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Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees To Hold Special Meeting On Friday, Aug. 23

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A special meeting of Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees has been called for noon Friday, Aug. 23, in the board room of SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.

The agenda includes one report, one action item and an executive session.

District Business Manager Sherry McGraw is slated to talk about how an amendment to House Bill 3 of the 86th Legislature will impact school funding, particularly the Foundation School Program in the 2020 school year. It changes which taxable property values are to be used in calculating a district’s local share of of the FSP.

McGraw also will present for board consideration amendments to the budget for fiscal year 2018-19, which ends on Aug. 31. The board approved the 2019-2020 general fund, food and debt service budgets at their Aug. 12 meeting.

Trustees then are slated to enter into executive session to discuss any personnel or real property matters presented since the Aug. 12 meeting. The district has filled most openings in readiness for the 2019-2020 school year which began Tuesday for students.

The school district website shows an innovative learning design specialist is still needed for high school to replace Meredith Townsend, who resigned in July. Posted Aug. 8 was an opening for a Title 1 teacher’s aide at Travis Primary School, a position left open when Karina Perez switched from that job to academic specialist at Travis. The district website also shows an opening posted Aug. 12 for a special education teacher’s aide at Barbara Bush Primary School.

One real property matter still to be determined is the sale of the farm-style house built by high school students enrolled in construction career and technology courses the past two school years. The district held an open house to give anyone interested a chance to look at the house. The home is up for bid, per state school rules which required items over a certain dollar value be bid on instead of sold outright. Trustees were expected to select a winning bid at the Aug. 12 meeting. However, Assistant Superintendent Josh Williams reported the district received no acceptable bids for the house. Thus, the matter was tabled until a later time.

SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.
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Author: Faith Huffman

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