by Emily Waldrep
The Spurger ISD school board held its monthly school board meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Administration building to go over school spirit, budget items, district goals and to choose a school calendar.
First, Brandon Shumake spoke about Spurger School Spirit, and how this Spring has been a successful and busy time for all of Spurger ISD. The FCCLA team competed in the regional competition with two scrapbooks, and Mattie Fortenberry received a first place prize with her book. Seventeen students in One Act Play advanced to the area competition for the first time in Spurger ISD history, and spiked interest in the One Act Play program for the entire district. The FFA Chapter had 3 students show in Houston and Fort Worth, and Hunter Smith ranked 7th in Fort Worth with his heifer. Brooke Kaylor will also be competing in the state competition in goat tying as a 10-point favorite, and Luke McLeod and Hunter Smith will be the first students from Spurger to ever compete in the regional talent competition. Ten students played tennis, and three of those advanced to the regional competition. Both varsity basketball teams, as well as softball, all made playoffs, and the three-on-three basketball tournament fundraiser held at Spurger Gym had over 50 current and returning students participating. Outside of athletics, 7 students participated in a field trip to STEM day during spring break, and 18 students participated in “Cat in the Hat” reading day. UIL competition was also a success, and 22 students competed, with 6 advancing to regionals. Shumake says that, “it is a pretty positive time in the hallways of Spurger School right now.”
The board approved the elementary, high school and district improvement plans, which include programs such as the phonics program, after school tutorials, accelerated program, after school homework helps, and a possible algebra 1 lab so that students can become stronger in their math skills.
The board also voted to move $13, 444 dollars from the construction fund balance to the general fund to take care of some internet wire and cable work that will improve the internet for the campus.
The Spurger school calendar was also chosen. Calendar A, with 32 votes from teachers, parents and students, beat out Calendar B and C with only 6 votes combined. The calendar closely mirrors Woodville ISD’s calendar and will work well for the district.
Joe Fisher, superintendant, also discussed the progress of the Cool Schools Grant and was proud to announce that the air conditioning systems have been installed in both the Minter and Elementary gyms and will be completely up and running by May 12, 2012.