BISD Board Meets

The BISD School board met Monday, March 25th, at 6pm in the Buffalo High School Library. All members were present except Trustee Cole McVeay.

The meeting started with comments from President Jack Helmcamp. The meeting moved on to the Superintendent related portion of the meeting that began with the Board honoring six different groups and organizations.

The first group recognized was FCCLA, which advanced eleven teams from The Regional Contest to the State Contest. The second group honored was Congressional Debate. Buffalo?s three participants in the debate took, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, advancing all three to the state level. The third group honored was Cross Examination debate. Buffalo had two teams entered, and at the end of the day, Andrea Garcia and Colby Menefee advanced to Octofinals, and Menefee took home the Golden Gavel top speaker award in all of 3A.

The fourth person honored was Jazzlyn Early for State Theatrical design. She sent in costume designs from the show Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Her designs will be featured at the UIL state One Act Play contest. The fifth group honored was Boys Basketball, who finished their district season 9-3, Coach Martin then honored seniors Jarrett Fishbeck and Luis Porras. The sixth and final group honored was Girls Basketball, which finished the district season 12-0 and had a deep playoff run. Coach Bates honored Seniors, Kayleigh Rhodes, Melanie McGill, Yomale Almedia, Asia Bradley, Josalyn Taylor and Na?monie Woods.

High School Principal Corey Hickerson presented an update on activities at the high school campus. In his presentation, Hickerson stated that the High school staff has been promoting College Readiness, and that the Upper Level Art classes have been painting the high school ceiling tiles with College Logos. He then presented the Benchmark scores compared to last year?s Starr test scores, and they all have improved.

Superintendent Lacy Freeman addressed maintenance and transportation, and reported that the awning at the Elementary is completed. Brewer field is going to be used for extra softball parking. In the past week new AC units had been installed and everything in the Transportation department is up and running smoothly.

Following an executive session, the board reconvened in the public format and voted to rehire all probation contracts and term contracts of employees for the 2019-2020 school year as presented in the closed session.