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School trustees propose an 8.41 cent tax decrease that maintains revenues

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Olton school trustees are proposing an 8.41-cent tax decrease that will leave the actual taxes paid by an average taxpayer the same — $398 annually.

During their regular monthly meeting Aug. 15, trustees approved the proposed rate, 6-0, on a motion by Michael Ramage that was seconded by Troy Don Allcorn. President Connie Maxwell, Vice President Ruben Luera, Secretary Jesus “Chuy” DeLaCruz and Alicia Sanchez joined Ramage and Allcorn in voting for the proposed rate. Tullie Struve was unable to be at the meeting and did not vote.

The rate of $1.0359 per $100 of valuation is significantly less than the $1.12 rate approved last year, even though the effective rate brings the numbers much closer together.


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First day of School for Olton Independent School District students

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Belen Orozco, left, and Isabella Saenz, right, play at their desk in Lucy Chitty’s classroom at H.P. Webb Elementary School on Monday as they await the arrival of other classmates for the first day of school. See more First Day of School photos on the Olton Enterprise Facebook page.


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Sports

Scouting Report ’19: Mustangs ready to compete offensively and defensively

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The Olton Mustangs showed their stuff last Friday night in a scrimmage with Tahoka, especially inside the red zone.

After a lengthy lightning delay, the Mustangs looked a bit sluggish early on, but they quickly got going, making for a good scouting report for the 2019 season. Olton played their second scrimmage Thursday night, a dual with Abernathy and Seagraves. They open non-district play Aug. 30 at Sudan.

“You are going to see good things and you are going to see some not so good things, and we had a little bit of both,” Coach Ross Lassiter said of the first scrimmage with the Bulldogs. “We started kind of slow. I think a lot of that had to do with having some new guys that aren't really use to that speed of the game and varsity competition. But after the first 15 plays or so, I think they kind of woke up and decided they'd better play a little faster and play a little harder.”


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Fillies win tournament match, play much more competitive

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The Olton Fillies did something at the Littlefield Invitational last weekend that they haven’t done in several years — win a non-district volleyball match.

But they also did something they are starting to do fairly often — play competitively in every game. While the win over Dimmitt was the only match the Fillies won, they were competitive in all others.

And they were again competitive Tuesday night, when they took Lubbock Christian High School to 26-24 in Game 1 before dropping the match 3-0.


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Perspective

Investing intentionally in every student

An essential question to ask when the faculty and staff of Olton Independent School District considers what we do is why we do it. Why do we exist as an institution? What exactly are we trying to accomplish and why are we trying to accomplish it?  

The OISD staff has spent considerable time talking through these questions and collectively came to the same conclusion: Our kids! While the inspiration to do so comes in many forms and from many sources, we believe that we exist to serve our students so that they can have a successful future when they cross the threshold of the Olton city limits.

We are about more than notable accountability and the number of students that walk the stage in May. We want to instill hope, integrity, character, work ethic, and commitment in our students and to grow them into well-rounded citizens. We are about investing, intentionally, into every life that we have been called to steward, and we do so joyfully.

We want the imprint that we leave on our students to be noticed and for them to be branded as influential. We want them to do more than pass, we want them to excel — to thrive!

As a next step, we have evolved our conversation to answering the question, "In order to live our why, what must we become?" A "why" without action is dead, as we discussed during inservice.

This question is important because we begin examining our approach to what we do and how we do it. Our approaches must be effective to support the growth that we wish to see so that they can reach their potential. A student-centered institution looks very different than an adult-centered one. Our staff clearly feels that a student-centered institution is what they and the community want so our aim is to become what is necessary to accomplish our mission.  

I wanted to take a minute and thank the Olton community for the overwhelming outpouring of love, energy, and support that was shown to our staff during the past couple of weeks. We appreciate you and we are here to invest in your most precious asset — your children.

Kevin McCasland

Kevin McCasland serves as superintendent of Olton Independent School District.

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Obituaries

Wyman Beck ‘W.B.’ Scarborough

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Wyman Beck “W.B.” Scarborough, 80, of Earth, left this earth on Aug. 14, 2019, to rejoin his Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Earth Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. A memorial service followed at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hereford.


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Karam Amin Shaheed

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Karam Amin Shaheed (Clarence Steve Johnson), 63, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Olton Cemetery. A viewing was held from noon until 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at People Funeral Home in Denton.


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Cathy Dawn Prentice

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Cathy Dawn Prentice, 55, of Lubbock died Aug. 9, 2019 in Lubbock.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25 in the church sanctuary at Monterey Baptist Church in Lubbock with Dr. David Bell officiating. A time of visitation with the family will be held at the church following the service.


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Domingo C. Manzanales

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Domingo C. Manzanales, 78, of Earth, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Earth.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Earth Memorial Cemetery in Earth with Alvino Ancira officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.


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