SSISD Board to get update on bond election
Early voting to continue through Friday, Oct. 14
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 9, 2005 - Updates on the high school foundation and presentations related to the Oct. 20 school bond election top the list of items to be discussed during Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s regular meeting Monday night.

Administrators will update board members on more than 20 presentations made at the school campuses and to local civic clubs regarding the $13.359 million bond issue. Those discussing the bond still have one presentation to make, at noon Oct. 14, to Pilot Club at First United Methodist Church. 

The bond includes two propositions: Proposition One calls for $9.895 million for improvements and additions at Sulphur Springs High School, and the addition of eight classrooms at Early Childhood Learning Center which will be funded in part by a $229,000 federal grant.

Proposition One calls for $3,233,000 for a science addition, $2,613,000 for a fine arts addition, $2,000 for foundation repairs, $480,000 for asbestos removal, and $1,762,000 for the ECLC addition.

Proposition Two asks voters to approve refunding into bonds $3,500,000 maintenance notes previously issued for repairs, according to school data.

Only Proposition One will affect the tax rate as Proposition Two would allow the district to move the existing debt from the maintenance and operations part of the budget and tax rate to the interest or debt portion.

Early voting in the bond election, which began on Oct. 3, will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Oct. 14, in the SSISD Administration Building, located at 631 Connally St. The election will follow on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Admin. Building, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also Monday, the board will hear a report from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. regarding the high school foundation and their recommendations during the administrative reports portion of the meeting.

Policy updates from Texas Association of School Boards, Red Ribbon Week Activities and setting a dated for the board to canvass the election vote will also be discussed.

The board is also being asked to approve a contract with Sulphur Springs Country Club, a resolution establishing the National Incident Management System as the standard for incident management throughout SSISD, and campus improvement plans.

The board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, in the board room at SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.

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