SBISD superintendent contract extended

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Academic report presented to board

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Dustin Carr
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SULPHUR BLUFF — Sulphur Bluff Independent School District trustees approved a one year extension to Superintendent Dustin Carr’s contract along with a $3,500 raise Thursday night at their January meeting, their only comment aimed at bettering communication across the district.

“You’re doing a great job, and we’re glad you’re here,” board president Donnie Powers said to Carr.

Carr was named superintendent finalist in November 2014 after serving shortly as interim superintendent. He had been hired as secondary principal that same year and worked in both positions at once. Prior to that, Carr had been employed as high school principal at Como-Pickton CISD.

“It’s a blessing to be here,” Carr said.

Carr also presented the district’s Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) to the board. The district earned an overall rating of 89 last school year, up from 85 the school year before that. Carr noted the overall percentage of students testing at the “Approaches Grade Level” is 84%, six percentage points higher than the state average and five percentage points higher from last year.

“We did a really good job,” Carr said. “The only subject we dropped off in was social studies.”

Elementary principal Amy Daniel said in her board report that elementary UIL is Wednesday and Thursday, and the district will be releasing early at noon for the event. Daniel added that the science fair will be held Jan. 29, and the district will host their first Little Dribblers game Jan. 31.

In Carr’s report to the board, he reported enrollment at 225 with an attendance rate of 96% and a average daily attendance of about 209.

The board approved the district financial statements and journal vouchers. One of the vouchers pertained to the installment of new lights on the softball and baseball fields. The baseball field lights were $39,519, and the softball lights were $19,000, according to Carr. The old lights will be auctioned.