Brenham School Board President Natalie Lange responded during last night’s meeting to a letter that was mailed to voters over the weekend. The form letter was mailed by the group Empower Texans and insinuated that Lange had acted illegally by encouraging voting in the district. Lange said the same form letter was mailed out in multiple school districts in the state in an attempt to silence school boards. Lange read her response to the letter during the meeting. The trustees also passed a resolution naming March 6th as Education Day and encouraged voters in the district to become informed on the candidates and to exercise their right to vote.
In other action, Assistant Superintendent Paul Aschenbeck told the trustees that the transportation contract with Durham School Services will expire at the end of July and the District is going out for proposals now to see what is available. He said it was clear that the transportation needs of the school district are going to increase in the coming years. Aschenbeck said he expected to review the proposals with the trustees in April.
Trustees also got an update on teacher support in preparation for the STAAR and EOC testing. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Jamey Johnson presented 9 Instructional and Content specialists who work on the various campuses. They explained how they work with both teachers and students in ensuring that they have learned the required material for the state standardized testing. Two teachers also explained how beneficial it was to them when they have a specialist in the classroom with them. They said it was more than just having a second teacher, that the specialists help the students apply what they have learned, and that is what the state testing is looking for.
Trustees also accepted a monetary donation. The Brenham Band Parents organization donated $14,700 to purchase a trailer that will be used to transport band instruments.