“We have searched and we feel that we have the very best people to present to you tonight,” said superintendent Linda Bettin as she addressed the trustees. “We are excited about the possibility of them coming and being with us next year.”
High school principal Christy Blocker introduced Tara Moy and Bridget Gonzalez.
Tara Moy graduated from Texas State University this year, and was a 2009 graduate from Falls City High. She will be teaching 7th grade English, 8th and 9th grade Pre-Advanced Placement English, part-time elementary English classes, and elementary music classes.
“I’m looking forward to being back in the community,” said Moy during the meeting. “I really missed the community here. You don’t realize what you miss until you’ve been away from it.”
Bridget Gonzalez comes to FCISD after teaching 14 years of upper-level math at La Vernia ISD. She will be teaching Honors Geometry, Pre-Calculus, two sections of Algebra, as well tutorial period.
“We got great recommendations coming from La Vernia and from everyone we’ve talked to,” Principal Blocker said of Gonzalez. “We’re very excited to have her as an upper-level math teacher.”
New Athletic Director Steve Marbach then introduced the recommended coaches.
Steve Stone is coming from Pleasanton ISD and will be the head coach for boys track and will be an assistant football coach. Stone will be teaching upper-level science classes of Physics, as well as Anatomy and Physiology.
Joshua Wadsworth comes from Jourdanton ISD and will be the head boys basketball coach, and will also be an assistant football coach. Wadsworth will be teaching both 7th and 8th grade science.
Damien Van Winkle had been at Sinton ISD for 10 years and was the special teams football coordinator for several years at Sinton High. Van Winkle will be an assistant football coach as offensive coordinator, and will also be the head baseball coach. Van Winkle will teach Government and Economics, U.S. History, and World History.
“I’m really excited about coming here,” said Van Winkle. “This is the environment that I love. I’m excited about the opportunity and to be here and to have my family here.”
The board formally and unanimously approved the hiring of all five recommended staff.
“I am thrilled with the coaches. Not only the guys that we hired tonight, but also the ones who are still here,” said Athletic Director Steve Marbach after the meeting. “I’ve been coaching against these guys a long time, so to be now working with them is exciting. This has always been a place I’ve had a ton of respect for. To see the way the kids compete and behave and also the parent and community support…it’s what you dream about as a coach.”
In other matters, trustees:
•Heard a financial presentation by financial advisor Laura Ratcliff of the Region 3 Education Service Center
•Approved changing the primary affiliation from the Region 3 Education Service Center to the Region 20. The centers are used for testing, teacher workshops, curriculum workshops, superintendent meetings, among other uses. According to Superintendent Bettin, the Region 20 center in San Antonio will provide for greater convenience, and will be less time-consuming in comparison to Region 3 in Victoria. Both centers will be used according to varying district needs, with Region 20 as primary while still being affiliated with Region 3
•Approved a contract with Canine Contraband Detection for the 2012-2013 school year
•Approved the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant acceptable use policies for both faculty and students
•Reviewed proposed budget for 2012-2013 school year
•Reviewed policy update 94
•Approved the implementation and use of C-Scope curriculum.