By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – President Ray McKnight gaveled the regular monthly meeting of the Chester ISD board of trustees to order at 5:31 p.m., on Monday evening, a few minutes earlier than normal, due to the board having to do a two-hour training session after the meeting.
Along with the six trustees, two Chester ISD staff members were present, along with one citizen. There was a public comment made prior to the regular agenda, asking the board to support the upcoming Chester Lions Club fish fry fundraiser on Saturday, May 7, which will take place at the Chester ISD Cafeteria.
Trustee Sam Handley gave the prayer and led the pledges then lawyer S. Killingsworth from the Linebarger firm was introduced to update the district on its property tax collections. She reported that they sent out statements for the 2020-21 tax year to 205 property owners, and as of this month, nine of the top 10 accounts owing the district are in Polk County, which represents a small part of the district.
The board then heard from business manager Austin Odom who reported that 92% of tax revenues are accounted for, that they have begun using a new sport officials payment program which expedites checks to them, that the district has supplied all staff with new radios (which work) and that two building water leaks had been repaired.
Consent agenda items were approved without comment and two motions were approved: 1) acceptance of $500 for math/science from Bill Dover/ExxonMobil, and 2) the 2022-23 Allotment & TEKS Certification form. Superintendent Drake reported that enrollment is currently 219. A quick executive session was held from 5:53 to 6:04 and then the meeting was adjourned. Next meeting tentatively scheduled for the third Monday in May.