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Friday, November 12, 1999

School delays Jr. high consolidation move


Staff Writer

PECOS. Nov. 12, 1999 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members will schedule a special meeting to discuss the consolidation of Zavala and Crockett Middle Schools and sources for funding the project, members decided at their regular monthly school board meeting Thursday evening.

Board members postponed a decision on consolidation, after P-B-T ISD Superintendent Don Love presented some estimates, a sketch of the facility and possible sources of funding during the meeting and told board members, "These are all just estimates, nothing is set in stone."

Love said the board would have to get the auditor's opinion at the next school board meeting set for December. "He'll probably tell us this is what we can afford and what we would need to borrow," he said.

Love told board members that in all probability the auditor would recommend that only part of the project would be feasible at this time.

Consolidating the two campuses would save the district money, according to Love.

A total of $292,952 would be saved through a reduction in force, including teaching positions, salaries and benefits. In the proposal seven teaching positions can be eliminated through attrition: one reading teacher, two P.E. teachers, one English teacher, one math teacher, one history teacher and one science teacher. In addition a reduction in force (salaries and benefits), one secretary would be eliminated, along with one library aide, one custodian, one sweeper and four cafeteria workers.

"Seventy-five percent of our budget is people, so we have to look at cutting next year," said Love.

Love said that the district will have to pay out $125,000 in raises for teachers with 0-20 years of experience.

"This is something we have to do," he said. "We have to look at the budget closely and how to continue to cut as long as we're losing kids.

"If you actually want to do this project before next school year, we need to look at it closely and talk to auditors to plan the design and specifications," said Love.

Hunter Corral Associates have stated that the project can be done in six months, according to Love.

"Our main concern at this time is time," said Love. "I feel like Mr. Carr will tell us you have enough money to do this, but not the whole project, they will look at what's happening next April," he said.

Board members discussed the item at length and opted to go over it again at a special meeting, before meeting with the auditors.

"Bear in mind that we can at least do half the project," said board member Louis Matta.

"I'm all for consolidation, but if it all can't be done by next August, we need to set it up for the following year," said board member Steve Armstrong.

"One thing you've got to remember is loss of students and $125,000 is already committed to raises," said Love.

In other business, the Pecos Eagle Band was recognized during the regular meeting along with the volleyball team. The band won district competition in El Paso and made it to the regionals in Odessa. They received two trophies, which were displayed during the meeting.

"We're very proud of our students, they did excellent and we expect more from them next year," said band director Bill Goff.

The volleyball team also did really well this year, placing second in district and winning their bi-district match before losing to the top-ranked Class 4A team in area competition. "We're always proud of these girls, they work really hard," said coach Becky Granado.

Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford and Reeves County Commissioner Herman Tarin were on hand to receive special recognition for the city and county's help in rebuilding the Eagle Stadium track.

"I want to thank Don Love, all the school board members and the city for this great relationship we have established between the entities," said Tarin. "I think together we can work on other projects for the community and for our children.

"This is not for us, but for the community," he said.

Stafford also thanked the administrators and the teachers, who she said had to put up with the construction work. "This is very good construction and I know we'll have a nice track for many years to come," she said. "It's an asset to the community and I hope everyone goes out and enjoys it."

In other business, the board granted permission for the staff to utilize district facilities, for Internet use on Wednesday evenings.

Uniform plan for P-B-T kids is considered

Staff Writer
PECOS. Nov. 12, 1999 - Standardized wear or school uniforms may be a possibility in the future for all Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students.

The item was the topic of discussion at last evening's regular Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board meeting.

Superintendent Don Love told the board that in sessions they have attended, uniforms create a better environment, decrease gang activity, boosts morale, and promotes better behavior in classrooms and less pressure for the students.

"These are all good things for our students," said Love. "Every meeting we have attended we are told that the schools who implement school uniforms, better themselves."

The board must designate a form of funding for students at a disadvantage, according to Love. "The school would have to provide at least one uniform for those students who can't afford it," he said.

Surveys would be sent out to all the parents and several steps would have to be taken before the decision to implement uniforms would be made.

"I don't feel we have to buy one uniform for each child, but probably for some," said Love.

"Tonight we wanted to ask for approval or disapproval to send out a survey," he told the board.

Love said if the survey came back with at least 70 percent in agreement, the board could then vote for the item.

`I'm all for the survey, but I feel we need to do something else before we send the survey out," said board member Billie Sadler.

"Are all the principals for this?" asked board member Louis Matta. Love said everyone seemed to be in accordance in all the administrator's meetings.

