Sulphur Springs school trustees Monday night honored nearly a dozen individuals for their service and dedication to schools and school-related topics, appointed two convention delegates, introduced the new high school principal, accepted three resignations and hired six new staff members.
Jason Dietze was presented a plaque recognizing him for serving as president of Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees for two years. Generally, trustees serve only one year as an officer in a specific office, then the seat rotates out to someone else on the board.
Dietze, who was elected to the board in 2009, was president of the school board when the district began the task of hiring a superintendent. Although the normal rotation would have had Dietze rotate out of the president’s seat, he agreed when his fellow trustees asked him to continue serving in that capacity another year for continuity. He had served as president during the superintendent hiring process and the board felt it best to maintain consistency in leadership during the usual adjustment period when one longtime leader leaves and another begins serving in the office; in this case, it was when Patsy Bolton retired.
“We are really grateful to Jason for all of his hard work. We are grateful he agreed to be in the position for two years. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and effort you put in,” said Kerry Wright, who had previously served as secretary and vice president of the board; when the usual board officers rotation resumed in May, Wright moved up to the president’s seat on the school board.
During Monday’s meeting, the trustees named Wright to serve as the delegate and Vice President Don Sapaugh as alternate delegate to go if for any reason Wright is unable to attend the 2013-2014 Texas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly on Sept. 28, in Dallas.
Also recognized during Monday’s school board meeting were 10 members of the local media “for their fair and balanced reporting of news regarding SSISD schools.” Districts have the option each year of nominating media representatives or agencies in the various media categories for Texas Association of School Boards’ Media Honor Roll.
Superintendent Michael Lamb said that when it came time this year to decide who to nominate, there was just no way to pick just one.
“You all do such a great job — getting things out on the radio, pictures. You all have your unique area. You do quite a job. There was just no way to pick one. Thank you for what you do for the community. Thank you media, not just outlets, but you,” Lamb said to the 10 recipients.
Recognized were Luis Noble, Scott Keys and Faith Huffman from the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram; Bill Bradford, Doug Haston, Enola Gay Mathews from KSST Radio/Channel 18 TV; Dave Kirkpatrick and Moose Morgan from KSCH Star Country Radio; and Bobby McDonald from Front Porch News.
“Thank you media. I am able to see all your hard work. Thank you. We appreciate the hard work to cover the district,” said Wright.
The awards recognize each recipient “for fair and balanced reporting, proving valuable information to the community about public schools, their students, parents and patrons.” The certificate with TASB’s insignia states that individual is “acknowledged and honored as a member in good standing of the statewide 2013 Media Honor Roll.”
Lamb also took the opportunity Monday to officially introduce Josh Williams as the new high school principal; he was hired during the special called noon board meeting on Friday, June 28, and assumed his new position Monday, July 1.
Following an executive session, the board also officially accepted the resignations of Brenda McKinzie as career and development coordinator at high school, Tracy Humphries as an aide at Sulphur Springs Elementary and Julie Silman as physical education teacher at Lamar and Travis Primary schools.
New staff hired were as follows: Shelley Patterson, district-wide bilingual and English as a second language director; Tonda Bryant, special education clerk; Kayla Gentry, high school math teacher; Edmund Dunaway and Lucinda Rodriguez, Austin Academic Center aides; and Karahlyn Troutman, middle school special education aide.
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