Enrollment down slightly at BISD

The Brady Independent School District Board of Trustees met for the first time this school term Monday night with a slim agenda on the table. In the information and discussion items, all BISD principals reported to the school board the current status at each campus: how students were adapting to the new year, traffic, enrollment, etc. Enrollment across all BISD campuses (Pre-K through 12th grade) is currently at 1,327 students. “Our enrollment is still 11 students short of what we ended the school year with last year,” said Brady ISD Supt. Max Gordon. “We do continue to get a few kids and hopefully that will continue to increase.” Gordon added that the purchase of a new 71 passenger school bus was recently approved and is expected to arrive in Brady this week. “The new bus will replace one of our older models used for a daily bus route.” A state requirement, all school board members, including Gordon and assistant superintendent Lee Coffman, will attend a TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas, Sept. 21-24. The convention is conducted annually by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Attending the meeting will earn school board members credit toward the required 20 hours of annual training. The conference covers all aspects of public education from the responsibilities of board members to school finance and student performance. In a slim list of action items, the board approved six individuals to the teacher’s substitute list: Anthony Corona, Kadhrann Hallmark, Cyndy Hanna, Carol Hudson, Kaprina Jones and Denise O’Dell. The board also approved a single-member redistricting proposal. “We will be submitting that proposal to the U.S. Justice Department for approval,” said Gordon. “We have been working with Attorney David Mendez from Austin who has worked with the school board on coming up with the proposal. His company, Biggerstaff-Heath Law Firm, specifically works with redistricting issues.” A ‘leaver’ documentation policy was also approved by the school board on Monday. Under new state guidelines, school districts are required to fill out proper paperwork on students that relocate out of the district. The board authorized the principal, counselor and registrar at each campus to be responsible for completing the necessary documentation. Also, the board approved a repeal of the Board Policy Manual and Adoption of Local Policies as prepared by TASB Policy Service. “Brady ISD will be going online with our board policy manuals,” explained Gordon. “That’s why this particular item was addressed Monday. The policy manual should be online in about 30 days and we will make the public aware of it when the process is completed.” Lastly, the school board approved the 2001-2002 District Site-Based Decision Making Committee. Parents, community members and individuals from local businesses make up the committee. Those serving this year are Suzanne Coffman, Karla Griffith, Clay and Wendy Jones, Donna Kwast, Teresa Lawrence, Gabe Moreno, Sue Owens, Al Pearson, Cheri Wienecke, Mike Barbour, Robert Duus, Verona Garner, Velma Hendley, Ronnie Holloway, Sheldon Johnson, Teresa Leifeste, Jim Ricks and Orlando Rubio. Also, Mike Seidenberger, Don Finkenkeller, Christie Huffman, Andy McBee, Rick Melcer, DeLaine Poe, Denice Brown, Hector Martinez, Matt Popnoe, Bruce Hirt, Mandy Hoelscher, Lisa Moreno, Betzy Day, Peggy Edmiston, Kathleen Gray; Joann Garcia, Stephanie Pittman and Jill Skaggs.

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