Embarq has donated $50,000 to the Stephenville Independent School District for the Embarq Professional Development Technology Lab at Hook Elementary School, according to Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd.

The SISD Board of Trustees is expected to approve matching funds for the lab in a called meeting at 8 a.m. today at the administration building.

Floyd said Embarq will spread the donation out over three years and he hopes to have the project completed within the next year.

“We're very appreciative of Embarq's support,” Floyd said. “This is a great opportunity for us to provide training for our faculty and staff so they can be better prepared to provide technological instruction for our students.”

Floyd said he will also recommend that board members approve a $50,000 expenditure for instructional improvements at each of the four campuses where students are required to take the TAKS test. Those campuses are Hook Elementary, Gilbert Intermediate, Henderson Junior High and Stephenville High School. The campuses are expected to buy SMART Boards and provide individualized tutoring with the funds, Floyd said.

In other business the board is expected to,

€ Award the competitive sealed proposal to Marchelle Lee Construction for a concession/restroom facility and visitors' bleacher concrete pad at the new athletic facility at Henderson Junior High School

€ Award the request for proposal for additional fencing at Chamberlin Elementary School to Gary Boase, and

€ Hear the annual financial and compliance report.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at angelia.joiner@empiretribune.com or 254-965-3124,ext. 238.