Superintendent’s Message to Brock ISD Students, Parents, and Community
Parents, Students, and Community Members of Brock:
Over the past three days, our administrative team has been investigating a Brock High School student’s post that was made on Snapchat as well as other issues that arose from the investigation. Our investigation is now complete, and we would like to communicate our key findings. Again, while we cannot disclose specific details about a particular student due to student privacy laws, we can, however, provide you with some information.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Monday that outlined their own investigative findings. What they found is that many of the posts by the student were “old” – meaning that the posts occurred last spring. During the spring, those posting were investigated by both the Sheriff’s Office and Brock ISD Administration. No legal action was taken last spring by law enforcement; however, Brock Administrators responded with disciplinary action.
This past weekend, new posts were made by the student, and postings from last spring resurfaced on social media.
The Texas Education Code, among other items, requires that administrators, when rendering a discipline decision, shall consider a student’s intent behind the discipline act and shall consider the student’s past disciplinary history. Over the past three days, in our team’s investigation, we did just that.
With the conclusion of our investigation, it has been determined that the student violated aspects of our district’s student code of conduct and administrative action has been taken. This is the point where student privacy laws (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) prevent me from telling you our exact determinations and/or how we are responding specifically with the student.
What I can share is this: As long as I am the Superintendent of Brock ISD, threats towards students, staff, or any aspect of our school district will not be tolerated and will be appropriately addressed to the fullest extent of the law.
Please be advised that the student will not be returning to Brock ISD at this time.
I completely understand the strength of my last sentence as well as its vagueness; the law prevents me from explaining more. To help you understand where our jurisdiction lies on discipline issues, I would encourage you to look through our student code of conduct which can be found here, starting on page 68: http://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1452/student_handbook_2018-2019_adopted_8-13-18.pdf
In that Board approved policy document, which is also backed by the Texas Education Code (state law), you will see the options we have regarding discipline and timelines that we must follow. Provisions in the student code of conduct allow our administrators to make decisions that fully protect the safety of all students. We believe that our response has done just that.
Not only am I extremely honored and proud to be the Superintendent of Brock ISD, but I am also a dad of 2 kids that attend our schools. I would not send my two children to school if I felt their safety is in danger and I would never ask you, as a parent, to send your children to school under the same circumstance. My kids were at school Monday, yesterday, and today. They will be at school tomorrow, Friday, and for the rest of this school year and beyond.
Throughout this process, I want to publicly commend our team of administrators and staff who have excelled this week. As you are well aware, this has been a difficult week at Brock ISD and this team has been unwavering in their work and dedication to your children.
It is my hope that you will continue to put your trust in us and appreciate the fact that, no matter the circumstances, we have demonstrated to our students and community that we will protect our values, appropriately address issues of concern, and follow the law.
Our homecoming parade and bonfire is tonight. While this is a time of great celebration, we will continue to have increased security presence at this event as well as at our schools and game Friday night.
Again, thank you for your trust in us and patience this week.
Brock ISD Director of Maintenance Burt Green Recognized for Outstanding Service
Brock ISD Director of Maintenance, Burt Green, was recognized for outstanding service to the district during the Brock ISD Spotlight segment of the September 10th, school board meeting. Mr. Green, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, was instrumental in helping facilitate the summer remodeling projects of the current Junior High and Intermediate campuses. Mr. Green is HVAC certified and was hired by the Brock ISD maintenance department in November 2002, to oversee maintenance and repair of the district’s HVAC systems. The following year Green was promoted to Director of Maintenance, a position he holds today. Green is always willing to provide assistance where needed. He drives a school bus in emergency situations, he is certified to oversee the District’s waste management system, and has even served as a Captain to members of the Brock High School fishing team, helping former Brock students Ethan Tepera and Mclain Rutkowski, reach the state fishing tournament.
Brock ISD is Officially a Four Campus District
Brock ISD held a grand opening ceremony for its new elementary campus this evening. The project was part of an $18,000,000.00 bond package approved by voters in November 2016. At a total cost of $15,500,000.00 and 64,619 square feet of floor space, the new building will serve grades Pre-K through grade 2 and has a total capacity of 450 students. With the completion of the new elementary, Brock ISD is now officially a four-campus district. The other three campuses are Brock Intermediate School (grades 3-6), Brock Junior High (grades 7 and 8), and Brock High School (grades 9-12). As a part of the bond package, the Junior High and Intermediate (formerly the elementary) campuses were remodeled and updated.
Brock ISD Wins 5th Lone Star Cup Championship in 10 Years
In a year that saw all Brock athletic teams advance to, at a minimum, the regional finals and enjoy unprecedented success in band and UIL Academics, Brock ISD claimed its 5th Lone Star Cup trophy in 10 years. Brock previously won in back to back years twice – 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 and again in 2014-2015 and 2105-2016. As defined on the UIL website, the UIL Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A), based on their team performance in district and state championships. The winning schools in each classification will receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship, also presented by the UIL. Congratulations to all players, band members, UIL Academic participants, coaches and staff on this outstanding achievement!
Conference 3️⃣🅰️ UIL #LoneStarCup leaders after final update:— Texas UIL (@uiltexas) June 15, 2018
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