Wildcats Marching Band’s Percussion and Color Guard got a Four-Day Jump
Jul28

Wildcats Marching Band’s Percussion and Color Guard got a Four-Day Jump

The Wildcats Marching Band’s percussion and color guard got a four-day jump on the rest of the band as they opened a weeklong camp Monday morning. The entire band will get together Friday. New Percussion Director Jeff Garza ran percussion camp while veteran assistant band director Jennifer Turner led the color guard camp. Band Director Charles McCauley said the band would be larger this year with about 125 members. By Don Julian, KSST...

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Blue Blazes Drill Team Dance Camp
Jul27

Blue Blazes Drill Team Dance Camp

The first ever Sulphur Springs High School Blue Blazes Drill Team Dance Camp takes place this week Monday through Wednesday in the High School cafeteria. Cost is $45. Girls entering Kindergarten through 5th grades will have camp from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. and those entering Middle School will have camp from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Blue Blazes officers will teach the girls proper techniques and dance routines. Blue Blazes Director...

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Blue Blazes Camp
Jul24

Blue Blazes Camp

Listen to the interview. The Sulphur Springs High School Blue Blazes are offering their first ever summer dance camp next week in the High School Cafeteria. It will run Monday through Wednesday. Girls entering Kindergarten through 5th grades will be camp each day from 9 a.m. until noon while girls in Middle School will have camp from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Cost is $45. Girls can be pre-registered or can be registered on site....

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Lunch Prices Increased
Jul24

Lunch Prices Increased

The US Department of Agriculture wants to see schools in the National School Lunch Program narrow the gap between the reimbursement schools receive for free lunches served and the price being charged to paying students. Lunch prices were increased 25-cents three years ago and the Sulphur Springs School Board voted for another 25-cent increase Monday night. The increases keep the school district in compliance with a 2010 law.

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Tennis Complex on Schedule
Jul24

Tennis Complex on Schedule

Consultant Don Roundtree gave the Sulphur Springs School Board a construction update and timeline on the High School Tennis Complex Monday night. Dirt work is expected to be finished in two to two and a half weeks. Concrete is scheduled to be poured for the building on August 1. The building should arrive on August 7. Roundtree said something vertical should be seen by mid-August. Completion date is projected as December...

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Mike Lamb Calls the Budget Process Strange and Tough
Jul24

Mike Lamb Calls the Budget Process Strange and Tough

Sulphur Springs School Superintendent Mike Lamb calls the budget process strange and tough. He says guesses have to be made in February when funding info doesn’t come in until much later. At this point, Lamb says things are going well with the budget. Numbers released at a budget work session Monday showed more revenue than expenses by about $39,000. The board will adopt a new budget and a tax rate at an August 25 meeting.

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SSISD School Board Meeting Notes
Jul23

SSISD School Board Meeting Notes

The Sulphur Springs School Board Monday heard from district Director of Child Nutrition Rickie Elliott who gave the board information on food service purchasing for this coming school year. District Grant Writer Sherry Chester gave a report on a recent security audit for the district. The board kept the same vendors for general classroom materials and office supplies for next school year. The board renewed its beverage contract with...

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School Board Approves Resignations, Hires, Four Personnel Changes
Jul23

School Board Approves Resignations, Hires, Four Personnel Changes

The School Board Monday night approved five resignations, seven new hires and four personnel changes. Besides Transportation Director Larry Finney, the district is also losing district-wide strings teacher Garet Holdren. Former Career Technology Education Director at High School Tommy Panter was reassigned to Director of Transportation. By Don Julian, KSST News and Sports...

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SSISD School Board Accepts Retirement of Larry Finney
Jul23

SSISD School Board Accepts Retirement of Larry Finney

The Sulphur Springs School Board accepted the retirement of Director of Transportation Larry Finney Monday night. His last day is July 31. In almost 30 years with the district, Finney also served as a bus driver, a principal and a teacher. Finney said he looked forward to spending more time on his farms in Winnsboro and enjoying his extensive album collection. He said he’d also be working on Mrs. Finney’s honey do list. By Don Julian,...

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SSISD School Board Agrees To School Lunch Price Increase
Jul22

SSISD School Board Agrees To School Lunch Price Increase

The Sulphur Springs School Board agreed to raise school lunch prices 25-cents at a Monday night meeting. The cost will go from $2.00 to $2.25. Rickie Elliott, district Director of Child Nutrition, said the increase would show the district is trying to achieve the intent of federal Food and Nutrition Service rules. The board also witnessed a graduation ceremony for Nicholas McElfresh. High School Principal Josh Williams said Nicholas...

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