Sherman welcomes new teachers

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

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.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    Okay teachers: I am not from Sherman, but I was just wondering, if you feel the SISD Administration is so irresponsible with their money allocations and so on...why do you continue to work for such a corupt organization? Isn't that kind of like biting the hand that feeds you? Or are you saying your morals are low enough to approve of such an employer. Maybe you should work for another district, but wait, I bet they have their own problems to work through too. Please consider the fact to run an organization so large is not an easy task and there will be plenty of bumps in the road. All school districts usually have too many "cooks in the kitchen." Your back stabbing of your superiors/colleages will not help.
  • by Another teacher! Location: Sherman on Aug 19, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    Bashing? So far everything that I had read is true and correct "mr supporter" about how bad this school administration and the school board has wrongfully allocated many of the funs. Is about taking responsibility, and so far none has done that yet. Shame!
  • by mr. supporter Location: sherman on Aug 18, 2008 at 06:58 PM
    For all of you above bashing SISD leadership, it's time to get your facts straight (especially you "Teacher"). Go to Central Office and ask for the financial and academic reports the state gives. Overall, our city's schools are not bad at all. They are in decent financial and academic health, not the best, but decent. I could understand your complaint if there was some kind of embezzlement, or conspiracy, but get real, it's what you make of it. Also, coordinating all that contsruction is not the same as going to Lowes or Home Depot and re-modeling your kitchen. Give them a break!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    According to our wonderful weather team at KXII this entire week will be raining, therefore, do you think that is possible that our schools in Sherman will be ready? During a raining day no construction worker is allow to work outside.
  • by Pencil pusher Location: Sherman on Aug 18, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    Guess what? Not all schools will be ready! Fred Douglass is still torn up, classes will not start on time for Head Start and PreK. Or did he forget about Fred D.? To have hom stand up there and smile and go on about how everything will be finished is a snow job. Let's amend this ... the new, fancy buildings will be done. The disadvantaged kids building will not.
  • by SherDen Location: SherDen on Aug 17, 2008 at 05:25 PM
    Should it be mandatory that all students athletes who participate in any sports programs at the local high school must have a drug test? Meaning that every single and potential player that would like to participate in school-sports activities should be discourage from making inappropriate choices regarding the use of illicit drugs. A further positive outcome for a program like this one, is to identify those students who, having made a poor choice, need help in understanding the dangers of using/abusing illegal substances and who need help in divesting themselves of a potentially serious problem. According to the National Drug Control Policy, Texas is one of 20 states receiving the grants, which total $5.8 million nationwide, from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Education. Then why Denison/Sherman Schools do not have a Drug Policy in place yet? This can also applied to school teachers.
  • by Concerned Location: Sherman, TX on Aug 17, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    Why do you have bonds, increased taxes, etc to pay for these improvements while the high school athletic departments bleeds money like a fountain? Do those kids really need FREE under armour gear, bags, nike shoes etc? Wonder how much we could save by eliminating that expense alone? I'd rather see more focus and money spent on academics which is what you need to get ahead in life than athletics which is a great past time but not a future career for most of the kids involved!!
  • by becca Location: sherman on Aug 17, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    WOW!!!! these comments are so rude!!! i understand what they are sayin but i think i have a diffrent oppiion.
  • by ShermanWatcher Location: Sherman on Aug 16, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    %70 Million Dollars spent on construction of new schools and the SISD has to rent space on the AC campus for $5000 or more to have an area suitable for a meeting?? Something smells here...
  • by Teacher Location: Sherman on Aug 15, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    Hambrick is wrong we stick around because we keep hoping that he will show some real leadership instead of bending to school board menbers every little whim and fancy. Maybe he thinks that employees don't know about his relationships with some of the board members and maybe he doesn't know that he is Superintendent because he is willing to do what ever certain board members want unlike Dr. Hutto. I guess that the pay offs are a gas guzzling SUV, bonus pay, raises above and beyond the rest of the employees. Hambrick please get your head out of that hole in the ground and lead or get out and let someone who will. I guess that we will see when the rollback comes if the public has any faith in your leadership. I am not being disrespectful just truthful. Maybe this job is more than you can handle which is nothing to be ashamed of after all I am a teacher and know what my limitations are. If you think that I am just one disgruntled employee you would be mistaken no one defends you.
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