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
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