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Front Page May 16, 2017  RSS feed

Superintendent recognizes high achievers

By Sherry Matney

Following the installation of the Board members Superintendent Lacy Freeman recognized high school students who have excelled during the 2016/2017-year. In the order of recognition were The Bison Belles, Varsity Boys Track, Varsity Baseball, FCCLA, FFA, Drama and One Act Play. Superintendent Freeman explained that each of these teams or individuals had advance past the district level.

The Buffalo Independent School District School Board held its regular meeting on May 15, 2017. All Board members were present and immediately following opening ceremonies the returning Board member and the newly elected Board member were sworn in. Jack Helmcamp, and Bobby Fishbeck are returning to the Board and John Rodell, Sr. was elected at the May 6th election date.

The Board immediately elected Board officers and agreed to keep the officers as they were. President – Jennifer Humphries; Vice- President – Jack Helmcamp; Secretary – Bobby Fishbeck; and alternate Randy Ayers.

High School counselor Debbie Read updated the Board on the availability of dual credit classes for incoming freshmen and sophomores. While Navarro College is the primary school for dual credit, University of Texas, Permian Basin offers a plan where the students may receive 45 hours, and an associate degree, by doing on-line classes. Those who wish may use Navarro but the UT Permian Basin would be available as well.

Superintendent Lacy reported on the Preliminary Appraisal Estimates and stated that property values are considerably less than last year and most of the decline is in minerals or oil and gas.

Enrollment for the school is up by two students for a total of 945 and the contracts for building the Casey Ag facility are in the hands of the sub-contractors.

The Board agreed to renew a contract for tax office software; approved the Resolution for Investment Policy Review; and approved Citizens State Bank for the 2017-2019 depository contract.

The Board went into Closed Session to discuss employment and contract status of classroom teachers. Upon its return the board voted to hire Evan Stone, Melissa Smith and Deborah Oehler, each on one-year probation to be assigned.

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