Financial, academic reports approved at SISD board meeting

Two reports were approved by the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees during their meeting on Monday night, December 17 at the Administration Building.The first report approved was the 2011-2012 financial audit report, which was presented by Kathy Wilks. A clean opinion was given on the financial statement as a whole.A brief rundown was presented and discussed, which were compared to last year's information. Playing a role in this year's report were several grants, the energy conservation project and the passing of the Tax Ratification Election.Nathan Ehlert, the business manager at Sweetwater ISD, praised Wilks for her assistance throughout the process as the state continues to raise their standards. In turn, Wilks praise the administration staff for their work with the report.The other report presented and approved was the 2011-2012 AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System) Report. While a public hearing was held in conjunction with this matter, no comment was heard.Kathy Smartt, the assistant superintendent of Sweetwater ISD, noted that the report was broken down by campus and compared to regional and state scores. As ratings were kept in place from the previous year, most of the information is identical to the past report.The superintendent of Sweetwater ISD, Terry Pittman, also stated that state legislation will determine the possibility of delayed ratings for districts, along with the standards of state testing and its impact on final grades.Also approved was the consent agenda, which consisted of the minutes of the November 19 regular meeting, the investment statement and delinquent tax lot bids. For the latter, one bid was added to the agenda, but all of the bids met the minimum bid requirements and were recommended for acceptance.The November 2012 financial statement and bills were also part of the consent agenda, which were approved. One new hire in professional personnel changes was approved as well.