BROOKESMITH, Texas - A small school district in Brown County will remain open despite an announcement made a few months ago by the previous superintendent claiming the district was on the verge of closing.
Brookesmith Independent School District Superintendent Steven Mickelson said the doors will still be open to students.
“I tell the parents and the teachers, these are not dark times,” Mickelson said on Monday. “They may be tight times, but this district isn’t going anywhere.”
Former Brookesmith Superintendent Guy Birdwell said in October the district would be short by $250,000 at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. He said the only options for Brookesmith were to close or to consolidate with Brownwood or Bangs.
But Mickelson found another solution - $250,000 worth of cuts.
“There’s some little things we cut back in the budget that I believe will make their way back into the budget soon,” Mickelson said.
He said he removed their janitorial services, saving them $50,000. The teachers will now be cleaning their own classrooms.
Moreover, Mickelson trimmed the athletics department’s budget and decided against filling a teaching vacancy left open after a teacher retired.
“The only class we combined was the first and the second grade,” he said.
Mickelson, who previously served as superintendent of Mullin ISD for five years, said he remains optimistic about the district’s future despite the cuts.
“I just have to continually reinforce the optimism because I believe that is our foundation," he said.
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