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SSISD Board Hears Reports; Announces Dates for May Board Election

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Superintendent of Sulphur Springs School Michael Lamb informed school board members Monday night during their January meeting that the Lady Cat Softball Complex and the Wildcat Baseball Complex would have basic features available when the season starts around February 1 of this year. He said there would be a place to park, a place for fans to sit, and restrooms. These will be finished in the next three weeks. Wiring for lights should be completed in the next two days, according to Lamb. Backstops for softball are in place but new nets are being shipped at this time. The backstops for baseball and bleachers for baseball should be delivered in the next two weeks.

Board members also heard a report from Susan Johnston regarding the 504 and Special Education services for students with disabilities. Approximately 25% of SSISD students are in these programs. Currently there are 50 teachers involved in special education and 20 involved in the Special Services Department. The program plans to continue to build classroom curriculum, providing workshops and meetings for staff training.

On the elementary level, Kristin Monk, Assistant Superintendent, focused her report on headstart and pre-kindergarten programs. Approximately 20 students are participating in the “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” program. The program requires parents to read 1,000 books to the student prior to the student entering kindergarten.  Approximately 14 pre-k parents and staff walked and logged a total of 2,007 miles in a week. The program was in collaboration with Texas Agri-Life Extension. The Pre-K support staff has completed 182 of 184 face-to-face visits with families to identify family strengths and to set family goals.

Josh Williams, Assistant Superintendent, said a grant for $2500 has been received to support Attendance Incentive Project. FFA has competed in Fort Worth.

School board trustee election filing dates were announced as Wednesday, January 17, 2018 through Friday, February 16, 2018.  The election will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

PERSONNEL

Resignation

Megan Price                     Science Teacher                         High School

Mid-Term Retirement

Charlotte Holland               SpEd Aide                                   High School

New personnel

William Giles                     Government Teacher                  High School

Kaley Williams                   Science Teacher                         High School

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Author: Staff Reporter

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