Grace Lutheran Church Pastor Matthew Jacobs holds a proclamation read by Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday in recognition of Grace Lutheran School's 75th anniversary. Also pictured are members of the church and school.

Brenham and Burton ISDs are set to receive considerably more revenue this year from Washington County school land in Tom Green County.

This (Tuesday) morning, Washington County Commissioners approved the 2021-22 school lands report and disbursed funding to the two school districts.  Commissioners annually distribute revenue from mineral rights, farming leases and hunting leases in Tom Green County based on the schools’ average daily attendance.

Brenham ISD is receiving $1,145,137, while Burton ISD is getting $134,345.  In comparison to last year, Brenham ISD received $255,498 and Burton ISD received $24,591.

County Judge John Durrenberger said the county is thrilled to be able to utilize this land to support local school systems.



Members of Focusing Families join Washington County Commissioners after the reading of a proclamation on Tuesday declaring the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Washington County.

Durrenberger said the reason for the large increase is because for the past two years, the county has been negotiating a right of way easement on its school land in Tom Green County with a solar farm.  He stated the solar farm originally wanted to be stationed on Washington County’s school land, but Washington County would not allow that, so they instead moved to the property adjacent to Washington County’s.  In the process, they had to have right of way in order to get to an electrical substation so they could sell the power generated from the solar farm.

Washington County, with the help of San Angelo attorney Keith Davis, negotiated easements for the solar farm and for the substation.  Funds are coming from the easements for the right of way for the transmission lines from the solar farm to the substation, as well as a lease for the substation itself and an easement to get to the substation.  Durrenberger said this “will keep generating money year after year” in the long-term.

Also on Tuesday, commissioners:

  • Adopted a burn ban for Washington County effective Wednesday at 8 a.m.
  • Read a proclamation declaring the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Washington County.
  • Read a proclamation recognizing the 75th anniversary of Grace Lutheran School.
  • Received a presentation of a preliminary plat of the Washington Meadows subdivision, a 54.584 acre residential development with 20 lots and one road, fronting Bosse Road in Precinct 1.
  • Received a presentation of a preliminary plat of Washington Heights at Chappell Hill, a residential development of 104.712 acres fronting FM 1371 in Precinct 2.
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  1. I agree with you Ltever. But it’s a double edge sword. We want to not live in a heavily populated town but yet we want the conveniences of places shop like the big towns have. It’s so sad that we will never be “ out in the country” any longer. So many people moving here to get away from the big cities like Houston, Austin, and even other states. What amazes me and quite frankly is very irritating is when they move outside the city limits and put up the biggest and brightest lights that illuminate 50 acres, their neighbors entire piece of land and homes, and never bat any eye at what’s wrong with doing that. It’s called light pollution. Why move to the “country” and light it up like the strip in Las Vegas? We out here in the sticks like our privacy. If you’re scared of the dark and want to light up everything you have in the middle of the night, use directional lighting and keep that to yourself. It’s not a deterrent. It’s an advertisement of what all you have. And by the way, your showing a would be thief what your neighbors have too. Make it more difficult for thieves to see.

    1. I agree. And then the weekenders come up here and light their place up like a compound, like they’re scared of the dark. Or you get people building huge wedding and event centers like or the monstrous winery and event center that belongs somewhere near Fredericksburg, not here. These people have zero concern for how their buildings are affecting not only the lifestyle of the people who live around them, but the property values, as well. These old cattle ranchers can’t afford the tax increases that the weekenders are causing us.

    1. Yes. If they could just get rid of all the extra administration and wish lists, they probably would not need a bond. But don’t hold your breath.

    2. Boy I tell ya, that one million dollars would get sucked up in portable buildings real fast just to house students for the duration of major structural repairs to an already obsolete building. We really do need to stop trying to throw good money after bad over there at that old school building. I only just wish that the School Board would give us some renderings or something of what that money that they’re asking for will actually buy instead of relying on us to blindly trust them with a blank check.

      1. There is a website [brenhamisdbond.com] that has all of this listed. Uninformed, look for the facts before posting pls

        1. Congratulations. You have convinced an anonymous person on the internet that they were wrong. That’s got to rank up there among your highest life accomplishments, right? Three pages deep from the homepage [https://www.brenhamisdbond.com/projects] they have renderings. The FAQ also explains some useful information like the difference between a construction cost and project cost that allows for a completely built school with furnishings and tech, rising interest rates, and inflation. Now that I understand that, I am voting yes.

          There are a lot of people out there that share my concerns about the cost. This information and those renderings should be front and center! People need to know that they’re going to get what they pay for.

  2. In 10 years no one will recognize Washington county, glad for those making millions, sad for those of us who enjoyed the country atmosphere

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