Three dozen personnel changes were approved by Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, and term contract teachers who do not plan to return for the 2019-20 school year have only about 3 weeks to get their resignations in.
Assistant Superintendent Rusty Harden announced that July 6 is the 45-day contract release deadline. That is the date, according to Texas Education Section 21.210 of Texas Education Code, that is the last day teachers on term contracts who do not plan to return for the school year can submit their written resignation to the proper school official in order to be released from their contracts with penalty.
Trustees did accept resignations from three teachers and three aides Tuesday night, and approved two summer contracts, recommendations for 19 new personnel and nine personnel changes. These staffing changes will impact seven campuses.
Resigning were Sulphur Springs Elementary fifth grade teacher Brandi Caddell, middle school physical education teacher and coach Adolphus (Duane) Davis and special education aide Dayton Gifford; and high school government teacher and coach Brandon DeLorge, and inclusion aides Lori Franklin and Dana Wallace.
Summer contracts approved due to mid-term hire dates were those of Laura Badgett, a kindergarten teacher at Barbara Bush Primary, and Beverly Mayo, Sulphur Springs High School nurse.
New personnel were approved as recommended for six different campuses.
Kelsie Moser was approved to join the faculty as a first grade math and science teacher at Barbara Bush Primary. Amanda Walker is to be a special education aide at Travis Primary.
Approved to work at SSES were Natosha Burns, Lori Green and Vicki Nugent, fourth grade math teachers; Melva Dunan, special education behavior aide; Kendra Fisher, fifth grade teacher; Angel Tavera, bilingual instructional aide; and Kristy Williams, special education self contained aide.
At SSMS, Barbara Bloodgood was approved as a special education aide, Kayla Gentry as a sixth grade math teacher and Zuleyma Miranda as an eighth grade math teacher.
New at SSHS will be Ashley Bagwell as a math teacher and possibly a coach, Sean Coleman and Bryan Jones as a social studies teachers and coaches, Austin Fleming as a special education teacher and coach, Heather Fretwell as an English teacher, and Deanna McCoy as a health science technology education teacher.
Erin Echols was also approved to become a special education aide at Austin Academic Center.
Nine additional personnel changes were also approved by SSISD trustees, some requiring classroom swaps, others campus swaps, and in most cases changes in positions.
Mariana Hernandez will remain at Travis Primary, but will change from second grade dual language Spanish language arts and reading/science and social studies teacher to bilingual literacy support staff.
Tawnette Ramsey will continue teaching at SSES, but will exchange a fifth grade classroom for a special education classroom.
Renee Johnson will then move from Sulphur Springs Elementary where she is a fifth grade teacher to fill the second grade dual language SLAR/science and social studies position.
Susana Sanchez too will remain at Travis, where she will switch from teaching first grade dual language math and science to bilingual special education teacher. Olga Tellez will remain in a first grade classroom at Travis, but instead of teaching dual language math and science will now be teaching dual language science and social studies. Kelly Robinson will move from Douglas Early Childhood Learning Center to Travis, switching from prekindergarten ESL teacher to first grade dual language math teacher.
Chris Owens will trade in duties as a social studies teacher to become a SAC teacher at SSHS, but will continue to coach. Physical education teacher and boys coach Kevin Hatcher will then move from SSHS to high school to teach history and coach.
Adriana Ortiz will remain at SSMS, but will trade duties as an at-risk class aide for those of special education aide.