Chester ISD votes for bond
By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – All Chester ISD school board trustees met on Feb. 16 at their monthly meeting and voted to adopt an order to call an election for $5.315 million in bonds to replace and upgrade several academic buildings.
Specific details for this order will be soon be available and exact date and location of the voting will be determined after consultation with Tyler County. This action follows the Jan. 26 open house and facility tour given by Superintendent Paul Drake.
Factual information will be available at the school following its winter break.
Board president Bryan Martin had called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. and after prayer and pledges, he asked about 15 students who participated in the District 28 A Academic UIL who were present to come forward and be recognized for winning the team championship for the school district. Supt. Paul Drake introduced all who had placed and thanked them for participating. The board later also reviewed and approved the faculty adopted 2023-24 school calendar.
Business manager Austin Odom gave a positive overview of revenues and expenditures, but had to inform all present that a school bus on order was again delayed, and that a safety and security audit will be done soon. The state has awarded all districts funds to cover specific issues related to school safety such as doors and windows and these must be started within a year.
Drake said that enrollment stands at 211 with attendance above 97%. Basketball teams both qualified for UIL play-offs and updates spring sports schedules were distributed and will be placed
on district website. The consent agenda was approved without comment and an executive session of about one hour began. The board returned at 7:59 and then approved administrator contracts for five employees followed by adjournment at 8:02. The next board meeting is set for March 20.
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