Two school boards meet tonight

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 10, 2007 - Two school districts which serve Hopkins County children will meet tonight for what each’s agency promises to be rather routine meetings.

Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s board of trustees are slated to begin their regular September meeting at 6 p.m. in the board room of the SSISD Administration Building, while Yantis Independent School District’s trustees will begin their meeting one hour later, at 7 p.m., in Yantis cafeteria.

Each, after establishing a quorum and getting the meeting underway, will open the floor for public forum, during which anyone who has signed up may direct comments to the board.

Sulphur Springs, during the administrative reports and information session of the meeting, will hear an update on construction projects at Sulphur Springs High School and Early Childhood Learning Center, which were completed enough to begin classes in them, with only a few finishing touches remaining, Superintendent Patsy Bolton said last week.

Also, a report on Head Start National Reporting System will be presented as will a Secure Our Schools grant award. The Head Start report is several pages, and includes six assessment levels for children in both English and Spanish during the spring, as well as skills growth charts in four levels from fall to spring, program profile, and charts and information on program participants’ social economic development from fall-spring.

The district’s grants administrator was notified Friday by Senator John Cornyn’s office that SSISD is one of eight recipients designated to receive a federal Secure Our Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The district will be getting $194,701. More information about that grant and what the money will be used for will be available at the board meeting tonight.

Sulphur Springs’ board will also be recognizing Bowie Elementary for being one of six nominated for consideration for the National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program for 2007-2008. All six schools will be evaluated, with the top two schools picked for submission for the national program.

During the action items portion of the meeting, SSISD will be asked to approve teacher appraisers and appraisal calendars, as well as a contract with Sulphur Springs Country Club for use of the facility by the golf program.

At the end of the meeting, the board can enter into executive session for any sensitive personnel or land issues which have been brought for consideration or discussion. Following the closed session, the board will again reconvene in open session to take action if any is needed on the matters discussed during the executive session. The board will  then adjourn.

At Yantis ISD, during superintendent’s reports will hear about donations from three local churches to ensure all students have adequate school supplies.

Routine items for board consideration on Yantis’ agenda include a resolution regarding extra curricular status of Wood County 4-H organization, and local policy updates as recommended by state officials, and designation of honors classes to be submitted to the UIL board, routine administrative clerical items required under “No Pass, No Play” guidelines, according to Superintendent Harold Cowley.

The board will be asked to approve proposed additions to the substitute teacher list as well as employment of additional staff.

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