At the regular meeting of the Blanco ISD trustees on July 8, Project Executive Tom Rehak of Vanguard Contractors reported that demolition is complete at the entrances to all three campuses. By the beginning of school a new system will be in place to screen all visitors as they enter the administrative offices. Blanco High principal Dustin Barton explained that visitors will be admitted to a vestibule area after pushing a buzzer to notify staff of their arrival. The millwork at Blanco Elementary and Blanco Middle School will be the pacing item there, said Rehak. “We have a ways to go, but we have another six weeks” of work, he concluded. Trustee Matt Herden asked Rehak about the continuing problem with condensation building up on the doors of a freezer in the elementary school cafeteria and was told by Rehak that he would be dealing with the problem immediately. “I apologize for that,” he said; “I’ll get right on it.”
In his Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Buck Ford reminded trustees of the TASB/TASA Annual Convention in Dallas September 27-29, 2013. He also announced that the Blanco EMS will be providing free voluntary CPR training for all Blanco ISD employees August 9. He thanked members of the EMS for providing this service to the district.
Finally, Dr. Ford reminded trustees of the dedication of the renovated historic Alamo-style school building on August 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. (see June 26, 2013 Blanco County News article ). Festivities will include a ribbon-cutting and bell-ringing, a special memoriam for Bernice West, and a panoramic picture of all graduates, to be taken by Goldbeck Photography. The photo will be similar to the 1934 50th reunion photo, which is the centerpiece of the gallery of the renovated building. Another photo will be taken of all those in attendance. Free water in commemorative cups will be provided to those in attendance. The public is invited, and alumni are especially encouraged to attend.
In the absence of trustees Darrel Wagner and Charles Riley, trustees voted to approve a calendar for teacher appraisals in accordance with the Professional Development and Appraisal System. The appraisal period begins on the first day and ends at the close of the final day of a teacher’s contract, with the exception of the day before or after a holiday, days scheduled for end-of-semester or end-of-year exams, or days scheduled for standardized testing. In the absence of the teacher’s supervisor, the school principal was approved to conduct the observation.
Trustees also approved a Hazardous Boundaries Resolution to identify hazardous conditions within two miles of a school which would mandate that students be provided with bus transportation. The resolution states, “A hazardous condition exists because there is no walkway where students must walk along or cross U. S. Highway 281,” including the following: the intersection of Rolling Hills Road and US Highway 281 to the north, the intersection of Lost Creek Trail and Ranch Road 165 to the east, the one-mile mark down Lindeman Lane/CR 404 to the southeast, and the intersection of RR 32 and US Highway 281 to the south.
Following Executive Session, trustees voted to accept the resignation of Nickole Traughber, high school math, and to approve the employment of Lisa Kuyrkendall, high school English, and Amy Hackbeil as Student Success Coordinator. Mrs. Hackbeil is a former Blanco High School English teacher. She is replacing Keitha St. Clair, who has been hired as Blanco Middle School principal.