Even though the 4-H organization isn't part of the school district's list of extracurricular activities as it is not a class on campus, the Dublin ISD board of trustees granted the club's members extracurricular status on Monday night.
"We here at DISD are strong supporters of the 4-H organization and we were happy to include 4-H as an extracurricular activity," DISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider said. "One of the great things our students can do is participate in organizations like the local 4-H clubs. I have a lot of respect for Whit Weems and everyone at the Erath County Extension Agency. We were glad to do it."
In other business, board members approved a change to the 2013-14 budget. Schneider said the budget was created without the inclusion of the cost of the construction at the secondary (formerly the high school) campus. The line item and the transfer were classified as a budget amendment and approved by the board.
"The total amount of the amendment was $5.967 million," Schneider said. "This amount was previously agreed on by the board when discussing the cost of the construction."
Board member Sue Lewis presented a future agenda item for the board. Lewis said she would like to revisit the cost paid by parents of DHS cheerleaders. She expressed concern about the high cost and said she wanted to make sure the district was doing everything possible to keep costs down.
Schneider said it will be hard to control the costs of cheerleading as the parents have a lot of say into what uniforms are selected. Currently DISD covers the cost of one new uniform per season.
"Those cheerleaders are great representatives of this district and they work hard to represent us well," he said. "I think they've earned that show of support from the district. That's why I implemented that policy when I became superintendent here."