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BISD receives audit results during board meeting

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During the BISD board meeting earlier this month, accounting firm Neffendorf and Blocker delivered their financial audit of the district, noting an improvement over last year’s results.

“The district is in a strong financial position,” Keith Neffendorf remarked. “There were no major weaknesses in financial control. It was a good audit report.”

The auditors provided a two-page summary of the audit. The district received a clean opinion letter and an unqualified opinion.

In his report on the extracurricular program. Athletic Director Joel Fontenot- Amedee noted Bandera High School (BHS) has 718 students, 16 of which in the dance program, 500 in agriculture/ FFA, 80 in the band program and 312 in the athletic program.

In athletics, 177 boys and 136 girls participated in a variety of sports. In Football, 85 students participated. In Girls Cross Country 49 participated and in Boys Cross Country 29 participated. Boys Soccer had 42 participants and Boys Baseball had 40 participants.

Amedee noted other extracurricular programs had set numbers limited by the UIL.

Stephanie Jones, Advanced Academics Coordinator, updated the Board on the Advanced Academics program at Bandera High School.

Jones said nine honors courses, 13 Advanced Placement Courses and 11 dual credit courses offered at BHS. She also remarked 63 advanced credit hours were offered this year, up from the previous number of 53.

At Bandera Middle School, students were able to take 12 hours in accelerated classes and could enroll in seven classes for high school credit.

Transportation Director Billy Biedermann reported on the goals of the Transportation Department.

He noted safety continued to be a chief goal, as well as being fully staffed. Biederman said new software would help the program with efficiency. Chief Financial Officer Mike Newman praised Biedermann for doing an excellent job and making a smooth transition into his new position.

The Superintendent’s Report was brief. The district ended the month of October with an enrollment of 2,373 students, only seven less than the beginning of the year. The attendance rate was noted at 93.65 percent. Superintendent Bitzkie reported each campus was working hard to increase their rates.

The Students of the Month from Hill Country Elementary were twins Colton and Caleb Guenther. Staff Member of the Month was Physical Education Teacher Brenda Persyn.

County Judge Richard Evans swore in four board members who ran unopposed for new three-year terms: Brittany Hicks, Heidi Battle, Casey Hauer, and Greg Butler.

The Board voted and approved the following officers: Brittany Hicks, President; Bo Mansfield, Vice President; Heidi Battle, Secretary; and Tiffany Jones, Assistant Secretary.