Students read to succeed

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The newest member to the Troup Independent School District Board of Trustees was introduced Monday, June 11, at the board meeting. Superintendent Tammy Jones formally introduced Joe Morris and welcomed him to the board.

Students in the first- and second-grades involved in the reading acceleration program had the opportunity to display their improved skills as they read to TISD trustees.

“In 1996-97 this all began,” said Jan Singletary, a retired teacher who spoke about the reading program. “There is no greater thrill than to teach a child to read. We are celebrating 22 years of that.”

Sylvia Womble, also a retired teacher, introduced the current teachers involved with the reading acceleration program.

“I am up at school quite a bit, in and out, and I see the wonderful work these ladies do with these wonderful children and it warms my soul,” Womble said as she presented Julie Harper and Heather Dean.

The two teachers called each of the children forward giving their names and telling the type or title of the books they had chosen to read.

After listening to the children read, the board received administrative reports including a financial report and a support services report which included campus safety and summer project updates.

Dewayne Brown, speaking on campus safety, reported fencing had been installed at the elementary school and there was a possibility of placing fencing at the middle school. Brown also noted the process of installing magnetic door locks at the entrances of the elementary campus was ongoing.

Brown mentioned there was a possibility of adding fencing at the middle school that connected to areas of the high school used by middle school students.

Concerning the high school, Brown stated magnetic locks would be installed at the front entryway and noted that as cameras and equipment require changing they would also be upgraded.

Brown stated that summer projects were mostly regular maintenance which had already begun and an outside freezer would be replaced.

The board approved the sale of two pieces of struck-off property, or property which did not receive a minimum bid at a tax sale, a sale which usually follows foreclosure.

The board also approved the hiring of three new personnel. Douglas Doster will serve as agricultural teacher in place of Preston Lindsey. Lindsey is stepping into the role of Executive Director of Support Services following Brown’s retirement.

Kella Stanley has been hired as assistant principal at Troup Elementary as Amy Ledford takes the reins of leadership as principal from the retired Melanie Johnson. Stanley comes to TISD from Kilgore ISD.

The final hire approved was that of Taylor Spitzmiller who will teach first grade.

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