Educators recognized for keeping kids safe and healthy

DONNIE BRYANT donnie.bryant@empiretribune.com
SISD coaches Mike Carroll and Wade Whitehead received awards from the Korey Stringer Foundation and the American Heart Association respectively at Monday's school board meeting. Pictured are Carroll, Dr. Ann Calahan and Whitehead. DONNIE BRYANT/E-T

Stephenville ISD school board members met with administration Monday evening to recognize two outstanding educators and to discuss matters relating to the new school year.

Board President Dr. Ann Calahan presented Chamberlin Elementary's coach Wade Whitehead with an award from the American Heart Association in honor of his successful fundraising efforts.

“The Jump Rope for Heart program raises money for AHA,” Whitehead explained. “All the money goes to them directly, but our kids get the benefit of learning about maintaining a healthy heart and the importance of healthy eating.”

Stephenville High School's head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director Mike Carroll was given the Korey Stringer Award to recognize his efforts in ensuring the safety and health of athletes training in extreme temperatures.

“The Korey Stringer Foundation provides advocacy to prevent sudden death in sports,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd explained. “Coach Carroll has been involved in developing heat acclimation guidelines and has been instrumental in the UIL adoption of preseason practice guidelines that are similar to those employed by the NFL.”

Assistant Superintendent Of Personnel, Instruction and Administration Dr. Kathy Ray presented lists of members for three committees consisting of a combination of SISD staff, parents and community and business leaders for approval. Members of the Attendance Committee, the Site-Based Decision Making Committee and the School Health Advisory Committee were approved by the board unanimously.

Floyd recommended the adjunct faculty appointments of Erath County Extension agents Megan Logan, Whit Weems and Donna White for the 2012-13 school year. After unanimous board approval, the 4-H organization was deemed an extracurricular activity with the three agents being considered faculty with rights to participate in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Among other items presented to the board for discussion and/or approval were Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Deborah Hummel's budget report, notice of SISD employee responsibility for reporting known or suspected abuse or neglect of children, and a student enrollment numbers update.

The latest Central Elementary and Chamberlin Elementary construction information was given by Director of Maintenance Keith Starnes who apprised the board of the healthy number of local contractors and subcontractors who have expressed interest in submitting bids for construction on the two campuses.