By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (June 20, 2016) — It was a night of quick approvals and little discussion for Stephenville ISD trustees as they held their regular monthly meeting Monday at Bond Auditorium.
The biggest transaction of the evening was approval of a facilities usage agreement with Tarleton State University, allowing Stephenville ISD to utilize Tarleton Memorial Stadium, Wisdom Gym, Cecil Ballow Basball Complex, Tarleton Softball Complex and Potishman-Lard Tennis Courts.
The agreement is renewed every two years and the board unanimously agreed to pay Tarleton $171,500 for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, divided into payments of $85,750 each year. SISD Chief Financial Offier Debbie Hummel says the rate has not increased since 2001.
The board also renewed its commitment to the district mission statement, motto, core values and goals.
The SISD mission statement reads “Empowering learners to achieve excellence through initiative and integrity.” The motto reads, “Developing the potential of every student, every day.”
There are six district goals:
1. Provide a safe environment where students can effectively communicate, collaborate and create in a way that enables them to connect and function effectively as a lifelong learner.
2. Provide a challenging curriculum in tune with evolving technology advancements enabling students to be competitive and successful in the global marketplace.
3. Provide daily instruction that challenges students to think creatively, critically and collaboratively.
4. Provide assistance for each student to see their individual future, within the context of global workforce, regardless of their personal conditions and circumstances, and provide them the avenues for success.
5. Provide challenging education programs delivered by utilizing a broader curriculum supported by professional learning that will give students the qualities and skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.
6. Provide safe and secure educational facilities that enhance an educational experience that is sought after by students all over the country.