UCISD announces top teachers, bus driver
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District named Morales Junior High endorses science teacher Alicia Bradley as the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year, Robb Elementary Third Grade Teacher Griselda Flores as Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Transportation Department Employee Annette Briseño as Bus Driver 2020- 21 of the year.
Bradley, who will serve the district next year as a gifted and talented teacher, has been teaching at UCISD for four years, while Flores is a 25-year veteran of the district.
“Annette is an example of the attributes that earned her this award; excel in leadership, perseverance, technical skills and relationships with students and parents, ”reads a post on social media announcing the price of transportation.
The announcements came Monday during the district’s regular board meeting, in which trustees also approved roofing repairs for several campuses, a budget change, and superintendent performance goals.
Beth Reavis, assistant superintendent of human resources for UCISD, gave a presentation on the $ 16,169 million from the district emergency relief grant for elementary and high schools. Following her presentation, the board passed a resolution authorizing the district to apply for the Texas Education Agency grant.
Also, Enrique Morales, senior of Uvalde High School, presented a research project for which he recently won second prize at the 10th annual symposium of the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences.
In their action, the board approved a contract with Tremco Roofing Company for roof repairs at Anthon Elementary, Flores Elementary, Benson Educational Complex, Morales Junior High and Uvalde High School for a total of $ 748,826.
With the price of timber rising due to shortages expected in the coming weeks, UCISD Superintendent Hal Harrell said the district will save money with this approval.
“When processing these bids, material prices are pretty confident for the short term, but all indications are that prices will rise significantly in the coming weeks and could increase the overall project by $ 100,000,” said Harrell.
According to UCISD officials, a board workshop was held in March to discuss and determine the goals of the superintendent based on the board’s vision.
These goals, as approved, include preparing a facility improvement plan and a long-term building plan, and pursuing approval of a bond that will allow for the construction of new schools to meet the needs of the campus and improving facilities. Other goals include establishing a teacher recruitment and retention plan that supports the educational needs and growth of each campus and district.
The district will continue to use Interquest Detection Canines to search for contraband. The company makes unannounced visits with dogs to inspect secondary campuses, student vehicles and lockers for contraband. The cost per visit for the 2021-2021 school year is $ 290 per visit with 18 visits scheduled, for a total of $ 5,220.
During the 2020-2021 school year, the company visited several campuses and discovered prescription medications, gunpowder, ammunition and hunting knives.
After the regular meeting, the board met in closed session to discuss staff assignments and dismissals.
Trustee Javier Flores was not present at the meeting.
New hires include Christy Perez, Assistant Campus Administrator, Uvalde High School; Kelley Hilthon, Consultant, UHS; Laura Cazorla Martin, Bilingual Teacher, Dual Language Academy; Cristina Solar Borao, bilingual teacher, DLA; Alba Romero Ontanon, bilingual teacher, DLA; Pamela Quinones, Bilingual Teacher, DLA; Alicia Bradley, Gifted and Talented, Curriculum and Instruction; Luis Ruiz Salmeron, math teacher, UHS; Jessica Urbano Martinez, science teacher, Morales JH; and Everett McNamara, special education teacher, UHS.
Accepted layoffs include Tyler Straub, assistant track and field trainer, UHS; Alyssa Gomez, tape teacher, UHS; Gisel Mireles, math teacher, UHS; and Morgan Sewell, special education teacher, MJH.