Three local school boards to meet Monday

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 9, 2008 - Boards from three local schools will each meet Monday night at the respective schools for the regular monthly trustees meetings.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Sulphur Springs trustees will meet in the board room of the Administration Building, 631 Connally St., to discuss a number of items and consider approving next year's school calendar, an application for an early release waiver to be submitted to Texas Education Agency and a lease agreement with the county for use of voting equipment.

SSISD's board will also consider a Head Start refunding application, and additions, revisions and deletions for local school policies as suggested by Texas Association of School Boards Policy Services.

Renee Maeker is slated to give an overview of the Project Graduation Celebration 2008, a night-long lock-in full of activities for high school graduates in a safe, fun-filled drug- and alcohol-free environment.

High school Principal John McCullough and Kristin Monk are slated to present information during the Monday meeting on an "optional flexible year."

Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed will present information on salary incentives such as signing bonuses for secondary math, science and foreign language teachers as well as English as a second language, special education and bilingual education teachers. Reed is also proposing that the board consider adjustingthe salary for the last two "steps" on the local salary schedule, adding more funds to each.

In addition to usual personnel, contractual and property matters, SSISD board will also "discuss and consider discipline of a public school child" during executive session.

Como-Pickton board, during the 7 p.m. Monday meeting in the high school library, will discuss a number of topics and consider approving an agreement with the city of Como for a joint election, as well as an election judge, alternate and early voting clerks for the trustees election if one is needed.

C-P Superintendent Sandra Billodeau is slated give reports on activity funds, and criminal history and credit reports.

Assistant Superintendent Lydia Walden will report on grants. The board will be asked to consider approving the plan for the District Awards for Teacher Excellence (DATE) Grant.

The curriculum director will report on CScope, and the Mentoring Assistance for School Success Resolution. A staff development waiver will also be considered.

In addition to routine contractual matters, the board in executive session may also consult with an attorney and "consider appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee" as needed.

Yantis trustees during their 7 p.m. Monday meeting in Yantis cafeteria will be asked to approve auditors the 2008-2009 school year and additions to the substitute teacher list before going into executive session. During the closed session, the board will review personnel contracts, discuss a possible finalist for the superintendent position, heart complaints from Dana Gilliland against Steve Scott and any property acquisition which may be presented. The board is expected after reconvening in open session to name the lone superintendent finalist.

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