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Summertime’s buzzing with activities at Sulphur Springs schools

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School may be out for the summer for most students at Sulphur Springs Independent School District, but the 2-month break is still a busy time for administrators, some teachers and students, and other staff.

A few students will pass the first month of summer in classes making up days and getting the extra help they need in class so they can advance to the next grade level in the fall with their classmates.

Third, fifth and eighth grade students who did not pass the reading and math sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests, with parent consent, are attending summer school so that they advance to the next grade level, administrators explained.

Summer school for elementary students continues from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday through July 16 at Travis Elementary, where the free summer child nutrition program is also being held through July 16. Breakfast is offered from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. free for all district children up to age 18. Also being held at Travis through July 16 are bilingual education and English as a second language summer school for students entering kindergarten and first grade, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Classes for eligible 3-year-old Head Start students are being conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through July 9 at Early Childhood Learning Center.

Middle school students enrolled in summer school will attend classes from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays through July 2 at the school. Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tutoring in math and reading is also being held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to noon through July 1 at Sulphur Springs Middle School.

The high school campus began summer school on June 15, those classes will continue through July 16. From June 29-July 9, TAKS exit level tutorials will be offered, with TAKS exit level retesting slated July 13-16 at Sulphur Springs High School.

Ninth grade STARS summer classes, REACH completion for selected 2009 seniors and selected ALA students began June 15 and continues weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon through July 16 at Sulphur Springs Alternative Learning Center.

School employees, particularly contracted teachers, are reminded to keep July 9 in mind if they are considering resigning before the next school year.

“We are not required to release them from their contract if its within 45 days of the new year,” said Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed. “If an employee expects to hand in a resignation, they need to do so by July 9. The contract release date is the next day, but we’re closed on July 10. It has been our policy  to not release them beyond the deadline, particularly in critical shortage areas, until a suitable replacement has been found.”

Reed said that while that’s policy, the district does try to keep their staff happy, working with them as they are able to try to accommodate their requests to release them from contracts when possible.

While summer school and similar activities aren’t being held at all campuses, that doesn’t mean the campuses are silent. Several campuses are undergoing repairs and renovations, projects budgeted in the current fiscal budget.

At Lamar Elementary and Bowie Elementary schools, restrooms are being renovated much as the ones at the middle school and high school were done, including repairs or replacements of flooring, ceilings, lights and auto flush valves. Motion sensor lights are also being installed, which should reduce the rate of utility consumption by 80 percent a year, according to SSISD Director of Plant Operations Dale Guest. At high school the floor in the auxiliary gym is being refinished. Some campuses will have old lights replaced with florescent lights.

Sixteen classes at Bowie Elementary and Douglas Intermediate school will be outfitted with new doors and locks, security upgrades funded with Secure Our Schools grant money. At Douglas, ceiling insulation will be put in, better more efficient lights, and air conditioning units possibly moved around to be more efficient as well. A drive- through will also be paved on the school campus on Calvert at Freeman Street for buses, which will help separate bus traffic from that of parents picking up and dropping off their children.         “Arms” will be installed so buses can park and be housed there during the day while keeping other traffic out, according to Guest.




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