"Tidehaven trustees extend Seigrist contract" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees renewed current superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist’s contract through January 2021, during their regular meeting Monday night. 
   “I am very happy about the board of trustees extending my contract through January of 2021.  Tidehaven ISD is just a very special place from the students to the parents and to the staff members all the way through the trustees,” Seigrist said after the meeting.
   “It is an honor to serve as superintendent for Tidehaven. Our next goal will be moving forward on the selected demolition and renovation of the old high school campus, along with my other superintendent duties. Those will be my main focus moving forward.”
   Seigrist told trustees that he would take a trip to China from Jan. 9-23 to help consider an exchange program with students and teachers.
   “This business trip will come at no cost to the district,” added Seigrist, expressing his excitement for the trip.
   “The hotel, airfare and meals are all covered by sponsors and I look forward to going.”
   The trip to China follows a delegation of Chinese businessmen and women that visited in November to explore an export deal to sell Matagorda County beef to consumers in Chiping County and the surrounding region in China.
   Members of the Chiping County delegation crisscrossed the county with stops in Palacios, Bay City, Matagorda, Midfield, Markham, El Maton and Wadsworth. 
   They also toured several local businesses, Tidehaven ISD facilities, the Port of Palacios, the Center for Energy Development and the Bay City campus of Wharton County Junior College.
   Seigrist also added that the Chinese beef industry footprint would be about $30 million.
   “With that, they qualify for a 313 agreement with us, if they choose to be in our district,” he said.
   That agreement is one where a taxpayer agrees to build or install property and create jobs in exchange for a 10-year limitation on the taxable property value for school district maintenance and operations tax (M&O) purposes.

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