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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. The front office modification project was delayed when the original glass was inadvertently broken, but they hope to be back on track soon.The Casey Ag Building project court date is scheduled for April 26th, 2018 in Centerville, Texas to discuss building specs and the cost increase vs budget projections and the Board is still hoping to get the project fully funded.

Principal Susan Shelton introduced students Abby Henson and Emerson McDaniel who gave an amazing presentation of the work that they and fellow students had accomplished this year. Emerson who has acquired 384 reading points and Abby at a close 321 points shared the work done on behalf of Hurricane Harvey victims collecting much needed toiletries such as tooth brushes and tooth paste. They also highlighted efforts regarding Anti-Bullying, Ag Fair, Student Tracking which allows students to track their own progress, and mentioned that they enjoy the handwriting and accelerated reading programs offered. Open House and Book Fair raised $1,000.00 to go towards future book purchases. In UIL 18AAA, Buffalo came in first with 801 points. The students further shared information about the Math Mission program and said that students enjoyed the prizes donated by Dairy Queen for those who reached Level 4. In closing, they expressed appreciation for what they learned about Veterans Day and Constitution Day, as well as 3rd Grade Water Day.

The Board discussed and approved Region 6 contracts at $42,978 for the 2018-2019 school year. They also approved the continued use of Interquest Canines of Tomball, siting the possibility of expanding the scope of their services. The Board also approved the TDA-recommended increase for adult breakfast and lunch prices by .25 and .50 cents, respectively.

Enrollment is at 936 and Tracy Gleghorn updated everyone on the UIL progress; we won 1st in Speech, 2nd in Journalism, missing first by ONE point. Jose Sanchez took 2nd in Number Sense and will advance to State, the team also took 2nd place. Colby Menefee took 2nd in Feature Writing, 3rd in Editorial Writing and 5th in News Writing, he will also advance to State. Lilah Adams took 3rd in the Lincoln Douglas Debate and 5th in Feature Writing. She will advance to state in LD Debate. Tana Cleveland took 2nd in Prose and will advance to State. Sheri Donaldson took 4th in Poetry and is State Alternate. Noah Rubel took 2nd in Informative and is heading to State. Nadia Garcia brought in 5thin Persuasive Writing. Although the final results for the One Act Play team were not in, since the last board meeting, they had advanced to Bi-District, Area and then performed at Regionals today.

The meeting adjourned at 7:22pm.