On Monday night, the Sherman Independent School District Board held its bimonthly policy review workshop to revise its policies to meet the Texas Association of School Boards requirements and regulations. The workshop was a part of a regular monthly meeting of the School Board.

On Monday night, the Sherman Independent School District Board held its bimonthly policy review workshop to revise its policies to meet the Texas Association of School Boards requirements and regulations. The workshop was a part of a regular monthly meeting of the School Board.


The Board made clarifications regarding who could seek legal council for Sherman ISD, authorizing the superintendent to seek and retain an attorney or attorneys to serve as legal council for the District. The Board also added clarification that legal services would be paid by the District and that fee would need to be in writing.


The Board also unanimously approved the TASB Policy Update 98, which modifies policy for all school districts across the state of Texas.


As part of its monthly meeting, the School Board recognised its employees of the month for November. The Board recognised Rosa Abraham, a second-grade bilingual teacher from Jefferson Elementary, as Elementary Teacher of the Month. Jennifer Richard, an eighth-grade social studies teacher from Piner Middle School, was recognised as Secondary Teacher of the Month. Lastly, the Board recognised Cindy Brown, a cafeteria manager, from Perrin Learning Center, and the Sherman ISD Speech Language Pathology Team as employee and team of the month, respectively.


The Board also held a public hearing to announce the results of the Texas Academic Performance Report for Sherman ISD. This is the first year that the TAPR, which is replacing the Academic Excellence Indicator System, has been in use. The report pulls in information ranging from student performance data, demographics, crime reports and STAAR performance results, among other sources of information.


The report found that passing results for all core subjects have improved, or remained steady. The report also found that attendance had risen to 95.8 percent for the last year. Dropout rates for high school students had dropped to a low of 0.5 percent.


While the report showed many successes, the report did bring up some concerns for the District. Both college-ready and SAT/ACT exam results dropped slightly in the past year. However, SAT results still remain above the state average, said SISD Superintendent Al Hambrick.


"There is some positive stuff in this notebook," said Board member Tim Millerick, referring to the report. "I commend our staff."


The Board also received an update on the final results of the district-wide Money Saver fundraiser, which raises money for discretionary spending for schools of all levels in the District. The fundraiser raised a total of $47,002.50 for Sherman ISD schools, while an additional $23,501.25 was raised for the Sherman Educational Foundation endowment fund.


The fundraiser, which has occurred for the past 11 years, has raised $418,365 for Sherman schools, and over $300,000 for the SEF fund.


Lastly, the Board approved two modifications to the District budget during the meeting. The Board approved a budget increase of $65,000 in anticipation of a possible property purchase and demolition projects on said property. The Board also approved a budget decrease of $32,011 due to a miscalculation of tax refunds. When some refunds were issued, the refund did not account for interest. This budget change is meant to reflect this correction.