Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
Dr. Steven Saldivar and Big Spring Independent School District trustees have announced a amicable parting of the ways.
Saldivar, superintendent of the school district for the past five years, announced his impending resignation following a closed session with trustees at their Thursday meeting.
His resignation is somewhat open-ended â€” it will be effective â€śon or beforeâ€ť June 30, 2014.
Big Spring Independent School District is bringing in outside help in an effort to boost student test scores.
BSISD trustees approved an $187,000 contract with Lead Your School, a private organization of â€śteacher coaches,â€ť during their monthly meeting Thursday evening.
This is the latest of several steps the district is taking to remove the stigma of â€śacademically unacceptableâ€ť state accountability ratings levied by the Texas Education Agency three years ago.
Dr. Steven Saldivar, superintendent of Big Spring public schools, announced during Thursday's school board meeting he will resign by the end of the coming school year.
Saldivar, who has led Big Spring Independent School District since 2008, said the timing was right for his announcement.
The Big Spring Senior Citizens Center has a shiny new dance floor, and officials there are eager to show it off to the public.
The center will hold a â€śgrand re-openingâ€ť dance to celebrate the new floor Friday, Aug. 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The dance, featuring live country-western music, is free to the public and refreshments will be served, Director MaryJo Toomire said.
A portion of the roof over the dance area collapsed under the weight of heavy snow 17 months ago, resulting in major damage to the floor, Toomire noted.
Longtime Big Spring State Hospital Superintendent Ed Moughon has announced his retirement after serving at the facility in various capacities for 25 years.
Moughon, 64, will step down at the end of the month. He has played an integral role in not only keeping the hospital in Big Spring, but turning it into a model facility.
Big Spring City Council approved first reading of an ordinance designed to define and shape the use of modular homes, temporary workforce housing and â€śman campsâ€ť on a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, much to the chagrin of at least one local family.
The ordinance â€” which was commissioned by the council in hopes of limiting the damaging effects of the oil boom associated with the Cline Shale discovery â€” takes a number of steps to regulate how the â€śman campsâ€ť and other temporary housing will be used within the city limits.
Big Spring public school trustees will revisit Superintendent Steven Saldivar's contract situation when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
Trustees raised some eyebrows in June when they declined without comment to extend Saldivar's contract following their annual evaluation of his job performance. The non-action was notable because it is standard operating procedure for school boards to add at least one year to a superintendent's contract following a satisfactory evaluation.
More expansion is coming to the Big Spring Airport.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently approved a grant of $1.2 million to finance the construction of a T hangar to be located in the southwest portion of the airport.
Unlike conventional hangars, which house several aircraft in a common space, T hangars are partitioned so that planes have their own private spaces.
There are currently three such hangars on the east side of the airport and Airport Director Jim Little said they are old and figuratively bursting at the seams.
Howard County commissioners unanimously approved revisions to the county's Flood Damage Prevention Order and subdivision and manufactured home rental community regulations Monday, making efforts to deal with the boom brought about by the Cline Shale formation.
Aided by Charles R. Kimbrough, an attorney with Austin-based Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP, the commissioners court has been working through the changes for several months now.