Feeding program successful

Feeding students has never been a money-making venture. Many school districts just hope to break even.

But the Gatesville ISD summer feeding program actually showed a profi t this year.

At last week’s school board meeting, trustees were told the district fed more children and had a $6,431 profi t. During the summer, the district served 15,815 meals over a 58-day period, an increase of 58.3 percent over the prior year.

“That’s pretty incredible,” said GISD Superintendent Eric Penrod.

For some kids, meals from the school may be the only thing they get to eat that day, the superintendent observed.

The board also heard from Robert Myers, of McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C., on the collection of delinquent taxes.

The fi rm collects delinquent taxes on behalf of the school district at no charge to taxpayers. Their fee is paid through an additional fee that is attached to delinquent accounts.

Typically, delinquent taxes referred to the attorney for collection represent only about 2 percent of the total tax level. He typically collects around 80 percent the fi rst year and an additional 10 percent the second year.

Ultimately, the district usually collects between 99-100 percent of the annual tax levy.

Trustees approved a spring trip to Branson, MO, for the GHS choir. The choir will leave Gatesville March 8, 2018, and return March 12.

Students will be raising money to pay for the trip and a parent organization is raising funds to provide charter bus transportation.

The board also approved the School Heal Advisory Council (SHAC), and nominated Teresa Johnson for the Coryell Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.

Penrod reported he had accepted the resignation of fi fth grade teacher Shala Gee and the board formally hired Joni Henson, who has 25 years of experience, to replace Gee.

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