By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – All of members of the Chester ISD board of trustees attended the Monday, Nov. 29 regular board meeting held in the Chester library after having completed a busy month of special meetings in their search for a new superintendent.
They had more than 20 applications and after narrowing their choices down to three on Nov. 8, selected Paul Drake on the 16th to be lone finalist.
The consent agenda was approved without comments and as no members of the community spoke during the public forum portion, board president Ray McKnight got to the key items on the agenda, which after being presented by interim superintendent Katie Loughner, were all approved.
The items included: District of Innovation Plan 2021-2026; TASB Update 118 and Safe and Supportive School Coordinator Stipend. Loughner also updated the board on HB 3 goals and the district’s memorandum of understanding with the county’s special education co-op.
Marty Thompson gave the board a comprehensive review of the transportation needs (another bus and more drivers) plus a thank-you for the current order of a 14-passenger vehicle and purchase of a “new” used 44-passenger bus.
Under the principal’s report, Loughner reported that current enrollment is 216 and that they will have a Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. It was also reported that new playground equipment is now projected to arrive in early spring of 2022.
The board spent about 26 minutes in executive session and when back in open, set Monday, Dec. 13 as the next board meeting, then adjourned.