Sulphur Springs Independent School District is expected to submit a class size waiver exception request to Texas Education Agency based on kindergarten enrollment, which exceeds the ratio of 22 students to one teacher.
The six overflowing classes push the class average to 22.5 to 1, including two bilingual education classes. School trustees during Monday night’s regular board of trustees meeting, will be asked to approve a waiver request to submit to TEA. The district had trouble filling the opening for a highly qualified teacher the bilingual class. The district employed a qualified teacher as a paraprofessional, who will be hired as a teacher as soon as she passes the bilingual education exam, if TEA approves the measure.
Shelley Wright-Patterson, director of bilingual and English as a second language program, will present the annual education performance report for those programs based on 2012-13 information.
SSISD Business Manager Sherry McGraw will conduct a public meeting regarding the district’s final 2012 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas report, which simply is the annual financial management report.
Also during the Monday meeting, trustees will be asked to approve proposals for the tennis complex project as recommended by Gallagher Construction; a contract agreement with Sulphur Springs Country Club for use of the facility this school year; a document stipulating options for donation and disposal of surplus property and authorizing a person to oversee that.
The school district and city of Sulphur Springs will join entities across the country who recognize Oct. 20-26 as Red Ribbon Week. Various activities are planned at each campus to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles.
A proclamation will also be read declaring Oct. 25 as Bill Bradford Day in SSISD, and trustees will receive from Head Start the director’s August-September report and September Policy Council minutes.
In keeping with the new tradition, students from various grade levels and campuses will start the meeting reciting the pledges of allegiance. Sulphur Springs High School Freshman Class President Emily Johnson, daughter of Clay and Heather Johnson, will recite the pledge to the American flag. Bowie second graders Kate Monk, daughter of Kevin and Kristin Monk, and Kutter Hanna, son of Matthew and Shelly Hanna, will recite the pledge to the Texas flag.
Monday night’s regular SSISD Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the board room of SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.
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