By Chuck Davidson
Special to the Tyler County Booster
CHESTER – The Chester ISD Board of Trustees president Ray McKnight called the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 23, to order at 6 p.m., with six of the seven trustees present.
After prayer, pledges, and a short public comment thanking the district for allowing the Chester Lions club to use their facility for a scholarship fundraiser on May 7, the board went into executive session at 6:02 p.m. to discuss a level III parent grievance.
They returned an hour later, and a motion to uphold the level II decision was made and approved by all present.
Several information items were presented by business manager Austin Odom covering purchase of new furniture, cafeteria tables, summer school hours, and Title funding.
Lindsey Thompson then updated the board on a pilot program funded to accelerate student learning due to COVID. The consent agenda and revenue/expenditures were approved without comment.
Sex education nixed
Two action items were presented by Becki Byrd coming from the SHAC team, first was recommendation that the district not participate in HB 1525 sex education curriculum and second was the approval of the revised District Wellness Policy.
After discussion, the first was tabled for more study, and the second was approved. Chester ISD Superintendent Paul Drake then asked the board to consider some amendments to the 2022-23 compensation plan, noting that currently all teaching positions are filled but if a critical need might arise, that he would need to act quickly thus needing authority to act.
The district’s current enrollment stands at 218, and the next board meeting is set for June 20.