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Friday, April 20, 2018

BISD Accepts Voluntary Separation Agreement from AD Gary Grubbs

REPORT -- Abby Henson and Emerson McDaniel gives a campus report for the Buffalo Lower Junior High. Also pictured is Principal Susan Shelton.

Trustees of the Buffalo School Board gathered Monday, April 16, 2018, for their regular monthly meeting. All trustees except Pat Bell were present, and President Jennifer Humphries presided.

Following an executive session, a Voluntary Separation Agreement from Athletic Director Gary Grubbs effective April 17, 2018 was accepted. The board also accepted resignations from JJ Guidry, Thomas Orr, Cassie Shiflett, and Carrie Pfleeger.

The board also hired Dustin Bates on a 1-year probationary contract and Corey Hickerson on a 1-year probationary administrator contract for the 2018-2019 school year.

During open session, President Humphries noted that many of the Trustees are still in need of the mandatory Continuing Education hours to be in good standing, and directed them to the online site to ensure that the required hours are met.

It was sited that although extremely busy with current academic and sporting activities, the districts transportation needs are being handled by the current fleet. With the recent rain, the maintenance staff has been busy keeping the grounds in tip top shape, with the help of Mr. Wilson who is back from double-knee replacement surgery.

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Hickerson Named BHS Principal

Corey Hickerson

Corey Hickerson was named the new BHS Principal for 2018-2019 at the BISD School Board Meeting last night, April 16th.

Hickerson is finishing up his ninth year in education. He is coming to Buffalo after serving as the Principal at Rice High School this year. He served as a Principal Blooming Grove Elementary for a year and was an Assistant Principal at Life High School in Waxahachie for 2 years.

Before becoming an administrator, Hickerson was a teacher and coach for five years. He taught and coached at Rowlett, Arlington Bowie, and Corsicana.

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City Makes Progress On Setting Policy

Members of the Buffalo City Council met for a work session to discuss certain policy decisions Monday, April 16th. All council members were present except Jerry Salazar. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

The four items on the agenda for discussion were put on the agenda by Council Person Martin Housler. All the items concerned setting specific policy for council procedures. Housler noted that he had requested five items, and only four were on the agenda. Housler had also requested that action could be taken on the items, but the agenda read “for discussion”.

“My purpose,” said Housler, “is to set clear policy for procedures, so that we all know what is expected, and we all know how to proceed. Clear policies are needed to be as transparent as possible with the public.”

While the council agreed that many day to day decisions have to be made by the mayor because he is the only person working at the city on a daily basis, they also agreed that a written policy should be in place for situations, purchases, and decisions besides the daily activities. It was discussed that it may be necessary for the council to meet twice a month instead of just once a month.

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Tyler Adams - Invitation to Olympic Training

OLYMPIC TRAINING -- Tyler Adams, 2014 BHS graduate, in a successful athletic career at SHSU with an invitation for Olympic training.

Tyler Adams, a 2014 graduate of Buffalo High School, has continued his successful athletic career in college at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). And, he has recently been invited to train for the Oympics. Adams, in a phone interview, did not say he has yet accepted, but the offer is on his mind. If he does go to training, it will be in California. He said he will talk to them again when his graduation is closer.

Asked about his time in Buffalo, Tyler said he was very appreciative of all the support he had in is home town. “It is nice to have come from a small town. I am thankful for all the help and guidance I had from great friends, teachers, and coaches. I had a great support system in Buffalo.”

Tyler, at 6 ft 3 in, has been a stand out at SHSU as a member of the Men’s Track and Field team. He is the 2018 Southland Conference (SLC) Men’s Indoor Athlete of the Year and also the winner of the Outstanding Field Events Performer.

Tyler holds the school record in the indoor high jump at 2.17 meters. His success at SHSU started early as he was named the 2015 SLC Indoor Freshman of the Year. And in 2018 Tyler was named the SLC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year

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Reward For Curry

Jacob Curry

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating fugitive Jacob Curry. Mr. Curry is a white male, 30 years old 6’03” 205 lbs, and is wanted for Indecency with a Child. He was last seen Friday morning (4/13) in the Wheedon Addition in Buffalo, wearing blue jeans and a full beard. Know where he is? To be eligible for up to $1,000 cash, you must call the tip line at 844-234-8477. Callers will remain anonymous.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Most Outstanding Freshman

MOST OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN -- Gracie Davis, a member of the Corps of Cadets, was named Most Outstanding Freshman at Texas A&M University. She is pictured with her grandparents, Jean & Tom Davis.

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Leon County Jurors Appreciated

Leon District Clerk Beverly Wilson read a resolution and a proclamation to the Leon County Commissioners Court, Monday, April 9th, to thank and honor all the Leon County citizens who have served and will serve on juries. “Jury duty is important,” said Wilson in part, “because it helps preserve justice for all citizens.” The court approved the resolution and proclamation.

All commissioners were present for their first regular meeting of the month. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Approval was given for the Leon County Sheriff’s Department to receive seized monies totaling $23,468 from the Leon County District Attorney’s Office. Also approved were donations of $1,849 for the Senior Nutrition of Leon County.

The court discussed submitting a request of intent for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The county can apply for funds for several projects that could be approved in this grant. Those discussed were generators, restoration of weak bridges, and an evacuation shelter. Leon County Auditor Melissa Abney suggested that GrantWorks could be employed to write the application. Approval was given for the application of intention.

Judge Ryder and Commissioner David Grimes reported on a recent meeting for those in opposition of the High Speed Rail. The meeting was held at the Ten Mile Church in Madison County. The proposed route for the “bullet train” would pass through this church. Grimes said that Kyle Workman, spokesperson for Texans Against the High Speed Rail has done a good job in keeping people informed on this issue. “Workman said that donations are needed. We have lobbyists working against the High Speed Rail, but it takes funds to keep the fight going,” said Grimes.

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