Brady schools cancel May election

With no contested races on the Brady Independent School District Board of Trustees, the school board voted to cancel the May 3 election in Monday night’s regular meeting. Those who will continue serving on the school board with new terms are incumbents, Amie Lott, District 1; Victor Cruz, District 5 and Ed Hernandez District 7. When no positions are contested, all school boards can make the decision to cancel an election. The 2003-2004 school calendar was also approved Monday night by the school board. According to Brady ISD Supt. Max Gordon, school will begin the 2003-2004 term on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and will end on Thursday, May 27. Graduation exercises will be conducted Friday, May 28. Gordon explained that school holidays approved in the new calendar are “very similar” to what the school district currently follows. In other business, the quarterly investment report was approved. “We currently have about $2.8 million invested in Certificates of Deposits (CDs) at the school district’s depository, Brady National Bank. The resolution requesting that the Legislature take no action to replace the school district finance formula without a replacement formula was also approved by the board of trustees. “This is basically to encourage the Legislature not to pass any bills unless they are fully funded by the state,” explained Gordon. “The Equity Center, an independent group that lobbies for poorer school districts, asked that the board of trustees approve this resolution. They will collect similar resolutions from several school districts across the state and present those to the House of Representatives and the Senate.” Switching gears, one addition to include Melanie Roberts was made to the teacher’s substitute list. “We currently have approximately 45 substitutes on our list,” Gordon said. “The list fluctuates periodically’ we’ll gain three and then loose four. It tends to go back and forth.” In executive session, three BISD personnel tendered their resignations to the board. Fourth grade teacher, Suzanne Coffman, submitted her resignation and will be relocating to Natalia where her husband, Lee Coffman, former Assistant Supt. with Brady ISD, has assumed the superintendent’s position at Natalia Independent School District. Another fourth grade teacher, Lillie Baker, tendered her resignation and will retire from teaching after the 2002-2003 school term has ended. Brady High School teacher/coach Bill Brown, was the third and final employee to submit a resignation to the board Monday night. According to Gordon, his resignation was accepted effective April 23. Brown will be relocating to San Antonio where he will assume a teaching/coaching position at San Antonio Churchhill High School. In other business, Gordon noted that: “Our current enrollment stands at 1,364 students. That’s approximately 50 students above where we were last year at this time. This is a very positive thing for our school district,” he said. Another event addressed was the Brady ISD employee banquet scheduled for May 8 at the Ed Davenport Civic Center. “This is where the board of trustees and school administration show their appreciation for the dedication and service that the staff has given to the district,” Gordon explained.

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