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Two school boards holding sessions Monday

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Two local school boards, Sulphur Springs and Como-Pickton, will convene Monday evening to receive updates on springs programs as well as plan future projects.

Sulphur Springs’ agenda includes updates on spring programs, routine items on the consent agenda, approving a contract with a public accounting firm for the annual audit and approval of a proposal to continue security upgrades on two additional campuses.

SSISD Director of Support Services Judy Tipping is expected to report on students’ accomplishments across the district in University Interscholastic League competitions so far this year.

The agenda also shows Head Start Director Hilary Young will give a board training session of  Head Start programs and Athletic Director Greg Owens will update the board on spring athletics.

The board is being asked to consider under one motion the Head Start Self-Assessment Executive Summary, March tax credits and supplements, March delinquent tax collections, and financial statements and bills for March.

In action items, school trustees are being asked to consider approving a letter of engagement which would allow Rutherford, Taylor and Company, P.C., to once again conduct the annual audit for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31. The company has conducted an annual finance evaluation for quite a few years.

Another item the board will be asked to approve security project which would extend the wireless lock and hardware project begun more than a year ago to include Bowie Elementary and Douglas Intermediate schools. The project would also include installation of security surveillance cameras on all school buses and security vehicles. District Director of Plant Operations Dale Guests, is recommending the district approve the bid from Fairway Supply of Dallas, the only company to submit a proposal for the project. Fairway performed the same type projects on other campuses, and handed in a $93,996 estimate for wireless locks and hardware systems, and a $145,436 estimated for security surveillance cameras for vehicles. The district was awarded a $243,712 Secure Our Schools Grant, more than enough to cover the $239,432 project, according to Guest’s proposal.

The board then will go into executive session to discuss personnel or property issues. Afterward, the board will reconvene in open session to officially take any action on items discussed during the closed session.

The regular monthly Sulphur Springs trustees meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, in the board room of SSISD Administration Building, located at 631 Connally St.

Among the top items on Como-Pickton’s agenda are requests for early graduation, a grant project, some preliminary TAKS scores and facilities repairs and planning.

Under curriculum and instruction reports, the preliminary TAKS results for third, fifth and eighth grade tests scores will be presented. Summer school dates will also be discussed and set for this year. The athletic director will also give an overall program report and anticipated needs for the 2009-2010 school year.

In business and financial reports, the board will consider making much-needed electrical repairs in the older facilities. The estimates are from a study completedsaid last year prior to the inaugural camp. “My dad worked long hours, and worked out of town. Now that I'm older, I understand and appreciate the sacrifice he made for his family. I think the Boys and Girls Club will be a great focal point in bringing those values and morals to young kids' lives.”

Those who take part in the camp don't have to be members of the Boys and Girls Club. Registration forms for the free camp, which should be turned in by Monday, April 13, are available at the Sulphur Springs Boys and Girls Club, Fieldhouse Sports and all county schools, For more information about signing up, call the Boys and Girls Club at 903-438-8404. Local business owners and others interested in donating items for the camp can call the same number for additional information.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs High School practice facilities. Like the first camp, each boy who attends will receive a free T-shirt, but this year, they’ll also take home a $30 Nike bag filled with all manner of goodies. (Nike sold the bags to Lewis, who is footing the bill for the freebies, for $10.)

Local banks are donating hot dogs for the youngsters, and other local businesses are donating drinks.

Another change this year is a “Friday Night Lights Kickoff Dinner” that will be held at the Boys and Girls Club beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24.

Pryor, Boys and Girls Club director, said the dinner will have a “down-home barbecue theme,” with brisket  and link sausage featured on the menu to “show the folks that Damione is bringing that ‘country’ is great.”

There will also be a live auction for memorabilia and other items, including tickets and VIP field passes to a Carolina Panthers game against the Dallas Cowboys expected to be played in the Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington (NFL schedules will be announced Tuesday).

Tickets to the dinner are $15 for adults and $10 for kids and can be picked up at the Boys and Girls Club, located at the old Houston Elementary School campus on College Street, until 7 p.m. each Monday through Thursday until April 20.

Pryor urges people to get their tickets early.

“We want to show our appreciation for Damione and the other folks coming with him,” she said.




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