Local News Headlines–7/20/2016

The College Station School Board is moving ahead with selling land, after an unsuccessful buyer filed a lawsuit against the district. The owner of The Barracks, Heath Phillips, referred to taking legal action when he spoke to the board last night in what was a failed attempt to buy the vacant land next to his development. The board returned from a 60 minute executive session with no public discussion. President Valerie Jochen read a prepared statement defending their decision. The board categorically denies any allegations they were not fair and equitable with both bidders. The board approved resolutions upholding last month’s vote to close by the end of this month the sale of their land to D-W-S Development which had the higher bid for the July closing. The Barracks offered more if the board would have waited until next March. The board is selling a tract at Holleman and Deacon so C-S-I-S-D has the money to buy land at Holleman and Rock Prairie which is in a development of single family homes.

Brazos County Commissioners have enacted a burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county. Also under burn bans are Grimes, Madison, Leon, Robertson, and Walker counties.

The Bryan School District has all its building principals for next year. The school board Monday night promoted Becky Ryberg, who spent the last six years as an assistant principal at Milam Elementary, to take over as principal at Fannin. The board also spent more of the unexpected revenue generated by higher student attendance and more property tax money. Assistant Superintendent Amy Drozd says $900,000 of $1.4-million is a transfer to take care of part of paying for staff training in August, the last month of this fiscal year. Another $150,000 is for additional reading materials, and $120,000 will be spent on energy-efficient lighting. The board took about 30 minutes before voting to reduce spending for consultants by $96,000 next year. Associate Superintendent Barbara Ybarra says that’s in part because fewer staff needs training related to school improvement and support services.

The Grimes County Sheriff’s office has sent human remains found last week in Bedias to the University of North Texas to be identified. Captain Blake Jarvis says the remains were found as part of their investigation of last month’s disappearance of Jason Currie. Jarvis says the human remains are related to the disappearance of Currie but how they learned about the remains is not being disclosed. Jarvis says they are treating this case as a homicide investigation and several suspects have been identified.