SSISD, Yantis ISD boards to meet Monday night

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

June 10, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs and Yantis school boards will each hold regular monthly meetings Monday night.

Trustees for Sulphur Springs Independent School District will meet at 6 p.m. in the district administration building for their monthly meeting. 

The Sulphur Springs board will hear updates on progress of construction projects at Sulphur Springs High School and Early Childhood Learning Center, a portable building at Travis Elementary School, summer activities and other reports.

A presentation of preliminary data will be given detailing how district students performed on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Tests, as well as the 2007-2008 calendar for credit by examination testing.

The Sulphur Springs High School Band program is asking the board to approve allowing band students to take a trip. The SSHS band has been invited to participate in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. The total cost for the trip will be $58,000, which the district would not have to pay. The band booster organization would pay $22,000, students would come up with $30,000 ($300 each), and the remaining $6,000 would be paid from proceeds from the fall student fundraiser, band officials proposed. The students would participate in the parade and visit Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Museum of Art, Sears Tower, a Broadway-type show and the recently opened Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

During the meeting in Yantis, which begins at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, the board will be asked to consider approving a refund of money received for a hurricane grant and additional funds for cheerleaders. 

Yantis Superintendent Harold Cowley is slated to give reports on summer school, cafeteria services and architect firm WRA's progress for the proposed building and remodeling projects at YISD. The board selected WRA as the project architect in April.

Other items on YISD's agenda include adoption of an agreement with Wood County, adopting legislative Update 80 to local board policies and discuss the possibility of new legal counsel for the district.

Both Yantis and Sulphur Springs school boards also will hold executive session at the end of their meeting to discuss any personnel matters which may have arisen since the last meeting of that board. Sulphur Springs' agenda also allows trustees to discuss purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property should any such issues be presented.

Each board following the closed session will reconvene to take any action on items discussed during the executive session.

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