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Front Page November 14, 2017  RSS feed

BISD reviews financial audit

by Rebecca Constabile

Left to right: Daniella Reyes, Coach Sheila Rubel and Jose Diaz. Photo by Rebecca Constabile. Left to right: Daniella Reyes, Coach Sheila Rubel and Jose Diaz. Photo by Rebecca Constabile. The Monday, November 13, 2017, meeting of the Buffalo ISD school board began at six o’clock with all members in attendance with the exception of Pat Bell. Mr. Lambright presented the board with the 2016- 2017 financial audit. He stated that the district collected ninety-five percent of property taxes last year. The district also had an increased revenue of approximately three hundred thousand dollars over the previous year’s total. All in all, Lambert stated that BISD has a “very positive budget”.

The board approved the November 7, 2017, tax ratification election results. The ratification passed, and Superintendent Freeman stated that tax statements would be going out by the end of this week. Several board members will be attending training on the twenty seventh of this month in order to complete their hours of required training.

High school junior Jose Diaz was recognized by cross country coach Sheila Rubel for his hard work and accomplishments this year. Diaz set a new district course record. Senior Daniella Reyes was also recognized for her hard work and dedication to the girls’ cross country team. Rubel stated that there were a total of forty-five junior and senior high school students that participated in cross country this year. She is very excited to be building a solid cross country team.

Mrs. Read and Principal Gleghorn presented a report from the high school career and technology program. Read told the board that during a student’s eighth grade year, he or she will be asked to pick an endorsement. Buffalo High School is partnered with Navarro College in order to offer dual credit classes, as well as certification programs to the students. Currently there are classes available that range from subjects such as welding, agriculture, and more.

Next, elementary principal Lisa Boudiette brought a report from her campus. There are currently two hundred and forty-five students enrolled in the elementary with a ninety-six percent attendance rating. At this time ninety-eight percent of the students are taking advantage of the free “breakfast in the classroom” program. Seventy-nine percent of students are participating in the free lunch program as well. The elementary students have also been very busy with events such as fire prevention week, red ribbon week, and their Veterans Day program.

Superintendent Lacy Freeman stated that the high school is currently putting the finishing touches on the new Casey Ag Facility. This week gates have been installed, and parking spaces have been painted. There was no change in the current number of overall student enrollment from October to November thus keeping enrollment at a total of nine hundred and forty four students.

In closing, the board voted on where to cast their votes for both the Freestone and Leon county appraisal district board members in an upcoming election. All board members also signed the paperwork for the modification of the Casey estate trust. The modification will allow for the new agricultural facility to be completely paid for with monies from the trust without having to use any money from the general fund. Randy Ayres made the motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Jack Helmcamp, and the meeting came to a close at seven thirty-one in the evening.

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