Sulphur Springs School Board made preparations for the start of a new school year Monday night during their regular session.
A grant written by Superintendent Michael Lamb designed to loan students’ equipment necessary to access digital technology when they are away from school was approved. Starting with the high school, 190 hot spots will be available for check out through the high school library. Five hot spots will be available for team travel buses to assist with homework while on trips. The hot spots will be available to students who do not have access to internet service in their homes. Kajeet, the wireless internet, will filter information that can be accessed and monitoring of what is downloaded will be available to the school. The hot spots will be available for students sometime in the next two months.
In other action items, the board approved a revised Child Nutrition Meal Payments and charge policy.
Changes were made to the Concussion Oversight Team. Brad Abell is being removed from the team and Cassie Ervin and Marcos Garza were added. Dr. I. L. Balkcom IV also serves on the Oversight Team.
The board approved Ordinance 2-18 levying an annual ad velorem tax of $1.35048 ($1.04 Maintenance and Operation and $0.31048 for Interest and Sinking), per $100 cash valuation for 2018.
An application for Value Limitation Agreement from Solemio, LLC will be considered by the board. Superintendent Lamb was authorized to review the application for completeness and submit the Application to the Comptroller of Public Accounts and to approve any request for extension of the deadline for Board action beyond the 150-day Board review period, as may be required. They also retained attorneys/consultants to assist the district in review and processing of the Application of Value Limitation Agreement from Solemio, LLC pursuant to Chapter 313 of the Texas Property Tax Code.
Changes to the Middle School and High School handbook 2018-2019 were presented. There are few changes to the handbook.