Public School Week has local campuses bustling

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 4, 2007 - Local schools will be bustling three nights this coming week with parents and community members showing support of their children during Public Schools Week activities at Sulphur Springs Independent School District.

Open house activities for Early Childhood and Beginnings Learning Centers, Douglas Intermediate School and Houston Learning Center are slated from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 5.

Middle school and high school's open house will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, and all four elementary schools — Austin, Bowie, Lamar and Travis — will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

The annual them is set by the state. This year's theme, "One Texas. One Vision. All Children," is designed to focus on "significant gains our state has made in ensuring that every child is successful."

More information will be provided by each school regarding each grade and class' slate of activities.

SSISD's school board will also be holding its monthly meeting Monday night at 6 p.m. in the board room of the Administration building, 631 Connally Street.

The agenda calls for reports and discussion on construction projects at ECLC and SSHS, an overview by Sandy Daniels of project graduation celebration 2007, recognition of Lamar Elementary by TEA as a Distinguished Performance School for outstanding academic performance, school board training on Head Start programs presented by Hillary Young, update on high school procedures involving semester exam exemptions and grading policy, and an update on spring athletics by Greg Owens.

The consent agenda including quarterly investment reports, tax credits and supplements for February, delinquent tax collections, bills, and textbook recommendations.

To be considered under action items are a resolution increasing assessment of delinquent tax penalties from 15 percent to 20 percent; approval of head start refunding applications and written plans for Head Start, and a proposal for professional engineering services with Sports Engineering Technologies regarding construction of a 400-meter track project at a preliminary estimate of $617,786.30.

An executive session will follow the open forum and other portions of the meeting. The board will reconvene following the closed session to take action if any is needed on any matters discussed.

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