Named as SBISD's April Employee of the Month is Guadalupe "Lupe" Huerta, who is head custodian at Landrum Middle School. Lupe exemplifies the meaning of pride in her work. Her school, although an older building, is noted for its cleanliness, order and visual appeal.
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April's Volunteers of the Month are Jack and Sharon McMullan, volunteers with Kids Hope at Treasure Forest Elementary School where they have volunteered more than 100 hours. The McMullans do more than mentor a classroom boy and girl. They've showered their classroom with support, praise and gifts ranging from treats to books, games and classroom supplies.
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SBISD has a long, proud history of achievement in fine arts. Coordinated with the recent Youth Art Month celebration, art students of all ages were recognized for awards this year that ranged from Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo honors to a Scholastic National Visions Award, the top accolade that a student artist can earn in the nation. In all, more than 80 students earned Trustees recognition.
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Next, SBISD's Purchasing Department staff was honored for best practices in school district purchasing. The staff team recently won the Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations with Recognized Status. Issued by Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO), purchasing departments that earn this award are considered innovators in their field. Director of Purchasing and Contracts is Barbara Robillard.
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Trustees then congratulated Rummel Creek Elementary School as a Reaching for Excellence Award winner from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The campus was named a winner for its Roadrunners React program, which is designed to bring families, students and community members together to learn about healthy lifestyles and good choices. The school also received $1,200 in seed money for continuation. Karen Harrell is program coordinator and media specialist at the school. Nancy Harn is principal.
For a sixth year, SBISD has earned a sizeable rebate check through CenterPoint Energy's Texas SCORE (Schools Conserving Resources) program for energy efficiency in facility projects. Presenting the rebate check for $80,371.46 for the 2011 calendar year was Steven Gremillion with ClearResults, a program partner, and district Associate Superintendent of Operations Ruben Reyes. He reported that SBISD was ranked sixth best overall among all reviewed school systems. During SBISD's six years with this program, CenterPoint rebates have totaled $286,860.03.
Finally, the district Finance Department was honored for multiple awards. For the third year in a row, this department has earned a Gold Leadership Circle Award from the state Comptroller's Office for financial transparency. The award insignia will be posted for the next year on SBISD's major websites.
Also for a third year, SBISD Finance Department earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association, the leading professional group in North America. High marks were earned for budget documents serving as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. This association operates the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has also been awarded once again to the Finance Department by the Government Finance Officers Association. The top award was issued for the district's comprehensive annual report (CAFR). This department is led by Associate Superintendent Karen Wilson.
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