By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – At its regular board meeting on Monday, Jan. 24, Six of the seven members of the Chester ISD Board of Trustees enjoyed a dinner provided by the new Superintendent Paul Drake and the Chester staff in appreciation of their work for its students.
At 6 p.m. board president Ray McKnight called the meeting to order followed by prayer and pledges, Principal Katie Loughner reported that enrollment is now 223 and that the recently postponed UIL aca-demic events might still be held but nothing concrete yet; she also reported that the campus remains closed due to more than five active COVID cases.
Representatives from the law firm of Linebarger, Boggan, Blair & Sampson updated the board on the state’s property value study due next week from the Comptroller’s Department which might place Chester at risk and the board agreed to signing a contract with them to audit recent years if needed. Business manager Austin Odom reported on recent revenues and expenditures and stated that the new 15 passenger bus should arrive next month. The board approved his report and the minutes from December with minimal discussion.
Linda Murphy then presented the 2020-21 Texas Academic Performance Report which covered eight areas, with Chester ISD “Meeting Requirements” for Special Education while the Accountability sections were “Not Rated” due to a declared state of disaster.
Dan Raney then presented the annual financial audit report which gave Chester ISD an “Unmodified Opinion” which means nothing negative was found, thanks to the good work by Austin Odom and the district.
The board approved a donation of $1000 to be added to the baseball/softball activity account and then spend about twenty minutes in Executive Session before returning and adjourning at 7:06 p.m. The next board meeting is set for Feb. 28.