The 2019-20 school year has already been in session a month and, so far, there were not a whole lot of issues to discuss when the Sweetwater Board of Education met on Sept. 3.
The meeting was moved up a week due to scheduling conflicts with various meetings.
Sweetwater Elementary School Principal Alice Tyler gave a state-of-the-school report on SES.
Like all the Sweetwater City School System schools, SES has a high rate of students moving in and out of the school system. The school has an enrollment of 330 students and during the last school year, 35 new students moved in and 33 students left. However, Tyler said some of the same students moved in and out of the school system. Still, that is 10 percent of the student body not being consistently at the same school.
Tyler said the school has, however, seen an improvement for its attendance rate both last year and so far this school year.
In addition to academic achievements, Tyler said the school added a girls and boys basketball team for the third and fourth grade. Also, the 2018-19 school year was the first year for a new track team for the Sweetwater City School System, which had third and fourth-grade students from SES participating.
Director of Schools Rodney Boruff said some of the buses had not passed state inspection, which created some havoc recently with some buses not operating. Boruff expects that issue to get better as more buses are brought back online.
Boruff offered a pep talk to a full boardroom of teachers and school staff.
“We have some work to do as a district,” he said. “I think everybody is on board accepting the challenge to get us where we need to be.”
Boruff said the whole staff from the Central Office to the janitors are committed to the school system.
“We are going to get there,” he said.
Also at the meeting, Sweetwater Primary School teacher Amy Anderson was awarded tenure. Boruff said tenure is much more difficult to earn now.