By Jan White
KENNARD – It was standing-room-only in the administration office of the Kennard Independent School District when the Board of Trustees met to vote two notable matters: a request for a Level Three complaint hearing filed by Angela Higbee against Superintendent Malinda Lindsey, and the adoption of the calendar for the 2022-2023 instructional school year.
After opening with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the board moved quickly into closed session to discuss the Level Three complaint filed by Higbee against Lindsey. Shortly thereafter, the board reconvened to unanimously deny Higbee’s request.
The meeting continued with public comments by Tracy White, who spoke on Agenda Item Ten regarding the school calendar, then moved on to approve motions for a joint election with Houston County, the 2022-23 Course Catalog, and the Instruction Materials Recommendation Proclamation 2022. The board also voted to continue using Axley & Rode as school district auditors.
Agenda Item Ten concerned the approval of the 2022-23 school calendar. Teachers and staff at KISD
had previously been presented with three potential school year calendars and given instructions to select their preference. The motion was made to accept Calendar A, which had received 50% of the votes; however, the motion died due to lack of a second.
A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the process for developing calendar options, differences between the three calendars proposed, and board member concerns. Unable to reach a consensus on which calendar would fit the best interests of staff, parents, and students, the board elected to table its decision until the April meeting.