Roy P. Benavidez

Renaming Northside Elementary for El Campo’s Armed Forces Medal of Honor recipient and increasing campus security will be discussed at the next El Campo ISD trustees meeting Tuesday.

The effort to rename Northside Elementary for the late U.S. Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Vietnam era Medal of Honor recipient, has been years in the making. At Tuesday’s meeting, trustees will discuss the possible formation of a naming committee.

The board may consider renaming an existing facility if presented with a petition containing signatures of at least 15 percent of the registered voters in the district. The board has a book of signatures and is ready to open up the name change for discussion, according to Superintendent Kelly Waters.

If a naming committee is formed, it would solicit recommended names for the school and submit three recommendations to the board. The board then provides 30 days’ notice before it considers taking action on the committee’s recommendation. The renaming will be considered at a future board meeting where the board can choose to change the name or keep it the same.

The most recent district facility name change request came earlier this year from former board member Cecil Davis when he recommended Ricebird Stadium be renamed for two former Ricebird coaches. No action was taken.

Board policy states an existing facility may be named for distinguished and historical persons on the local and state level and for national heroes/heroines, educators, retired, prominent local citizens/educators, land donors for school sites and historical events, the street on which the school is located or the name of the district followed by the level of the school.

Additional security guards for the elementary schools will also be discussed. A security officer was hired in the 2018-2019 school year to patrol Myatt, Hutchins and Northside schools. This discussion comes after the district’s security audit of facilities reported to the Texas School Safety Center.

Along the lines of increased security will be a discussion about establishing track hours at the high school.

“Concerns have been expressed about the 24-hour track access time for the public. With the new high school fencing, it would make sense to limit public access to the track,” Waters said.

“Coach (Wayne) Condra and Mr. (Jeff) Balcar (district maintenance director) have both expressed concern that the public has access to the field and track late at night. There have been several incidents where school property has been damaged or left unclean,” Waters added.

The public would still have access to the track just not during the school day or late at night.

In other business, the board will:

• Consider approval of a new construction course.

• Consider approval of the 2019-2020 student handbook.

• Review completion of all district personnel evaluations.

• Consider approval to purchase new Derby Doll drill team uniforms at a cost of $12,150.

• Hear a preliminary STAAR/End of Course performance report.

• Hear a preliminary report from the facilities committee.

• Discuss the district’s relationship with its architectural firm RWS Architects, Inc.

• LaShelle Hlavaty will be recognized for completing the Results Coaching Global, LLC, accredited coach training program and passing her exams. Hlavaty is eligible to apply for ACC credentials from the International Coach Federation.

The El Campo ISD board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at the district administration offices, 700 W. Norris. The meeting is open to the public with time set aside for public comments.

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