The Blanco Independent School District Board of Trustees held a short meeting on Monday, July 14. The Board approved a schedule for teacher appraisals in accordance with the Professional Development and Appraisal System. This is the annual teacher evaluation which begins on September 12 when Part 1 of the Teacher’s self-report will be due.
A resolution to suspend portions of the EIE (local) policy that requires students in grade 5 and 8 to meet the passing standards on the mathematics state-mandated assessment instruments was also approved. The state passing standard for the mathematics STAAR examinations for these two grades will not be established for the 2014-2015 school year and only raw score data will be available. The essential knowledge and skills have been revised and will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.
A budget amendment request was brought before the Board by Kay Fraser. A total of $161,450 of unspent money was moved from the salaries and supplies funds in order to cover costs in operations, capital projects (construction) technology, and legal fees. Fraser called the amendment a “regular, end-of-the-year, clean up.” The amendment was approved by the board.
During open forum Maria Barraco spoke to the board on the subject of “Selective Acknowledgment.” She requested that the board would not only acknowledge the “good things” that were happening in the district. “I’d like to be able to come here (Board meetings) and hear you say, ‘Ok, this month we had 25 (complaints), and we were able to deal with them... To have an idea of the proportion of claims we are handling; it’s not the same to have 3 claims, as having 120 claims.”
After open forum the Board adjourned to executive session. After reconvening, the Board approved the employment of Kale Haschke for BHS Science.
At the previous School Board meeting held June 9, the board approved the resignation of Amanda Fulton, BHS Science, the employment of Derrick Hernandez BHS Social Studies/Coach, and the employment of Myles Karnes BHS Social Studies/Coach.