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September 5, 2018 - A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Friday, August 31, 2018 beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Center Independent School District Administrative Office Building located at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas 75935.

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum - Matthew Mettauer called the meeting to order at 12:03 p.m. and declared a quorum. Present was Greg Hubbard; John Henry Holloway; Daphne LaRock; Casey Lout; Matthew Mettauer; Betty McDaniel, Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent. Absent was Allison Johnson and Brett Scarber. Visitors were Danny Berry, Berry and Clay Construction; David Golden, McKinley Golden Architects and Teresa Richard, Director of Instruction and Response to Intervention.

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance - John Henry Holloway led the invocation and Greg Hubbard led the Pledges of Allegiance.

3. Consider Approval of Amendments to the 2017-2018 Budget - A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Greg Hubbard to amend the 2017-2018 budget for balancing, closing and readying for the annual audit. The amendments were: TRS on behalf of payments, August accruals, Operating, Construction, Cafeteria, Debt Service and Student Activity accounts. The motion carried 5-0.

4. Public Hearing on the Adoption of the 2018-2019 Proposed Budget and Proposed Tax Rate - A public hearing was held on the adoption of the 2018-2019 proposed budget and proposed tax rate.

5. Consider Adoption of the 2018-2019 Budget - John Henry Holloway moved that the Board adopt for the 2018-2019 school year the following budgets: the Maintenance and Operation (M&O) budget of $22,595,376, the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program budget of $1,461,229; the Interest and Sinking (I&S) budget of $2,158,242; the QSCN budget $467,000 and the Construction Fund budget of $12,000,000. The motion was seconded by Casey Lout. The motion carried 5-0.

6. Consider Adoption of the 2018-2019 Tax Rate - John Henry Holloway moved that the Board adopt for the 2018-2019 school year the following tax rates: the Maintenance and Operation (M&O) tax rate of $1.1700 and the Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate of $0.2438 for a total tax rate of $1.4138. The motion was seconded by Daphne LaRock. The motion carried 5-0.

7. Consideration to Award Proposal for Package A of the Bond Program, the Construction of CES Parking Lot and Driveway Expansion Project - A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Greg Hubbard to approve the proposal for Package A of the Bond Program; the Construction of CES Parking Lot and Driveway Expansion Project for the base bid of $494,280 and Alternate #2 Tower Canopy for a guaranteed maximum amount of $645,006. The Package A Proposal Cost with the Alternate came in well under the planning budget and cost estimate for this package of the Bond program. The motion carried 5-0.

8. Consideration to Approve Waivers for the 2018-2019 School Year - A motion was made by Casey Lout, seconded by Daphne LaRock to approve the following waivers for the 2018-2019 school year: Modified Schedule/State Assessment Testing Days, Timeline for Accelerated Instruction and Teacher Data Portal of the Texas Assessment Management System. The motion carried 5-0.

9. Consideration to Change the September 13th Regular Monthly Meeting - The regular meeting of the Board will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at noon at Center Middle School.

10. Adjournment - A motion was made by Casey Lout, seconded by Greg Hubbard to adjourn the meeting at 12:36 p.m. The motion carried 5-0.

September 4, 2018 - Timpson has once again been reported to have experienced an earthquake Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 10:06am. 

According to the United States Geological Survey, an M 3.2 earthquake occurred 7km northwest of Timpson, Texas at a depth of 5.0 km.  

Timpson was the location of a 4.8 magnitude earthquake May 17, 2012 and several other similar earthquakes after that time.

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Letter from Commissioner Christian Regarding the Earthquakes in Timpson

September 4, 2018 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 7 yesterday morning that reportedly occurred the previous night, about one half mile east of County Road 1211.

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 10:30 p.m., on September 2, a 2008 Pontiac passenger car was traveling east. For reasons not yet determined by Troopers, the driver drove across the westbound lanes and struck a tree. The crash was not discovered until approximately 8:30 a.m., on September 3.

The driver is identified as 17-year-old Emily Hernandez-Garcia from Center. Hernandez-Garcia was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

September 4, 2018 Alto, Texas – Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to participate in a day program learning about the ancient hunting and throwing device known as the atlatl. The program will be offered at 1:00 P.M. Activities will include instruction on the development of hunting tools, different atlatl styles, and throwing techniques. There will be an opportunity for participants to practice throwing darts at a target using the atlatl. This program is part of a primitive technologies series being offered at the site. 
The program is free, but regular site admission applies.

