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2012-11-22

BISD board thanks Haile for service

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Bandera ISD Superintendent Regina Howell and Board President Dr. Barbara Skipper saluted board member Lee Haile for his service on the board during last Monday's regular board meeting.
Haile, who served as a trustee from 2003 to 2012, opted not to run for re-election to the seat. He said his kids were now out of school and he was ready to move on to other things.
Howell said that board members face major decisions and deal with critical issues all the time, and Haile "served faithfully."
Skipper noted that Haile "listens to the community, and the people trust him because of that."
After receiving a plaque commemorating his years of service and the applause of everyone in attendance, Haile said it had been an honor to serve and he suggested that board members "look past the piddly stuff, and look at the long term."
As part of her regular report to the board, Howell was pleased to say the district's average daily attendance (ADA) is a little above 96 percent. ADA determines state and federal funding for school districts, which is why so much emphasis is placed on regular attendance.
Howell also announced that the district had earned the Texas Comptroller's Leadership Circle Award Gold Status. The award goes to governmental entities in Texas who make a positive effort to provide financial transparency to its constituents by publishing budgets, check registers and other financial records in an easily accessible format for the public to use.
Howell thanked financial officer Tish Grill and the business office staff for their work in qualifying the district for the award.
Grill presented a report to the board on a new procedure for auctioning surplus materials, equipment or supplies. The district will now liquidate such surplus with an on-line auction process through Lemons Auctioneers LLP. Funds raised from the auctions will go into a fund to purchase furniture. Items originally purchased with federal dollars will go into federal project accounts.
In action items on the agenda, the board approved a $135.96 one time retention pay bonus for all employees. Title VI funds will be used to pay 175 staff for a total of $23,793; local funds will be used to pay 183 staff for a total of $24,881.
The board also voted to retain their eminent domain authority, which needed to be extended because of a legislative deadline. "We have no plans to use eminent domain authority for anything in the foreseeable future," said Howell.