Sulphur Springs and Como-Pickton trustees will hold their regular July meetings at 6 p.m. Monday, each pushed back one week due to Independence Day. Yantis will hold yet another meeting Tuesday — at least the fourth this month.
Sulphur Springs ISD
The school board in Sulphur Springs will be asked to consider a number of items which would allow summer repair projects at various schools, as well as insurance bids, a three-year janitorial contract and a state waiver.
Sulphur Springs Independent School District Director of Plant Operations Dale Guest will ask the board to approve proposals for a concrete drive at Sulphur Springs High School on the section of Connally Street not already concrete.
Trustees will be asked to designate the superintendent or another person to make decisions for repairs and replacements of school equipment at the new Sulphur Springs Middle School, where school staff in late June discovered moisture under the building, which caused two types of mold in the building. The facility was evacuated as a safety precaution for air quality issues, and an evaluation conducted. A specialist was called in to drain the water from under the surface.
The person designated to act on behalf of the district regarding SSMS would be able to approve “contract for the replacement or repair of school equipment at Sulphur Springs Middle School.”
Because the 2013-14 school year is quickly approaching, speed and efficiency are a priority. The designated person could give approval of contracts as they come in, which likely will be between board meetings, to prevent delays in the repairs.
In other business, the school board had previously approved purchase of a Honeywell emergency management system for Sulphur Springs High School, but trustees had inquired if a discount was available if the district purchased systems needed for the three remaining schools to be upgraded. After more investigation, Guest reports that a volume discount for three units bought at the same time is available and may recommend purchasing systems for SSHS and for Early Childhood Learning Center and Austin Academic Center, too, for a savings of $19,080 overall.
Trustees are also slated to receive an update on food service purchasing for the upcoming school year. The food service director this year plans to purchase all food and cleaning supplies from companies listed in the Region VIII Food Purchasing Cooperative.
The board will meet in executive session to discuss personnel presented for approval since the last board meeting and any other personal issue which might have come up.
Afterward, the board will reconvene to officially decide on those matters.
A work session to begin firming up the 2013-2014 budget will be held at the end of the SSISD board meeting, which is being held in the board room of the Administration Building, 631 Connally St.
Como-Pickton trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, in the high school library, to consider a bid for floor covering in the elementary and hire new staff to fill as many of the remaining open positions as possible. Trustees will also be asked to consider a date to schedule a workshop to begin development of a budget for the upcoming school year.
Informational items will include budget information, monthly financial reports and curriculum and instruction reports.
School trustees in Yantis will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, to consider employment of new personnel. Trustees have already had three special meetings since the regular June board meeting to try to fill staff openings. In May and June, at least seven staff members resigned and four new people were hired. June 21 and July 1 called meetings dealt exclusively with personnel. The July 11 meeting, in addition to accepting resignations and employing new personnel, also included discussion on board goals and objectives and a budget workshop. The July 16 meeting will be specifically for employment of new personnel.
Tuesday’s meeting will be held in the Yantis ISD conference room.
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