Needville students outperform peers on tests
Needville Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Rhodes reviewed with trustees at the Dec. 18 school board meeting the most recent SAT and ACT composite scores, which showed the district to once again be above state and national averages.
77彩票网appThe 101 members of the 2019 Needville High School graduating class who took the SAT test scored 1071, compared to the state average of 1022 and the national average of 1059.
77彩票网appThe 48 members of the 2019 graduating class of Needville High School who took the ACT test scored 21.2, compared to 20.5 at the state level and 20.7 nationally.
Rhodes said the scores reflect the district’s ongoing commitment to excellence.
“We’re doing well in all areas,” he said.
77彩票网appRhodes also commended the high school for being selected as a Texas AP Honor Roll School.
77彩票网appPrincipal Steve Adamson thanked Rhodes for the acknowledgment and said he’s proud of his staff and students.
Assistant Principal and Career Technology Education Director Heather Cordova added that 100 percent of the high school’s Business Information Management II students earned Microsoft Office Specialist Word certifications.
The meeting marked the first for trustees in the district’s new administration building and the last for retiring Assistant Superintendent of Finance Dovie Peschel, who received a standing ovation for her 23 years of service.
She was thanked by Rhodes and each board member.
77彩票网appVice President Jim Kocian, who has worked with Peschel for more than two decades, said Peschel cared for the district’s finances and investments as carefully as she did her own.
77彩票网app“It’s been a long ride,” he said. “Dovie has done a wonderful job.”
77彩票网appTrustee Kim Janke said Peschel always knew the answers to any questions board members asked.
“She never had to say, ‘Let me do some research,’” Janke said. “She knew our district and the direction Needville ISD needed to go.”
77彩票网appPeschel thanked trustees for their comments and said she would miss everyone.
77彩票网app“It’s been an honor and a privilege; it was enjoyable,” she said. “We all worked together.”
Trustees John West and Scott Valchar were absent from the meeting, but the remaining five board members unanimously approved a 12-month $1,600 bid by Kris Witek for 40 acres of grazing pasture and 40 acres of hay meadow owned by the district.
77彩票网appAlso unanimously approved were three budget amendments. The first, in the amount of $7,312, covers the unbudgeted purchase of two milk coolers, one for the elementary school and one for the middle school.
A $105,700 budget amendment is comprised of $19,700 for the resurfacing of the tennis courts and $86,000 for the asbestos removal and demolition of the old girls’ gym/cafeteria and the old high school cafeteria/science wing.
77彩票网appThe third budget amendment, for $125,000, covers the hiring of individuals to fill five new positions for aides and a bus driver which became necessary after the budget was set.
Rhodes said the district is the recipient of a nearly $53,000 Safe Schools Grant which will be used to install additional cameras at the elementary and middle schools so each entrance and hallway will be monitored. Upgrades will also be made at the junior high and high schools.
77彩票网appHe also said The Brotherhood of Immanuel Evangelical Church donated $5,000 for the purchase of jackets for Needville ISD students in need of warm winter gear.
77彩票网app“We are so grateful for this very generous donation,” Rhodes said. “Lots of students were helped by the generosity of the folks at Immanuel.”
77彩票网appRhodes will be the keynote speaker at the annual Needville Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Needville Columbus Hall on Texas 36 South. Doors open one hour prior to the event for the annual “Meet the Merchants” mixer.