The Goose Creek CISD school board recognized the district’s elementary and secondary principals of the year Monday. Andrea Zepeda, principal of Alamo Elementary, was named elementary principal of the year. Tricia Times, principal of POINT Alternative Center, was named secondary principal of the year.
Law enforcement and security update
Goose Creek CISD Police Chief Antonio Alfaro gave the school board an update on police and security work in the district.
He said the department employs 21 full-time and two part-time commissioned police officers, 27 security officers, three dispatchers, 13 crossing guards and two clerical staff.
Police officers and/or security guards are stationed permanently at each high school and junior school. Patrol officers visit each elementary school at least daily, he said.
The department also has two police dogs, which are trained to detect firearms and explosives. He said that when the department needs drug-detecting dogs, it calls on the Baytown Police Department for that service. School district canine handlers train weekly along with BPD officers, he said.
The GCCISD board approved a one-time incentive payment of $500 for any full-time teacher, nurse, librarian or speech pathologist who will retire or leave the district at the end of the school year who provides early notice by March 6. Early notice gives the district more time to find appropriate replacements and determine what transfers may be needed between campuses. Eloy Chapa, assistant superintendent of human resources, said 60 people gave early notice last school year out of about 200 who left the district.
Trustees approved the academic calendar for the 2021-22 instructional calendar — two years out. (The 2020-21 calendar is already posted on the website, along with the current one). The 2021-22 school year will begin Aug. 17, 2021 and end May 23. Graduation is set for May 25 at Ford Park in Beaumont. The board accepted the calendar that was presented by the administration except for changes to balance the number of days in the fourth and fifth six-week grading periods at the request of Board Member Richard Clem.
— Mark Fleming