The Schleicher County ISD board of trustees met Monday, September 12th and heard from Mason Brooks, development director for the San Angelo Area Foundation (SAAF).

SCISD Superintendent Robert Gibson introduced Brooks and asked him to tell the trustees about the foundation and how it might assist the school district with administering a scholarship fund if and when one is created.

Brooks noted that SAAF currently administers other scholarship funds for area schools including Water Valley, Robert Lee, Lohn and Sterling City. He said the foundation was created to fill a void in the region and has awarded $140 million in grants since 2002.

Superintendent Gibson noted that SCISD is expecting to receive a few million dollars worth of “lump sum” payments in the next three to four years when some large solar farms, presently in the planning stages, go online. In addition to using some of that money to build a new elementary school, Gibson said some of the money could be used to create a scholarship fund for future Eldorado High School graduates. He suggested that SAAF could help with that process.

Brooks provided the trustees with a spreadsheet outlining one potential scenario that would have SCISD endow a $1 million fund that would provide scholarships to EHS graduates attending college or a trade school.

After fielding several questions from the trustees, Brooks advised that an SCISD scholarship fund could be customized to fit the specific needs of the district and added that SAAF would handle distributing scholarships to colleges and trade schools and emphasized that no money would be paid directly to students.

Board President Kurtis Homer thanked Brooks for the information and said that the trustees would give the idea some thought and would likely have more questions in the future.

In other business, the board heard from campus principals Perry Graves and Ezra Walling who noted that their students have gotten back into the swing of things since returning to school on August 17th. Likewise, SCISD athletic director Chad Tutle said that football and cross country seasons are well underway for high school and middle school students.

Superintendent Gibson explained that campus security is a priority and said that sweeps are made on a regular basis to make certain that all 78 of the school’s exterior doors are locked.

He further noted that certain staff members are armed and prepared to defend students, faculty and staff if required. He explained that four staff members are presently going through firearms training.

Gibson said that school enrollment was 477 on September 2nd. He noted that the district’s budget was built on a projected school enrollment of 468.

Finance director Lynn Holsey told the board that SCISD collected 104% of its projected revenue for the fiscal year that ended August 31st. Meanwhile the district spent only 96% of its projected budget.

“That’s a good thing,” Robert Gibson said. “We want to be conservative with our revenue projections and be frugal with our expenditures.”

Holsey noted that on August 31st the district had $6,521,573 in fund balance with $4,100,000 of that being designated for capital improvement projects.

Several routine items of business were taken care of including the approval of the minutes of meetings held on August 15th and August 29th.

The trustees granted adjunct faculty status to Schleicher County Extension Agent Mark Zoeller and passed a resolution granting extracurricular status to the Schleicher County 4-H Club.

The board also gave approval for Gibson to sell a 2012 International school bus, as recommended by Transportation Director Joey Jones.

Before adjourning, the trustees went behind closed doors for an executive session to discuss “property for sale.” They returned to open session and adjourned the meeting without taking action on the matter.

Board President Kurtis Homer presided over Monday night’s meeting with trustees Lupe Sanchez, Michelle Mynatt, Glyn Hutto, Fidel Herrera and Sam Luedecke in attendance. Trustee Melissa Rodriguez was absent.

The next meeting of the SCISD board of trustees is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, October 10th in the SCISD board room.