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SSISD Board Approves CTE Budget Amendment; Hears Stadium Report; Meets Val & Sal; Approves Personnel Changes

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Monday night the Sulphur Springs School Board was introduced to the Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, saw two returning members receive the oath of office, heard reports on various projects, and voted to remodel the Ag Shop and purchase welding equipment to upgrade the program.

Lydia Burleson was recognized as Valedictorian

and Tori Mattison was recognized as Salutatorian of the Class of 2017. They were presented plaques by Board President Leesa Tolliver.

Ron Cardwell of Gallagher Construction Services presented an update on Prim Stadium. He stated they expect completion of work to fall in the first week of August as sub-contractors are being encouraged to complete their work by July 15th. He stated that the field is complete with the exception of some work along the perimeter. The turf field will be covered as the remainder  of  the work is completed. Lighting for field and stadium should begin and be completed in July.  The building foundations are complete and masonry work will continue through June. Structural steel for bleachers and the press box is in place and bleachers should be completed at the end of June. The press box should be finished at the end of July and is one of the last projects to be finished. Completion of plumbing and electrical work will also be final steps in the project. Concession stands, spirit shop, and restrooms are expected to be completed by mid-July. Paving of parking areas should being the second week of June and be completed by mid-July. Concrete podium, concourse, and retaining walls should also be completed by mid-July.

Robin Vaughn and Robert Cody received the oath of office Monday night. The oath was administered by School Tax Collector Sandra Gibby. Tolliver was re-elected as President of the Board and Vaughn as Vice President. Robert Cody was returned to the office of Secretary. The board leadership did not rotate this year. John Prickette nominated the current leadership saying that the board leadership had developed a good relationship with the administration and this would facilitate another smooth year for activities.

Breakfast and lunch fees for adult staff and visitors will increase effective Wednesday, May 10th. Breakfast will be $2.05 and lunch $3.60. Student lunches will see no change in cost.

In reports, Kristin Monk presented a report on the School Health Advisory Committee for 2016-2017. It was noted that students participated on the board and had made contributions to the process. Josh Williams presented updates to the Campus and District Improvement Plans.

The board authorized the Issuance of Refunding Bonds, Establishing the Parameters for the Funding and Delegating Authority to the Administration. This action will facilitate the needed steps in moving quickly in the bond market as needed. A budget amendment allowed the increase to the CTE budget. The CTE budget funds career and technology education in the school district. The board approved spending for an Ag Shop remodel, funds for welders, welding booths, CTE textbooks and funds to lease/purchase 1050 iPads. The old iPads will be sold and will fund at least one third of the cost of the new iPads. The board also approved a maintenance purchase of a sky-lift.



Billy Young                              Maintenance Worker                           Dist-wide

Kathy Houchins                       Librarian                                              High School


Zander Smith                          Strings Teacher                                   Dist-wide

Nicole Johnson                       Kindergarten Teacher                         ECLC

Rachael Johnson                    Kindergarten Teacher                         ECLC

Alison Thompson                    Grade 2 Teacher                                 Bowie

Laura Owens                           Grade 3 Teacher                                 SS Elementary

Clay Hansford                         Gifted & Talentend/ELAR Teacher     Middle School

Natalie Martino                        Asst. Athletic Trainer                           Middle School

Kaley Williams                         Science Teacher                                 High School

New Personnel

Kristin Brown                           Campus Secretary                              ECLC

Sarafina Clayton                     Grade 2 Teacher                                 Bowie

Sy Lucas                                 Grade 1 Teacher                                 Lamar

Renee Johnson                       Grade 3 Bilingual Teacher                  SS Elementary

Jovona Schmidt                      Grade 3 Teacher                                 SS Elementary

Kimber Thompson                   Grade 3 Teacher                                 SS Elementary

Cheryl Vickery                         SpEd Aide                                           SS Elementary

Amanda Williams                    Grade 4 Teacher                                 SS Elementary

Pamela Carter                         Culinary Arts Teacher                         High School

Jason Meskimen                     Economics Teacher/Coach                 High School

Amanda Griffith                       SpEd Aide                                           Austin Academic Center

Personnel Changes              New position/campus                       Former position/campus

Bridget Albert                          SpEd Aide/ECLC                                SpEd Aide/Middle School

Angel McCoy                           SpEd Aide/SS Elementary                  Instructional Aide/AAC

Mariana Hernandez                Grade 2 Bilingual Teacher/Travis       Bilingual Pre-K Teacher/ECLC

Sonia Cordova Yanez             Campus Secretary/Travis                   Title I Aide/ECLC

Brooke Howard                       Gifted & Talented & ELAR/SSMS       Grade 3 Teacher/SS Elementary


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Author: Staff Reporter

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