By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – Five board members, five district employees, and this reporter attended the regular September board meeting which began at 6 p.m. and ended at 7:02 p.m. After opening prayer and pledges and two public comments, one regarding possible changes to the District of Innovation plan and the other inviting board to hear a TxDOT report at the Oct. 5 Chester Lions Club, business manager A. Odom covered revenues and expenses along with bond construction updates. Ninety more chrome books have been purchased via a grant and the bond money will arrive on Wednesday. Final architectural plans are expected to be done in October with bids going out once the plans are approved.
Principal A. Dinger gave a detailed update on attendance (32 secondary students currently have perfect attendance); enrollment is 195; 81 entries will be in the county fair; Matti Ogden is new FFA president; UIL academics are preparing to exceed last year’s record work; a recent blood drive had seven donors; Emma Byrd is president of the National Honor Society; all current students have up to date shot records; grandparents day had 75 guests attend and homecoming is set for Oct. 13.
Superintendent Paul Drake updated those present on TEA’s A-F grading system with data now expected by end of October; all will be invited to a legislative update in Woodville on Oct. 23, and the board meeting calendar was accepted. The consent agenda was approved as submitted and under action items, the teacher appraisal calendar was approved along with three amendments to the districts Innovation plan. A short executive session was held and the next regular meeting is set for Oct. 16.