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NISD board members sworn in

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    Examiner photo by Matthew Ybarra Navasota teacher Cara Moreland is awarded $1,000 by the Navasota Retired Teachers Association. Moreland graduated from Navasota and has a compassion for the school and community.
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    Examiner photo by Matthew Ybarra John C. Webb Elementary student council
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    Examiner photo by Matthew Ybarra Navasota High School Choir Solo nd Ensemble state qualifiers
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    Examiner photo by Matthew Ybarra Navasota Junior High regional and state history fair participants
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    Examiner photo by Matthew Ybarra Navasota Junior High Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art winners
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    Examiner photo by Matthew Ybarra Navasota ISD Teachers of the Year

In the May 2019 elections, three Navasota ISD board of trustee positions were up for re-election. All three position holders, Valerie Jefferson, Trisha Harris and Paul Malek ran unopposed.

Jefferson, Harris and Malek were sworn in to serve new terms at the May 20 board meeting. The board also had the right to elect new officers but voted to keep the officers as they stand with Jennifer Ramirez as president, Tim Harris vice president and Amy Jarvis as secretary,

Student Recognition

Multiple school groups were recognized by the board of trustees. John C. Webb Elementary student council received an award for being recognized nationally. According to Webb principal Todd Nesloney the student council was one of 96 awarded the honor within the state but only one of 26 from the state recognized nationally. This is the second consecutive year the Webb student council has been recognized nationally.

Other school groups recognized were the NHS choir state solo and ensemble qualifiers, Navasota Junior High regional and state history fair winners and NJH Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art winners.

Teachers of the year

Several teachers were named teachers of the year at their respective schools. Honored as rookie of the year at Brule Elementary is Donna Mayfield and teacher of the year is Amy Hanks.

LaToya Miller earned rookie of the year at Webb and Maria Alcantra is teacher of the year. At High Point Elementary Sara Carter was named rookie of the year and Karen Oncken teacher of the year.

Teryn Torlouw is the NJH teacher of the year and Stephanie Fitzsimon was named rookie of the year at the high school and Victoria Buchner teacher of the year.

Little Rattler Academy

Navasota superintendent Dr. Stu Musick announced the application process for the director at the Little Rattler Academy, a school operated day care set to open in August has been filled. Musick said 27 applications have been received and the next step is to narrow the list and begin the interview process.

Musick noted there has been a lot of positive feedback and so far, approximately 31 children that will be enrolled at the day care.

The Little Rattler Academy is going to be housed at the Navasota Education Learning Center (NELC) on Stacy Street.

Construction Update

Phase two of the bond project is set to partially begin May 31. The board approved the bid of $2,868.465.71.

The approved money will go toward replacing the high school roof, all concrete work including sidewalks and paving. The bus route road behind the high school will also be relocated. Demolition of the interior walls and cabinets at the vocational technology (votech) building will begin May 31 and is anticipated to take approximately two weeks before the rebuild of the vo-tech building will begin.

This phase will also cover all water/sewer lines, stormwater and fire lines. A new chiller and pump and boilers will also be added at the junior high.

There are still several bids as part of the phase 2 project that are awaiting rebids for the maximum guaranteed price for materials. Those bids are expected to be released and voted on at the June board meeting.

Dr. Musick reminds the public that the schools will be a construction zone this summer so be patient and trust the process.