BISD School Board Meets

The regular scheduled School Board meeting was called to order at 6:01 pm by president, Jack Helmcamp.

Those in attendance included Superintendent Lacy Freeman, Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Georgeanna Adams-Molina, Board Members Bradley Ezell, Monty McGill, Cole McVeay, and John Rodell.

Board Members absent were Randy Ayers and Bobby Fishbeck. A meeting quorum was established.

Principals from all campuses and our High School assistant principal were also in attendance.

Prayer was led by president, Jack Helmcamp and pledges of allegiance to the United States and Texas flags were voiced.

The Public forum section on the agenda had no individual or group presentations.

President Jack Helmcamp thanked the board members for completing all certification hours and requirements. Superintendent Freeman expressed his thanks for the stellar performance and major accomplishment by ALL BISD campuses in the recent UIL District competition ? 1st Place / District Championship status was earned. Noting that all other 6 high school campuses in the competition had a larger enrollment than Buffalo.

Greg Kennedy, Upper Junior High principal presented his Campus report. He highlighted the fact that his campus was the UIL District Champion with a large turnout of participants that are eager to learn and improve their academics and skills. In the UIL one act play competition Allison Bing earned Best Actress and Emma Cocking earned All Star cast awards. Additional UJH Campus highlights included a major focus on Science with the study of actual heart and lungs by the students and intense learning and preparation for the upcoming STAAR testing in the areas of Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies.

Sports achievements were also discussed with the Junior High boys track team winning 1st place in the recent district track meet at Palestine Westwood. Upper Junior High student enrollment is 215 of the total district enrollment of 956. Mr. Kennedy?s concern is in the area of student attendance at 96.75% and is taking an active role involving students, parents, families, teachers, and administrators to increase this total to the desired 100% level. The Campus report is very positive with its many successes noted and aggressive goals outlined.

Superintendent Freeman and Assistant Superintendent Adams-Molina reviewed and recommended the following actions to improve and enhance early childhood literacy, total education of our students, and additional productive teacher training.

A. Approval of the Region 6 Contract for 2019- 2020 ? majority of the expense funded by Federal grants.

B. Approval of extension of the Bank Depository Contract with Citizens State Bank

C. Approval of Buffalo administrator and teacher committees recommendation for purchase of Instructional Materials from McGraw-Hill for English, Language Arts, and Reading courses for all campuses. The multiyear contract is funded by monies reserved for these purchases.

All actions were seconded and unanimously approved by all Board members present.

The action of contract approval with Interquest Canines of Tomball for 2019-2020 was tabled for the additional cost and benefit research ? possible May meeting resolution.

Board members entered a closed session at 6:20 pm

The regular board meeting entered back into open session at 7:04 pm with the following recommendations.

A. Approval of one year/ probationary contracts for Chad Ashby, High School Science and Kelly Moore, Administration

B. Acceptance of resignations from Christi Kimball, Elementary and Monica Soria, High School registrar?s office.

All recommendations were seconded and unanimously approved by all Board members present.

With no further actions requested and/ or needed the Board meeting was adjourned by Board president, Jack Helmcamp at 7:07 pm.