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Rarity found in NISD audit

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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:40 pm

Everyone at some point has a horror story when it comes to elementary cafeteria food. Ham surprise, shoe-leather liver, lukewarm milk and half-frozen fish sticks just to name a few.

No, the food is fine in Navasota ISD, but something rare was found in the food service department during a recent audit of the school district.

"We found that the school district made money in food service, and THAT'S RARE," said Alan Younts, an accountant at the firm of Belt Harris Pechacek, which performed the audit.

Younts said school districts typically break even in food service or go into the red. NISD actually made $99,777 in food service.

"In all it was a good audit," Younts told the NISD Board of Trustees at their regularly-scheduled meeting Monday night that took place immediately after a reception that recognized board members for School Board Recognition Month.

Younts told the board that the "books were as clean or cleaner than they've been in the past" and that Chief Financial Officer Scott Singletary keeps "very good financial records."

"We do appreciate Scott and the job he does for this district," Board President John Price said.

Board election set

Navasota ISD has two spots up for this spring's election, which will be May 14. Place 4 - currently held by Don Lemon - and Place 5 (Phillip Cox) are both three-year terms that expire this year. The new term will run from 2011-14.

The last day to file for candidacy is March 14 by 5 p.m. in the superintendent's office at 705 E. Washington Ave. in Navasota. Trustees serve without pay.

Ripping up Rattler turf

Crews from the company Field Turf began tearing the carpeted turf from Rattler Stadium this week because of the shattering of some fibers in the turf. Last summer the company replaced the white on the turf and some of the infield.

Filed Turf will replace the turf at no cost to the school district, said Facilities Manager Pierce Key Monday night at the Board of Trustees meeting. He said the field will take approximately 28 working days - weather permitting.

Navasota's new field will be the same fiber used at The University of Texas in Austin. The new turf will still be under warranty for another 4-5 years.

Looking ahead to 2011-12 Budget

With the state looking at a potential $25 billion shortfall in the budget, the trickle-down effect will hit local school districts. When Financial Officer Scott Singletary asked the board what they want to see in the upcoming budget he'll prepare, the answers were simple:

"We're still going to be judged by test scores no matter what our funding is going to be," Board President John Price said.

Trustee Hollis Hood said, "I'm sure you guys will keep teachers and staff apprised of what's going on so nobody is caught off guard."



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