The Brenham School Board received a number of updates at its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Paul Aschenbeck, Assistant Superintendent of Operations

Board members heard from Assistant Superintendent of Operations Paul Aschenbeck about the special projects the district is looking into after receiving over $555,000 in Hurricane Harvey reimbursement. Aschenbeck followed up with the board on many of the items discussed at a workshop earlier this month.

Aschenbeck said some of the items mentioned at the workshop have been ordered, such as a new light board for the drama department, and new music stands and oboes for the band. Others, such as curriculum and instructional needs for the elementary schools, are currently being processed and will be ordered soon.

Aschenbeck said the district is still working on clarifying the scope of the proposed master facilities plan, and seeing how in-depth it would go districtwide.

Many of the items considered have received bids, such as new furniture in the junior high school cafeteria, new desks and library carpeting at the high school, new main gym flooring, and a new roof at the technology building and tax office.

Aschenbeck said administrators have given the go-ahead for lab table repairs at the high school, and will work on getting bids for new playground equipment at the middle school after pouring the concrete slab for the equipment.

Aschenbeck said he would shoot to get at least some of these projects done over the Christmas break.

The board also received an update on the STEAM Academy, which is in its second year of implementation at Brenham ISD elementary campuses. The STEAM teachers from Alton, Brenham, and Krause Elementary Schools spoke on the mission of the program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.  The teachers also updated the board on what projects and lessons are currently being taught at each of the campuses.

Also in session, the board heard an update from Superintendent Dr. Walter Jackson, as well as updates on Instructional Technology and the Aspiring Leadership Academy.

The board then adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken.

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