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School board accepts Johnson’s resignation, approves winter storm pay for employees

School board accepts Johnson’s resignation, approves winter storm pay for employees
February 27
11:30 2021

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

At their regular February meeting, the Breckenridge Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted to accept the resignation of trustee Ardes Johnson and voted to issue an order for a special election to fill his position on the board, Place 7.

As of Friday afternoon, Feb. 26, two candidates have filed to run for the office, Chad Townson and Tammy Wimberley-Anderson.

The deadline to file to run for the unexpired term is 5 p.m. Monday, March 1. Applications to serve on the BISD Board of Trustees may be filed in person at the BISD central office, 208 N. Miller St. or by mail sent to BISD, Attn: Brittany Edgar, P.O. Box 1738, Breckenridge, TX 76424. Applications may also be submitted by email to or by fax to 254-522-9600.

The election for Place 7 will be held at the same time as the regular election for Places 1 and 2, on May 1. The ballot will include Graham Reaugh, who is running unopposed for Place 1, and, for Place 2, incumbent Paul Lippe and Jimmy McKay.

At the meeting on Feb. 8, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a 2022 Bluebird 77 passenger school bus from Rush Bus Center. After discussing the options with Mark Wilcox, BISD’s Maintenance and Transportation Director, the board chose to approve a bus with a gasoline engine rather than a diesel engine. The gasoline bus’s purchase price was cheaper, and the expected maintenance costs will be less expensive, as well.

Also during the meeting, BISD Chief Learning Officer Prairie Freeman presented the annual Texas Academic Performance Report to the board and the campus administrators gave updates on their campuses and departments.

The elementary school and junior high principals presented the students of the month. At East Elementary, the February Student of the Month is first-grader Gage Ethridge; the South Elementary Student of the Month is fourth-grader Joel Pulgarin; and, the Breckenridge Junior High Student of the Month is eighth-grader Antley Rodgers. (See their photos below)

Following an executive session, the board members voted to approve several personnel recommendations from Superintendent Bryan Allen, including a multi-year contract for Laura Gibson as a certified administrator and a probationary teacher contract for Christy Robertson through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, as well as other administrative personnel.

The school board also met on Feb. 23 for a special meeting, which included a strategic planning session for the district.

At the beginning of the special meeting, the board unanimously approved a resolution to pay school district employees who were not able to work the week of Feb. 15-19 because the schools were closed due to the winter storm. Additionally, the resolution included “extra duty compensation” for those employees who assisted with efforts to recover and restore regular district operations during and after the storm.

East Elementary Principal Barbara Collinsworth, left, and teacher Melanie Bartoskewitz present first-grader Gage Ethridge as East Elementary’s Student of the Month for February. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Joel Pulgarin, a South Elementary fourth-grade student, was honored by Principal Kenna Rainey, as the school’s February Student of the Month. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Eighth-grader Antley Rodgers was honored as the Breckenridge Junior High School Student of the Month by Principal Laura Gibson. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge ISD Board of Trustees and administrators look over the annual Texas Academic Performance Report as presented by the district’s Chief Learning Officer, Prairie Freeman. From left are Carrol Kanady, Nic McClymond, Brittany Edgar, Graham Reaugh, Bryan Allen, Cody Wimberley and Roy Russell. Not pictured is Trustee Paul Lippe. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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