Sabine set for public hearing on designation


Sabine ISD’s application to become a District of Innovation is back on the agenda for trustees’ monthly meeting Thursday night – they’re inviting the public to weigh in on the idea, and they’ll also hear a presentation on the school’s developing education foundation.

This month’s meeting was rescheduled from its normal slot due to spring break and other conflicts: the trustees will gather with school administrators at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sabine Administration Board Room.

The meeting opens with a public hearing on the District of Innovation concept. A similar hearing was scheduled for the board’s special meeting Friday, March 10, but was postponed to this week’s session. That special meeting also included possible action on the idea, also set-aside – there’s no related action scheduled on the March 23 agenda.

Following the public hearing, the board will host its regular open forum followed by Information Items including a report on recent student achievements. The group’s consent agenda includes consideration of previous meeting minutes, tax collections and SISD’s investment portfolio.

The only discussion item of the night will focus on the 2017/2018 budget calendar before a slate of action items. Those include votes on student meal prices and transfer criteria for the next school year as well as the instructional materials allotment and TEKS certification for 2017/2018.

Prior to the education foundation presentation by Beth Godsey of Foundation Development Services, the board has possible votes set on the Region 7 Regional Advisory Committee Certification and ‘Technology Purchases for Elementary Title I’ in addition to a discussion and vote on a new ‘School Depository.’

The only scheduled closed session discussion Thursday will focus on a personnel item, ‘Teacher Term Contracts.’ Any action tied to the discussion will be taken in open session before the trustees’ adjourn.

Find the March 23 meeting’s 112-page board packet at