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News from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees

Summary of Meeting

Board Briefs - July 29

Board Agenda:

During its regular monthly meeting, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees heard an update on the 2007 Bond Program and began a discussion about possible renovation design plans for the Bendwood School and the Spring Branch Education Center (SBEC) campus, which includes the former Spring Branch High School facility.

In separate action, Trustees adopted 6-0 the Revised Board/Superintendent’s Board Operating Procedures Manual.

Under Discussion

Superintendent Duncan Klussmann, Ed.D., and Associate Superintendent for Finance Karen Wilson provided a district and financial update of the 2007 Bond Program. SBISD voters approved a $597.1 million bond program almost six years ago to substantially transform the school district. This program has made possible the planned replacement of 13 elementary schools, renovation and repair of all other campuses, and significant upgrades in areas ranging from athletics and technology to transportation.

So far, the district has built and opened 10 of 13 new elementary schools, conducted renovations at all but two campuses, made significant athletic field and stadium renovations, added wireless and technology upgrades across the district, and added new buses to its transportation fleet. Due to favorable bond rates and construction conditions, SBISD accelerated its building program and completed much of its work ahead of schedule.

During discussion, Superintendent Klussmann recommended to Trustees that design upgrades move forward as planned at The Bendwood School. He also recommended an architectural review be conducted of the Spring Branch Education Center complex and the nearby R.A. Vines Science Center to determine how the facilities might be renovated and used in the future from a holistic point of view, including consideration for the history associated with SBEC and how classroom space might be maximized.

SBEC is currently scheduled for major infrastructure renovation, including roofing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning work. The Spring Branch High School Alumni Association collects, stores and displays its historical collection at SBEC at the current time. The review might include options involving permanent public display of these items and related Alumni Association materials.

In other action, the Board of Trustees:

  • Held first reading of policies on Employee Standards of Conduct, Employee Standards of Conduct, Searches and Alcohol and Drug Testing and TASB Policy Update 97
  • Approved Numerous Consent Agenda Action Items
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