• Board recognizes students with banquet• Almost $1 million spent on campus wide upkeep and maintenance projects
• Teachers received Ipads which has increased productivity• Board thanked Technology Instructor Jerry Wilson for raising interest in program
by Emily Waldrep
Spurger ISD's monthly board meeting took a different twist this month, as the meeting opened up with a banquet for all of the students and parents involved in different events across the district.
Students were recognized if they participated in Athletics, FFA, High School Rodeo, One Act Play, UIL, as well as other campus activities. Superintendant Joe Fisher said that the students have gone above and beyond this year in extracurricular activities, and the board wanted a chance to congratulate them one-on-one.
Cake and punch were served to the students and parents, and the each of the board members had the chance to sit down and talk to the students that attended.
After the opening banquet ended, the board continued its regularly scheduled meeting.
The board discussed the campus maintenance plan over the last year, and is proud to announce that almost one million dollars in upkeep and maintenance has been put into Spurger's facilities. Part of that money didn't even come out of Spurger's budget, but was awarded in grants and special programs, including the "cool schools" grant that was put into place earlier this year.
Some of the projects included in the updated facilities were making the FCCLA room handicap accessible, installing security cameras in the high school, adding a new air conditioning system for the elementary gym, installing new stage lights onto the stage, replacing the softball fencing and adding new safety fencing to the fields, and fixing the bus parking lot. The school district is very proud of all the work being done at Spurger ISD to keep it updated, and will continue to keep the facilities in great condition.
In other business, Joe Fisher reported that all of the teachers received a new iPad earlier in the month, and that it has dramatically increased production, communication and instruction throughout the district. Teachers can now purchase thousands of applications that will aide in instruction in the classroom, as well as student involvement. Numerous teachers have commented that they love the new iPads and that they are changing the way that they use technology in their classrooms.
The board also said a special thanks to Jerry Wilson, the technology instructor, who has played a huge role in raising interest and involvement in technology programs throughout the district. Currently, 126 students are involved in some kind of technology program, and that is a large spike from previous year's numbers. With a new robotics program coming into the curriculum, the technology department is only expected to grow even more.
The board then closed the meeting and will reconvene at the next scheduled school board meeting on June 21, 2012.