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School Board Notes Campus Improvements, Summer Activities, Action Items During June Meeting

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New signs are being erected at Primary Schools and Douglass ECLC has a new sign with the correct spelling of the name of the school—Douglass. This information and more was presented to the Sulphur Springs School Board Tuesday night during their June session. Along with the signs, other physical changes are being made to buildings in the district as well.

At Lamar Primary School, additional parking area is being constructed along Milligan Street. At Bush Primary, four classrooms are being removed to make way for a gym. A plumbing project is underway at Bowie Primary. At Sulphur Springs Elementary School, new classroom carpet is in being installed and the kitchen floor has been opened for a plumbing project. Furniture from other campuses has been moved to the SSES. At the Connections campus, a sidewalk project is underway.  The ceiling is being repaired in the high school gym.

Activities for students in SSISD continue this summer. Summer School currently has 117 students registered in grades K-4. The programs for those students include Dual Language Education, general education, and extended school year programs for those students who qualify.

At Douglass, meetings are in progress for students who did not meet passing standards for the May administration of STAAR math and reading. For EDGE, the athletic summer training program for student-athletes, 230 students are enrolled. YMCA program at the Middle School is active with activities and field trips for those enrolled. The gym at the Middle School housed the girls and the High School gym housed the boys during the Summer Work Camp program that painted 21 homes in Sulphur Springs. Summer school is also underway at the Austin Academic Center with 36 students in each of the two sessions per day.

The board voted to provide a turn-around for school buses delivering special education students and other large truck deliveries to the  high school. The paved drive, at a cost of $76,000 will enable a better flow of traffic and provide a more efficient use of time for school employees.

With an upward adjustment, the an amended budget for the school year was approved. There were no changes to the Food Service or Debt Service but the general fund was increased to $39,088.979. The budget for the year began at $36,682,926 and was amended in February to $38,389,530. The increases to the budget were made due to construction and remodel at sports facilities and other locations.

The board conducted a budge work session Tuesday evening as they began to plan for the 2018-2019 school year budget needs.

Personnel changes were also made (See story here.)

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Author: Staff Reporter

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