The Orange Leader
Commissioners Owen Burton, pct. 2, and Jody Crump, pct. 4, will attend Commissioner school this week. Commissioners Court was held at a special time 10 a.m. Monday to accommodate for travel time.
Commissioners are required to attend 16 hours of education every 12-month period.
Orange County Commissioners proclaimed the week of October 7-13, 2012 as National 4-H Week.
The court also issued a proclamation honoring Bum Phillips on his 89th Birthday which was on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Commissioners Court was asked to issue a resolution concerning “High, Stakes, Standardized of Texas Public School Students". The court approved the resolution joining the 25 organizations and 80% of the Texas school districts, including Orangefield ISD, that have adopted the resolution as of Thursday, September 27.
The resolution states the over reliance on standardized, high stakes testing as the only assessment of learning that really matters in the state and federal accountability systems is strangling our public schools and undermining any chance that educators have to transform a traditional system of schooling into a broad range of learning experiences that better prepares our students to live successfully and be competitive on a global range.
“Currently 72 school days a year are for testing,” Hargrove said. “Students are spending time taking tests instead of preparing for being successful in our global market.”
The movement is state-wide.
The court also approved paying a total of $252,088.85 in bills.
Commissioners discussed a matrix pay adjustment for Cindy Sparkman in the Maintenance Department.
Sparkman has received longevity pay for her years of service, however was receiving matrix pay for one year of service to the county, not the ten years she has been employed. Sparkman worked in the Maintenance Department before being transferred to the Orange County Credit Union which is now closed. Sparkman returned to the Maintenance Department last year. The difference in pay is an increase of $2.40 an hour.
John Dubose, commissioner pct. 3, said it would be approximately $5,000 a year.
“Is that in the budget,” Dubose asked.
$7,200 in funds were included in the newly adopted budget.
Sparkman has had no break in service to the county since her original date of high in 2001.
“She has been on the county payroll the whole time,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said.
The court approved the pay adjustment.
The Transportation Department requested replacing a part-time driver position that will become vacant on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012,
The department has 18 part-time drivers.
The commissioners agreed to replace the driver to ensure the route would receive continued service.