Allison named new RHS principal

Trustees okay $14M budget; will ask for bids on baseball field work
By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor

Allison Allison Harry “Luke” Allison, assistant principal at Groesbeck High School for the past two years, was named new principal at Rockdale High School Monday.

Rockdale ISD trustees, meeting in regular session in the Central Administration Building, also adopted a $14-million budget for 2010-2011 based on, at the moment, a 1.15-cent tax increase.

Board members also prepared to call for bids on improvements to the RHS baseball field, a project which will match that diamond’s appearance to the Lady Tiger softball field.

New principal

Allison replaces Chad Jones who resigned in May to accept the post of superintendent in the West Hardin County ISD.

Allison has been in the Groesbeck ISD since 2002, first as a middle school wellness/health teacher then as a high school U.S. and world history teacher.

As of Tuesday a date had not yet been set to begin Allison’s RISD employment but he was expected to be in Rockdale on Wednesday to meet district personnel.

Allison earned a bachelor of science degree in school health at Texas A&M in 2001 and a masters of education in educational administration at the University of Cincinnati in 2006.

He received his Texas Principal Certificate in 2007.

Allison was also assistant football, freshman basketball and head power lifting coach at Groesbeck High School.

Budget, tax rate

Trustees adopted a general fund budget listing expenditures of $14,170,140 following a presentation by Karl Kacir, assistant superintendent for business.

The budget is based on a tax increase from $1.2135 to $1.2250, all of it in debt service.

Kacir pointed out exact revenues to support the budget—currently estimated at a $652,044 deficit—have yet to be determined.

“We’ll know more after July 25 when we get our certified values from the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD),” he said.

Kacir pointed out even though in recent years the RISD has experienced an unexpected enrollment gain, the long-term trend in rural schools, including Rockdale, is downward.

That negatively impacts revenue.

Trustees will adopt a tax rate in September.

No one spoke in a budget hearing which preceded the regular session.

Baseball field

Jennifer Olson of The Arkitex Studio, Bryan, showed planned renovations to the baseball field and said specifications on a call for bids are being prepared.

Plans call for the existing press box-concession restroom facility to be replaced with a new concession stand, plus a separate restroomstorage building.

Olson said the appearance will be the same as facilities at the RHS softball field.

Plans called for dugouts to be relocated, at field level, outside the fences.

Other plans, or alternate plans, call for relocating left and right field fences in foul territory to bring them parallel to the foul lines.

A ticket booth was also presented as an alternate plan.

Expanded food service

Board members completed a food services change from Aramark to Southwest Food Service Excellence (SFE) and heard SFE’s Jeff Ackerman discuss expanded menus and services.

Ackerman said the number of lunch entrees offered at each campus will at least double in 2010-11.

“At the elementary the kids will get to choose from four entrees,” he said. “The junior high will get 9 to 11 and the high school 11 to 13.”

In other business, trustees:

• Hired Chris Borgfield as a sixthgrade math teacher and accepted the resignations of high school teachercoach Walt Mangan, RJH principal’s secretary Staci Lamb and Central Office employee Susan Webb.

• Heard Supt. Dr. Howell Wright report on Student Advisory Committee sessions.

• Okayed competitive sealed proposals for athletic supplies and equipment.

• Named The Rockdale Reporter, KRXT-FM and the Temple Daily Telegram to the district’s Media Honor Roll.

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