deferred most questions to Steve Petersen of Malcolm Pirnie, the company working with the district on the study.

Petersen said the previous estimate did not include specifics, and that the drilling company's costs are up because it is able to demand more as requests for its services have increased overall.

Hummell questioned why there wasn't a set price for the drillers when the first estimate was made.

McCutchon wondered if the project should be re-bid, because the increase so drastically changes the amount requested.

Massey said the contract is with the water district, and the city's action is only to reimburse them for a portion of associated costs.

Hummell, Martinez, McCutchon and fellow new Council members Larry Elizondo and Priscilla Leal were sworn in Tuesday.

Contact Beth Wilson at 886-3748 or wilsonb@caller.com.
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Posted by drtcpip on May 23, 2007 at 8:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Aready we see the impact of fresh faces on saving taxpayers money. Thanks new councilmen for asking the questions the status quo avoided. Pease please fire Tom Utter(ly Useless).

Posted by martinel12 on May 23, 2007 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good work. Maybe they'll start to ask questions about the camera stop light ticket system corpus is installing (this city's idea of generating revenue). Hopefully we'll break even on that this year.

Posted by drtcpip on May 23, 2007 at 11:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Keep to Stop Light Cameras, but prevent RoboCop from giving speeding tickets as money source for the city.


Thursday, May 3, 2007

When the District Attorney has questions and the SOS has cleared the Candidate to run, how can there be criminal proceedings?

Whichever suits the interest of the "Pick and Choose" self dealers of Del Mar College. The voters made their choice; but it is not the choice of the "Pick and Choose" self dealers, so they whine. Always changing the rules in the middle of the process and calling it due process and they actually believe their own prevarication. It is requested that the AG attend the board meetings and closed sessions in the interest of Del Mar Taxpayers, Faculty and Student body as the AG did in the Kenedy Foundation debacle with Rene Gracida.