By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – Chester ISD Board of Trustees President Ray McKnight called the regular meeting of the Chester ISD board to order at 6 p.m. last Monday with five of seven members present along with superintendent Dr. Paul Drake, principal Kim Capps, business manager Austin Odom, school secretary Mrs. Pounds, myself, two aspiring candidates for the Chester ISD board Jesse Gay and Calvin Bittick, and the TASB auditor Mrs. Meinardus. After prayer and pledges no-one had any public comments thus Odom gave his business report covering revenues and expenditures, he highlighted the fact that they had just purchased a new route bus due to arrive early next year.
Capps stated that enrollment stands at 212 and attendance remains above 96%.
Mrs. Handley will be the sponsor for the new National Honor Society and the fall festival sponsored by the PTO is at the end of this month.
Drake informed the board that they will have a called meeting on Nov. 8 to align board policies with current practice and also have a board training. The next regular meeting is on Nov. 14.
He introduced Mrs. Meinardus who gave a very detailed update on her audit of the district buildings: site usage, systems and components, security and safety, support spaces, and educational adequacy. For example, the school has nearly 76, 000 square feet with many areas needed to be expanded such as the library and the kitchen. Utilizing the dates of buildings, and conditions of all the components, she presented replacement costs and data which will be used for long range planning by the board. Each member will be given access to the granular part of the study and later this year Dr. Drake will place some of this report on the district’s website.
Before going into executive session, Drake updated those present on TEA’s intruder detection audit and reported that they have nearly completed installment of new locks on all doors and will soon be given a list of requirements from the state along with potential funding options. He also asked the board to select a date for the election canvassing and Nov. 14 was selected.
At 6:58 they went into session and returned at 7:43 when the meeting was adjourned.