His Brownwood High School students are enjoying the last weeks of vacation from the classroom before the fall semester begins Aug. 27, but for Principal Bill Faircloth, the new year has already begun.
Registration for students will be held Wednesday through Friday this week, and students new to the district are asked to report between 1 and 3 p.m. on any of those three days.
Freshmen identification cards will be issued each day, between 1 and 3 p.m. Freshman orientation will be held the following week, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23, at the BHS cafeteria. Freshmen students will be able to pick up their schedules at that time.
Senior students are asked to report between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Juniors are asked to report between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Sophomores are asked to report between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Returning students will find that significant progress has been made as part of the extensive reconstruction project under way on campus, although heavy rains during May and June caused some problems. In addition to the renovation, repairs to roofs on the high school buildings suffered a year ago have been pending, and even more damage was done late this spring.
“But we are more than halfway through the bond package work,” Faircloth said Friday.
Work continues in the area where the administration offices have historically been located, so those offices remain temporarily situated off 10th Street, across from First United Methodist Church.
“We’re still at the place where we were last semester,” Faircloth said. “We’re still working from there.”
Faircloth has repeatedly complimented the adaptability of teachers, staff and students as work has continued during the past two years. The construction is funded by a portion of the $29.4 million bond issue approved by school district voters in February 2005.
With the new school year preparing to start, Faircloth praised the efforts of the campus’ three counselors, who between them have 85 years of service to the school. They are lead counselor Jenny Williams with 29 years, Claudia Lancaster with 32 years and Rob Martin with 24 years.
“They’re a very, very dedicated group of employees,” Faircloth said, “as their terms of service would indicate. They assist students in developing their education plan, beginning as freshmen and going through graduation, and then assisting in the transition from high school to college, trade school, military service — whatever they want to do after graduation.
“They help students determine their goals and then how to plan to achieve them. They’re eager to help any student with anything they need.”
Assistant Principal Andy Gill added, “That’s just the academic part of it. For many of our students, they are also a mom or dad when they need someone.”
Faircloth explained that one counselor is assigned to each freshman student, and he or she remains with that student throughout the high school career.
“They get to know the kids that way,” Faircloth said. “They’re very eager to help.”
Martin is assigned to students with surnames beginning with initials A through G; Williams, students with initials H through M; and Lancaster, students with initials O through Z.
“Each counselor has a mix of every class in the school that way,” Faircloth said.
The principal said he plans to periodically recognize other key faculty and staff members at the high school throughout the year.