An update on bond refunding, credit by exam testing dates and the 45-day contract release date are among the topics to be discussed by Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees, at its regular meeting which begins today at 6 p.m. in the board room of the SSISD administration building.
Business Manager Sherry McGraw is slated to update the school board on conditions for possible bond refunding. Doug Whitt of Southwest Securities at the board’s May 13 meeting presented information regarding potential options for refunding bonds at a lower rate which would allow longterm savings or could mean an early repayment of the bonds. The board at that time adopted an order authorizing the issuance of refunding bonds, establishing parameters for the refunding and delegating authority to administration. The board agreed to further discuss which of the refunding scenarios should be given the go-ahead if favorable conditions exist.
Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed is slated to report on dates for credit by exam, which are tests administered for remediation or advancement purposes, as well as the 45-day contract release date set. Generally, the district tries to work with any staff hoping to make a job change after the contract release date, but is not obligated to release that employee after the date. Usually, unless releasing the employee from the contract means a staff shortage for their position, which cannot be readily filled, an agreement is reached to release that employee.
Other routine items on Monday night’s agenda for trustee approval include: a contract with Region VIII Education Service Center for the 2013-14 school year, budget amendments for March-May, a depository bank bid and purchase of a vehicle and an ATV for SSISD security department.
The board, at the end of the meeting, is slated to go into executive session to discuss any personnel, professional employment contract and real property issues presented since the last board meeting on May 28. The board will then reconvene in executive session to make any decision on those items discussed during the closed session.
The May 28 session concluded with two resignations, three new hires and two personnel changes.
Resigning for personal reasons were Bowie/Lamar Primary music teacher Ann Garrett and Sulphur Springs Elementary third grade teacher Savanna Jennings.
Approved for hire on one-year probationary contracts which begin Aug. 15 were: Lory Owens to replace Amy McGallion as high school chemistry teacher, Amy Jumper to replace fourth grade teacher Lynlee McNair at SSES, and Hollie Watson to fill a new fourth grade position. McGallion and McNair both noted moves as the reason for resigning; their resignations were officially accepted at the May 13 school board meeting. McGallion’s last day was June 7, McNair’s was May 1.
Sandra Gibby was extended a two-year contract to replace Judy Gregg, longtime tax collector, starting July 1. Gibby has worked with Gregg for numerous years, which should make the transition go as smooth as possible. Chainie Collins will move to Austin Academic Center to fill the science teacher slot formerly held by Rachel Draper starting Aug. 15; the contract for the position is a one-year probationary offer. Draper was approved at the May 13 meeting to replace Jason Evans as academic specialist at middle school. Evans in February was approved to replace Connie Johnson as district PEIMS, testing and accountability coordinator. Johnson notified the district she was resigning at the end of the year.
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