by Emily Waldrep
Spurger School Board held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the John Mooney Hicks Administrative building.
The board started off with a public hearing to discuss the annual performance report that is conducted each year. According to Superintendent Joe Fisher, the report said that Spurger ISD is doing everything the state is asking and is well within the guidelines and numbers that they look for.
"We are meeting standards," Fisher said. "We are doing a good job and don't have a problem with drop outs. Also, a large amount of our students go to college and about two-thirds of the ones who go, focus on a degree in science."
The board then began approving the consent agenda, which included approving the minutes from the previous meeting, budget amendments, additional transfer students and the business managers report. All were approved unanimously.
Next, the board was to hear a report for the Tax Appraisal District Representative but the representative was out of town for the meeting and the issue was tabled.
The board heard the elementary principal's report from Principal Kim Parker, who said that things are going great in the elementary and that students are gearing up for Spring testing.
The board also discussed withdrawals and entry's, and noticed a higher number of withdrawals than normal of about four students.
"That is a lot, but we have had several students that unfortunately passed away and some families have moved across country for work," Fisher said. "We haven't had anyone mad at the district and want to leave."
Next, the board approved an official letter of engagement with the attorney for the school district. The district is staying with the same attorney, but keeps an updated letter of engagement on file.
In the Superintendent's report, Fisher gave an update on the $850,000 building project that is going on at Spurger ISD, and reported that contracts of construction are in the process of being signed and dated. He also reported on the facilities improvement plan, which will focus on better lighting inside and out of the schools, switching to more efficient lighting, upgrading and adding parking lots and a remodel of the Minter gym and classrooms attached to it.