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    School Board members (left to right) Rhondo Jauer, Dr. Barbara Skipper, Heidi Battle, Laurie Neff, Bo Mansfield, Brittany Hicks and Greg Hicks are presented with student art from campus principals during Monday night’s meeting of the Bandera Independent

The Bandera Independent School District (BISD) accepted two separate checks totaling $8,135 from community businesses Justin Teich Construction and ARC Rite Welding and Steel Supply to be used towards the purchase of a new scoreboard for the high school softball field.

The donation was accepted during the BISD Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 11.

Representing Justin Teich Construction at the meeting was Justin and Sarah Teich. Representing ARC Rite Welding and Steel Supply was Nathan and Jessica Binnert.

Athletic Director Joel Fontenot-Amedee accepted the donation and said, “I’ve been blown away by how our community is willing to give their time, money and efforts to support our student athletes. I feel blessed and am grateful to work for Bandera ISD.”

School Board Trustees were recognized for their service to the district in honor of School Board Recognition Month.

BISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth remarked,” I am honored to recognize the work of our Board of Trustees, which is unpaid and volunteer. They spend countless hours in service to the children of Bandera ISD each month.” Fifty-two-year veteran and retiree Carolina Villanueva was recognized by the board for her service to the district in the School Nutrition Department.

Later in the board meeting, Bandera Middle School gave a report on their new Accelerated Math and Science Program.

The select, invitation only cohort of sixth grade students will be able to advance quickly through middle school math and science. They will then take four high school level science and math courses: Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Biology I, Algebra I and Geometry in seventh and eighth grade. Leaving middle school with four high school credits, these students will be able to advance farther in high school coursework in these areas.

Executive Director Gary Bitzkie gave an annual report to the board on the Federal Education Department block grant program which provides the district funds in five areas: disadvantaged students, teacher recruitment, English Language Learning and Immigrants, student success in 21st century schools with technology and support for innovative programs.

Financial Officer Mike Newman presented a planning calendar for 2021-2022 school district budget development. He also presented the monthly financial report and a budget amendment to reflect the receipt of a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) grant for $239,850 for the purchase of lower emission buses. That grant, applied for by Transportation Director Kay Miller in 2019, was finally received after a lengthy review period by the TCEQ.

The next meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees will be on Monday, February 8, 2021 at the Bandera Middle School Cafeteria.