Brownwood school board members began their Monday night meeting with a series of presentations that included donations of cash from businesses to schools, and the donation of a motorcycle to Brownwood High School's automotive department.
School board members also had no trouble giving their support to a City of Brownwood grant application to the Texas Department of Transportation for a two-mile walking trail near Gordon Wood Stadium and the Bert Massey Sports Complex.
Steve Fryar, president of PF&E Oil, presented a $3,000 check to the district, and the money will be equally divided between six schools — the high school, middle school, intermediate school, and Northwest, East and Woodland Heights elementary schools.
The district's other two schools — Coggin Elementary and the accelerated high school — are also receiving $500 each. Those funds are coming from the $2,500 the district received as a finalist in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award.
Also Monday, House of Wheels representatives Terry McDonald and Patrick Tharp announced the business is donating a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle to the high school's automotive department.
Later Monday, school board members approved a letter of support addressed to the City of Brownwood, stating the district's "full support" of the Camp Bowie Walking Trail. Part of the trial will cross BISD property, and TxDOT requires a letter of support from the school board if the city is to be considered for the grant, board members were told.
The walking trail "will certainly benefit the students of Brownwood Middle School, as well as the citizens of Brownwood," the letter of support states. The proposed trail will begin near the middle school parking lot and go to Calvert Road, go around the football stadium, cross Milam Drive and loop around the Bert Massey Sports Complex, said city staff engineer Jodie Kelly, who with TxDOT representative Andrew Chisholm made a presentation to the school board.
The total cost of the trail is estimated at $552,661. The grant, if approved, will be $442,129, leaving a local match from the city of $110,532, Kelly said.
In other business Tuesday, board members and Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe discussed the CSCOPE online curriculum used in the Brownwood district. CSCOPE has been controversial but Blincoe said the designers of the curriculum have been trying to do a better job of getting more information to the public and lessening the perception of secrecy.
"Is it perfect? No it's not. But neither is anything else," Blincoe said.
He said CSCOPE has, however, been a good, cost-effective curriculum that saves time. Blincoe and board members agreed there needs to be more information available to the public about CSCOPE in the BISD.