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Front Page October 17, 2017  RSS feed

BISD Tax Ratification Election to be held in November

By Rebecca Constabile

The October 16, 2017, regularly scheduled board meeting for the BISD. began at six o’clock Monday evening. All members were in attendance with the exceptions of Jack Helmcamp and John Rodell. The meeting was called to order by board president Jennifer Humphries.

The biggest topic of the night was the discussion of the upcoming tax ratification election on November 7, 2017. If passed, the election will raise M&O school taxes for property owners while dropping I&S taxes by an equal amount yielding no net change for tax payers. However, if the election passes, the school district will receive close to one hundred and thirty-eight thousand dollars in extra monies from the state. Early voting will be available October 23-27 from eight in the morning until four in the afternoon.

In other news, the Bobby R. Casey Ag Center is mere days away from opening. This is without a doubt a first class facility that is unparalleled for our area of Texas. It will provide a place for students to raise livestock in addition to observing and participating in hands on veterinary experiences. Students will also be able to work in areas such as welding, the construction of farm and ranch equipment, and receive instruction from experts in their fields. The opportunity that this facility will provide for our students and community alike is nothing short of extraordinary.

After the opening prayer and pledges, Superintendent Lacy Freeman recognized the principals from all school campuses. The recognition came in part from TASA, or The Association of School Administrators. Principals Boudiette, Kennedy, and Gleghorn were in attendance. Principals Shelton and Jenkins were absent but recognized for their efforts as well.

Next, the board heard from Family Consumer Science teacher Melissa Isaacs. Isaacs started her teaching career thirteen years ago in Buffalo. Although she left after one year to pursue other opportunities, including continued education for herself, she has come back to Buffalo this year and is eagerly diving into the school’s growing FCCLA program. She shared with the board the growing number of active FCCLA members, along with those students community involvement. From gathering school supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims to upcoming peer training, these students have many exciting activities on the horizon Isaacs told the board.

Principal Greg Kennedy was in attendance to discuss the upper junior high school. He stated that there are currently almost four hundred and fifty students enrolled between both the lower and upper junior high campuses. The junior high will have this year’s induction of National Junior Honor Society members on October 24, 2017. Kennedy encouraged school board members and the community to attend the induction in support of the students. Lastly, he stated that Buffalo Junior High will be hosting academic U.I.L. competition in December.

Henry Goff and Mikaela Hall brought a report from the high school FFA program. Goff had the privilege of taking fourteen high school students to the state FFA convention during the summer. The FFA also joined forces with the FCCLA group over the summer on a trip to Mo- Ranch. The trip proved to be both a learning and bonding experience for both groups. To quote Goff, “Bison do things together”. In the past few weeks, Hall has taken a group of students to the Texas State Fair. During that same time period, Goff has taken a group to the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Waco as well. Students were involved in showing animals, a calf scramble, and other events. Both Goff and Hall look to have more than one hundred students enrolled in the FFA program this year.

In closing, an amendment was approved to finish paying the contractors for the work on the agriculture center. The school board meeting for the month of November has been moved to November 13, 2017, so as not to conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday. We also received word that several school board members attended further training and education in Dallas last week.

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