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Rodell, Fishbeck, Helmcamp Sworn-in at Board Meeting

BISD SCHOOL BOARD -- Buffalo ISD School Board (seated) Jennifer Humphries, Jack Helmcamp,(standing) Lacy Freeman, Monty McGill, Bobby Fishbeck, John Rodell, Pat Bell, and Randy Ayers.

Buffalo ISD Trustees met Monday, May 15th, for their regular monthly meeting. All were present. President Jennifer Humphries presided.

Newly elected Trustee John Rodell was sworn into office along with the two incumbents who are retaining their positions, Jack Helmcamp and Bobby Fishbeck. The board discussed the election of new officers, but it was decided to keep the same officers in place. Humphries will serve as President, Helmcamp as Vice President, Fishbeck as Secretary, and Randy Ayers as Alternate.

After a closed session meeting, the board returned to open session and motions were made to hire three new teachers. Approved for the next school year were Evan Stone, Melissa Smith, and Deborah Oehler. Their teaching assignments will be announced later.

High School Principal Tracy Gleghorn gave a report on the many recent activities and ones still scheduled from now to the end of the year on her campus. Gleghorn also announced the three top students for 2017. Evan Grisham is the Valedictorian, Matt Gilliam is the Salutatorian, and Natalie Freeman is the Historian.

Buffalo Superintendent Lacy Freeman recognized several groups of high achieving students and presented them along with their sponsors to the board. Recognized were members of the new Bison Belle Drill Team, Boys Varsity Track, Varsity Baseball, FCCLA Members, FFA Members, UIL Regional Qualifiers, and members of this year?s One Act Play.

High School Counselor Debbie Read reported to the board on new dual credit programs being offered to students who qualify to take them. As many as 45 hours of college can be completed by students while they are still in high school. The cost of taking the courses, some of which are online, is less costly than attending class on a college campus. To qualify, a student must successfully complete a college readiness test..

Freeman noted his frustration at the 9% decrease in total taxable value of property for the school to collect funds as compared to the the original value that was certified in 2016.

Approval was given for the sale of surplus property owned by the school. For sale will be a 16 foot green stock trailer, a used concession stand trailer, 8 used stadium lights, an a 2007 Dodge minivan.

Approval was given to rent software for use in the tax office. The cost for one year is $11,980.

Approval was give for the Resolution for Investment Policy Review.

The board looked at a comparison of rates from Community National Bank and Citizens State Bank to consider which to approve for the depository contract for 2017 ? 2019. An agreement was made in favor of Citizens State Bank.

Total enrollment for all four campuses is currently 945.