Amidst the weighty issues of budget proposals and school construction timelines discussed at the Stephenville ISD board of trustees called meeting Monday evening was some positive news.

Assistant superintendent of business, Deborah Hummel, pronounced the district's finances to be in good shape. While not at its highest level, she expressed the financial situation as a healthy one.

Karol Howell, director of technology and advanced academics, Michelle McNutt, director of guidance and testing, and Gilbert Intermediate's principal, Kristin Carey, reported on their application for a Technology Lending Program grant that will provide notebook computers and tablets to be loaned to fifth graders in order to access the Internet from home. They expect to hear news from the agency awarding the grant by Aug. 30.

Details were given by Howell regarding a new security camera system to be installed at all campuses except the two elementary schools scheduled for construction and renovation.

“It is an updated system,” Howell explained. “We are expanding the number of cameras and updating them from analog to digital. We will use the network system already in place to support them.”

News from the construction manager team, Baird/Williams, hired to construct the new buildings for Central Elementary and Chamberlin Elementary was cautiously optimistic in regard to both the timeline and the budget. The construction manager assured the board the firm was committed to completing both projects in, at or under budget.

Bond Financial Advisor, Josh McLaughlin, reported the school district was selling bonds at an optimum time. More on Mr. McLaughlin's report will be covered in the Friday edition of the Empire Tribune.