School board plans to recognize McKinzie, review security audit

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 1, 2007 - Brenda McKinzie will be recognized Monday night by Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Education as the top Business Professionals of America instructor in the state. The board will also hear how the district did on its security audit and about a $150,000 grant which will essentially extend the SSPARKS program to the middle school level.

McKinzie received the BPA Advisor of the Year award on Wednesday, Feb. 28m at the State Leadership Conference in Chorpus Christi, for “25 years of service and outstanding leadership as a BPA advisor.” During that time, more than 400 Sulphur Springs students have advanced to the state BPA competition and about 70 to the national level.

She has served in several officer positions, including as president of both the district and area advisory boards, and serves on and chairs many committees as well.

School officials during Monday night’s 6 p.m. board meeting will honor McKinzie for her “invaluable” service.

The board on Monday night will also review the results of the district security audit, which included those involved in and steps taken during the audit, as well as the executive summary for the evaluation which districts are required to conducted at least every three years. 

On the report, the district receives both commendations, recommendations for change, notes, steps already taken, and long and short term projects in the following audit categories: school characteristics and building exterior, building access, building interior, monitoring and surveillance, communications and information, emergency operations plan, and school climate and culture.

The board will be asked to consider a resolution commending the Head Start program for a successful audit; a contract with Rutherford, Taylor & Company, P.C., to conduct the annual district financial audit; and a contract with the county to lease voting equipment for $2,440 of the overall cost for the equipment.

Administrators will also discuss the $150,000 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for the before and after school program “JUMP — Juniors Understanding Mathematics Plus” which the district was notified on Feb. 7 they were awarded by Texas Education Agency. The program will serve 102 middle school students 15 hours a week  during the 2007-2008 school year plus a six week summer program for summer 2008.

The board will also hear an update on construction projects at both Sulphur Springs High School and Early Childhood Learning Center. 

The regular April school board meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday in the board room of SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.

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