The Brenham ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening to hear a presentation and to approve the leadership qualifications and characteristics to be utilized in the superintendent process.
The Board approved the list of leadership qualities presented by TASB consultant Dr. Marian Strauss, which included a good communicator, a visible, local leader, team builder, visionary leader, a person of integrity, motivational leader, and someone with a proven record of successful management of finances.
Strauss also updated the Board on the number of applicants who have applied for the superintendents position so far: approximately 40 applicants, with 16 of those currently sitting superintendents in other school districts, three from out of state, 8 assistant principals, 5 central office employees, 9 principals, and 2 “other.”
Also presented to the Board was the 2013-2014 District Financial Audit, conducted by Belt Harris Pechacek, and presented by Nathan Krumptke.
The District reported a fund balance of $9,626,502 at the end of the year, which is approximately equal to three months of operating expenditures.
For the end of the year ended August 31, 2014, the District’s general fund reported a surplus of $37,955, based on a budget of $38 million, which is equivalent of breaking even.
The strong balance, combined with continuation of the cost control program, allows the District to keep its tax rate less than the amount allowed by law. Allowing pro-active strategy and constant monitoring throughout the year, the district was able to break even.
Also presented to the Board were the Special Recognitions for each school, and a monetary donation from the Krause Elementary School PTO of $6,354, and an anonymous monetary donation of $7,500 for the purchase of a new 3D printer for the Computer Science Program, which was approved by the Board.
January was also proclaimed “School Board Recognition Month,” and Appel Ford presented a monetary donation to the Brenham Band Parent Booster Club from the Drive One 4 Ur School Program that was held last October.