SSISD board set to schedule appraisals for teachers

From Staff Reports

Sept. 8, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District teachers will undergo appraisals from a team of educators expected to be approved at tonight's regular school board meeting.

The board is also scheduled to hear a report on the Head Start program and consider an agreement with Sulphur Springs Country Club for district golf teams to use the club's facilities.

The SSISD board is scheduled to meet beginning at 6 p.m. this evening at the district administration building located at 631 Connally St.

The appraisals of teachers would be conducted between Sept. 15 and May 1 under the guidelines being proposed to the school board.

Among the educators being recommended to serve as appriasers are Judy Tipping, Glenn Wilson, Rusty Harden, Karen Willis, Steve Carter, Shawn Sinclair, John McCullough, Tona Sue Hudson, Dwayne McMeans, Carol Worsham, Tommy Panter, Juan Harrison, Kristin Monk, Sherry Finney, Pam Voss, Rowena Johnson and Julie Ashmore.

Evaluations will be based on a professional appraisal system and guidelines in the Texas Education Code. Each instructor is to be appraised in a 45-minute session -- done in one session or shorter segments if both parties agree -- with appraisers allowed to make additional observations at their discretion. The teachers will receive written summaries of their appraisals within 10 days of the evaluation. The appraisers will include a "written summative report and summative conference."

Annual progress reports for 3- and 4 year-old students enrolled in the Sulphur Springs/Como-Pickton Head Start program wil also be presented tonight. The information comes from the Head Start National Reporting System.

In other business, the board will be be asked to approve a contract between the district and Sulphur Springs Country Club for students' and coaches' use of club facilities during the school year.

The agreement, which applies to those who are not club members, stipulates that only 13 boys and 13 girls will be allowed to play practice rounds on the golf course, although the club's superintendent and golf pro can approve exceptions. This limits interference with club members and wear and tear on the course.

The district, in turn, will pay the country club $2,500 a year, with the fee going toward golf course improvements. The district may also host three tournaments each golf season, which may be played on a Monday, unless otherwise approved by the SSCC tournament committee and board members.

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