By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – Chester ISD Board of Trustees President Wade Read called the board’s monthly meeting to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, with six of the seven trustees present along with several district employees and consultants.
The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m., not a record but a fairly long executive session for the two new members of the board. David Rainey presented the audit report for the year ending August 31, 2022 finding all in good order, with the “unmodified opinion” which is the highest level given. Linda Murphy then gave a very detailed update on the district’s 2021-22 annual report highlighting testing results, financials, accreditation, post-secondary numbers, HB 3 goals along with ESSER info. Both reports were approved as submitted.
Principal Kym Capps reported that current enrollment is 214 with attendance rate of 95.45 percent.
Supt. Dr. Drake highlighted the need to reorganize the district’s SHAC committee along with results from the school policy review resulting in board approval of the changes aligning school policies with current practices.
The consent agenda was approved after business manager Austin Odom’s report as were the minutes for two meetings and changes in signature cards. The state update 120 was approved and the board reappointed Dale Clamon to serve on the Tyler County Appraisal District board of directors. They also passed a resolution approving the potential engagement of Leon Alcala to serve as bond counsel. Texas Tech was approved to serve as the provider of credit by exam, at no cost to the district. The board also approved the hiring of Golf & Herrington to do the district’s annual financial audit. They went into executive session at 7:40 and returned with no further action taken. The next board meeting is set for Feb. 13.