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Chester ISD students return to class Monday

Tyler County Booster

By Chuck Davidson

The board of Chester ISD gathered in the dark on Aug. 31 with five of seven board members to discuss finances for the coming year. First on the agenda was the public hearing to discuss the proposed school budget. One community member present indicated his support. Acting president Steve Havis presided over the meeting, and received a motion to approve the consent agenda which was done followed by approval of amendments to the current budget. Corey Hines, Chester ISD superintendent, then presented the proposed 2017-18 school budget with a total expected revenue of $1,889,682 and projected expenditures of $1,693,405. After in-depth discussion, motion to approve was passed by all present. Next, the board considered retention bonuses for all returning employees for this school year in the amount of $12,000. The bonuses were approved as presented as the lights came back on. One further action was to approve the requests of 30 students to transfer to Chester from neighboring districts of Corrigan, Leggett, and Woodville which was approved after minimal discussion. The new Chester ISD Athletic Handbook was presented for review and Hines reported that school enrollment had reached 199. He also informed the board that rain damage to the campus was minimal during the recent storm. All campus events were postponed with more changes likely, and that the board would need to meet soon to ratify the positive results from TRE, which passed 91-31.

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