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BOERNE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVED A $50,000 prize after being named as the top H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Small School District for 2020. According to a May 5 release, “The winners were announced during a virtual Toast to Texas Teachers organized by the #TeachersCan initiative in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, and included surprise appearances from Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, Matt Bonner and Kendra Scott.” The program has given away more than $12 million in cash and grants to educators and schools across Texas since 2002.
FAIR OAKS RANCH RECENTLY PROPOSED A NEW 3,000-SQUARE-FOOT City Council chamber and civic center at an estimated cost of $500,000 to $600,000, officials said. The old facility could be renovated and transformed into offices for about $450,000; the funding has already been reserved in the city’s budget. The fresh structure would be a prefabricated metal building with a facade of salvaged stone harvested from the existing edifice. For more, visit http://www.fairoaksranchtx.org/DocumentCenter/View/3056/FAQs—Civic-Center-2020?bidId=.
NORTHSIDE THREADS CONTINUES TO ACCEPT DONATIONS ON A LIMITED SCHEDULE during COVID-19 restrictions. Gently used clothing such as jeans, leggings and shirts in teens’ and children’s sizes are being taken, as well as new socks and underwear for adults and children. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 210-397-8930 to schedule a time to leave items at Northside Family Engagement Center, 5223 Blessing St. Those who prefer to donate new items from online sources can send orders to the engagement center.
GARCIA MIDDLE SCHOOL EIGHTH-GRADER JARED TORRES RECENTLY collected water and sports drinks to benefit the Leon Springs Fire Department.
DEBBIE TOBIN RECENTLY WAS NAMED BOERNE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT’S support staff member of the year. Working nearly a quarter century with BISD, Tobin has spent the last 15 years at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant in the special-education department. Meanwhile, in another virtual ceremony, the district also recognized its 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year as Janna Clements from Voss Middle School. The sixth and seventh grade social-studies educator has served BISD since 2017.
FAIR OAKS RANCH RESIDENTS KATHY BULLARD, KATHY MCUNE AND MARGARET ANGELL recently donated protective face masks to the Police Department in the ongoing effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Extra coverings went to other essential staff.
FLUSH ONLY TOILET PAPER DOWN THE COMMODE, Fair Oaks Ranch officials recently reminded residents. Wipes and other products sent down the drain have led to clogged pipes and extensive repairs, the city said. A pump also had to be replaced.
DRIVE-UP WI-FI HOT SPOTS RECENTLY BECAME AVAILABLE AT BOERNE-CHAMPION HIGH SCHOOL and Fabra Elementary School. Students can access the internet from the parking lots while practicing social distancing. Hot spots are also at Boerne High School and Boerne Middle School South.
THE BOERNE-CHAMPION FOOTBALL TEAM HELD a curbside food drive April 20. Players and coaches picked up over 185 donations from the community and local businesses. Items went to Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries.
BOERNE-CHAMPION’S JACKSON ROGLER AND BOERNE HIGH SCHOOL’S SAM LANGENBAHN ARE THE MOST RECENT RECIPIENTS of the Exceptional Senior Award from U.S. Rep. Chip Roy. This fall, Rogler plans on attending Texas Tech University and major in biology; Langenbahn is headed to Texas A&M University majoring in leadership.
BRYAN BENWAY IS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS for the Boerne Independent School District. Benway, who started March 30, most recently worked as state Rep. Kyle Biedermann’s district director for three years.