Bolton named interim SSISD superintendent; Gerald Prim Stadium improvements OKd
From Staff Reports

May 11, 2004 -- Trustees for Sulphur Springs Independent School District appointed Patsy Bolton to act as interim superintendent beginning in July until a permanent replacement is found to replace Dr. Mark Henry as superintendent.

Henry announced April 23 that he was named the lone finalist for the superintendent position with Galena Park Independent School District. Henry said that he intends to accept the post after formally tendering his resignation on May 24, when the board meets to canvas results of this Saturday's trustees election. He will begin work at Galena Park ISD on July 1, the date Bolton is slated to assume the reigns for SSISD.

Bolton has served as an assistant superintendent of special programs for SSISD at the school for several years alongside Randy Reed, assistant superintendent of administration.

The board discussed the hiring of an interim superintendent during a 5:30 p.m. executive session held just prior to the 6:30 p.m. regular meeting of the board. Trustees voted on the matter and officially announced it at the conclusion of the regular meeting, just before reconvening executive session to consider other personnel contracts and matters.

Trustee Jackie Brice noted that Bolton's appointment as interim superintendent is contingent upon Henry's appointment and acceptance of the superintendent post at Galena Park. It was also noted that her acceptance of the position will henge on the contract meeting Texas Retirement System regulations. Both Bolton and Reed have been serving as assistant superintendents on a half-time retirement basis.

In other business during Monday night's board meeting, the board approved a one-time funding application for $2,500 for the Head Start Fatherhood Initiative program.

The board also approved a $66,866 bid from Hanna Construction Company of Sulphur Springs and East Texas Environmental Services of Tyler to reshape and crown the field at Gerald Pim Stadium. The finished field will have a one percent slope from midfield to each sideline. The field will also be level from end to end, eliminating the five-foot elevation difference from the southeast end zone to the4 northwest end zone.

Sprinkler and drainage systems will also be installed. The drainage system will span along the sidelines and along the north end, then connect to the storm sewer at a collection box located behind the curb on the south side of Houston Street near the new visitors dressing facility.

After the drainage and sprinker systems are complete, the field would be inspected and Bermuda sod installed in rolls. A final inspection would then be made and watering started to prepare the field for use by the first game in mid-August.

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