BISD addresses energy issues, updates board on high school progress

Energy consumption was one of many topics acted upon by the Brady Independent School District as they held their bi-monthly meeting this past Monday night at the school administration building. One of the most important topics discussed and acted on was the Brady ISD Energy Conservation Policy which is the same thing as the Energy Consumption Reduction Plan as mandated by the State of Texas on Sept. 1, 2007. The goal is to reduce annual electric consumption by five percent each state fiscal year for the next six years. The trustees of Brady ISD stated that they believe every effort should be made to conserve energy and natural resources. They also believe that energy efficient operations will reduce operating costs and are in the best interest of the district. They stated this year should be the joint responsibility of the trustees, administrators, staff and support personnel. There are five potential action items that were considered: First, efficient lighting systems; secondly, solar electric generation panels; third, efficient appliance purchases; fourth, vending machines operating controls; and fifth, general maintenance and operations revisions. ‘It is important that, as a district, we watch very carefully the amount of energy we consume. By being energy conscious, we can use that money in the classroom,’ said Brady Supt. Dr. Jeffrey Brasher. ‘It will take all of us working together to make a difference.’ In the open forum with public comments, four high school students appeared before the board to express their concerns about the hair length policy of male students. Speaking on behalf of the group, Kody McAda stated that the Brady High School hair code is discriminating according to the first and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution of the United States. He said the hair code is discriminating in regards to the gender of the person, hair length and facial hair. He also pointed out that two male teachers have full beards. ‘We believe we should have equal rights to the same standards of hair lengths as girls and we should be allowed to have facial hair.’ In other business before the board, campus reports were presented by the school principals with all of them reporting positive statements about the first three weeks of school and on participating in ‘Celebrate Freedom Week’ at their respective campuses. Asst. Supt. Liesa Land reported new additions to the teacher substitute list. She also reported that the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) division of Performance’Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS)’which is an annual performance of school district rating in selected programs rated well in most areas in Brady schools. ‘We did very well in the performance ratings, but we need to continue to improve. We have made positive gains in all areas,’ said Supt. Brasher. ‘We are moving in the right direction.’ Dr. Brasher read to the board five different pieces of correspondence, gave a report on the high school track situation with the paint on the fence and curb, and reported on the dirt work that is nearing completion at the new high school location. He reported that the current school enrollment is 1,341 students, which is up by 10 students from last year. The current enrollments of the different campuses are: North Ward 170, Brady Elementary 533, 256 at the Middle School and 379 at the High School. He also noted the school board will be attending the state TASB Conference in Dallas on Sept. 26-28. Business Manager Barbara Landry reported she closed out the books on the school year 2007-’08 and opened the books for 2008-’09. ‘We finished out the last school year in good shape. Currently, we have $4,988,513.10 in our operating fund cash assets. In our construction fund, we have $13 million plus which includes our investments,’ said Landry. A motion was made and passed to accept a donation of $3,305 from the Ol’ Houn’ Dawgs, Inc. to be placed in the general operating funds and suggested by that organization to go into the basketball chairs for the new gymnasium. The board also passed a resolution regarding extracurricular status for the 4-H organization, appointed Jane Holubec as the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Brady ISD, selected the brick for the new high school, and approved the BQA (Local) Policy regarding the number of members and number of meetings on the District Site-Based Committee. The board also approved the minutes of the August 18 and 26 meetings. The board went into executive session at 7:10 p.m. and returned later to accept the resignation of Stephanie Allen as school nurse and hired Kim Brasher to fill that position. All of the positions are filled within the school district with the exception of a maintenance position.

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