[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ theme_builder_area=”post_content” _builder_version=”4.17.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.17.6″ _module_preset=”default” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_column _builder_version=”4.17.6″ _module_preset=”default” type=”4_4″ theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.17.6″ _module_preset=”default” theme_builder_area=”post_content” hover_enabled=”0″ sticky_enabled=”0″]I am proud to announce that the Newton County Pct 4 Constable’s Office has initiated its School Safety Program at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
The lack of continuous law enforcement presence for our schools in Deweyville was one of the first things I wanted to change once I was sworn into office. Without a huge budget, we had to get creative so, I implemented a Reserve Deputy program to facilitate the need.
Reserve Deputies are certified Texas Peace Officers that attend the same required Peace Officer Academy (Police Academy) and must maintain the same continuing education mandates as a full-time officer/deputy. Reserve Deputies have the same exact powers of arrest and authority as any other Peace Officer on or off duty.
The word ‘reserve’ simply notes that the deputies are unpaid officers within the department. Each of my Reserve Deputies are officers that have transitioned to the private sector or a different career field altogether, ultimately to make a better living.
With a combined 243 years of experience and 64,201 TCOLE training hours logged, the expertise and skill these deputies bring to the Constable’s Office and our community are far above average. Two of my deputies have a master’s degree, three have a bachelor’s degree, most are prior military, 3 of us are SWAT certified, one deputy is the IT technician for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation, and one deputy is a published author of a book detailing his amazing military career.
I have a nationally recognized K-9 unit, several deputies with administrative law enforcement experience, and one of my deputies was awarded a Gubernatorial Commendation from Gov. Greg Abbott for his heroic actions at the Santa Fe School shooting in 2018.
As a law enforcement officer, I swore to enforce the laws of this state and protect my citizens and as an elected official, I swore to be a good steward of our taxpayers’ dollars. With the NCCO4’s School Safety Program, our office is taking care of both of those promises.
The average cost for a completely outfitted patrol vehicle is approximately $53,000, and the benefits package and officer salary is a minimum of $96,000 per year. Training costs, uniforms, and other costs associated would be another $10,000 or more.
By implementing a Reserve Deputy Unit, my office will provide continuous law enforcement presence for Deweyville ISD every day school is in session at almost zero cost to taxpayers.
In fact, the only cost associated with this program is the fuel, maintenance, and insurance (and other misc. costs) for the patrol vehicle the deputies use, which Deweyville ISD has generously agreed to fund.
I would like to thank Deweyville Superintendent LaJuan Addison and her staff as well as the Deweyville ISD School Board, Republican Party Precinct Chair, and State Delegates David Kelley and Gary Langton for their support and assistance in implementing this program.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank the men and women of International Paper in Orange who, after hearing about the program, generously donated $10,000 towards the purchase of our patrol vehicle.
Above all though, I want to thank, you, the citizens of Precinct 4 for trusting in our office’s ability to serve and protect our community and its future, our children.
Constable Howard M. Wonders
Newton County, TX Precinct – 4
OCDR hosting 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays, looking for Food Vendors
Orange County Disaster Rebuild is hosting the 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays on November 16th at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center.
They are looking for food establishments in Orange County interested in participating to contact them at 409-745-9719. They are hoping to have more than 30 vendors at this year’s event.
Tickets go on sale the first week in October.
County Tax Office releases updated Trust Property List
The Orange County Tax Office released its updated trust property list.
They are accepting minimum bid amounts only at this time. According to the tax district, if properties do not sell, the may be sold at a reduced amount at our next online tax resale auction in 2024.
Please call for more information. 409-882-7971
West Orange-Cove CISD Unveils Innovative Mobile Classroom, Revolutionizing Learning On the Go
WOCCISD is proud to announce the launch of our innovative and fully equipped mobile learning lab, a solution funded by the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant. Pioneered by Dr. Alicia Sigee, Director of Student Services at WOCCISD, the new mobile classroom is committed to providing an adaptable learning environment for various learning needs and community engagement.
The mobile classroom redefines traditional learning methods. This state-of-the-art vehicle boasts two slide-outs, three touch-screen television monitors, comfortable seating, and a versatile table that can be removed to create more space for students. Additionally, the unit includes a restroom, a kitchenette, a back room with pull-down seats, and an ADA wheelchair elevator, ensuring an inclusive learning environment for all. Finally, the classrooms are outfitted with dry-erase boards and touchscreen monitors to allow teaching on every surface. This innovative vehicle transforms learning into an engaging, interactive experience that can stand alone entirely with four AC units and a generator onboard.
The primary focus of this vehicle will be the expansion of the successful “Read and Roll” program, particularly during the crucial summer months of the learning slide; however, we plan that this mobile unit will have many uses throughout the year.
“The “Read and Roll” program is already established as an impactful community initiative and has been a cornerstone of WOCCISD’s commitment to student learning loss,” stated Dr. Alicia Sigee. “Operating during the summer, the program combines literacy initiatives with meals and community service opportunities for student groups. By going directly into the neighborhoods where students live and play, the program ensures accessibility and community engagement.”
Other initiatives the vehicle will be used for include but are not limited to
Community Resilience: During crises such as hurricanes and disasters, the lab transforms into a disaster command unit and feeding site, providing vital support to the community.
Community Engagement: The lab enhances community engagement through an enrollment hub for parents, local parades, family nights, and parent education initiatives.
Education Empowerment: Parent education sessions on platforms like Skyward and insights into grading periods provide parents with tools to participate in their child’s education.
Comprehensive Events: From “Back to School at LCSO” to FASFA Nights, the lab facilitates diverse community programs such as meet-the-programs nights and mobile job fairs.
“We are thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking diverse mobile classroom,” said WOCCISD Superintendent Dr. Rickie Harris. “Our goal is to provide an educational space that accommodates various learning styles and ensures that every student feels welcome and included. This vehicle embodies our dedication to delivering a high-quality education beyond traditional boundaries.”
This innovative mobile learning lab embodies WOCCISD’s dedication to adapting and evolving to meet the changing needs of students, families, and the community. It symbolizes resilience, innovation, and commitment to empowering lives through excellence every day!