BELTON — The Belton Independent School District community has shown its Tiger spirit for months as talk about the new high school has revolved around its name, colors and mascot.
The board of trustees is poised to make decisions on those issues at its meeting Monday evening. The board will meet at 5 p.m. in the BISD administrative offices, 400 N. Wall St.
One likely possibility: The school will have Belton in its name.
The board has already discussed the most popular suggested names and narrowed them down to four: “Lake Belton High School,” “Belton Lake High School,” “Belton Memorial High School,” and “Belton Lakeview High School."
A variety of suggestions for branding the new high school have been considered, including various different tigers and other big-cat mascots, incorporating a patriotic or geographical theme into the name, and keeping BISD red as a secondary color with a new primary school color.
In preparation for making this decision, the board has solicited public input through a survey and multiple public meetings. The board has also met with current BISD high and middle school students to gather their perspectives.
The planned location of the new high school — behind High Point Elementary School near the intersection of FM 317 and FM 2483 — is within the Temple city limits.
The new high school was approved by voters in May as part of a $149.7 million bond package that also called for a new elementary school on Poison Oak Road and upgrades to Lakewood Elementary and the Wall Street Auditorium.
The board will receive updates on the bond projects Monday evening.
Financial officer candidate
Trustees will also consider hiring Jennifer Land as the district’s new chief financial officer.
Land, currently the CFO in the Manor Independent School District, is recommended by Superintendent Susan Kincannon.
“Jennifer comes highly recommended by the Texas Association of School Business Officials,” Kincannon said in a news release Friday. “I’m confident that Jennifer has the knowledge and skills to continue to strengthen our business practices and ensure effective and transparent management of the district’s budget, finance, purchasing and payroll.”
Land is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University and has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Registered Texas School Business Administrator.
Land was recommended by TASBO Executive Director Tracy Ginsburg. If approved, Land would begin working for BISD on Oct. 30.
The board will also hold a public hearing on the 2017 School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas Report.