TISD superintendent Bird to retire in 2018


The board of trustees for the Troup Independent School District met in executive session to discuss one item. Superintendent Stuart Bird had submitted a letter of retirement. The board accepted the letter and Bird’s retirement becomes effective June 30, 2018.

During the open conference, the board discussed smart bus technology at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Dec. 11.

The school will install wifi on school buses used to transport students to extracurricular events such as ball games and band competitions. This will enable students to complete school work to and from those events. There is currently one bus that is wifi enabled and a report on its usage will be given in March. If the outcome of the report is positive, an additional three or four buses will also be outfitted with wifi capability. The cost for the service runs approximately $1,000 per year so not all buses will be so equipped.

The board also recognized the students of the month for each campus. Those students are Jayla Starks, high school, Corlie Hardy, middle school and Shane Jasper for the elementary campus. Marigold Hunter was recognized for last month as she had not been able to attend the previous board meeting.

It was noted that all nine band members who tried out for All Region band had been accepted with eight of those nine making the highest band, symphonic band. Six members qualified for area competition Jan. 13, and should they advance though tryouts will become part of the All State Band.

Prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Troup Independent School District trustees, a special meeting of the board was held. The purpose of the meeting was to hold a public hearing on the 2016-2017 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR).

The report can be found online for any school district at https://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/index.html. Click on the links to the year and type of report desired, whether campus or district, then type in the school name to view the report.

It was noted that TISD was reported as accredited and the accountability rating was recorded as “met standard.”