The Bandera Independent School District (BISD) Board of Trustees recognized Anthony Rodriguez of A&A Concrete Construction for his $2,000 donation to purchase one set of new softball uniforms for the Bandera High School (BHS) team during the regular monthly meeting of the board on Monday, Feb. 8.
The board also accepted a donation of $11,364 from Bandera Bank for the purchase of a new scoreboard in BHS’ Competition Gym. The current scoreboard was installed in 1995.
Diming the meeting, BHS also recognized Samantha Reyna, Dorothy Magee and Amberly Patterson, who qualified to participate in the state Texas Association of Future Educators video competition.
The three students created a video submission on Bandera’s Demonstration Classrooms and will compete in a virtual state competition on March 5.
Bandera Middle School (BMS) recognized their students of the month: Baily Word and Brian Garcia. BMS also recognized its staff member of the month, special education teacher Jackie Spidell.
The board convened in Closed Session to consider contract extensions for district and campus administrators. All administrator contracts were extended one year.
The Consent Agenda was approved, and there were no citizens’ comments.
Diming the Information portion of the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jeny Hollingsworth presented BISD’s current enrollment as of January 31: 2,216 students, up slightly from December.
According to Hollingsworth, the average daily attendance reported was 2,059.
Superintendent Hollingsworth congratulated Director of Tech Services David Brown and the district librarians for their swift and efficient processing of over $79,000 in new district Chromebooks which supports the district’s 1:1 technology initiative.
The district recognized several individuals and groups with their Above and Beyond award.
Erin Moore and Aidan Kavanagh were recognized from Hill Country Elementary
Lisa Gherman and the fourth grade GT First Lego League team were recognized from Alkek Elementary
Two programs were recognized from BMS: Paw Print Press and Personalized Data Folders.
BHS recognized Dan Zavorka, Stephanie Sells and Brooke Ashcroft for their service to the school and their colleagues.
CTE Coordinator Fay Patkowski gave a lengthy report on the Career and Technology Department and introduced two new teachers, building trades teacher Wayne Hux and health care diagnostics teacher Shannon Bryant.
Assistant Business Manager Leslie Skelly gave reports on the department staff, the Monthly Financial Report and the Monthly Financials for January 2021.
Gary Bitzkie reviewed Texas Association of School Boards Update 116 dealing with changes to state and local school district policy.
The board voted to ratify BISD’s District of Innovation Plan and 2021-2022 District of Innovation Calendar.
In their final action of the evening, the date for the March 2021 School Board Meeting was moved from March 8 to March 15 so as not to conflict with the Spring Break holiday.