Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Instruction, Debbie Hines, said she was pleased to report during Monday night's SISD school board meeting that 100 percent of district teachers in core academic placements meet the “highly qualified” standard as pertains to the No Child Left Behind Act.

Hines said the requirement was met for the last school year as well as for the current school year.

“This is due to the effort of principals seeking out highly qualified teachers according to the federal requirements,” Hines said.

Hines said she was proud of the principals continued efforts in this area.

In other business, the board raised mileage rate reimbursement for employees from 40.5 cents per mile to 48.5 cents per mile in order to match the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts rates. The state's previous rate was 44.5 cents per mile, but on Sept. 1 that amount was raised to 48.5 cents per mile.

The board also gave administrative officials permission to raise or lower the rate without official board action; “to always be consistent with state rates” as needed, in order to ensure employees are compensated quickly and fairly for travel when using personal vehicles.

Each campus principal reported campus improvement plans in detail and the board reviewed and approved district goals for the 2007-08 school year.

Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd was absent due to a death in his family.