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SSISD just 1 teacher away from being highly-qualified

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District is one secondary math teacher away from having a 100 percent highly-qualified staff this year, the standard established by the No Child Left Behind act.

“We are 99.6 percent highly-qualified. That’s every teacher but one has yet to meet the requirements of the test. She will have the option to do that in the next couple of weeks,” noted Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed.

The campus report indicates Sulphur Springs High School has 63 mathematics classes, but only 57 are taught by highly qualified teachers. That’s 9.52 percent of SSHS math classes not meeting the highly qualified standard.

“That’s a little misleading. Each teacher is counted by the number of classes they teach at the secondary level. That’s why the number appears inflated,” said Reed, explaining that all six off those classes are taught by the same teacher, who is working toward achieving the highly-qualified status.

Reed said that to attain the highly-qualified status, each teacher in addition to attaining educator certification by passing the state test must also have 24 hours in the field they are teaching.

SSISD Board of Trustees President Kerry Wright asked how this year’s HQ rating compared to last year’s rating.

“We’ve been 100 percent before since No Child Left Behind went into affect. We’ve been one to two percent off the last few years. We’ve had to add some positions,” Reed noted.

Reed also noted at Monday night’s board meeting that the district had received Texas Association of School Board Localized Manual Update 98. TASB drafts this for schools to reflect the most recent changes to legislation; the legal part of it the district will be required to adopt. The area in which SSISD will have a little flexibility is local policy. 

“The local we’ll take a look at before we present it next month to you for approval to make sure those local policies are what we want,” Reed said.

Also during Monday night’s board meeting, trustees approved campus improvement plans, which Assistant Superintendent Betty Lawson explained are submitted each year to the board for approval. Each campus submits a plan created following a needs assessment by a campus site-based committee. That school’s needs are incorporated into the plan, which is used all year to make sure needs, supplemental plans and activities are utilized to meet the needs of those students.

Each school’s campus plan is available for viewing on the school website, www.ssisd.net, by selecting the “about SSISD” menu, then the district, strategic and campus plan links.

Robert VanWinkle Sr., who has been serving as one of the district’s representatives on the Hopkins County Appraisal District Board of Directors, was approved to continue serving in that role for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2015.

SSISD Board secretary Tammy Cooper was also nominated to continue serving as the school board representative on Head Start Policy Council for the current school year.

Two students and a group of men were also given special recognition during Monday night’s board meeting.

The school board presented certificates of appreciation to six men for their service on Friday mornings in preparing breakfast for students who attend “Coffee with Coaches.” Thanks were offered to Lonnie Fox, David Larkin, David McCaig, Ricky Reynolds, Dick Stanley and David Watson for getting up early and donating their time starting at 4:30 each Friday morning to prepare breakfast for these students.

“It’s not just a football breakfast. These are men in the community trying to build better men through this breakfast,” Superintendent Michael Lamb noted as the board handed certificates to the six community members.

Lamar Primary second graders Reese Holt, son of Andy and Lindsey Holt, and Caroline Prickette, daughter of John and Gena Prickette, lead the pledge to both the American and Texas flags.

Lamb explained that the board established as a goal doing positive things to recognize students for their leadership skills. School personnel are asked to select a couple of students to recite the pledge as one way of doing so. Different campuses and grade levels are selected each month.

Two Sulphur Springs Middle School students were asked to recite the pledge to the American flag Monday, but due to a miscommunication about when the meeting would be held, were not able to do so.




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