Close to two dozen personnel matter were approved by Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees during a special meeting called Monday specifically to speed the spring/summer hiring and assignments process along in readiness for the next school year. Overall, the school board members approved recommendations for nearly a dozen new hires and seven position or campus swaps, as well as three resignation.
Resigning was Lamar Primary officer Nicholas Floyd, in order to join Sulphur Springs Police Department. Also turning in notices of pending resignation were Sulphur Springs Middle School special education aide Brandy Fisher and English teacher Teri Tripplett, and Sulphur Springs High School journalism teacher Brandon Nelson.
Six campuses will be getting new staff members and seven others will be switching jobs or campuses, and in some cases both, according to the lists approved by the school board during the noon board meeting.
New to SSMS will be Kimberly Chisom as a special education aid and Jerry Burton as a seventh grade history teacher. Jennifer Morales, middle school receptionist will be taking on a position as a special education aide as well. Tyler Lindsey will be moving from SSHS, where he teaches math to SSMS to teach eighth grade math. Kacie Thompson, however, will be swapping campuses, going from middle school to high school, but will continue to serve as a special education aide.
New to high school will be Kristov Garcia as a math teacher and coach, Salvador Mejia as a Spanish teacher and coach and Lindsey Arthur as an agriculture science teacher.
Two new people were approved for hire at Bowie Primary, with two staff members moving to a different campus, and one switching jobs on campus. Cheryl Blount will transition from Bowie counselor to prekindergarten teacher at Douglass Early Childhood Learning Center; Blount previously was previously an ECLC teacher. Sarafina Clayton will move from Bowie Primary, where she’s a third grade English language arts and reading teacher, to Travis Primary to take a role in third grade literacy support. Esmeralda Aguilar will remain at Bowie, but will transition from Title I aide to library side. New to Bowie will be Michelle Erdle as an ELAR teacher and Cassandra Ibanez as a Title I aide.
Travis will be getting two new teachers and another will be swapping campuses first grade teacher Tiffani Lopez will be moving to Barbara Bush Primary to teach kindergarten math and science classes. Olga Tellez is to join the staff of Travis as a first grade dual language enrichment math and science teacher and Amber Cook is to become a new third grade ELAR teacher at Travis Primary.
Additional new personnel approved for hire Monday included Melissa Spencer as a Head Start 4 teacher at Douglass ECLC and Brenna Balog as a first grade ELAR/SS teacher at Barbara Bush Primary.