Failing students in Brady Independent School District will be hitting the books earlier this year for summer school according to the BISD school board which met Monday night in the district’s administration building. The board approved June 4-29 for this year’s summer school session. In years past, summer school was scheduled for the latter part of June and first of July. This year, however, students will be starting summer school closer to the end of this year’s school term. Because the summer school program will be funded through state grant money, as a criteria established by the state, only students who are failing their grade level will be accepted to summer school. Only 16 students from grades K-5 will be approved for admission to summer school. In a separate item closely related to summer school, the school board authorized Eilene Reinhard, BISD food service supervisor, to enter a contract with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for a summer feeding program. The food program, funded through TEA, will be offered during the same time period as summer school, primarily because the majority of the students who access the free meal program are attending summer school. The school board was presented two food service choices during the meeting. The first option, the summer feeding program, is available to summer school students as well as community children at home during the summer. The other program, the extended school lunch program funded by the Texas Department of Human Services, only offers meals to students attending summer school. The board felt it was in the best interest of the district to offer the free meal to as many local children as possible. They unanimously decided to conduct a summer feeding program as opposed to an extended school lunch program. In other business, the school board approved one new addition, Dixie Feuerbacher, to the teacher’s substitute list, and on the recommendation of Lee Coffman, the board approved a resolution to nominated Max Gordon as a district candidate for the Texas Association of School Board’s 2001 Superintendent of the Year Award. A budget amendment to show the donation of $1,950.23 by the North Ward Elementary Parent Teacher Organization was also approved in Monday night’s meeting. The donation will be used to purchase playground equipment and picnic tables. In the executive session, the board approved the renewal of teachers, counselors, the Heart of Texas Special Education Coop director, counselor, diagnosticians, technology director and registered nurse and deans of students for the 2001-2002 school year. They also accepted the resignation of Brady High School teacher Kyle Brashaer and hired Jesse Burleson as a social studies teacher at Brady Middle School. Burleson will also double as a coach at BMS.