SHERMAN, Tex. -- Many Sherman schools are newly remodeled, and there are plenty of new teachers filling those renovated classrooms. The district helped welcome those educators on Friday. Stephanie Brletic reports from Washington Elementary about the district's newest additions.
About sixty new teachers will walk the renovated halls of Sherman schools in 2008-09. Superintendent Al Hamrick says while that number may seem high. SISD hired fewer teachers than normal, and that's a positive thing.
The Sherman Independent School District replaces about 8% of its staff each year, most of them teachers. This year the district only replaced about six percent. Hambrick says the lower number has nothing to do with a poor economy. He says the fewer number of openings means teachers already on staff want to stick around.
"My hope is that because we're a great school district and people enjoy working here and they feel like this is a good place to work," Sherman superintendent Dr. Al Hambrick says.
Friday's new teacher luncheon was full of faces of all ages from the first timers to former educators who are coming out of retirement to work for SISD.
"I think it does say something about the district when we can get veteran teachers to leave their district to come to Sherman to work with us. So, I think that's good for the SISD, good for Sherman. I think it's good for our kids," Hambrick said.
Regardless of time on the job, it seems all of these teachers are excited to get to class.
Although this is Melanie Bell's first year teaching, she's no stranger to Sherman, "I've been here all of my life and I really like the area. It's a great place to raise kids, just a great area."
Veteran teacher Allan Pope is also ready to join SISD. He spent years teaching in east Texas. Now he will coach girls’ basketball in an area that has a lot of pride.
"I’m excited to be at Sherman. The opportunity to be a coach in a district like this…I'm just excited about coming to a district that has a lot of pride."
As well as new teachers, many Sherman schools are getting a new look, including Washington Elementary on South Travis Street. It appears there is still a lot to be done before the students return to class on August 25.
It's a similar situation at Sherman High School where construction is still underway there. But despite the work left to be done, Dr. Hambrick says everything will be ready by the first day of class.