Discipline, SHAC reports heard at SISD board meeting

A couple reports were discussed by Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Assistant Superintendent Kathy Smartt during the March meeting of the SISD Board of Trustees.The Data Validation Monitoring for Discipline Report was approved, in which the district took part in the report due to results in the recent PEIMS (Public Education Information Management System) report, which reflected action from two years ago.With assistance from Region 14 representatives, the information was examined which determined that some previous coding errors took place. In some instances, the PEIMS system and the district's Code of Conduct did not align on the severity of offenses and consequences.Recently, campus principals attended a legal workshop regarding discipline. Currently, Sweetwater ISD is using the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) system, which has proven to be a great proactive measure.Also regarding discipline, the board discussed suspensions, such as when the first day of a suspension is applied, along with the separation of transportation and class suspension for students in the Wallace Accelerated High School.Overall, Smartt stated that the report was a very useful learning experience on procedures and other related issues. And while no action was taken, the assistant superintendent also gave a report on the district's School Health Advisory Council, or SHAC.SHAC is made up of 25 members, including school board members, parents, local ministers, healthcare personnel, local law enforcement, high school students, grandparents, counselors, and educators and administrators from the elementary, secondary and collegiate level.The group meets for a minimum of four times a year and discusses eight components, such as health education, healthy and safe school environment, counseling and mental health services, parent and community involvement, staff wellness promotion, health services, physical education and nutrition services. Smartt added that the local SHAC group also endorses programs like Female Force and Sweetwater BackPack Buddies. Leah Andrews, the creator of BackPack Buddies who serves on SHAC as well as the school board, stated that the council is very concerned with the issues discussed. Additionally, school board trustee and SHAC member Nancy Johnson said that the student representatives offer a different perspective to the council and were a good addition to the group.