Hopkins County United Way put a little bit more on its “score” board this week, but still has five meetings or “innings” in which the team can “score” a little more each week for an overall win for United Way this year, according to the 2014-15 campaign chairman.
Trustees designated a new representative to serve on the Head Start Policy Council, considered three resignations, recognized three students and a Sulphur Springs High School alumni during their regular October board meeting earlier this month.
Sulphur Springs Independent School District Trustee Robbin Vaughn volunteered to serve as the school board representative on the Head Start Policy Council. Leesa Toliver was recommended for the position, but noted that three prior years’ involvement on the board as an educator would preclude her from serving again, per program rules. So, Vaughn agreed to take the job.
Trustees also accepted resignations from three staff members: Brandi Rhudy, special education aide at Bowie Primary; Missy Caddell, seventh grade English language arts and reading teacher at Sulphur Springs Middle School; and Kimberly Isonhood, special ed aide at SSMS.
No permanent replacement was hired at that time to teach seventh grade but a long-term ELAR substitute is in place at SSMS. The aide positions weren’t filled either.
High school freshman Ryan Humphries and Bowie second graders Claire Monk and Aiden Woodard were asked to help begin the meeting; Humphries led the pledge to the U.S. flag and the elementary students led the pledge to the Texas flag.
Ryan Humphries is the son of NETData President Tory Humphries and Daidre Humphries. He said he was nervous starting high school, but so far has really liked it. He recently was selected to serve as president of the ninth grade class and is enjoying it.
Claire Monk is the daughter of Alliance Bank officer Kevin Monk and Sulphur Springs Elementary Principal Kristin Monk. Aiden Woodard is the son of SSMS art teacher Nathan Woodard and new SSHS theater arts teacher Lesha Woodard. When asked about their year so far, both Monk and Woodard agreed so far “it’s good.”
School officials also provided to trustees 2 1/2 pages of information detailing activities planned at various campuses’ Oct. 27-31, in observance of Red Ribbon Week, and September Head Start Policy Council minutes.
Chris Clement, 2004 SSHS salutatorian, was introduced. He graduated from college with an engineering degree and has been “hired on” to help Don Roundtree of Tandem Consulting “with some of our middle school problems,” SSISD Superintendent Mike Lamb noted.
Also approved during Monday’s regular board meeting were:
Minutes from the Sept. 8 SSISD Board of Trustees meeting
Tax credits and supplements for September 2014
Delinquent tax collections for September 2014
Financial statements and bills payable for September 2014.
The top patrol officer at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office lost his toughest battle Sunday, that for his life. Lt. Gary McLarry had been battling end stage renal failure and was hoping for a transplant. He died Sunday in Greenville from health complications.
The Sulphur Springs High School Wildcat Band gave an excellent performance Saturday evening at the Northeast Texas Marching Contest in Mount Pleasant, marking the second weekend in a row the band has earned first division ratings at contest.