By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – All seven Chester ISD school board members were present for their January meeting along with several students and parents when board president Bryan Martin called them to order.
Refreshments plus individualized posters were given to each member by the district staff in recognition of their work and support. Four volleyball students were honored due to them having received All-State awards: Lily Read as outside hitter and member of the THSCA super elite team, Emma Byrd and Sydney Brock as earning honorable mention, and Kinsley Barnes as earning the Academic All State award.
The board received its 2022-23 fiscal year audit from Dan Rainey and after his detailed coverage on two areas of non-compliance but overall compliance, approved it after several questions were answered.
They also voted to have Goff & Herrington again complete this year’s financial audit. Ken Jones with the CoxJones construction management team reported on the Guaranteed Maximum price for the construction projects which is 5.168 million dollars and reviewed the overall plans and timetable. After several questions and more discussion, the board approved this amount with the potential work beginning in mid-February lasting about two years.
Principal Amy Dinger updated the board on current attendance figures (94.92%) and enrollment (195, down 3 from the start of the year) and mentioned several upcoming events, such as a dance on Feb. 3, a blood drive on Feb. 7, and an alumni baseball game set for Feb. 17. Superintendent Drake then covered more about the bond work and Business Manager Austin Odom covered recent expenditures and revenue issues.
The monthly consent agenda was approved, and the board went into executive session at 7:08 to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation. They returned at 8:15 p.m. and adjourned with no action taken.