Boyd Athletic Director, admin contracts approved; Pre-AP, AP and honors courses will be harder to enter

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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After more than an hour-and-a-half in closed session Monday night, the Boyd school board extended Athletic Director Brandon Hopkins’ contract for another year.

The board also extended contracts for several other administrators, including High School Principal Scott Nedrow, Middle School Principal James McDonald, Intermediate School Principal Nina Coody, Elementary School Principal Anke Bracey, Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice and Career and Technology Director Shawn Bryans.

In other business, trustees took a closer look at BHS’ advanced courses. Boyd students seeking placement in pre-AP, AP and honors courses for the 2014-15 school year now have to jump an additional hurdle.

Previously there were no prerequisites for entering the advanced courses offered on the high school campus, but the board felt students should meet a list of minimum requirements to sign up.

The new prerequisites will include minimum STAAR test scores and minimum grade averages in similar courses. High School counselor Tara Allred said these new requirements will go a long way to improving the overall success of BHS students.

In the past, students who had not passed STAAR or other coursework registered for advanced courses – and often had a hard time successfully completing those classes.

Superintendent Ted West said BISD will also look into improving instruction in these classes and encourage more students to take the Advanced Placement tests after they complete the courses, which could earn them college credit.

Outside of honors classes, BISD students will also get more advanced skill training with the addition of a Computer Numeric Control, or CNC program.

BISD has had a computerized lathe/mill donated, and that equipment will enable the school to train students for a variety of high-skill level industrial jobs.

The board approved renovating the maintenance building to make room for the new lathe and additional classes to the tune of $47,160.

In other business, the board:

  • approved textbooks for the 2014-15 school year; and
  • agreed to let West form a committee to study the district’s long-term facility needs.

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