Reports heard at SISD board meeting Monday

Three reports were presented and approved at the Monday night meeting of the SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) Board of Trustees.A public hearing was included as part of 2012-2013 TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Report) report, but no public input was heard. This report is similar to the previous AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System) reports, but is now under a different name.All Sweetwater campuses met the standard, while the Wallace campus--which includes students from Sweetwater--was cited as improvement required. However, two schools in SISD earned designated distinctions.Sweetwater Middle School attained academic achievement in Math, while East Ridge Elementary earned a distinction in Reading/ELA (English/Language Arts). For the latter campus, their rating increased from 73% up to 83%; the state average stands at 81%.Also during the meeting, Cathy Wilks gave a brief presentation of the 2012-2013 financial audit report, in which all three letters came back with a clean opinion. SISD business manager Nathan Ehlert praised Wilks' helpfulness in the work for the audit, which is an extensive process that even goes beyond the financial realm.Additionally, the board training report stated that all three tiers were met and/or exceeded by all board members.Tier One includes orientation and legislative updates, while the second tier covers teamwork. The final tier deals with continuing education for board members, which also includes specific training for the board president, Ginny Mayes.Furthermore, the board approved the election of the Nolan County CAD (Central Appraisal District) board of directors. Board trustee Russ Petty will represent SISD, while Ben High will serve as the city appointee, and the county will be represented by Jerry Rozzlle, Randall Smith, Domingo Castillo, Mike Ensminger and Jerry Lee Hunt.Approval was also given for the two resignations and two new hires in professional personnel, while two reassignments were acknowledged in paraprofessional personnel. The consent agenda was also approved, which consisted of the minutes of the November 7 and 18 meetings and investment statement, along with the financial statement and bills for November 2013.