The Brenham School Board reviewed the performance of Superintendent Walter Jackson during Executive Session Thursday evening. Dr. Jackson has been with the District since April of 2015. After the Executive session, the board voted to extend Jackson’s contract for 5 years, through June of 2023. They also voted to give him a $10,000 raise and 10 additional days of vacation. Last year, Jackson’s salary was $172,529. School Board members praised Jackson’s tireless efforts on behalf of the District. Board President Natalie Lange stated, “Dr. Jackson’s visionary leadership has put Brenham ISD on a renewed path to excellence.” The full press release from BISD can be viewed below.
In other action, trustees approved the Instructional Calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. Director of Human Resources Christie Olivares outlined the calendar with the board. She thanked all those who submitted ideas for the calendar and said that every comment was carefully reviewed. On the calendar, the first day for students will be Thursday, August 16th and the last day will be May 24th. Students will have a full week off for Thanksgiving and two weeks for the Christmas – New Year Holidays, getting out December 21st and returning January 8th. The approved Instructional Calendar is expected to be posted to the District website today (Friday).
Trustees also reviewed the District Financial Audit Thursday. Mike Brotherton with the audit firm of Belt Harris Perchacek gave a positive opinion of the audit, saying there were no findings or questioned costs. The District ended the year with a surplus of just over $1 million, the majority of which came from additional local revenues. Board Vice-President Melvin Ehlert thanked the staff for keeping such a close eye on spending so that the District ended the year with a surplus.
Director of Instructional Services Mark Strauss reviewed the Annual Texas Academic Performance Report with the board. The report combines data including attendance, financial, and STARR testing for the District as well as each campus. He said that the report will be available on the District website in 2 weeks and that paper copies would be available at the District office.
Trustees also accepted a donation from the Krause Elementary School PTO. PTO members donated $8,344 for the purchase of carts for Chome Book computers.
Full Press Release from BISD on Superintendent Jackson's contract extension:
BRENHAM, TX - THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018
Tonight the Brenham ISD board of trustees met in executive session to discuss the contract of Superintendent Dr. Walter Jackson. In April, Dr. Jackson will have led the Brenham Independent School District for three years, and there are many successes that can be attributed to his tenure.
In 2016, Brenham ISD earned 4 Academic Distinctions from the Texas Education Agency. In 2017, the district earned 14 TEA Academic Distinctions, and celebrated Alton Elementary School’s removal from the “Improvement Required” list. During his tenure, Dr. Jackson has promoted the district through social media, an updated district website, and with frequent publications in the Brenham Banner Press. Dr. Jackson is also active in the community, and is present at many local functions.
Recently, Dr. Jackson led the opening of the Brenham Early Childhood Learning Center which educates more than 200 prekindergarten students, and is housed at the former Alton Elementary School campus. Brenham ISD continues to receive state accolades for superior performance under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, and its comprehensive overhaul of the teacher salary structure. In just three years, Dr. Jackson has pushed for 4.69%, 3.0%, and 4.0% raises at the midpoint for all staff.
Dr. Walter Jackson is a rising star in the superintendent world, and was recently selected as one of twenty national “Superintendents to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He is also a sought after presenter on educational issues at both state and national conferences. Tonight the board of trustees voted unanimously to extend Dr. Jackson’s contract 5 years through June of 2023 with a $10,000 raise and 10 additional days of vacation.
Board President, Natalie Lange stated, “Dr. Jackson’s visionary leadership has put Brenham ISD on a renewed path to excellence. The positive changes he has made in less than three years have endeared him to our community, but they have also earned him recognition and honors across the state and even nationally. The board recognizes that Dr. Jackson’s tireless work and positive results make him desirable to any district. While we will never be able to compete with the highest paying districts, we can offer Dr. Jackson support and stability that is beneficial to him and our district. We appreciate and commend Dr. Jackson for meeting and exceeding our expectations and continually finding ways to serve our students and improve our district. Our hope and our goal are that this successful partnership continues for many years.”
Board Member Dr. Mike Altman responded, “We are very happy to extend Dr. Jackson’s contract and increase his compensation. He is doing a great job leading the district, and is an asset not only to the students, but also the community.”
Board Member Sgt. Kelvin Raven said, “Dr. Jackson is an outstanding leader who is well deserving of our praise. I am proud of the direction our district is taking, and proud to continue working with Dr. Jackson.”
Board Member Mark Schneider said, “We are very fortunate to have Dr.Jackson as our school district superintendent. He has made a huge difference in our community.”
Board Member Tommie Sullivan said, "I commend Dr. Jackson for the great work he is doing as superintendent for the Brenham Independent School District. From the day he joined the district, he excelled in his performance and relationships with the school board, teachers, parents, students, and the community. He is well known and liked by all. He is always ready to undertake any challenge and gives his best in all his work. Dr. Jackson is very personal and makes everyone feel important in their roles."
Dr. Walter Jackson shared, “Serving as the superintendent of Brenham ISD has been the joy of my life and my professional career. It is a ministry, not just a vocation. I believe that I have been called to do what I do, and sent to Brenham to serve. I only want to do God’s will, and if this district continues to allow me to serve, that’s exactly what I am going to do.”