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Board extends Howell's contract

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

BISD's Superintendent Regina Howell

The Bandera ISD Board of Trustees voted to extend Superintendent Regina Howell's contract for one year at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, Jan. 11. The one-year extension is standard for school districts in Texas.
Howell oversees the four-campus district that includes a large portion of the eastern part of Bandera County, including Lakehills, Pipe Creek, Bandera and Tarpley. There are over 2,200 students and more than 300 employees. In addition to two elementary schools, a middle school and high school, the district maintains central administrative offices and a support facility for transportation, maintenance and food service departments. The district covers over 400 square miles and operates under a $22 million budget.
Howell served as interim superintendent for the district beginning in May 2011 following the resignation of Kevin Dyes. In March 2012 Howell was named superintendent by the board. At that time she had worked in the district for 16 years as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent.
Howell presented her annual State of the District report to the board at Monday night's meeting.
"We always have goals," she told the board, "but sometimes we fail to recognize the things we've accomplished." Howell included a number of accomplishments from 2015 as part of her presentation.
Those accomplishments included exceeding state results in various assessment tests. The only area in which the district failed to exceed the state averages was in writing, where the state bar fell at 72 percent and Bandera ISD students scored 71 percent.
Howell also reminded the board of the many state qualifiers the district had in various academic competitions, as well as in athletic contests.
"We had nine collegiate athletic signings in 2015, and we look forward to having more in the spring," Howell said.
The district showed an overall good participation in extracurricular activities. Bandera High School and Bandera Middle School received academic distinction designations thanks to great scores on state mandated testing.
Howell praised teachers and administrators who participated in the summer reading and math program, funded by the Education Foundation. "It's the 10th year we've had the foundation, which is the community supporting our kids," she said.
The Bandera ISD maintains a website that offers lots of information about the workings of the district, including the budget. Check the school calendars for special events.
The board of trustees meets the second Monday of the month at 6 pm at the Central Administration Office, 815 Pecan Street, in Bandera. The public is always welcome to attend.