"At an informal vote, everybody except one person raised their hand that they were for it," he said.

Gifted and Talented Coordinator Nancy Russell said this would save administrators a lot of headaches. "There's a lot of valuable classroom time spent on checking and making sure the student is dressed in compliance," she said.

"What about our teachers? The survey might come back with some remarks about how the teachers dress," said Matta. "You can't sell a product until the people see it."

Matta suggested selling it to the parent-teacher organizations first and have them come before the school board with their suggestions.

"If it's in reverse it will be our product, it's our product rather than their product," he said.

"Is the public going to have any input in to the color scheme?" asked Sadler.

Love suggested having style shows to show the public the designs of the uniforms.

Board members agreed to notify parents first, see the reaction and maybe get a few uniforms to show. The board would later look at sending out the survey. The group also agreed to take action on steps of successful implementation to take a survey to hopefully get 70-80 percent in favor of school dress code.

The steps to successful implementation if approved would begin this month and include:

· Meet with DEIC to discuss proposed guidelines and implementation of standardized or uniform dress.

· Get board's approval regarding intent to move toward standardized or uniform dress and take action on steps toward successful implementation.

· Notify parents via letter regarding the intent to move to standardized or uniform dress.

In December, the proposed steps are:

· Hold style shows at all events as well as conduct a minimum of two parent dress code meetings to seek input.

· Finalize dress code and survey by mail all parents including incoming students from lower grades.

· Set an approval rate percentage standard that would be acceptable by the Board of Trustees.

In January:

· Send proposal to Board of Trustees for approval.

· Purchasing department works with vendors in establishing a vendor fair.

In February:

· Hold planning meeting with all vendors.

In March:

· Provide all vendors with description of standardized or uniform dress code.

· Send letters to all parents regarding the vendor fair and what standardized or uniform dress will look like.

· Meet with PTO's and area churches regarding help for socio-economically disadvantaged students. Prepare application forms requesting financial assistance.

In April:

· Host a vendor fair for all parents.

· Get final approval for standardized or uniform dress code and requirements from Board of Trustees.


· Mail/send letter home with report cards with standardized uniform dress requirements.
· Post requirements on campus windows/doors during summer.

· Inform all media (TV-channel 48 and 6, newspaper, radio) of standardized uniform dress requirements.


· Send a second letter home welcoming students back and outlining dress requirements.


· Deliver numbered vouchers to campuses.

· Implement.

Federal juries convict four for pot smuggling

PECOS. Nov. 12, 1999 - Federal court juries came back with guilty verdicts against four defendants in two separate criminal trials on Wednesday and Thursday.

Nicole LeAn Meek was found guilty Wednesday of one count of marijuana possession with intent to distribute. On Thursday, another federal court jury found Ruben Alarcon Pinon, Llama Edmidia Alarcon and Sergio Alarcon-Lopez guilty on counts of conspiracy, possession of marijuana and use of a minor to avoid detection in connection with a marijuana smuggling attempt.

Meek was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana under 50 kilograms (110 pounds) after her vehicle was stopped on June 13 of this year, while Pinon, Alarcon and Alarcon-Lopez were charged with attempting to smuggle over 100 but under 1,000 kilograms of marijuana into the United States, and with using a minor in an attempt to avoid detection. They were arrested on Aug. 13, according to the grand jury indictment.

Both trials were held before visiting U.S. District Court Judge Peter Beer of New Orleans. Sentencing of all four defendants has been scheduled for January 18 in U.S. District Court in Pecos.

Riley takes first in Power Points

PECOS. Nov. 12, 1999 - The Pecos Eagles will be hoping linebacker Trent Riley does as well tonight against El Paso Ysleta as he did this past week in the Pecos Enterprise's Power Points contest.

Riley scored 118 points to win first place locally for Week 9 of the competition, and earn tickets to an Odessa Jackalopes hockey game. His score was 12 points behind overall state winner Annie Silva of Port Lavaca, who scored 130 out of a possible 136 points in the competition.

While continuation of the Eagles' football season depends on a playoff win over Ysleta tonight, Power Points will continue next week in the Enterprise, with an entry form in Monday's paper. Forms also are available at sponsoring businesses around Pecos.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 6-12-15-26-38. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 205. Prize: $960.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 6-9-8 (six, nine, eight)


PECOS. Nov. 12, 1999 - High Thursday 78. Low this morning 45. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low 45 to 50. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 80s. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Low 45 to 50. Sunday and Monday: Sunny days and fair nights. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. Highs in the mid to upper 70s.

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