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BISD faculty and staff get fired up at year-opening convocation

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    Boerne Independent School District faculty and staff applaud during Friday's opening convocation in the Champion High School auditorium. Star photo by Keith E. Domke
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    Superintendent Thomas Price addresses BISD employees Fridaymorning. Star photo by Keith E. Domke

A rousing group of Boerne Independent School District employees packed themselves into Champion High School’s auditorium on Friday morning as the annual opening convocation welcomed them back for another year.

Among the faculty and staff present were employees from two new schools – Herff Elementary and Voss Middle School.

Classes begin on Wednesday.

The theme for the morning was “Enter as a campus. Emerge as a district.”

“We feel like a family,” Superintendent Thomas Price told the BISD employees. “It’s one of the things that makes us special.”

New employees were asked to stand and be recognized before staff from each campus was asked to do the same. The 2019 teachers of the year from each school also were recognized.

Price said BISD will employ about 1,100 people this year and have an additional 450 students.

“We have to make the effort every year to come together,” Price said referring to the theme. “We are one district. We are Boerne. We have to work at it.”

Throughout the morning, the staff was led in “We are Boerne” chants.

Price mentioned the district continues to grow at a rapid pace. In addition to the 450 new students expected this year, he said during the past five years, overall enrollment has increased by about 25 percent. By October, he said the district could swell by as many as 1,400 students over the past three years.

Turning briefly to academic success, Price mentioned the “A” report card and 92 score the district received last year from the Texas Education Agency, as well as Niche Best School and Lone Star Cup recognition.

“We have all-around academic and athletic success,” he said. “But, it’s more than just getting an ‘A.’”

The superintendent said the district focuses on the whole child and “how we cultivate success in our students.”

“The most important thing … is it’s about character.”

Price shared a handful of inspirational student stories – “things that are not on a scorecard.”

“These make us Boerne. These make us special,” he said. “What makes us special is our kids will go the extra mile and you (staff) will go the extra mile.”

The superintendent said he brags about how his faculty and staff make a difference in the lives of district students every day.

“You make the magic,” he said. “You make it happen. You make the difference. It begins with what you do in the classrooms every day.”

Price used words like dedication, perseverance, enthusiasm and creativity in describing BISD people.

“It’s us sticking together and working on the culture we want to keep and having it filter down to our students,” he said. “Our goal is to make Boerne students successful. As we grow, it’s important to remember we are Boerne and it starts here.”