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Sulphur Springs ISD Board Briefs

Submitted by MIkki Daniel

A regular meeting of the Sulphur Springs ISD school board was on Monday, April 10, 2023.

PUBLIC FORUM

Mike Lamb accepted his official recognition as superintendent of SSISD after 11 years. He was presented with a plaque, by the school board, in commemoration of his time spent at SSISD. Little Elm has graciously allowed Mr. Lamb to split his time between the two districts through April. He plans to attend senior activities and participate in the graduation ceremonies.

Kevin Gibson, the father of an SSHS band member, spoke about the need for a practice area for the band. They start preparing for next year this week, and he offered ideas on how to make existing facilities multipurpose to meet this need.

The school board invited recent state competitors of SSHS.  

SSHS Power Lifting: Coach Jeter and Coach Page, along with Matt Mitchell (placed 7th), Laney Hurst, Haley Shultz, and Machelle Allen

SSHS HOSA – Mrs. Ridner, Mrs. Welch, Aubrey Crawford (placed 4th) UIL Film, Dr. Dick, and Alexis Villarino (State Champion). Not present was Nathan Bilyeu (6th) 

Administrative Reports 

Dan Froneberger gave a maintenance report with updates. 

  • Knee rail added to the teacher parking lot to keep livestock off of property during rodeos at Civic Center
  • New perimeters built at Douglass ECLC
  • New push bar door added to previously made tunnel entrance at high school
  • A new safety system is up and running at SSES
  • Limb damage cleaned up on the Houston Street lot
  • Replaced 640 air filters on campuses during March

Lyndsay Anderson, Special Services Director for the district, reported on the need for additional funds for the program based on the growing number of students in the Special Education program. They estimate that six new positions are needed to meet the needs of the SSISD students.  

Lisa Robinson updated the board on April plans for the curriculum department that has already set dates for teacher training for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Jeremy Lopez gave an elementary campus report.

  • Bilingual Teachers – working on planning for Gomez and Gomez
  • Reading Teachers – studying models of different reading curriculums to choose one for next year
  • Numerous upcoming events at all campuses

Justin Cowart gave a secondary campus report.  

  • SSMS DI Teams – 3 went to State, and one will go to Globals
  • National Junior Honor Society inducts 140 students this week
  • SSHS Academic UIL – District Champs
  • SSHS One Act Play – Regional Alternates
  • Wildcats and Ladycats Golf Teams – District Champs
  • Wildcat Soccer – Bi-District Champs
  • Ladycat Soccer – Area Champs
  • Blue Blazes – First place in the competition, along with numerous other awards
  • Softball is 7-0 in the district currently
  • Baseball – fighting for a playoff spot

Consent Agenda Items 

Tax Credits and Supplements for March of 2023 – approved. 

ACTION ITEMS 

Along with routine matters, the following received approval: 

  • The Contract of Election Services for the May 6, 2023, board election
  • Phase 2 and completion of the New Line Interactive Panels to replace existing boards
  • Instructional Materials Allotment TEKS Certification Form for 2023-2024
  • Completion of an application to TEA for a Foreign Exchange Student Waiver for less than five students
  • District Vehicle, 2023 Suburban
  • One-time COVID-19 Carry Over Request and One-time grant for Head Start Cost of Living Adjustment 

Personnel

Contracts

2023-2024 professional employment contracts (teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses)

RESIGNATIONS

Robinson, Lisa Assistant Superintendent Administration Personal 6/15/2023

Lamb, Michael Superintendent Administration New Job 3/31/2023

Ibanez, Cassie SPED Aide Bowie Personal 5/26/2023

Shearer, Stacie Academic Specialist Bush Primary Personal 6/15/2023

Loera, Carmela HS 4 Teacher Douglass Personal 3/3/2023

Mendez, Maria B Headstart Aide Douglass Retirement 5/26/2023

Combs, Kimber Title 1 Aide Johnson Primary Personal 5/26/2023

Fierst, Erika Grade 1 Math Johnson Primary Personal 5/26/2023

Martin, Jady Grade 2 Math/Science Johnson Primary Personal 5/26/2023

Moore, Gracie Grade 1 Math Johnson Primary Personal 5/26/2023

Nix, Lori Grade 3 ELAR Johnson Primary Personal 5/26/2023

Rollins, Alesia Music Teacher Johnson Primary Personal 5/26/2023

Wiggins, Megan Grade 4 ELAR/SSSS Elementary Personal 5/26/2023

Figueroa, Itzel Counselor Travis Primary Personal 5/26/2023

Adams, Vallesha Grade 6 Math Middle School Personal 5/26/2023

Findley, Justin Police Officer Middle School New Job 4/28/2023

Foshee, Sandra Educational Aide Middle School Personal 3/24/2023

Garmon, Kylie ELAR SPED Teacher, Middle School Personal 5/26/2023

Griffith, Carrah Educational Aide Middle School New Job 3/24/2023

Gutierrez, Nancy Educational Aide Middle School Personal 5/26/2023

Rozell, CodyTeacher/Coach Middle School Personal 5/26/2023

Stevens, Alison Art Teacher Middle School Personal 5/26/2023

Gebel, LouCTE Auto Teacher, High School Personal 5/26/2023

Mayo, Beverly Nurse High School New Job 5/1/2023

Ladd, Jamie Counselor High School New Job 5/26/2023

Moss, Elizabeth English Teacher High School New Job 5/26/2023

Shelby, Stephen Ag Structures Teacher, High School Personal 5/26/2023

NEW PERSONNEL

Meisetschlaeger, Stacy English High School Carla Baxley 8/10/2023

Hill, Kassidi SPED Self-Contained Bush Primary Leah Gore 8/10/2023

**Hartsell Wade, Christi Academic Specialist SS Elementary Sasha PoseyTBD

Lenius, Brynna Grade 4 ELAR/SSSS Elementary Lauren Price 8/10/2023

Shipley, Ellen Grade 4 ELARSS Elementary Megan Wiggins 8/10/2023

Barrios, Saylor ELAR Middle School Jill Crumo 8/10/2023

Evans, Madalyn ArtMiddle School Alison Stevens 8/10/2023

Personnel Changes

Name Former Position/Campus New Position/Campus Replacing Effective Date

Ditto, Sean SPED Teacher/SSMS Teacher/Austin Tamyla Hasbrouck 8/10/2023

Wright, Kathy Testing Coordinator/SSHSCTE Director/SSHS Jenny Arledge TBD

DeWitte, Marieke Title 1 Aide/SSES Math Intervention/SSES Melina Rivera Wilks 8/10/2023

Geeslin, Laura SPED Aide/RJPSPED Aide/Douglass Position moved to Douglass 3/22/2023

Harris, Tissha Grade 5 ELAR/SSESMusic/RJPAlesia Rollins 8/10/2023

McKinney, Hayley Grade 5 ELAR/SSES Grade 3 ELAR/RJP Lori Nix 8/10/2023

Daniel, Kendra VI / Special Programs VI / Special Programs changing to full time 8/10/2023

Crump, Jill ELAR/Middle School English/High School through attrition 8/10/2023

Thompson, Holly Reading Spec/Johnson English/High School Liz Moss 8/10/2023