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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:24 pm

Columbus Independent School District Board of Trustees approved action for an agreement between CISD and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Champion Valley during their July 9 meeting at the CISD Boardroom.

CISD Superintendent Dr. Robert O’Connor spoke to CISD trustees regarding the item and said after the approval of this agreement and with the Founder’s Campaign scheduled to take place on July 26 in Columbus, this will officially make it the Boys and Girls Clubs of Champion Valley/Columbus Unit.

According to the Facility Use Agreement between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Champion Valley and Columbus ISD, the district has agreed to allow the use of Columbus ISD school facilities for programming and supervising various recreational programs and activities to be offered by the Boys and Girls Club and also, both the Boys and Girls Club and the school district wish to formalize this arrangement by incorporating the same into a written agreement.

The facilities covered by the agreement include the Columbus Junior High School-Riverside Campus and the Columbus Elementary School. Also included in the agreement are shared usage by the Boys and Girls Club and CISD of cafeteria/multi-purpose room, gymnasium, outside track and practice fields as well as other space.

The agreement states that the Boys and Girls Club may use these facilities from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on school days on Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays when scheduled. Dr. O’Connor clarified to CISD trustees that even though the agreement is worded from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on school days, that Boys and Girls Club representatives plan to use the facilities during after school hours. Also, all usage and scheduling of the facilities within the school district shall be with prior approval of building administrator.

 During the period that they are in use of the buildings, the Boys and Girls Club is required to display the organization’s official service mark/logo along with banners, posters and signs in a manner not disruptive to regular school activities and in accordance with the district’s policies.

Dr. O’Connor pointed out that, stated in the agreement, is that each party agrees to inform its general liability insurer of the agreement and that each party further agrees to obtain an endorsement or other verification than this agreement for use of the facilities: will not be considered a “joint venture,” as defined in the policy; and that the liabilities of the parties to third parties for joint or individual use of each other’s facilities will be determined and apportioned in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

The agreement also requires that the Boys and Girls Club agrees to hold CISD harmless from any and all liability, including liability for attorney’s fees sustained by the District by virtue of the use agreed to under this contract, except for liability caused by the negligence of the district or its employees.

He then said that, after three years in the making, there is now a Boys and Girls Club under Champion Valley in the city of Columbus.

“It has been a long process to get to this point,” O’Connor said. “We hope this will be beneficial to the kids within the community.”

After Dr. O’Connor concluded his presentation about the Boys and Girls Club, the agreement between CISD and the Boys and Girls Club of Champion Valley was unanimously approved by CISD Board of Trustees.

In other business, CISD Board of Trustees took action on approving a budget amendment.

CISD Assistant Superintendent For Finance and Operations Dr. James Laub said this was pertaining to moving money with the budget from item 11 to item 81 to complete the construction on the concession stand at Memorial Stadium and other maintenance needs.

After hearing his report, CISD trustees approved the budget amendment.

Other items:

•Approved action to approve Update 94, affecting LOCAL policies. Dr. O’Connor informed trustees that this was regarding the district having a plan to deal with students within the district who have food allergies.

•Approved action to award fuel bids for the school district to Colorado County Oil.

•Were presented with updates/changes within the 2012-13 Student Handbook by CJHS-RC Principal Gary Leopold and CHS Principal Jerry Brem. The handbooks for the upcoming school year will be posted online on the school district’s Web site at, beginning July 23.

•Trustees were provided with information regarding the CISD 2010-12 District Improvement Plan by CISD Director of Student Services Chandler.

•Trustees were given a presentation regarding Response to Intervention by CISD Superintendent Dr. O’Connor.

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