Members of the Brenham ISD Education Foundation present the Brenham School Board with a donation of $101,200 for mini-grants.

The Brenham ISD Education Foundation has awarded a record number of mini-grant funds.

During Monday’s Brenham School Board meeting, Education Foundation Secretary Kim Weatherby and other foundation members presented Brenham ISD with a check for $101,200.  The donation surpasses the previous record of $77,755 set in 2020, and will be used by the district to fund individual mini-grant requests.

Weatherby said the community’s generosity is what makes donations like this possible.



The foundation awards grants up to $5,000 for campuses, up to $3,000 for departments and grade levels and up to $500 for teachers.  Grant recipients will be announced on October 28th and 29th.

Trustees approved a service agreement and payment plan with Ideal Impact Services.  The organization works with 155 school districts in Texas, including area school districts in Giddings, Fayetteville, Schulenburg, Lexington, Franklin and Bremond, to reclaim energy costs for their maintenance and operations budgets by reducing waste.

During Superintendent Dr. Tylor Chaplin’s monthly report, he announced that the timeline for the search for a new high school principal has been extended.  He plans to conduct interviews through the first and second weeks of November.

Health and Safety Director Jamie Woodall said as of Monday, the district had 19 students and three staff members out due to COVID-19.

Also at Monday’s meeting, trustees recognized the teacher, student and paraprofessional of the month at Pride Academy, as well as the district’s child nutrition employee and maintenance employee of the month.  This month’s honorees include:

Teacher of the Month: Tanya Tarzin

Student of the Month: Brayden Smith

Paraprofessional of the Month: Noel Valencia Ward

Child Nutrition Employee of the Month: Sylvia Stringfellow

Maintenance Employee of the Month: Roger Spangle

Department of the Month: Principals – Jillian Wilke, Early Childhood Learning Center; Michael Ogg, Alton Elementary School; Kimberly Rocka, Brenham Elementary School; Courtney Mason, Krause Elementary School; Peggy Still, Brenham Middle School; Jamie Rochell, Brenham Junior High School; Brandi Hendrix, Brenham High School (interim); Allan Colvin, Pride Academy.

(front row, from left) Campbell Groves, Samantha Rhyne, Victoria Cuellar and Andrew Zschech were recognized by trustees at Monday's meeting for being named AP scholars.
Noel Valencia Ward (second from left), Tanya Tarzin (second from right) and Brayden Smith (far right) were recognized as Pride Academy's respective paraprofessional, teacher and student of the month.
Roger Spangle (front row, center) was recognized as Brenham ISD's maintenance employee of the month.
(from left) Pride Academy Principal Allan Colvin, Brenham Junior High School Principal Jamie Rochell, Brenham Middle School Principal Peggy Still, Alton Elementary School Principal Michael Ogg, Brenham Elementary School Principal Kimberly Rocka, Krause Elementary School Principal Courtney Mason, Early Childhood Learning Center Principal Jillian Wilke and interim Brenham High School principal Brandi Hendrix were all recognized at Monday's Brenham School Board meeting.
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