The Board of Trustees of San Saba ISD held a regular meeting on Monday, November 15th at 6 p.m. in the Central Administration Office. President, Darrin Barker called the meeting to order and established a Quorum with all Trustees in attendance. Board member, Kevin Shahan gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Certificates were given to the following Students of the Month: Elementary, Christine Robertson, Daniela Valencia & Angel Argote; Middle School, Jessica Estrada; High School, Tucker Cromer.
Elementary students Christine Robertson, Daniela Valencia & Angel Argote gave an impressive Video Book presentation.
Julian Zapata read a poem that he wrote about the American Revolution as part of his 5th grade Social Studies class, Myia Stewardson is the teacher.
High School student Tanner Hawkins was in attendance and spoke to the Board as one of the requirements for his Eagle Scout Merit Badge.
Superintendent Leigh Ann Glaze read a letter from Sonora parents complementing the Armadillo Kicker and Drill Team.
During the Staff recognition Band Director, Brian Sours, thanked SSISD and the Board for their support of the band program. The Band was awarded 1st Division at the Marching Contest.
Athletic Director, Jeff Pannell reported on the Bi-District win, the Armadillos defeated the Karnes City Badgers Friday, November 12th, in Dripping Springs by a score of 14-0. The win sets up a game against the Schulenburg Shorthorns for Friday, November 19th, 7:30 p.m. at Pflugerville Hendrickson Stadium with San Saba as Home Team sitting on the west side.
Superintendent, Leigh Ann Glaze, gave the following information:
1. The next School Board meeting will be Thursday, December 16th at 7:30 p.m., after the band concert.
2. On January 31st San Saba ISD ( selected staff and 4-5 students) will demonstrate the use of technology at the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse event. Other use of grants - Vision 2020 and T3 Funds - was explained and training sessions are coming up; Holly Wardell will speak to students and staff regarding legal technology issues.
3. Upcoming events listed are: Tournament week of Nov. 15th; ESC XV Snapshot - Nov. 30th; Lamar - Dec. 9th; MS UIL - Dec. 9th; Thanksgiving break - Nov. 24th to Nov. 26th; Elementary UIL - Dec. 7th in Early; Band Concert - Dec. 16th; Early release Dec. 17th.
4. Patrick Klein will be at the December meeting to present the audit.
5. Bids will be solicited for a passenger vehicle (Suburban) that is a budgeted item.
6. Auction items are a bus, $350; and a welder, $1200.
7. Last year SSISD had 683 for snapshots - on Friday Nov. 12th there was 717.
8. The outstanding charges owed the cafeteria is now $1500, down from $6500.
9. The Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP) plans will be Nov. 22nd. & 23rd.
10. SSISD will be hosting the Middle School UIL competition, expecting 550 students from 8 school districts.
The Board approved the following consent agenda:
A. The minutes of the regular meeting on October 11th.
B. Amended 2010-2011 budget.
C. The payment of bills.
D. The financial report.
E. Accepted a donation in the amount of $979 from the Booster Club.
F. One student transfer for the 2010-2011 school year.
Michael Bohensky, Assistant Superintendent, gave information on the following: CSOPE; all senior students passed the Exit Level Test except 2, that are needing assistance; Campus Benchmarking schedule; District Content Area Meetings scheduled; and information on the PBMAS (Performance Base Monitoring Accessment System); gave Oct. 28th Math Fest results; reported on Elementary School improvements.
Elementary Principal, Kay Shackelford, reported enrollment of 302, plus 16 Headstart and 97.12% attendance rate; the Walk-thru’s have been helpful; more kids/parents involved in reading nights; after-school tutorials; field trips are being planned; bullying program was during PE; reports on Red Ribbon Week, Math Fest and reading programs; a fundraiser is being planned; the Veterans Day Program, serving breakfast to veterans and their guests and a short program afterwards included Tanner Hawkins playing Taps and Tarah Crosby singing.
Middle School Principal, Vicki Key, reported 194 students and 96.5% attendance; Tutorials have started; Basketball games are in progress; reported on UIL; 1st day of 3rd Six Weeks started on Monday, November 15th; 15 students involved in OFYP.
High School Principal Woody Martin, reported 201 students with 97.01% attendance rate; really a fun time with the football team — chance at an area championship; OFYP days coming on.
Nov. 22 & 23; Benchmark tests the week after Thanksgiving; Girls hoops have gotten off to a great start and are 1-1 and the Hill Country Classic will be here the weekend of Nov. 19th; STAAR testing for HS teachers will be discussed; FCCLA participated in Trash Bash Sat., Nov. 10th in conjunction with Green Earth Week; there was a bullying program with Sheriff Brown.
During the Old Business, no action was taken regarding reduction or dismissal of property taxes for historical residences.
The following New Business items were presented or action taken:
A. The Board appointed Construction, Facility, Bond Committee presented their list of 13 recommendations after careful consideration and study. The committee members are: Kim Kirk, Marcie Maxcey, Kevin Shahan, Kay Shackelford, Kathryn Robertson, Woody Martin, Jim Wheeler, Jeff Pannell, Debbie Shahan, Kynda Jordan, Leigh Ann Glaze and Michael Bohensky.
B. The Board approved paying for cost of substitute teachers’ fingerprinting charge after substitute works for SSISD substituting 10 days.
C. SSISD had 100% of the teachers for the Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements.
D. The Board approved the Emergency Operations Plan and Pandemic Plan assisted by Sheriff L.A. Brown.
E. Reviewed the Transportation Handbook and the Federal Programs Handbook.
F. The Board approved Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of State Health Services - to be a catastrophic facility.
G. Approval was given for a Resolution to the Legislature in support of Making Education A Priority.
President Barker adjourned the meeting, announcing a short break before the Executive Session.
During the Executive Session, the Board regretfully accepted the resignation of Jan Crosby, Physical Education teacher at the Elementary School.