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2009-01-22

BISD board votes to keep Superintendent Dyes

By Stephanie Parker

Following a closed session during the Tuesday, Jan. 13 Bandera Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, BISD board members reconvened to extend Superintendent Kevin Dyes’ contract through 2012 and to add a 3 percent pay raise.

During the meeting, Dyes named the BISD milestones reached in 2008. “We started a new hire process in April that is working well,” he said. “We hired 19 new, quality teachers using that process. Hiring good teachers is the biggest impact any administrator can make on a district. The teachers are still there when the administrator leaves.”

Dyes said that last year’s graduating class of 193 set a BISD record.

Milestones, Dyes said, did not end in May with senior graduation and the summer break. He added, “We finished the demographic study in July. It is good information for district planning. We also put $1.7 million into the fund balance.”

Additionally, Dyes noted, teachers’ salaries were raised by $4,000, which made BISD competitive with other school districts. “It’s important to get good teachers and keep them returning,” he pointed out.

BISD has implemented its own curriculum, designed to meet the needs of each individual class and campus.

Dyes attributed the success of reaching those milestones to the good central office staff and the good BISD staff across the district.

He praised the success of the recent Junior Livestock Show and Sale, in which 167 BISD students participated, showing 223 projects. “We had 115 4-H students,” Dyes said, “and 52 FFA students. Eighty-four of those students were from Bandera High School. Our students showed a lot of the champions and reserve champions.

“The sale held up well,” he commented. “The community really came out to support the kids. The stock show is a good thing, a positive event.”

Other positives showcased during the meeting related to Governor Rick Perry’s proclamation of January as “School Board Recognition Month.” Bandera High School Family, Career & Community Leaders of America students sponsored a reception for school board members, complete with a wide array of nutritious foods.

Amy Keep and her art students produced an appreciation banner for school board members, which was hung in the boardroom to greet board members as they assembled for the meeting.