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January School Board Recap

January 2019 School Board Meeting Recap

Below is an update from the School Board Meeting from Monday, January 28, 2019

*These are not the official minutes from the meeting – only a recap.

Student Speakers

  • Brown Primary Pledgers
    • Emmy Bailes, Cadence Morris, Cali Geltmeier, Xavier Sanchez, Syerah Cardenas, Emilia Metcalf, and Saili Rivera
    • See photo here:

  • Smithville Elementary Character Essay

  • Board Recognitions
  • School Board Recognition and Appreciation
  • Outstanding Students of the Six Weeks
    • Outstanding Students of the Six Weeks

Public Communications

Presentation by representative of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Public Hearing

    • Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

Consent Agenda

Informational Items

Superintendent’s Report

District News:

  • Tiger Stadium Ribbon Cutting & Open House
  • Articles about SISD appearing in the Smithville Times and Elgin Courier: Bastrop County Insider
  • Smithville ISD Communications has been notified that one of our entries has earned recognition at the TSPRA (Texas School Public Relations Association).  Ms. Murray will learn of the award at the STAR Awards Dinner during the conference in February. The submissions included: 2018 End of Year Breakfast Invitation, 2018 New Student Registration Poster, and the 2018 Summer Edition of the Tiger Insider Newsletter

Brown Primary School

  • UIL Academic Meet wraps up today
  • Results: TBA

Smithville Elementary

  • UIL Academic Meet wraps up today
  • Results: TBA

Smithville Junior High

  • NJHS Induction
  • UIL Academic Meet wraps up today
  • Results: TBA

Smithville High School

  • NHS Induction
  • Girls Powerlifting - won Giddings Meet
  • Boys Powerlifting - 2nd place Giddings Meet
  • Girls Soccer -  2 girls earned all tournament at the Iron Horse Tournament
  • Band - Hailey Sherrill 4th year to earn ATSSB All-State Honors
  • DECA - all 6 teams moving on to State Competition

Tiger Academy

  • 2 additional completions

Coming Up Across the District:

  • Chamber Banquet Table - sponsored by PBK Architects
    • Saturday, February 23rd
    • Doors open at 6PM Program begins at 7PM
    • Smithville Rec Center

Informational Items

  • SISD Instructional/Curriculum Program Highlights
    • Gifted and Talented Program presented by all campuses
  • Construction Update: Updates available at:
  • Discuss Flood Concerns of Land Owners Adjacent to Construction Site: land owners made a presentation to the board

Action Items

    • Consider Change Proposal for Driveway Entry at New Construction Site: no action taken - further investigation needed to determine all options
    • Consideration and Possible Action of a Proposed Construction Manager At-Risk Contract for the Miscellaneous Renovations to the Smithville ISD Elementary Campus and Former Junior High Campus Project: no action taken
    • Consider Approval of Audit Engagement Letter: approved
    • Review and Approve Proposed Revisions to Local Policies Resulting from the Policy Review Session Conducted by TASB: approved recommendations
    • Order Board of Trustee Election for May 4, 2019: approved
    • Review and Approve the Election Services Contract with Bastrop County: approved
    • Consider Approval of Joint Election Agreement with the City of Smithville: approved
    • “It’s Time Texas” HEB Community Challenge - School Board Pledge: signed and submitted
  • Personnel
      • Resignations of Certified Personnel: Cathy Kirby retirement; Randy Castillo & Rolando Riojas Resignations
      • Employment of Certified Personnel: Cory Williams - SES Counselor beginning 2019-2020 school year
  • Superintendent Annual Evaluation
  • Superintendent Contract

Board Packet Available at:

Upcoming Events:

  • February 15: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
  • February 18: Bad Weather Day
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