Author: Nicole Schaefer

FISD Board Approves Updates to District Technology

A $66,875 bond for updating computers and technology for each school library, PreK and Kindergarten classes, and Junior High and High School teachers was approved last week by Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees. Technology Director, Arland Thill, explained the district’s needs; and after viewing bids for the project, Trustees voted to approve the bid from WBCS – Wayne Bonner, who is not only a local business, but gave the best bid price. With Fairfield ISD in the process of becoming a School of Innovation, pending acceptance in June, the 2017-2018 school year’s proposed first day of school is August 16, 2017. The proposed school calendar includes 11 Teacher In-Service Days, 4 Staff Development Comp Days, 24 Holiday/No School Days, 4 Early Release Days, and 9 STAAR Testing Days. Graduation 2018 is slated for Friday, May 25, 2018. Current student enrollment is at 1,833 as of April 1, 2017. It breaks down as follows: High School has 526 students, Junior High has 401, Intermediate has 432, and Elementary has 474. Fourth Grade has the highest number of students with a total of 156. Average attendance rate is 95% and above. During this meeting, Trustees voted on meal prices for the 2017-2018 school year. The district is required to gradually increase prices for those not receiving free or reduced benefits so they are not subsidizing meals with federal funds. Prices were...

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Raising Over $1,700 for County Foster Kids: ‘Go Blue Day’ a Huge Success

CELEBRATING THE SIGNING OF THE Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 are (front, l-r) Commissioners: Pct. 4 – Clyde Ridge, Pct. 3 – Mike Daniels, County Judge Linda Grant, Pct. 2 – Craig Oakes, and Pct. 1 – Andy Bonner; (middle, l-r) Freestone Co. Child Protective Services Board (FCCPSB) members: Cheryl Evans, Pilar Harris, Cynthia Shed, Katherine Jackson, Cynthia Gage, CPS Supervisor – Ashley Gomez, and Pam Barnes; and (back, l-r) Sheriff Jeremy Shipley, Chief Deputy Devin Mowrey, CPS Case Worker – Vicki Dixon, FCCPSB member – Karen Daniels, CPS Admin Asst – Marquise Lee,...

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County Takes Care of Business: Catch the Action Online at YouTube

Bringing the County into compliance, providing Deputy safety, and going out for bids on HVAC services were top on the list of items discussed at the Commissioners Court meeting held Wednesday, April 5, 2017. County Auditor Donna Williams brought to the attention of the court that as far back as records show, there has been no records on which offices in the county work with change funds and/or petty cash. Upon her research, Williams found that there were only four offices county-wide with a change fund, which is money used to provide change to customers for services rendered. These offices include the County Clerk, District Clerk, and Tax offices, and the Dew Dump Station. The total amount is a mere $710, but the general ledger needs to reflect these in order to stay in compliance. Commissioners voted in favor of approving these change funds for the four offices, and they are now on record. Sheriff Jeremy Shipley informed Commissioners that within the past couple of weeks, four dash-cams, in use in Deputy vehicles, have stopped working. Being that they are all more than five years old, the warranty no longer applies, so new ones will need to be purchased. These cameras are used to record each traffic stop. Video from these recordings are used in court, as needed. They are a vital part of the job, and need to...

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BigTBash 2017 – Good Food & Fun Enjoyed

  BigTBash 2017 is in the books as another successful year. With monies from cook-off entries, silent auctions, BBQ Pit auction, donations, and Cook’s Choice Competition; total raised reached close to $7,500.   Congratulations to this year’s winners: –Cook’s Choice & Fan Favorite: Mustang Gas Compression (Donated their prize money back to the cause) –Chicken: First – Mustang Gas Compression/Braswell Paint, Second – Western Filter, Third – The Rolling Texicans (Above) –Ribs: First – Diamond JK Construction, Second – Mustang Gas Compression/Braswell Paint, Third – Western Filter (Above) –Brisket: First – Diamond JK Construction, Second – Mustang Gas Compression/Baswell...

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Dealership Generously Donates to Local Cancer Support Group

FREESTONE CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM of Fairfield donates $500 to the Freestone Cancer Support group. FCJDR Employees include Chad Ivie, Jay Welch, Justin McClellan, Warren Self, Paul Slatter, Johnny Bennett, Michelle Watterson, Deanna Bennett, Allie Edwards, and Heather Schick. FCSG members are Janet Bulger, Jeanette Cornett, and Diana Lewis. (Photo by Nicole...

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