The Sherman Independent School Board met Monday to discuss budget issues and bad weather days, recognize students, and hire new staff.

The Sherman Independent School Board met Monday to discuss budget issues and bad weather days, recognize students, and hire new staff.


The meeting began with a budget workshop. In current projections, SISD’s budget remains largely unchanged, with one large question mark: the Sherman Panda Power Plant. The new combined-cycle natural gas plant is expected to create a large increase in local taxes, and therefore more money for schools. State funding will soon decrease to compensate for this extra money, but that decrease will not take place until the 2015 – 2016 school year.


This means that in the upcoming 2014 – 2015 school year, Sherman ISD may have over 1 million extra dollars of income, or possibly over 2 million.


Officials will get a clearer idea on April 30 exactly how much more they can expect, but are currently excited about the potential bump in revenue. "Now is the time to start thinking about what our needs are for one-time expenditures," said Superintendent Al Hambrick.


In other business, the board voted to request a waiver from the Texas Education Agency for missed instructional days. Every year, the school district builds two extra "bad weather" makeup days into its schedule. Due to the icy conditions this winter, however, SISD missed eight days of class. Rather than make up the remaining six days on Saturdays or in the summer, the board decided that it would only be fair to teachers and students to request that the days be forgiven by the state.


The board also recognized the outstanding work of Sherman students in orchestra, choir, German, basketball and swimming, hired new staff (including new head football coach William Patterson), and recognized the hard work of Sherman art teachers.


Sherri Shelton, 4th grade teacher at Sory Elementary, was named elementary teacher of the month for February. Laura Anderson, algebra teacher at Sherman High School, received the honor for secondary teachers. SHS Librarian Dena Hamilton was the district’s employee of the month, and Jana Howard, Melanie St. John, Dana George, and Nicole Linscomb of Wakefield Elementary were named team of the month for their work in physical education, art, and music.