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Stories Added - November 2008
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Construction progress ongoing at Shepherd ISD
San Jacinto News- Times - November 2008

SHEPHERD – A slideshow presentation on the progress of Shepherd Middle School construction was presented to members of the Shepherd Independent School Board of Trustees last week. Board members approved the sale of $6.9 million of bonds for building in the district, during the meeting. While new construction is on schedule a report was given concerning the storm damage recovery. According to a report, the insurance company has estimated damages, including those to the high school gym, but the district must now await a report from the structural engineers before repairs to the high school gym can begin. In other business, Shepherd High School Principal Jimmy Meekins reported that the high school’s senior parent information night was held with a wealth of information concerning the senior year provided. Oct. 24 was the senior recognition night at the ballgame. He said the band participated in the UIL Marching Contest Oct. 21 in Conroe. Shepherd Middle School reported that they held a strike party for students exhibiting consistent good behavior during the fi rst six weeks. The school campus teachers have been working on web pages. Shepherd Board of Trustees approved a motion last week to release the sale of $6.9 in bonds to Coastal Securities for construction going on in the district, including construction at Shepherd Middle School pictured above. Shepherd Primary School reported that about 100 grandparents participated I the Grandparent Day celebration at their school. It was also reported that grade level meetings were held with about 50 parents per grade level. SISD Business Offi cer Mr. Davidson presented an overview of the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) rating for the district received in August. SISD earned the highest rating for its business practices. Everyone in the department were commended for their achievement. In other business, board member Charles Dodd made a motion to waive the facility use fees for the Shepherd Fire Department to use the high school cafeteria on Dec. 18. Mike Courvelle made a motion to approve the purchase of a scrubber and a buffer for the primary campus. Recent renovations to the campus replaced carpeting with tile fl oors and the equipment is needed to maintain the fl oors. Board members approved the purchase of 22 Dell desktop computers for the primary school campus. Following executive session, board members accepted the resignation of Bill Rudolph; named Jan Page as the director of personnel and publicity and hired Anne Gibbons as a part-time teacher on the middle school campus to replace Mr. Rudolph. Enrollment reported in the district includes 453.5 primary students, 408 intermediate school students, 437 middle school students and 493 high school students. Each camput i the district enjoys an average daily attendance of more than 95.8 percent. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.


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