Last week’s meeting of the Dublin Independent School District Board of Trustees opened on a high note as the board applauded the efforts and success of the district’s band members.

The band marched home from a March 12 UIL competition in Hamilton with the top attainable rating in concert and sight reading.

Band director Rodney Parker said it was the first time since the 1992-1993 school year that the band had celebrated such a success. “The band represented Dublin very well,” Parker said. “They worked hard, did an excellent job and I am very proud.”

In other items of business, the board approved a motion to install a sprinkler system at Memorial Stadium following a recommendation by Superintendent Roy Neff.

“The current irrigation system needs to be replaced,” Neff explained. “I think the field will look a lot nicer if we install a sprinkler system.”

The board issued a unanimous vote of approval to install a sprinkler system at a cost not to exceed $20,000.

Meanwhile, per request of board member Sammy Moore, the board discussed improvements to the district’s existing agriculture farm and the possible construction of a show barn.

Moore explained that renovations at the farm were necessary to accommodate the district’s ag students and their projects.

Following a lengthy discussion, it was also decided that the construction of a show barn would also offer a great service to the district. After considering building a barn at the existing farm, it was decided that it would be more cost effective to build a show barn on the high school grounds.

“If we build here at the high school, we don’t have to worry about parking and restrooms,” said board president Mike Jurney. “That will spare a lot of the cost.”

The board voted unanimously to approve a call for bids and proposals for both projects.

The board also approved the adoption of new math textbooks for the kindergarten through eighth grade students. Per the direction of an appointed teacher committee, the board accepted the recommendation to adopt texts published by Scott Foresman for each grade level.

Meanwhile, the board approved changes to the district’s 2008-2009 school calendar. The stock show holiday was moved from Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 to Monday, Jan. 12 to coincide with the Erath County Junior Livestock show which has been moved from the first weekend in January tot the second. The second change set the district’s Spring Break holiday to March 9 - March 13, 2009 to coincide with Tarleton’s spring holiday.

The board postponed action on a request made by county tax assessor/collector Jennifer Carey for approval to sell properties in the city that have been delinquent on taxes for many years.

Neff explained that the sale of the properties would get them back on the tax role, allowing the district to collect taxes. However, the board decided to research the issue in greater detail to determine the amount of taxes due.

A report from Sedalco Construction showed that progress at the district’s new intermediate school continues to progress and completion date is still expected on Aug. 1 prior to the start of the 2008-2009 school year.

Finally, the board approved the employment of Allyson Elkins as a speech pathologist for the 2008-2009 school year and also approved the continued employments of the district’s teachers, coaches, band director, assistant band director, drill team director, counselors, nurse, librarian, assistant principals, educational diagnosticians and special education support specialist.