Cleburne ISD students and staff will soon be prepared to stop uncontrollable bleeding.
The CISD board of trustees approved the purchase of 40 stations of Stop the Bleed kits from School Nurse Supply not to exceed $31,700 during Monday night’s meeting.
The purchase comes in light of House Bill 496, which was passed during the 86th Texas Legislative Session, requiring all Texas schools to have bleeding control stations available in prominent places throughout the district by January.
CISD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Tammy Bright said the district has about 40 automated external defibrillator stations and these bleeding control kits will be displayed beside them.
The new law is part of the nationwide campaign, “Stop the Bleed,” which empowers individuals to act quickly and save lives and was launched during an event at the White House to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding, according to its website.
Some students who don’t currently qualify for pre-kindergarten will soon have another way to practice skills before kindergarten.
The board approved the purchase of 50 licenses for Waterford UPSTART for $100,000, which provides 4-year-olds access to academic support in their early education at no cost to participants, personalized family education and coaching, a new computer and internet and adaptive educational software.
CISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Andrea Hensley said this will help students who don’t qualify for pre-K, which is currently open for free to students who are 4 on or before Sept. 1, and who meet one of the following eligibility standards:
• Federal free/reduced-price lunch guidelines.
• Unable to speak or comprehend English.
• Currently or have been in foster care.
• Homeless as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 1143a.
• Have a parent who is an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces or whose parent was injured or killed while serving on active duty as a member of the U.S. armed forces.
Students who participate in Waterford will be able to practice their math, reading and science skills before they attend kindergarten.
The board received a construction update from Balfour Beatty Construction Co. Senior Project Manager Jeremy Blevins on the renovation of the old Cleburne High School to be renovated into a Career & Technical Education Center.
In the fine arts area, they are completing the wall finishes and the installation of the restroom/dressing room areas. In the audio/visual and foreign language areas, they have installed the floor, dropped ceiling tiles and completed the corridor wall tile installation.
They will soon have the black box theater soundproofed and install the last of the equipment in the culinary arts area. In TEAM School, they will continue the corridor wall tile installation and begin to install the floor.
Seven fourth-graders received the School Board Citizenship award. CISD Community Relations Director Lisa Magers said only one student in each grade at each elementary school receives the award.
Honorees included Adams Elementary School’s Hagen Swisher, Coleman Elementary School’s Chevelle Enoch, Cooke Elementary School’s Jackeline Aguero, Gerard Elementary School’s Grayson Witte, Irving Elementary School’s Canyon Salazar, Marti Elementary School’s Delanee Mullen and Santa Fe Elementary School’s Anthony Cordova.
In other news the board:
• Cast 736 votes for Albert Archer Sr. to be on the board of directors of the Johnson County Central Appraisal District for the 2020-21 year.
• Approved a trip for CHS students to go to Madrid, Spain and Paris, France during spring break in 2021. Students who take Spanish, French or American Sign Language are available to go.