  • Who: Neal. Stilley (Archeological Steward for the Texas Historical Commission & Texas Master Naturalist)
  • What: Primitive Technologies Series: The Atlatl (Age Limit is seven and older, Ample parking provided)
  • When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 with 1pm Instruction Time
  • Where: Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas. The site is located 6 miles west of Alto, and approximately 30 minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas. Call 936-858-3218 for directions or additional information.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and ceremonial center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and the preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit

September 3, 2018 - Weather statistics for August 2018 are prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.

Highest Temp was 99 degrees recorded on 5 days
Highest Temp on Record was 110 degrees on 8-18-1951 and 4 days in 2011
Lowest Temp was 64 degrees on 8-03-2018
Lowest Temp on Record was 52 degre es on 8-31-1986

Rainfall Recorded was 4.81 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 3.52 inches
Above Average by 1.29 inches
Highest Recorded for This Month was 15.10 inches in 1997
Lowest Recorded for This Month was 0.00 inches in 1951

Yearly Rainfall through August is 37.22 inches
Average Rainfall through August 34.76 inches
Above Average by 2.46 inches

0 Triple Digit Days in August - 5 days Recorded with 99 degrees

Full weather report click here

August 31, 2018 - The Center Fire Department responded to Tractor Supply for a fire inside the store on Friday, August 31st around noon. 

Upon arrival on scene, the store was full of smoke and firemen quickly learned an employee had used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames containing it to the back corner of the building. Firemen then used fans to help draw the smoke out of the store.

Center Fire Department Chief Keith Byndom said at this point it is unknown if the fire was intentional or accidental. A lighter appears to have been used to start the fire.

The Center Police Department arrived on scene to investigate the incident. No additional information is available at this time.

August 30, 2018 - On August 21, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required our public water system Sand Hills Water Supply, PWS ID 2100013 to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to the presence of contaminants or an interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption. This is only for the customers that have been on a Boil Water Notice.

Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of August 30, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Derek DiVerdi at 936-332-7683 or Sand Hills Water Supply at 936-590-9032.

August 29, 2018 - San Augustine County is under a court ordered Burn Ban effective August 28, 2018 until further notice. 

Personal outdoor cooking memorandum:

  • All outdoor cooking must be used on a concrete slab/asphalt and must retain all burning coals, residue or anything capable of igniting a fire.
  • No combustible material will be around the cooker.
  • The cooker must have someone with it at all times.
  • There must be a fire extinguisher, fully loaded and functional at all times, marked and readily accessible within 20 feet of the cooker/fryer.

This order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for:

  • Firefighter training
  • Public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations
  • Planting or harvesting of agricultural crops
  • Burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code, and meet the standards of Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.

In accordance with Local Government Code 352.081(h), a violation of this Order is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

Please help us protect our forests and homes. Thank you!

Several agencies were involved in the arrest of the McCoys. Pictured above are (from left) Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires, Shelby County District Attorney Investigator Joey Haley and Shelby County Constable for Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood.

August 29, 2018 - A Constable Precinct 3 investigation recently led to a multi-agency involved arrest of two following the discovery of narcotics in the possession of the suspects.

Steven McCoyAccording to Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, he has recently been assisting DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department in the search for several stolen guns.

While following up on that information after the recovery of one handgun, Constable Cheatwood was interviewing two individuals at their residence when he noted a vehicle at the scene and ran its license plate number. Cheatwood stated the plate came back to a different vehicle.

Tina McCoyWith suspicion of the vehicle being stolen, a search warrant was acquired with the assistance of the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

Representatives of the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 1 Zach Warr, Constable Precinct 4 Jake Metcalf, Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers - Keith Jones, Jesse Fountain, and Taylor Buster, and a DeSoto Parish K-9 unit all went to the residence at 9541 FM 947 in Tenaha.

While several individuals were detained outside of the residence, the DeSoto K-9 was used to search the house, leading to the discovery of narcotics by District Attorney Investigator Joey Haley and Constable Metcalf.


Pictured above are narcotics and a handgun recovered at the McCoy's residence.

Recovered from within the residence were several prescriptions not belonging to anyone living there including Prozac, Xanax, Hydrocodone, Caffeine tablets, as well as methamphetamine. Additionally taken as evidence were a .380 caliber handgun and several cellular phones.

Arrested at the residence were Steven McCoy, 25, of Beaumont for possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony; possession of a controlled substance, third degree felony; and felon in possession of a firearm. Tina McCoy, 48, of Tenaha was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony.

Constable Cheatwood extended appreciation to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Constable Warr and Constable Metcalf, Texas Department of Public Safety, and DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson and his department, as well as the citizens for their help.

September 12, 2018 - The Commissioners’ Court removed the burn ban during their September 12th meeting.

August 29, 2018 - The Commissioners’ Court voted during their meeting today, August 29, 2018 to continue with the burn ban. The burn ban is still in place.