During the curriculum report, several focal points of teacher inservice training were addressed. The district will focus on having a viable curriculum – TEKS Resource System and Achieve 3000. They will also focus on implementing PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) through the district using the Instructional Specialist on each campus. The district will also receive training and focus on instructional practices.
Coach Toliver presented information to the board regarding start dates for fall sports. Tennis, Volleyball and Cross Country will begin practices on August 1st. Football will start two-a-days on August 6th. He also said coaches will be traveling to coaching camps next week and will be receiving training on concussion safety and football coaches will be receiving Tackling Certification training. Coach Toliver also stated that they are looking at the drug testing policy and how best to implement that policy.
Superintendent Chris Smith brought the board up to date on a cooperative effort with the Brownfield Industrial Development Corporation that hopes to open a vocational training center. South Plains College, Texas Workforce Commission, BIDCorp and BISD would all be involved in this workforce training center. BIDCorp has pledged to purchase a building and provide some matching grant money to help this effort. Smith stated that classes are already planned for this year including welding and auto tech and the hope is that the building would be operational by January of this school year.
During the financial report CFO Teresa Montemayor presented the financial reports with positive news regarding the fund balance. She projects an estimated $35,000 will be able to be added to the fund balance instead of the projected removal of $265,177 that was budgeted for this year.
The board approved the purchase of approximately $50,000 worth of classroom furniture for colonial heights. This includes about 20 teacher desks and about 260 student desks and chairs.
The board also approved the purchase of 28 ActivPanels for Colonial Heights and BBAC at an estimated cost of $115,000. These would replace the large and dated Promethean boards that are in some of these classes.
Superintendent Chris Smith was authorized by the board to act on behalf of BISD in regards to a cooperative working agreement with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center . TTUHSC has been awarded a grant for a project called TWITR Telemedicine Wellness Intervention Triage & Referral Project. This agreement would allow TTUHSC to support Brownfield ISD in the identification and assessment of students grades 6-12 who are having difficulty managing their behavior or have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and could benefit from the help of the TTUHSC Department of Psychiatry. BISD would have various responsibilities throughout this process including obtaining appropriate consent from parents or guardians before sharing any personal information with the project.
Next on the agenda was the consideration of an alternative graduation plan for TAKS students. Read more about that decision here.
The final item on the agenda was the approval of new professional personnel. Click here for a full list of hirings and resignations.