April 6, 2016 - Timpson ISD Bear Update
TISD Bond Informational Meeting
There will be an informational meeting conducted on Thursday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the THS auditorium regarding the upcoming bond election. Information will be provided regarding the proposed projects. This is an important meeting that all residents who live in the TISD boundaries are encouraged to attend. Everyone who is interested in learning about the bond, the impact on tax payers, and the projects, renovations and improvements to be made with the bond money is welcomed to the meeting. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Again, the meeting will be Thursday, April 7 in the THS auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
Timpson ISD will have a bond election May 7, 2016 along with the trustee election. One of the projects of the bond will be to build a school event center. The school event center will include a gym with seating for 800 people. It will also include a UIL one act play compliant stage, all sports locker rooms, a girls’ weight room, a boys’ weight room and four classrooms. Having locker rooms and weight rooms, and coaches offices in the event center will eliminate the need for the current field house. It was determined that it would not be cost effective to try to fix all the inadequate space, structural and plumbing problems of the current field house. Plumbing problems that cause sewage to back and have to be pumped out, no separate weight room for female athletes, wooden lockers that have contributed to staph infections in athletes and inadequate space would cost, according to the school architect, $100,000 or more to correct.
The new event center will address several other problems currently facing the district. There is not enough practice space for all teams to practice basketball causing the district to have to bus students off campus to area church gyms. There is not enough seating for spectators who attend basketball games. Also in the current gym there is not adequate space separating the players from the spectators which is a safety concern. With the elementary school, middle school and high school all using the current two gyms there is not enough places for all students to have adequate physical education classes and no place for students to go for physical education when it is raining or other bad weather. With the new school event center each campus would have its own gym which would not only allow adequate space for teams to practice but would allow students to meet the state required minutes for physical education classes.
The UIL one act play compliant stage will address a long term problem the district has faced in preparing for the UIL one act play competitions. The one act play students have to go to other schools to practice on their stages. Also the stage will be visible from the gym floor and spectator seating areas which will create an ideal space for Veterans Day Programs, graduations, awards day and other special school events. The school event center will be handicap accessible to ensure everyone will be able to attend the events held there.
Currently, the district has only one weight room that must be shared by male and female athletes. The two weight rooms, one for males and one for females, in the new school event center will allow students more time in the weight room and will have equipment that is designed to maximize workouts for male and female students.
The additional classrooms in the school event center will alleviate the problem the district has faced of not having enough classrooms and be able to expand the number and types of classes currently offered.
If you have questions or would like more information concerning the bond election please attend an informational meeting on April 7 or May 2 in the high school auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
New THS Scholarship Opportunity! (Submitted by Charlotte Metcalf)
The Texas Farm Bureau scholarship application is now available. Shelby County Farm Bureau will award five $500 scholarships to students who will be graduating from Shelby County schools. To be eligible, the student must be a child of a Shelby Co. Farm Bureau member, who has current dues paid and has an "active status". The student must also provide proof of being accepted into a college or technical school. Please see Mr. Richardson or Mrs. Metcalf for further details. The completed application must be turned in to the Farm Bureau office by Friday, April 29.