By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – The Chester ISD Board of Trustees held its final 2022 meeting with Vice President Wade Read calling meeting to order at 6 p.m., with five of the seven board members present.
After prayer and pledges, with no public comments, Superintendent Dr. Paul Drake administered the oath of office to Calvin Bittick and Jessie Gay, both elected on Nov. 8. The board then acted to reorganize the Board of Trustees, with Brian Martin to serve as president; Wade Read, VP and Shona Neal, secretary. All the positions on the board were effective immediately.
Austin Odom, business manager, gave update on revenues and expenses, facility upgrades, plus a mid-year budget review. Principal Kym Capps then reported that enrollment is currently 211 and Chester stu-dents have an 95.6 % attendance rate.
She also mentioned that 68 adults attended the Thanksgiving luncheon, which was outstanding, and that Chester will host the Jan. 29 UIL events for elementary and junior high, with Feb. 11 of next year being prom night.
Drake distributed a drug testing regulation report for them to review and act upon next year.
The consent agenda was approved without comment and the one action item, to accept a donation of $2,600 from the Chester ISD Athletic Booster club for the purchase of a baseball pitching machine was approved.
The board went into executive session at 6:28, returned at 7:15, and adjourned. The next meeting is set for Jan. 23, 2023.