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School board to review audit, special program funds

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Sulphur Springs school trustees Monday night will be asked to consider approving the district’s annual financial audit, consult an attorney on possible litigation and receive reports on more than $9.03 million in special grant and allotment funding the district receives.

Trustees will receive the report compiled by Rutherford, Taylor and Company, P.C., the firm the district hired to conduct the annual financial evaluation of district finances for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2013. Then, the board will be asked to approve it.

The board will also asked to approve  the consent agenda, which includes December tax credits and supplements, delinquent tax collections, and financial statements and bills payable.

The Jan. 13 agenda, then lists potential for four other items during executive session: consulting with an attorney regarding possible litigation; discuss and consider personnel items for the board to consider which have arisen or been presented since the last board meeting; discuss any real property issues; and finally, the board is to conduct the annual evaluation of the superintendent and discuss extending his contract and compensation. After discussing those matters over a meal during the closed session, trustees will then reconvene in open session to officially vote on issues pushed forward for action, if there are any.

During the administrative reports portion of the meeting, Assistant Superintendent over elementary education Betty Lawson is expected to give a report on special program funds for this school year, including $9,013,143 in non-competitive grants and allotments, and $17,187 in competitive grants.

The board will also receive the the Head Start director’s December report, “ACF and PI Summaries for January,” and an overview of Head Start monitoring review findings.

During the public forum portion of the meeting, trustees will be presented with items from children, staff and community members thanking them for their service in observance of School Board Recognition Month.

In a release from the superintendent’s office, Lamb notes that Sulphur Springs Independent School District offers thanks to “these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.” Thus, they will be recognized during their regular January meeting, which begins Monday at 6 p.m. in the Administrative Building.

“We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families,” said Lamb. “These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future.”

School trustees are elected by the public to serve three unpaid three year terms on the board of education. Board President Kerry Wright has served five years, Vice President Don Sapaugh eight years and secretary Tammy Cooper three years, while board member Jacquelyn Brice has 12 consecutive years on the board, Jason Dietze five years, John Prickette three years and Leesa Toliver one year.

The press release notes that board members’ duties include developing policies and making “tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. Trustees also are responsible for approving and overseeing the shaping of a $30 million budget which serves about 4,200 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and pays for services of more than 600 employees on nine campuses.

“Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. Please join us as we applaud these local leaders for truly caring about our kids,” Lamb said, urging the community to join the school at the 6 p.m. board meeting Jan. 13 as they recognize and thank trustees for their service.

Selected to help open the meeting by reciting the pledge to the American flag is 10th grader Sidney Dietze, daughter of Jason and Jill Dietze, and to the Texas flag are Travis Primary second graders Landon Burkett, son of Timo and Mindy Torres; Donavan Perry, son of Chris and Gwen Perry; and Janeth Rivera, son of Israel and Claudia Rivera. The call to order also lists a culinary program highlight.




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