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Year in Review: Stockdale ISD adds 4-K class from Head Start; track project takes off
Last year brought several changes to education for students in Stockdale. The Stockdale Head Start program closed its doors on Main Street after the federal funds to administer the program -- which had operated in Stockdale for more than 37 years -- were awarded to BCFS-Statewide Transition Services. News came in June that the program would close. Instead, BCFS partnered with the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) to offer 20 slots -- down from 40 -- at Stockdale Elementary School. The program offers a 4-K class; younger children are no longer accepted.
Prior to that, however, other changes were already under way.
At the end of the 2013 football season, Hellas Construction began to tear down Stockdale ISD’s football bleachers and press box to make way for a new track complex and grandstand, costing the district $861,000. The Stockdale ISD trustees allocated $500,000 for this during their May meeting, with the remainder of the project funded by issuing $300,000 in interest-bearing time warrants, with the loan to be paid back within five years.
The bleachers will be relocated to the Stockdale Park’s rodeo arena, after the Stockdale Chamber of Commerce embarked on a project for improvements there.
The Stockdale ISD was the recipient of generous donations from local organizations, including:
•The Stockdale Band Boosters, who raised more than $7,500 for new band uniforms for students in the eighth grade and high school bands.
•The newly created Stockdale Lions Club, which donated an audiometer to the school for all campuses during its Nov. 21 meeting. The group was formed in mid-July with Angelicque Schmidt elected as president.
The district also recognized outstanding teachers, namely: 2012-13 Teachers of the Year Beverly Hummel, elementary school; Daphne Gordon, junior high school; and Joshua Heimann, high school.
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