By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (January 20, 2016) — Stephenville ISD trustees confirmed May 7 as their election date with board president Dr. Ann Calahan and trustee Scott Osman each planning to run for reelection. Filing for the election begins today.
Trustees also commended agriculture students, heard a student request to help expand the visibility of an art project and heard a report concerning standardized test scores at their regular monthly meeting Monday at Bond Auditorium.
Stephenville met all standards and saw a slight increase in overall test scores according to data shared with trustees by director of assessment and special programs, Kelli Crain.
Shelby Sult, daughter of trustee Gary Sult, is striving for her Girls Scout Gold Award but needs the board’s help. Sult has done extensive research finding sleep deprivation to be the primary stressor in high school students, and is using artwork to show her findings and help students to relax. Her show is currently at the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Gallery [full story here] and she requested the board help her with a tour to other area school districts and perhaps the Texas Association of School Boards convention. She has already visited with Julie Crouch, executive director of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, about her art touring other counties the council serves.
Trustees discussed adding cheerleading as an official “activity” at the school. Cheerleading has been officially added as an “activity” by the UIL, which has begun governing cheer competitions. Superintendent Matt Underwood told trustees he believes the difference in an “activity” and a “sport” by UIL standards to be wether subjective scores submitted by judges (activity) or an objective scoring system (sport) is used. The matter was not an action item and will be discussed further in future months.
The proclamations honoring FFA included one for the state champion senior chapter conducting team, as well as others. Dozens of FFA students were recognized at the meeting.
Students weren’t the only ones shown appreciation Monday evening. As part of School Board Appreciation Month, trustees dined together prior to the meeting, found student handmade thank you cards at their respective seats and were presented portraits made in their likeness by SISD art students.