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Tuesday, August 31, 1999

School budget set at $15 million

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 31, 1999 -- Trustees for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD on Monday adopted a $15 million budget and set the tax rate at $1.4371 per $100 valuation.

"That is the highest we could go," said Supt. Don Love of the tax rate.

Taxes would provide $5 million, with another $9.5 million coming from the state and $378,067 from other sources.

Love said he expects a carryover of $1.7 million from this year's $13.4 million budget.

The board approved some expenditures out of the fund balance, including air-conditioned buses.

"We want to discuss dedicating some money for air conditioning for three of our buses that are doing without," said Love.

Love said that about $30,000 is needed for the air conditioning on the buses.

Love told board members that if the fund balance is as good as he thinks it is the board might also consider consolidating some classes.

"That will be after the study by Monty Hunter, in which case he will advise us if it's feasible," said Love.

The 1999-2000 budget was approved as presented.

"We anticipate a $1.78 million fund balance as of Aug. 31," said Love.

Love said the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD will receive $485,000 back from the state, along with $50,000 more.

"Last year over $488,000 was owed to the state, so the next budget is an excess budget," he said.

Financial director Cookie Canon said that two major things were not completed that needed to be inserted into the budget. The roof at the Pecos High School and the track were not finished. "Also at this time we do not have a van yet," said Canon.

"Bids were sent out, but we couldn't find one with an air conditioner in the front and end," said Love. "It will be bid out again after September," he said.

Public comments were accepted from the audience.

Bessie Haynes School teacher Meg Timmerman told board members about the poor condition of the carpet in the library at that particular school. "This is just my opinion, it doesn't reflect what the other teachers or principal think, but I feel that we desperately need new carpeting in that library," she said.

Board president Earl Bates said that the board would look into it and see if there are any funds that could be allocated for that particular problem.

"About 95 percent of the taxes are collected, real close to that," said Love.

Love said that there are about $264,000 in delinquent taxes and are added to the tax expenditures and balance.

About 2,923 students are currently enrolled in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

"Our budget is set on the number of kids," said Love. "This is the first time that we checked on the number on Aug. 31," he said.

"If we stay with 2,923 kids, we'll be able to make the budget," Love said. "We'll do it easily as long as attendance factor is 95 percent," he said.

Love said that two-thirds of revenues is derived from the average daily attendance.

"The average daily attendance is very important to our district," said Love. "The higher the number of students, the more money it will bring in," he said.

On the first day of school for the 1999-2000 year the number of students was 2,650; the second day, 2,756; third day, 2,803; fourth day, 2,839 and fifth day, 2,857.

That number is now up to 2,923 students.

In comparison, in 1998-1999, the first day of school listed 2,829 students; second day, 2,904; third day, 2,969 and on the fourth day, 2,969.

Board members also approved the teacher appraisal calendar and PDAS Appraisers for 1999-2000 school year.

New teacher orientation was approved for Aug. 9-20; completion of section I of the Teacher Self-Report form due to the principal by Sept. 13 and on Aug. 9, the appraisal period beings.

On Sept. 7, the observation period begins and no appraisals will be made on Nov. 23; Dec. 17; Feb. 18; March 10 and April 20.

Completion of Section II and III of the Teacher Self-Report is due to the principal at least two weeks prior to the Summative Conference.

On May 5, the Annual Summative Conference Period ends. Summative Annual Appraisal Report-five working days before Summative Conference. The Appraisal period ends at end of contract.

Appraisers for the new school year include Mary Lou Carrasco, Juanita Davila, Donna Davis, Beau Jack Hendrick, Benny Hernandez, Don Love, Gail Norris, Gome Olibas, Danny Rodriguez, Larry Sloan, Victor Tarin and Lucila Valenzuela.

New appointments approved by the board were Winette Hillger, Bachelor of Arts/History/University of Texas of the Permian Basin, no experience, assignment: Pecos Elementary School Special Education and Tabitha Rosales, Bachelor of Science/Elementary Education/West Texas A&M University, no experience, assignment: Bessie Haynes Elementary School fifth grade teacher.

Reassignments included, Faustino Acosta, from Pecos High School Special Education teacher to Pecos High School Special Education teacher; John Barrett, from Pecos Elementary School Special Education teacher to Pecos High School Special Education teacher and Petra Herrera, from Bessie Haynes Elementary fourth grade teacher to Bessie Haynes Elementary School fifth grade bilingual teacher.

Changes in contract: Evangelina Arriola, from one-year term contract for certified classroom teacher to one-year term contract for counselor and Ruben Cervantes, from dual assignment one-year term contract for certified classroom teacher to one-year term contract for counselor.

Former Pecos girl named Miss Lubbock Teen U.S.A.

Staff Writer

 Aug. 31, 1999 -- Monica Vasquez was first runner-up in the Miss Lubbock Teen U.S.A. pageant in February. Now she holds the title and will compete for the national title in November.

The 16-year-old Frenship High School junior attended preschool in Pecos for two years between a move here from California and the move to Lubbock in 1988.

