As each bulb burns out, Brownsboro's Bear Stadium grows darker.
The simple step would be to replace the burnt-out bulb, but with old wiring, that simple step is all but eliminated.
“This goes back to a conversation we had about a year, or a year-and-a-half ago,” Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran said. “I went to Kevin, and asked why is was dark on the football field. If you go to some of the other stadiums, it is brighter. He said we needed new lights, and our conversation went to replacing the lights. We can't just unscrew a bulb, and put another one in.”
Brownsboro Independent School District Director of Operations Kevin McCarthy said the bulbs are not so much the problem, as the wiring is outdated and fragile.
“If you take the wires off, they will crumble in your hand,” McCarthy said. “The wiring to the poles is brand-new, but the wiring inside the poles is outdated, along with the cage wiring up-top. We just need to rewire the inside and put new cages up-top.”
Three bids have been submitted to the district for repair and replacement of the four light poles at the stadium.
“This is not an action item, but we wanted to prepare the board for what is coming down the road. We are going to have to do it at some point,” Moran said.
Techline Sports Lighting provided a complete bid with an estimate total of $149,000 to replace all four poles and pole wiring. Other companies provided bids of a lesser amount that only included replacing the wiring.
Techline is the same company that installed the new lights at the district's baseball, softball and tennis facilities.
During the superintendent's report in Monday's regularly-scheduled school board meeting, Moran and assistant superintendent Trampas Bass gave an update on the 2014-15 academic calendar.
Four calendars have been proposed and are expected to be submitted to teachers and staff across the district for voting. Once a favorite is determined by the district, it will be proposed to the school board for approval.
The first draft was similar to this year's calendar and included a full week out of school for Thanksgiving and six early release days. School would start Aug. 25 and end June 4.
A second calendar includes the week off for Thanksgiving, but reduces the early release days to two. School would start and end on the same days as proposal one.
Proposals three and four limit the Thanksgiving break to three days, while early release days vary. School ends June 2 on the final two proposals.
The board approved all five action items presented. Those items include the consent agenda, financial audit for the 2012-13 school year, campus improvement plan, change of date for the March board meeting and sale of a house owned by the district on Fulgham Circle in Brownsboro for $93,000.
Due to spring break, the March school board meeting originally scheduled for March 10 was moved to March 3.
As each bulb burns out, Brownsboro's Bear Stadium grows darker.
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Open house at Grace House transition location
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Grace House includes a kitchen and a classroom equipped with computers for training and practice, as well as dorm-type rooms for the residents.
MISD approves re-election order
The Malakoff Independent School Board of Trustees approved their order of elections on Monday, as all five members are up for re-election on Nov. 4.
President Jason Dalrymple, Vice President Gary Woolverton, Secretary Daymon Sims and Rick Vieregge (appointed to fill Todd LaRue's seat) are the four spots up for the 4-year terms. LaRue resigned from the board on June 16.
Tim Mattingly, who was appointed in February, is up for election to fill the remaining two years of that term.
BISD tax rate, meal prices remain same
The tax rate for Brownsboro Independent School District is expected to remain the same for the 2014-15 school year following Monday's school board meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran recommended the rate of $1.46 per $100 evaluation remain in place, despite a slight increase in the preliminary budget.
The maintenance and operations rate will remain at $1.17, while the interest and sinking rate remains 29 cents.
County names those to fill unexpired terms
The Henderson County Commissioners Court named individuals to fill unexpired terms on two boards during a brief meeting on Tuesday.
The court confirmed Gregorio Galvan as a new member of the Henderson County Library Advisory Board. Galvan, the owner and operator of Papa Tilo’s restaurant, will serve the remainder of the term vacated by Gloria Glaspy.
Howard named top assistant in Region 7
The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 regional education service centers in the state each year.
School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions, and then applications from these recipients are reviewed by the TASSP Principal Image Committee who selects the finalists.
Knife-wielding man arrested
The Athens Police Department arrested a 34-year-old man who allegedly entered an apartment early Saturday and injured another man using a pocket knife.
Henderson County Rural Resource Fair
When you find yourself in need of help, it's important to know where to go. The need to know is what drew a crowd to the Trinidad ISD cafeteria Monday morning.
Approximately 30 non-profit vendors were on hand for the first Rural Resource Fair. The vendors were there to provide information to the public about available resources in Henderson County.
Eight ladies are in Garland to teach the word of Christ to the area’s Arabic-speaking population.
Makaye Key of Eustace is part of a group of ladies known as the G.M.A.’s or Girls Missionary Auxilary.
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