by Emily Waldrep
Spurger ISD held their monthly school board meeting on Thursday, February 23 to discuss district goals, and to approve or deny various campus projects.
The board went over key school district goals first. A few of the goals discussed in detail were leadership; student academic planning; student credit recovery; school spirit; academic goals; curriculum; campus, grounds and facilities operations; and transportation.
Board members also reviewed and discussed the Elementary and High School AEIS Reports and performance ratings. Both campuses met the adequate yearly progress with flying colors. The High School also had great scores regarding college readiness and the ACT. The report said that 24.1 percent of Spurger students planned to pursue a science, math or technology degree, 84.4 percent of students planned to attend a 4-year university, and 34.4 percent of students were the first of their family to attend college. Last year's senior class also met and exceeded the national average for ACT scores.
The board also looked at mineral values, expressing concern that mineral values will decrease in value soon, and this could affect schools across the county. Texas Senate Bill 1505 has more information about the decrease in mineral values in Tyler County.
Board members praised the food service department at Spurger for exceeding expectations during a recent audit. Out of 13 sections of the audit, they only had one small area that required a change – cotst of an adult breakfast must be increased ten cents.
"Mrs. Leona and her staff do an absolutely tremendous job," said Joe Fisher, superintendent of Spurger ISD.
One of the last orders of business in the meeting was to discuss, consider, and approve or deny a motion to move the air conditioning system in the Minter Gym to the Elementary gym. Presently, there is no A/C in the small elementary gym , which gets extremely hot during the summer and can't be used.
Spurger was one of very few schools to receive a "cool schools" grant that would allow them to get a new A/C. The board approved to move the A/C from the Minter Gym to the elementary gym, and to install a new A/C system in the Minter Gym.