SSISD teachers have limited time to get out of contracts for coming year

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 10, 2008 - Any Sulphur Springs Independent School District teacher who does not plan to return for the 2008-2009 school year has until July 10 to notify the school of their resignation in order to be released from their current contract, Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed told school board members Monday night during the regular trustees meeting.

"July 10 is the last day to release teachers out of heir contract for the 2009-2009 school year," Reed said. "The state says they must submit in writing 45 days prior to the start of the school year their resignation, which must be written. After July 10 we are not required to release them from their contract."

Superintendent Patsy Bolton, however, added that an agreement can usually be reached if the district can find a suitable replacement in time.

In other business, SSISD Director of Plant Operations Dale Guest reported that work is "just about through" on the lates construction phase of the athletic track at Sulphur Springs High School.

All that remains to be done is the striping of lanes, but Mother Nature keeps getting in the way. The likely will be delayed due to the latest rain, as the process can't be conducted until the surface is dry. Last week, the work was delayed due to winds, according to Bolton.

Striping is generally a two-day process, with the lines marked off one day and the painting of the stripes the next. A crew arrived to begin stripe work, making chalk marks and measuring lane widths at noon Monday, a few hours before a storm brought about an inch of rain on the area.

The work likely won't be finished until the end of the week, at which time the construction manger will be ready to do a "walk-through" before signing off on the project as complete, Guest replied when asked by board president Don Sapaugh when the project would be completed.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board approved contracts for service agreements with Region VIII Education Service Center for the upcoming school year. The contracts entitle district educators to participate in training which the education center in many instances requires district to be a member of a cooperative to attend.

In financial news, Bolton noted that the district last week received a $26,000 reimbursement, money that was refunded to Region VIII ESC and in turn given back to districts.

The board also approved a grant application which allows the district access to federal funding for special purposes. The district generally applies for these grants and is notified in the spring of the amount they will be receiving. The money mostly goes toward teacher salaries and development for special purposes and areas. For example, 25 percent of the Title 2D technology funding is required to be spent on staff development, while Title 3 goes to aides and bilingual ESL, and Title 4 is safe and drug free funding.

The board also approved an agreement for SSISD to continue sending deaf students to Greenville to participate in that city's regional day school program for the deaf.

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