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September  24, 2009

BISD Web LinkThe Communications Department produces the employee newsletter "e-nlightened" each week so that staff can keep in touch with what is going on across the district. E-mail your pictures and a brief description to Communications and we will include them as space permits. 
Board of Trustees Meeting Summary
The Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, September 24. The following link will provide you a summary of actions taken at their meeting.
BISD Marching Bands Invited to March in 2011 Rose Bowl Parade
RoseBowlOn January 1, 2011, the All Birdville ISD Marching Band will proudly represent the district at the Tournament of Roses New Year's Day Parade. The marching band is a combination of Haltom, Richland, and Birdville high schools. They will travel to Pasadena, CA as the only group from Texas invited to march in this nationally televised event. The marching band will have between 350-450 participants. Of the more than 50 bands from outside of California to apply, fewer than 10 high school bands were selected to participate. The group will be under the leadership of head band directors Greg Hull (Haltom), Bill Watson (Richland), and Jolette Wine (Birdville). 
Birdville ISD Trustees Establish Scholarship Fund 
Tonight, Birdville ISD's board of trustees unanimously voted to dedicate $7 million of the district's oil and gas lease proceeds to establish an endowment fund for scholarships in cooperation with Tarrant County College. Beginning with the graduating Class of 2010, this fund provides the opportunity for any BISD graduate to receive a scholarship that covers the cost of one-year tuition at any campus within the Tarrant County College (TCCD) system.

"BISD's vision is that 'All students succeed in a future they create,'" Superintendent Stephen Waddell shared. "By establishing this endowment, trustees are impacting the future of our students by offering them an opportunity to further their education. In addition, this program goes beyond ensuring that students are college ready as required in the 2009 legislative session's House Bill 3. It provides the means to make college a reality."

To qualify for this unique opportunity, a student must:
  • Attend BISD schools for both their junior and senior years;
  • Enroll within one year of high school graduation (except in case of deferment due to  active military service);   
  • Enroll for a minimum of six semester hours per semester (or summer term) at any TCCD campus; and
  • Pass at least two-thirds of all hours attempted each semester.

The scholarship program provides TCCD tuition costs up to 18 hours per semester, with a maximum award of $750 per semester. Initially, the program is available for two semesters per student. Financial awards are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash in any manner. In addition, this scholarship program cannot be combined with TCCD's Star of Tomorrow program.

"It was the vision of the board to utilize a portion of the oil and gas proceeds to impact directly the lives of students," stated Board President Dolores Webb. "By continuing to fund this endowment through oil and gas royalties, we hope to impact young lives for years to come. This school district is forever indebted to W.G. Thomas, our former superintendent, who had the foresight so many years ago to accumulate much of the land which made this endowment possible."

11th Annual BISD Marching Festival
The 11th Annual BISD Marching Festival is Oct. 3 at the Fine Arts/Athletics Complex. Thirty bands have entered the festival and will represent 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A schools. The competition begins at 8:15 a.m. and concludes with finals beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For information, call Danny Detrick at 817.547.5921.

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