The regular monthly meeting for the BISD School Board was called to order on the campus of the new high school. Board members, administrators and teachers toured the facility and it was impressive.
It seems that nothing has been left undone in this facility, which construction crews are hoping to have ready by the time school begins in the fall. A Sandia representative told TownTalk Media, “We are hoping to have it ready, but what we are running into are shortages of supplies. Many areas with which we do business have not fully reopened, and in some instances, the things we need to get the job done are just not coming in a timely manner.”
You can rest assured though, these people are working hard and doing their very best to have the school ready by opening day. BISD Superintendent Chris Smith stated, “Worse case scenario, we may start BHS at the old Middle School building so we only have to move one set of students when it open up. We are hoping that this does not happen.”
The school will have huge welding, woodworking, and auto mechanics areas, as well as top of the line cosmetology equipment, along with state of the art classrooms for academics.
The Board reconvened at the BISD Board Room at approximately 7 p.m.
Following the invocation and pledges, the Board listened to the Superintendent’s report. Athletic Director Aarrhon Flores gave the report from the Athletics Department. Both softball and baseball will be in the playoffs, it appears. The Lady Cubs are sitting in 2nd place behind Lamesa, who they were to play on Tuesday night. “It looks like the girls will either be facing Alpine or Tornillo in playoff action,” stated Flores. “We are looking at possibly Pecos for playoff location.”
The boys have clinched a playoff spot, currently sitting in fourth place. They will also likely head to Pecos and face either Presidio or Tornillo.
Tennis earned its ninth straight district title and will be heading to Abilene on Monday and Tuesday, April 26-27 for Regional action. Flores stated, “This is a real testament to Rich Hammons commitment to our school district. He is great for the students and great for our district.”
Five track athletes have qualified for Regional, which will also be held in Abilene on Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Melissa Oliva gave a report on the Interim Assessment Data.
Smith stated, “We have heard so much about the COVID slide we are to watch out for. But we are seeing the opposite. Our teachers, parents, administrators and certainly our students have done great in making sure we are not losing ground during this tough time.”
A couple of examples:
“We have done really well and we have worked hard to make sure our scores were where they need to be. Our faculty and students have really committed themselves. We are so proud of the work they have done,” stated Oliva.
“The reason we are showing this is that there is so much talk about the COVID slide, but based on Interim Assessments, we are avoiding the slide and making gains.” stated Smith.
Smith also recognized Student and Employees of the Month.
Student of the Month – BHS- Nathaniel Luna
Employees of the Month
BHS – Jesse Martinez
BMS – Anna Ontiveros
OG – Kathy Thomas
BBAC – Rosa Martinez
Child Nutrition – Janie McClure
The Board did approve the District of Innovation Plan Addition and Extension.
The Board approved the engagement of Bollinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss for the District Auditors.
The 2021 – 2022 School Calendar was also adopted. “We are delaying the start of school as much as we can, in order to give our construction crew more time to complete the new high school. At this time, we are looking at going to school into June, but this could change, if we don’t have any days missed for weather or anything else. Graduation will remain on June 3, even if we do find ourselves able to finish the year earlier.”
The Board also addressed the Teacher Incentive Allotment Spending Plan.
Consider Teacher Incentive Allotment Spending Plan: TEC Section 48.114 (i)(1)(A) states that A district shall annually certify that funds received under this section were used as follows: At least 90% of each allotment received was used for the compensation of teachers employed at the campus at which the teacher for whom the district received the allotment is employed. The district should spend no more than 10% of TIA funds at the district level to support roll-out and implementation of TIA.The Texas Education Agency requires local school districts to annually certify funds received from the Teacher Incentive Allotment and approve the expenditure of TIA funds as part of the annual budgeting process in August each year.
This plan monetarily rewards specific teachers for gains made.
Contracts were renewed for certified and non-certified employees of the district.
Pictures from tour of the new school: