Friday is the last day of school for the oldest school district in Texas, our own Brenham School district.

When the final bells ring the BISD will conclude its 139th year.  By all accounts it was an exciting and productive year.

The Cubs football team went to the state finals for the third time in 11 years.  There were successes on the basketball courts, and track and field events.

Brenham students distinguished themselves in various UIL competitions, including academic, debate and choir competitions

The Brenham High School drama department had a full season of productions.  In the fall they presented the comedy ‘The Foreigner’ and the spring musical returned with a production of ‘Legally Blonde,.’

This was also a year of major changes for the BISD.  Construction work continued for the new Alton Elementary School and the renovations at the middle school.

This means Alton Elementary School will be moving from its long time location on Kerr Street to its new campus in the 1300 block of South Market.

Alton Principal Michael Ogg says this move will be bittersweet.


Alton Elementary will move to its new site on South Market at the beginning of the new school year.

Alton Elementary will move to its new site on South Market at the beginning of the new school year.

Ogg notes that his school is moving from the one-time location of Pickard High School to the one-time location of Brenham Elementary School.

Brenham school district voters approved a $26 million bond issue to build the new Alton and make renovations for the middle school. Both projects are expected to be ready for the next school year beginning in August.

The Brenham High School Class of 2014 graduates 318 young people Saturday night at Cubs Stadium.  Valedictorian Kate Wellman and Salutatorian Jeremy Arnold will address their classmates. The future looks very good for them.  Many are going on to further their educations with more than $203,000 in scholarships awarded to them.

Brenham School Principal Steve Skrla says, as of right now, they plan to have the graduation commencement at the stadium, even with a 60 percent chance of rain.  He says a final determination will be made Saturday.  If the exercises have to be moved indoors to the high school auditorium..  Each graduate will have five tickets for family members and guests.

KWHI will have a live broadcast of the graduation exercises beginning at about 7:45pm Saturday.

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