Achievements announced during SHAC report at Sweetwater ISD meeting

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) report was given Monday at the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees meeting, with two notable achievements.This year, the district was 100% compliant in student immunizations. Additionally, the numbers from the PEPSSA (Pregnancy Education and Parenting Shared Service Agreement) program have decreased to the lowest numbers ever recorded.The program includes both male and female students, and later in the meeting, the PEPSSA agreement was approved. Sweetwater ISD is one of many surrounding school districts involved in the agreement.Also during the meeting, Policy Update 99 was approved, which affected seven local policies. Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman gave an overview of the changes made in the policy update.Among the changes include requirements for Algebra 2, which does not have to be completed to graduate but is required for students wanting to enter a two or four-year college or university. The district is still looking at the possibility of offering the math class as early as eighth grade as an elective for end-of-course assessment.Also part of the update, every high school graduate will have to become certified in CPR starting next year. Certified personnel is available within the district to teach the course, which would be done during the senior year.In addition, students must have a personal graduate plan completed during their eighth grade year with an endorsement program selected. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all freshmen will be able to select from all five endorsements: STEM, Business and Industry, Public Services, Arts and Humanities or Multidisciplinary Studies.Other items noted in the policy update were the school board president's use of the district's attorney, public information, and instructional materials.Some changes to the local CH policy were also reviewed and approved, as Business Manager Nathan Ehlert explained that some changes were made to resolve conflicts that were seen between the local policy and the business procedures manual. The latter document was also updated, reviewed and approved at the meeting.Since the business procedures manual is a living document, regular changes are expected to occur in the future and would be brought to the board for approval. Also approved at the meeting was the Pilot Educator Appraisal project for the 2014-2015 school year, which Sweetwater ISD--along with Hawley ISD--will participate in a year before all districts will take part in the project.New advertising prices for the Mustang Bowl were also approved by the board. The platinum level will now be priced at $1,000 for a year or $2,500 for 3 years, while the gold level pricing will now stand at $750 for a year or $2,000 for three years.One resignation, two retirements and one reassignment were approved in professional personnel changes, and the consent agenda was also approved, which is made up of the minutes of the March 20 meeting, investment statement and delinquent tax lot bids, as well as the financial statement and bills for March 2014.