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Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Matta appointed to risk board

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has appointed Paul Matta of Balmorhea to the TASB Risk Management Fund Board of Trustees. He will serve a three-year term on the Fund Board through November 2003.

Matta has been a member of the Balmorhea ISD school board since 1996 and has served as its vice-president. A contractor for janitorial services for the Texas Department of Transportation, Matta serves as a member of the 4B Development Corporation. HE has participated in the TASB Delegate Assembly and School Board Advocacy Network. Matta is a graduate of Southwestern University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics.

TASB is a non-profit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. It includes 1,045 school districts and county school boards, 45 junior colleges, 45 tax appraisal districts, 147 cooperatives, and 20 education service centers. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent have a combined annual budget of $25 billion and employ more than 520,000 people. Since 1974, the TASB Risk Management Fund has provided a wide range of centralized services in the areas of employee benefits, worker's compensation, property/casualty, and unemployment compensation.

Retirees attend Odessa conference

District 18 of the Texas Retires Teacher Association (TRTA) held is Spring Leadership Training Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Odessa, May 2. The purpose of the conference was to update members on business that was transacted during the 48th Annual TRTA State Convention that was held in Austin on April 11-14 and to train local unit officers for the upcoming 2001-2002 year. Keynote speaker for the Leadership Conference was Dr. Kenneth Laycock, TRTA State Officer.

Founded in 1953, TRTA is the largest association in Texas that works exclusively for public school and higher education retirees, and is composed of over 45,000 members who continue to be involved in local public school education and the continued well being of their communities. In the last 11 years, members of TRTA have contributed nearly 60 million hours of volunteer service in their communities in Texas.

Attending the conference from the Reeves County Retired School Personnel Unit was Doris Moorman, past president of the local unit and Joyce Morton, current president.

The RCRSP meets the first Monday of each month at the Pecos Senior Center at 3 p.m.

For additional information call Juracy Ray at 447-3395 or Lola Garcia at 445-3811.

Vela selected for MVP award

Eddie Vela was awarded the MVP Defensive Award at the Selective Tournament in San Angelo.

The team he plays with, the Odessa Cobras, won the championship and advanced to the State Championship in Ruidoso, N.M., on May 24.

He is the son of Gaby Vela and Lionel Zapata.

Shrimp Festival planned in Balmorhea

The 1st Annual Shrimp Cookoff and Festival will be held on Saturday, May 26, in Balmorhea.

For more information contact Pat Brijalba, 915-375-2323; Norman Roman, 915-375-2206, after 5 p.m., or Kelly Rowden, at 915-375-1119.

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