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Bushland Staff and Community,

Summer has come to an end, and it’s time to gear up for another GREAT year at Bushland ISD.  I trust your break was both relaxing and rewarding.  One of the best things about working in the school business is the beginning of a new school year. Everything gets to start over with anticipation and excitement. We enjoyed many successes last year and it’s hard not to ride high on that wave, but we all know that waves eventually lose their energy, push up against the shore and gently retreat back into the deep blue. With the beginning of a new school year, it’s time to catch a new wave, ride it as fast and hard as we can and make the most out of it. Excitement is in the air….don’t miss it.

The majority of you are aware of work that’s been going on at all three campuses.  Along with the normal summer to-do list, we took on five major construction/upgrade projects: 1) Reroofing of all the facilities in the district caused by the hail storm last year; 2) Upgrading and improving the roads and parking lots across the district; 3) Upgrading and installing the technology infrastructure and security system at all three campuses; 4) Constructing a new Ag Barn at the High School; and 5) Installing and upgrading playgrounds at the Elementary school. God has blessed us with abundant rain that has revived our parched land and filled our tanks, and for this we are very thankful.  That being said, the completion of these projects has been set back a couple of weeks due to the rain. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause.  We ask for your patience as we make adjustments to accommodate for the many activities you so generously support.  For your safety, please respect all temporary fencing and caution tape and stay out of those areas. Some entrances and parking areas will temporarily be closed, which will require further distances to park.  Some schedules may have to be changed so please pay close attention to Twitter and other communication outlets for details.

Looking forward to a wonderful and successful year.

Don Wood

Bushland ISD Superintendent


 Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals



Bushland ISD announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price mealsfor children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

Starting on August 8, 2014, Bushland ISD began distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at 2400 S Wells, Bushland, TX.

Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits:


1.    Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels

Categorical or Automatic Eligibility

2.    Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Program Participant

3.    Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster

4.    Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

Income Eligibility

For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must fill out free and reduced-price meal application and return it to the school cafeteria manager. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:

1.    Names of all household members

2.    Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member

3.    Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for “I do not have a Social Security number”

4.    Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program Eligibility

Bushland ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Bushland ISD will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should have should contact Sherry Bostock, 806.359.6683.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Sherry Bostock, 806.359.6683.

Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

Determining Eligibility

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, cafeteria manager Sherry Bostock will review applications and determine eligibility. Households or guardians dissatisfied with the Reviewing Official’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the Reviewing Official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Don Wood, 2400 S Wells, Bushland, TX.

Unexpected Circumstances

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the attached current income eligibility guidelines.


Income Eligibility Reduced-Price Guidelines—July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015

Family Size



Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks


















































For each additional family member add:

+ $7,511

+ $626

+ $313

+ $289

+ $145


Gross Income—Record the amount earned before taxes and other deductions.

- How Often Income Is Received—Record type of income received for the month—weekly, every other week, twice a month, or monthly and not the takehome pay. You should be able to find this information on your paystub, or ask your boss.

- All Other Income—Record Worker’s Compensation, unemployment or strike benefits, regular contributions from people who do not live in your household, and any other income.

Do not include income from SNAP, FDPIR, WIC, federal education benefits, and foster payments receivedfrom the placing agency. For the selfemployed ONLY,under Earnings from Work Before Deductions, report income after expenses. This is for your business, farm, or rental property. If you are in the Military Privatized Housing Initiative or get combat pay, do not include theseallowances as income.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



 Bushland Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.)

The B.E.S.T. scholarship will be given to Bushland High School seniors who attend a university, college or trade school and have not received any scholarship money from other sources.  Our hope is to collect enough donations to eventually offer this to EVERY senior, whether or not other scholarships have been received.

Please consider making a donation to the B.E.S.T. Scholarship, in order to continue the growth of the scholarship fund.  Your donation, large or small, will be very appreciated.  You may send your donation to:

B.E.S.T. Scholarship, c/o Bushland ISD, PO Box 60, Bushland, TX   79012

If you would like your Community Business or Organization Listed in the Community Section of our website, please contact Rick Cagle for more information.


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