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COMMISSIONERS APPROVE RENOVATED OFFICE SECTION IN COURT HOUSE FOR D-A’S OFFICE AND VICTIMS

In Walker County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, District Clerk Robyn Flowers addressed commissioners regarding taking action on the remodeling of the District Clerk’s office, and the use of the Commissioners’ Conference Room, in order to provide the District Attorney with an office in the Courthouse to use when scheduled . . . .

D-A Will Durham also needs an office for victim’s to stay in during trials they are in at the courthouse. The cost is not to exceed $1.000 and will come from budgeted funds out of Maintenance. Commissioners approved.

SHSU RANKED AMONG BEST AT ADVANCING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS

Sam Houston State University ranks second in the state of Texas in the Social Mobility Index created to measure how well universities educate economically challenged students and enable them to obtain high-paying jobs. In addition to placing second in Texas by CollegeNET, SHSU ranks No. 61 nationally.

The Social Mobility Index ranks nearly 1,400 four-year U.S. colleges and universities according to how successfully they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into promising careers.

The Social Mobility Index is computed by CollegeNET based on five variables: published tuition, percent of student body whose families are below the US median income, graduation rate, reported median salary 0-5 years after graduation and endowment. A high SMI score means that a university is contributing in a responsible way to solving the nation’s problem of economic immobility.

Comparing academic years 2014-15 to 2017-18, SHSU has seen a 48 percent increase in degrees awarded to students reporting first generation status. President Hoyt believes several university initiatives designed to enhance student success contributed to the growth.

U-S SENDS STRIKE GROUP TO MIDDLE EAST

On Friday, the Pentagon made public their plans to send the USS Arlington and a Patriot missile battery to the Mideast to act as a deterrent to any possible actions from Iran. And, National Security Advisor John Bolton said we are sending the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U-S Central Command region–the Mideast is a part of it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the deployment to the Gulf is in reaction to intelligence about the possibility of Iranian attacks.

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MEETS

Walker County Commissioners meet at nine this morning at the courthouse for a regular session.

Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss taking action on extending the Disaster Declaration dated May 3, 2019.

District Clerk Robyn Flowers will address the court on possible action on the remodeling of the District Clerk’s Office, and the use of the Commissioners’ Conference Room, in order to provide the District Attorney with an office in the Courthouse to use when scheduled.

Information Technology Director Dan Early will discuss action on the server rack donated by Mitcham Industries.

From Maintenance, Larry Whitener will talk about action on a temporary maintenance assistant position. He will also discuss proposals received for the remodeling of the EMS Station located on Highway 19.

Commissioner Daugette will discuss Precinct #3 working within the inter-local agreement with the City of Riverside regarding replacing the culvert on Lake Road.

HUNTSVILLE ISD APPROVES HIRE OF HUNTSVILLE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the recommendation for hire presented by Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard during a special called meeting on May 9th. Paul M. Trevino was approved as the new principal for Huntsville Intermediate School. Trevino will be filling the vacancy created by Beth Burt who announced her intent to return to retirement at the close of this school year.

Mr. Trevino will be joining Huntsville ISD with a career of more than 20 years in education. For the past four years, he has been serving as the campus Principal of Silsbee High School in Silsbee.

TRINITY ISD MEETS

The Trinity ISD School Board meets for a regular session tonight at six in their Administration Building.

There will be an oath of office for elected members and reorganization of the Board of Trustees.

Students and employees will be recognized for various achievements.

Board members will hear reports from principals and from the Superintendent.

Tonight’s Trinity ISD Action Agenda includes approval of the Texas Association of School Boards Regulation Update 59; possible action on an agreement between Camp Olympia and Dr. Kaufman on behalf of TISD to have the school assist the camp in the event an emergency evacuation is required; and possible approval of the employer contribution on the TRS increase in healthcare insurance for the 2019-20 school year.