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New Braunfels ISD has been awarded the highest rating of “Superior” in the 2017-2018 School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). NBISD received a score of 96 points out of 100 and was awarded a letter grade of “A” in this year’s financial accountability ratings.
The FIRST ratings are based on 15 financial indicators such as: administrative cost expenditures; the accuracy of a district or charter’s financial information submitted to TEA; and any financial vulnerabilities or material weaknesses in internal controls as determined by an external auditor.
As required, the NBISD will hold a public hearing to publicize the District’s financial report and rating at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, before the regular monthly Board meeting held in the NBISD Education Center Boardroom.
“Once again, NBISD has received the top rating awarded to school districts for financial accountability,” said Steve Brown, NBISD Executive Director of Business and Operations. “We work diligently every year to make sure we are being good stewards of public funds and operate as efficiently as possible.”
The 2017-2018 ratings are based on annual financial reports provided to TEA by districts and charters from the 2017 fiscal year. The financial accountability system requires TEA to review the audited financial reports from all districts and charters.
Created by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001, the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) is designed to encourage public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes.
To review the 2017-2018 FIRST ratings for all districts and charters (plus view final FIRST ratings from previous years), visit the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/index4.aspx?id=3864.
The students at Seele Elementary School held a parade fit for a queen the morning of Oct. 4 at the school. The campus librarian organized the parade for the first-grade students to go along with a story they were reading and the Comal County Fair. The parade included a special appearance by the 2018 Comal County Fair Court Queen Presley Wirebaugh, Princess Kendyl Neely and Duchess Cassie DeLaFuente.
CAPTION: Elijah Koegle, a first-grader at Seele Elementary, gives high fives to his fellow schoolmates during the Shoebox Parade held on campus Oct. 4 held in conjunction with the Comal County Fair.
LINK TO EVENT PHOTO GALLERY
In an effort to improve school safety and security, the “P3 Tips” mobile app utilized by the Comal County Crime Stoppers (CCCS) has recently been added for easy use to all of NBISD’s secondary students school-issued iPads. Students at NBISD’s secondary campuses can easily access the app and provide a secure and anonymous tip related to several offenses.
To submit a tip, students simply select the school where the offense occurred and provide any other details available including the option to upload a video, photo, audio file or document. The drop-down menu for the anonymous reporting program allows a student to provide a tip for dozens of offenses including, but not limited to: mental health issue, drugs, theft, weapons, fights, vaping, e-cigarettes, vandalism and burglary.
“Students are being encouraged to ‘Say Something’ by either using the app, calling the 24-hour hotline or contacting a teacher, School Resource Officer or campus administrator,” said Clay Gillentine, NBISD director of student services. “We have already seen a handful of tips come in using the app and are hopeful this will provide an avenue where students feel comfortable sharing a tip regardless of the situation.”
In addition to the app, there are several ways to submit a tip including online at www.comalcrimestoppers.org or via telephone by calling 830-620 TIPS (8477) or 1-800-640-8422 (24 hours a day/7 days a week). The Comal County Crime Stoppers is listed as “P3 Tips” in the app store and can be downloaded to any IOS or Android device.
CCCS has a 32-year history of aiding local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to solve crime and provide an anonymous reporting solution for those with useful information. CCCS offers rewards for information on crimes or criminal activity throughout Comal County including New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Garden Ridge, Bulverde and Spring Branch.
NBISD is hosting a series of Bond Information Meetings scheduled for next week to provide parents and community members with more information about the 2018 Bond Program. Those in attendance will also be given an opportunity to ask questions related to the Bond.
A total of three meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
Oak Run Middle School
415 Oak Run Point
Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
New Braunfels Middle School
4150 Klein Meadow
Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Voss Farms Elementary School
2510 Pahmeyer Road
The Bond Program includes a total of $118.3 million in projects to improve school safety and security as well as expand and renovate our aging facilities. Every campus in the district will be touched in this Bond Program.
The 2018 Bond Election is scheduled for Nov. 6, with early voting being held Oct. 22-Nov. 2.
For an overview of the projects, voting information, tax rate information or to view the Bond video, CLICK HERE.
Several New Braunfels High School students attended either Texas Boys State or Bluebonnet Girls State this summer at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Lutheran University, respectively. The students attended an orientation session at the end of last school year at the American Legion Post 179 and were presented with a certificate to commemorate their participation.
The following NBHS students attended the summer program: (pictured left to right) Kyle Smith, Sebastian James, Christopher Greenwell, NBHS Career Center Advisor Tina Miller, Krista Slate, Maya Goodlow, Alyssa Wolf, Riley Gallaher. Not pictured: Samuel Harrell.
These high school seniors were nominated by their teachers from NBHS and selected by the local American Legion Posts to attend the program.
“The Boys State and Girls State programs are so important to our students and expose them to so many great opportunities. They learn about leadership, public speaking, patriotism, citizenship and numerous government agencies,” said Miller. “Being selected into either of these programs is a privilege and I think the students should be proud to attend. I encourage all juniors to look into these programs and consider applying.”
According to the program websites (www.boysandgirlsstate.org), Boys State and Girls State are among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 and Girls State was created in 1937. Texas Boys State in year’s past has had more than 1,000 attendees and Bluebonnet Girls State has had more than 500.
For more information, visit www.texasboysstate.com or www.girls-state.org.
The New Braunfels High School Marine Corps JROTC is hosting their Semper Fi-ve K Walk/Run for the second year in a row on Oct. 27 at New Braunfels High School. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. with the race start time at 7:30 a.m.
The cost to enter the race is $30 for a single registration and $25 for military, first responders, students and cadets. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, racing bib and timing chip. The fee will be $35 on race day.
Online registration is available now through Oct. 20 at the following link (with additional fee of $3.05 or less): https://www.athleteguild.com/running/new-braunfels-tx/2018-semper-fi-ve-k-race
“We are honored to have New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno, a former Marine, serve as the Race Marshal,” said Lt.Col. Mark House, NBHS MCJROTC senior marine instructor. “We are also offering up a friendly competition again this year between our campuses to see which school can pull together the largest team for rights to claim the traveling trophy currently held by the NBHS Ninth Grade Center Team.”
All proceeds will benefit the NBHS MC JROTC Booster Club, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to support the cadet activities and student programs within the New Braunfels community. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by calling Booster President Michael Cass at 210-573-7184.
Last-minute registrations will be accepted, but t-shirts may not be available with late registrations. Please contact Race Coordinator Robert Thornhill at 210-284-4940 for more details.
Award Categories for the 5K include: Overall Male/Female, Top 3 Male/Female in age groups 0-11, 12-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-99. CLICK HERE to view the route.
To download event flyer, CLICK HERE.
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