Robert Gibson
Robert Gibson

SCISD Interim Superintendent Robert Gibson, Sr. was named as the lone finalist for the superintendent’s post at Monday night’s meeting of the Schleicher County I.S.D. board of trustees. The designation is important under state law because it starts a 20-day clock after which time the board may vote to officially hire Gibson as the district’s superintendent.

Gibson presented the individual trustees with plaques, recognizing their service to the children of Schleicher County as part of School Board Recognition Month in Texas. The group posed for a photo with their plaques (see photo on Page 7) while standing in front of a wall covered with posters and artwork done by local students, all of which showed their appreciation for the board members.

And, as an added treat, the high school provided mini-cakes to each of the trustees.

Mr. Gibson explained that SCISD teachers and staff have signed up for COVID-19 shots when they become available.

The board then heard about a new state program called “STOP IT” that allows students to send a message directly to their campus principal if they are being bullied. It was noted that school administrators are presently being trained to use the program.

The board heard that the district has received 120 new Chromebook computers that were purchased through a state program called Operation Connectivity. The district has also taken delivery of two new buses.

Sharon Spinks was present to explain the 2019-2020 Annual Academic Performance Report. She noted that the information in the report may be accessed online for two weeks at: https://bit.ly/3ibU3h5

Among the high points in the report was an 83% graduation rate for 2019-2020 with 70% of those graduates ready for college or military service.

Spinks said that dual credit is an area for improvement but is better in this report than in previous years.

Spinks further explained that 40% of EHS graduates leave high school with some type of industry certificate, such as welding or as a Certified Nursing Assistant, allowing them to go right to work after school.

More than 97% of EHS students participate in college, career or technology education programs. That compares favorably to 50% of students statewide who take advantage of those programs.

Mr. Gibson explained that the district’s overall enrollment was 494 on Monday.

Finance Director Ray Ballew reviewed the district’s financial reports and noted that the school’s fund balance was just over $6.2 million at the end of December.

Ballew also noted that there was an increase in tax collections in December and said he expects more in January.

Before adjourning, the trustees approved the 2021-2022 school calendar and approved an order of election to fill three board positions, including seats in Single Member Districts 1 and 4 as well as At-Large Position 2.

Filing is underway now and continues through the close of business on February 12th. Persons wanting to file to run for the board may do so at the Schleicher County ISD administration building, located at 205 West Fields Street in Eldorado.

Board President Kriss Griffin presided over Monday night’s meeting with trustees Lupe Sanchez, Holly Griffin, Glyn Hutto, Melissa Rodriguez and Kurtis Homer in attendance. Trustee Fidel Herrera was absent.

The next meeting of the SCISD board of trustees is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021, in the district’s board room.