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Sparks: George West Primary has a lot to be proud of
by Rita Arnst
Jul 01, 2009 | 656 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During the regular George West ISD school board meeting last Tuesday, June 23, school officials and guests viewed a DVD on George West Primary, a 2008-09 Distinguished Schools. “The Primary has a lot to be proud of,” said George West Superintendent, Ty Sparks. “They were recognized again as a Title One Distinguished School.”

Primary Principal Pat James gave the 2008-09 Texas Primary Reading Inventory results. He said the reading assessment helps identify those that need help and gives a detailed report. He said average first grade students should read 60 words per minute and their students were reading 80 wpm. However, by second grade the students were reading closer to the average.

Representatives from LaMarr Womack and Associates (LWA) gave a status report on the bond projects. “The tennis courts are on schedule to receive asphalt paving tomorrow,” said LWA spokesman, Rob Garcia. “The track is on time and under budget. We will begin asphalt work on the track on Thursday.” On the field house project the interior walls are half complete. The door frames have been installed. The air conditioners are being installed as well as the rest rooms and showers. Currently an electrician is circuiting all wiring for outlets and lighting.

During public comment, George West Mayor Sylvia Steele asked if the City could hold a crime prevention block party at the football field on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 4 - 9 p.m. School board President, Cheri Dee Moore said the board could not consider the matter until it is put on the agenda.

School officials discussed compensation/benefits as it pertains to leaves and absences. Sparks said the change was in policy wording to comply with the IRS.

In other school news, Sparks announced the Media Honor roll recipient. Board members approved a new third party administration services organization. Sparks explained a third party administrator helps with cafeteria employee benefits plans to insure they follow IRS guidelines.

Finally, board members went into closed session to consider employment of personnel.
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