BISD Gives Update On Casey Ag Facility

CROSS COUNTRY -- Coach Sheila Rubel with two Cross Country Track students, Daniela Reyes and Jose Diaz.

Buffalo ISD Trustees met Monday, November 10, for their regular monthly meeting. All were present except Trustee Pat Bell. President Jennifer Humphries presided.

BISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman updated the board on the Casey Facility which is now open and in use. ?We did exceed the amount we planned to spend,? said Freeman who has worked as the general contractor for the project. The decision has been made to request that the judge overseeing the Casey Trust release an additional $110,000 to cover the added expense incurred to build the Casey Facility. According to Freeman, this will still leave about $190,000 in the Casey Trust that will be used for scholarships.

?It is important,? said Humphries, ?that we can say that the whole Casey Facility was built without using school money. ? Robert Casey left property to the school district to be used to assist agriculture students. The school sold the property because it was located too far from the school to use efficiently. The money from that sale is held in trust to be spent by the district on approval of a district judge.

The board voted in favor of the resolution to modify the Casey Estate Trust in order to pay the additional expenses on the Casey Facility.

BISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman recognized High School Instructor Sheila Rubel and two members of her Cross Country Track Team. ?Ms. Rubel has build a strong program in the three years that she has been here that hardly existed before,? said Freeman.

Rubel introduced students Daniela Reyes and Jose Diaz who are part of the 19 high school students and 26 junior high students who have dedicated themselves this year to track. ?I am very proud of their accomplishments,? said Rubel.

The board heard a review of the annual audit report from Auditor J.W. Lambright. The report determined that the district is ?solid? with no unusual debt and enjoys an overall positive standing.

Elementary Principal Lisa Boudiette reported on activities on her campus. Currently, there are 245 students in the elementary grades. 98% of the students are in the Breakfast in the Classroom program, and 79% of the students take advantage of the Lunch in Classroom program. Both meals are provided without charge to the students.

High School Principal Tracy Gleghorn and Counselor Debbie Reed reported on the Career and Technology programs at the high school. Most of what is offered is through Navarro Junior College.

Current student enrollment over all campuses is 944.

The Financial Audit for 2016 ? 2017 was approved.

Trustees cast all of their votes for Brownee Utley as Director on the Freestone County Appraisal District Board.

Trustees voted to cast all their votes for Jennifer Humphries as Director on the Leon County Appraisal District Board. Humphries has served in this position for several years. Trustee John Rodell voted against this decision.