Her mother, the former Tommie Rodriguez, graduated from Pecos High School in 1968, and her grandmother, Rosa Rodriguez, and aunts Janie Rodriguez and Mary Garcia still live here.

Monica moved into the Miss Lubbock Teen U.S.A. spot after fellow student Roni Lowe lost the title when she threatened the cheerleading squad.

Cheerleading is Vasquez's "whole life," said her mother this morning. She is an alternate cheerleader on the varsity squad, but is not on the same squad as Lowe.

She studies dancing and is active on the student council, junior varisty volleyball team and in National Hispanic Institute, an organization for hispanic students bound for college.

After completing her journalism degree at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Monica hopes to be an anchorwoman, said Mrs. Vasquez.

Monica is no novice at beauty pageants, having won numerous titles since the age of 12. She was Miss North Texas Pre-Teen in 1996.

Her father, Fernando Vasquez, lives in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ostriches may lose home in court forfeiture

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 31, 1999 -- Ostriches on Rancho Road may soon be homeless if District Judge Bob Parks grants a petition to forfeit their pens and sheds to the Pecos Police Department.

Narcotics investigator Paul Deishler seized the pens and 2.02 acres of land owned by Evaristo "Tito" Guerrero on April 20.

Guerrero, of 1002 S. Elm St., is believed to have fled to Mexico after a warrant was issued for his arrest on marijuana smuggling charges.

Deishler said the ostrich pens were used to store and re-package marijuana imported from Mexico. The packages were then shipped to points east for distribution.

Evidence found in the pens and sheds during the April search include a roll of grey duck tape, a roll of clear tape, roll of black trash bags, five military-style duffel bags, all commonly used in packaging narcotics, and a set of scales commonly used in weighing narcotics, Deishler said.

Lots included in the seizure are 8-15 and 36-43, Block 11, in the Martinez Subdivision, Section 4, Block 5, H&GN RR Co. Survey.

Ostriches in the pens were not seized.

Celia Guerrero, as next friend of Alain Guerrero, a child, was served notice of the forfeiture petition. If she files an objection to the forfeiture, Judge Parks may schedule a hearing.

District Attorney Randy Reynolds filed the petition on behalf of the state.

Mayor to study impact of annexation changes

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 31, 1999 -- Pecos is not among the cities racing to annex property before the law changes Wednesday, said Mayor Dot Stafford.

In fact, it's been years since the Pecos City Council annexed property, and they have discussed making a comprehensive plan before doing any major annexation or zoning changes.

Stafford said that she wants more information about the changes in the law made during the 1999 session of the Texas Legislature.

Texas Municipal League General Counsel Alan Bojorquez outlined some of the changes affecting cities during the Region 4 TML meeting Friday in the Swiss Clock Inn banquet room.

"I wanted to talk with him some more about that, but he got away," Stafford said. "His talk was very informative."

City Attorney Scott Johnson said he has not seen the changes in the laws, and is not sure how they might affect a city operating under a charter, as does Pecos.

State Sen. Frank Madla introduced the bill that makes some significant changes in annexation statutes.

The new law requires cities to immediately provide fire, police and emergency medical services to annexed areas.

Before annexing an area, cities must notify each resident of the area to be annexed and to negotiate with them if they protest.

Starting in 2002, cities must wait for three years to annex an area if property owners oppose the move.

While waiting, property owners may not run up debt, decrease their tax rate or do anything else to hurt the chances of annexation during the three-year planning phase.

"I think the bill is going to level the playing field somewhat," said Madla. "It still leaves the city in the driver's seat, but it requires them to do a few things they're not accustomed to."

Attitude adjustment part of seminar plan

PECOS, Aug. 31, 1999 -- The second half of a development training seminar sponsored by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce will be held beginning at 7 p.m. today, in the Reeves County Civic Center.

About 40 individuals were on hand for the first half Monday, and all are expected to attend the last half tonight.

Several businesses and organizations in Pecos sent employees to the motivational seminar with guest speaker Joel R. Combs.

The training is designed to provide tools to be used in personal attitude development, sales skills, time management, personal relations effectiveness, goal-setting and memory development.


Cleo Welch

Services for Cleo Welch, 89, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

She died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Midland.

Mrs. Welch was born July 5, 1910, in Knox City, had lived in Pecos for 51 years, was retired and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include seven daughters, Lee Frymire of Pecos, Jeanne Lubbe of Commanche, Maxine Willis of Crane, Glenda Videtto of Odessa, Jerry Cook of Alpine, Judy Guthrie of Woodward, Okla., and Kaye Hanks of Pecos; four sons, Dwain Welch of Monahans, Durl Welch of Silver City, N.M., Dex Welch of Midland, Doak Welch of New Braunfels; one brother, Buster Merworth of Gorman; 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.


PECOS, Aug. 31, 1999 -- High Monday 100; low last night 67. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low in the upper 60s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High in the mid 90s. South wind 10-20 mph. Extended forecast, Wednesday night, partly cloudy with a slight chance of evening showers or thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. Thursday through Saturday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the mid to upper 60s. Highs in the 90s.

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