Brownfield ISD Board of Trustees met on Monday evening, March 9 and worked a lengthy agenda. After an executive session, several administrators had contract extensions.
In other business of the evening, School Trustee Elections for Districts 4 and 5 were cancelled due to the fact that there was only one person running in each race. Incumbents Geoff Cooper and Tim Swaringen had both filed for re-election and received no opposition.
The Board did also approve an application for Missed School Day waivers for the day missed due to the flu being so bad and the two days in which school had a late start due to the icy road conditions. BISD Superintendent Chris Smith stated that these waivers are usually granted, but we would wait to see what the decision was on these waivers. BISD’s attendance percentage is currently at 94.24%.
E-Rate Internet access, E-Rate Network Equipment and E-Rate Fiber to the new high school building were all approved. The Board also approved the bids for lighting, flooring and painting in Oak Grove Elementary. The lighting project could be completed during Spring Break, but the other items will be completed prior to the beginning of school in August. All these improvements will be paid for by the interest from the bond money. As of February 29, over $300,000 in interest had been earned. Smith stated, “Just over $1 million in work will be done at Oak Grove this year. It will essentially be a brand new campus when we open our doors in the fall. The interest on the bond will cover these costs.”
In the Finance report, CFO David Martinez reported that local revenue had been coming in well. Local revenue shows to be 102% collected, but this does include collections from last year or other tax years that has been collected. “Eddie (Olivas, Chief Appraiser for the Tax Office) has really done a fantastic job. We don’t get the chance to praise him publicly for the job he does and we want to be sure and do that now,” stated Smith.
In the highlight of the evening, District-Wide Student and Employee of the Month were recognized. Mario Guerero, student at Oak Grove was recognized as Student of the Month. He was introduced by OG Principal Vicki Hathaway. “Mario shows leadership, and a willingness to help others in class. He takes the lead and is a joy to have in class.
Brytni Green was recognizes as Employee of the Month. Bryt teaches at Oak Grove. Hathaway stated, “Brytni’s classroom is so much fun. She always looks for the good in everyone and there is never a dull moment when she is around. Her students love her and excel in her classroom.”
Campus Employees of the Month were:
BBAC – Maritza Ruiz, Colonial Heights – Destiny Riojas, BMS – Rosa Garza, and BHS – Jacei Barrera.
Also recognized were the winners at the local Spelling Bee:
1st Place – Urijah Caudillo
2nd Place – Olivia Perez
3rd Place – Adrianna Contreras
4th Place – Lottie Baird
5th Place – Jose Munoz II
Urijah will compete in the 69th Annual Regional Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 28 in Lubbock at MGM Elegante Hotel at 9 p.m.