Blanco Independent School District
P.O. Box 340, Blanco, Texas 78606
FAX: (830) 833-2019
||BOARD OF TRUSTEES
||Jim Pepper - President
Matt Herden - Vice-President
Louise Koch - Secretary
David Behrends - DVM
|Lynn Boyd - Superintendent
Kay Fraser - Business Director
Tommy Bibb - High School
Dr. Jon "Buck" Ford - Middle School
Dr. Joe Summy - Elementary
Academics - Vocational Programs - Library Services
Talented and Gifted Programs - Physical Education
Fine Arts - ECH - Pre K - Kindergarten
BLANCO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
"A District Dedicated to Excellence"
BLANCO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Blanco Independent School District encompasses 378 square miles of beautiful hill country area located primarily in Blanco County, although touching or including sections of Hays, Comal, Kendall and Gillespie counties. Blanco is 45 miles north of San Antonio via Hwy. 281 and 50 miles southwest of Austin via Hwy. U.S. 281 and 290 West. The city of Blancos population is approximately 1,300.
Blanco Independent School District has a long history of commitment towards education. From its charter in 1883 as a combination public and private school, to the establishment of a public school system in 1901, Blanco ISD has always strived to meet the education al needs of the community
Today, over 100 years later, Blanco ISDs main objective is to provide quality instruction of its students. Fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency, BISD offer comprehensive curricular and co-curricular courses for student from pre-kindergarten through 12th grad.
The district presents a well defined academic curriculum for students seeking a firm foundation for continued education. Comprehensive programs are tailored to individual needs and provide instruction to enrich and expand student worth. As an extension of the academic program, Blanco ISD has been successful in UIL academic and literary contests at all grade levels. Many District Championships have been won at all levels of competition in recent years. Several state championships have been won by students.
Vocational programs are available to students primarily at the high school level. These courses are designed to enrich the core curriculum of basic instructions while at the same time develop the interest and skills of students moving toward adulthood. Courses in Home Economics and Vocational Agriculture are offered. Students are provided leadership opportunities within the program.
|ENROLLMENT (As of November, 2001)
|Total Enrollment: 873
The operating budget for Blanco ISD is $6,885,913 for the 2001-02 school year. The tax rate is $1.50 per $100 valuation.
Tax Rate 2001:
$1.3152 Maintenance & Operating
$0.1848 Interest & Sinking
$1.5000 Total Tax Rate
|State & Federal
|Maint. & Operation
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Total assessed value for the district is $244,516,923 for 2001.
|Jim Pepper, President
|Matt Herden, Vice-President
|Louise Koch, Secretary
|David Behrends, DVM
|Lynn Boyd, Superintendent
|Kay Fraser, Director of Business
|Louise Koch, Secretary
||Tommy Bibb, High School
||Dr. John Buck Ford, Middle School
||Dr. Joe Summary, Elementary
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 340 Blanco, Texas 78606
Physical Address: 814 11TH St. Blanco, Texas 78606
HOW TO REACH B.I.SD.:
Main Number: (830) 833-4414 (Superintendent)
Facsimile: (830) 833-2019
High School: (830) 833-4337
Middle School: (830) 883-5570
Elementary: (830) 833-4338
Athletics: (830) 833-5148
Cafeteria: (830) 833-5106
OTHER ADDITIONAL FACTS
Two certified librarians provides instructional and resource assistance for teachers and students. The libraries surpasses state recommended guidelines and contains a vast range of materials to aid teachers and students in their areas of interests.
Blanco ISD is a member of the Blanco-Hayes County Special Education Co-op, which is a joint effort to enable five surrounding school districts to meet the needs of the handicapped. The program consists of maintaining/Content Mastery and self-contained programs. All handicapped children are served in approximate programs taught by trained personnel.
TALENTED & GIFTED (TAG+)
A differential program is provided for students in grades K-12. The TAG+ program, designed to sharpen the thinking process and to broaden the students growth in the core academic areas, offers challenging opportunities for students. PreAP and AP courses in the core area subjects are offered in grades 6-12.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS
Physical education is an important part of the curriculum beginning with elementary instruction led by three (3) full-time instructors. UIL competition is offered at the secondary level for boys and girls in team and individual sports. Athletic competition at the middle and high schools include football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, and baseball/softball (high school only).
Visual and performing arts are an integral part of the curriculum. They include instrumental selections as well as visual arts, theatre arts, and speech activities students. Program contests merit individual and group awards in annual competition.
ECH, PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN
Blanco Elementary offers a comprehensive half-day ECH, pre-kindergarten for three and four year olds meeting the state for disadvantaged criteria. A full day kindergarten is provided for all children who are five years old prior to September 1. Teachers provide educational and social opportunities for children to prepare them for their first year of academic study.
A registered nurse provides health care for Blanco schools. A regular program of health services includes vision and hearing testing as well as testing for scoliosis. Health records are maintained on each student in the district. The school nurse is a resource person for health education instruction.
Blanco ISD current has 18 buses running nine routes per day, including handicapped. The buses travel over 900 miles daily transporting 47% of the students who live in the district. By state law, students must live two miles from the school they attend to be eligible to ride a bus.
The district has a cafeteria which provides a breakfast and lunch daily for students and faculty.
Of the teaching personnel in the district, 85% have at least five years of teaching experience and 62% of the staff have more than 10 years experience. Of the present staff, 70% have taught at BISD for at least three years.
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING
Three certified counselors are available to assist students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The counselors assesses test results and works individually with students in any problem area. At the secondary level, the counselor helps students with course selections and college career decisions.
21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER (CLC)
This is a program that is designed to provide after school and summer services to students and to the community. Included in this program is extending library hours, summer recreation, an after school homework club, adult and community education, and a variety of other exciting services.
Blanco High School offers students government, service, and academic organizations to compliment its course selections. Students may participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities of their choice. All students are required to pass 23 units of credit for graduation and have the option to graduate under the 24-credit advanced program.
SOURCE: Blanco ISD