Spurger ISD held its monthly regular meeting on April 16, 2015 with a Special Called meeting the following Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
The regular meeting began with an open forum and the board room was full of Spurger citizens wanting to speak to the board on various issues.
Bradley Heim began speaking about a concern he had for his child in Pre-K.
"She doesn't have a teacher," Heim said. "Her previous teacher was a great teacher and I want to speak on behalf of her. I couldn't ask for a better teacher and I am concerned that there are other issues going on that make decisions for the teachers. I don't feel like anyone is supporting teachers, students and parents and I'm concerned that our kids aren't getting the best that they can have."
Jennifer Eddins, a mother of a Spurger student, also questioned the Elementary snack policy that was recently changed by the School Health Advisory Commitee (SHAC0 and Elementary principal Kim Parker, which does not allow students to bring any outside food or drinks, including snacks for class parties or holidays or candy on Valentines Day.
"I am a parent that has considered taking my child out of this school considering how things have been going the past several months," Eddins said. "On Good Friday every school around us was having an Easter Party and our kids were eating Watermelon. I'm not sure why our kids couldn't have a cupcake. It was the most horrific Easter Celebration I've ever seen in my life and I have an issue with that."
Parker says the school did provide Christmas snack items that fell within the guidelines and hosted a Watermelon party for Easter.
The board was not allowed to take action on open forum concerns but they did say that they had taken notes and would take everything said into consideration at future meetings.
The meeting then began with the tax representative's report to the board. Board members reported that they had a meeting with David Lutcher, the chief appraiser in Jasper County and that they had received several applications for a chief appraiser for the school. Applications will be brought to future board meetings.
Next, the board set a date for the Budget Workshop on June 18 and a Goal Workshop on May 26th at 6:30 p.m.
In other business, the Elementary campus improvement plan was improved, the Spurger High School campus improvement plan was approved, the District improvement plan was approved, the School Calendar A was approved and a depository contract with Citizens State Bank was approved.
Next the board discussed a new marquee for Spurger ISD. According to Superintendent Joe fisher, this item had been on the campus improvement list for several years. The marquee in question would be digital with words or videos and would be installed at the north end of the property. Although no exact costs were given, the project would not be covered by grants.
"I would feel more comfortable fixing all of the problems that need to be fixed before getting a marquee," said a board member. "Lets concentrate on things we have already started."
The marquee was tabled until future meetings.
After the meeting, board members called a Special Called meeting the following Tuesday to discuss several issues and employments.
Discussion was held during executive session.
First, the board approved Charles E. Zeller as the temporary assistant Superintendent for Spurger ISD.
Next, the board approved the resignation agreement with a Pre-K teacher. The resignation was a voluntary separation agreement and mutual release between Spurger ISD and a Spurger ISD Pre-K teacher who had resigned her employment to pursue other opportunities.
Last, the board also approved the posting of a High School principal position and authorized the school to begin taking applications.