by Michael G. Maness
From surveys sent to all parents, Chester ISD received valuable input on the school's performance, and a great majority of parents gave Chester excellent reviews.
Chester ISD President Ray McKnight convened the regular session Monday evening, Mar. 20, to a nearly full board. Vernon Lewis led all in a prayer and pledges of allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags.
Citizen Chuck Davidson gave a brief presentation on the Chester Lions Club fundraiser which will be held on May 9. A dollar each, or six for five dollars—tickets can be bought for a chance on three prizes: first place, 100 gallons of gas; second, a BBQ from Lufkin Home Depot; and third, a table saw donated by Parker Lumber. All profit goes to buy scholarships for Chester HS students. The board was very receptive.
After the consent agenda was approved on the previous minutes and financial statements, Superintendent Wayne Ivey gave the results of the parental survey posted online and sent home with the students. Most of the respondents gave above average to excellent reviews to a host of specific questions. For instance, 90 percent of the parents said the students have internet access in one form or another; 80% felt the school was doing a good job; 90 percent felt interaction with administrators was professional and 80 percent felt the administration was readily available; 100 percent of felt they were involved in their child's school activities; and 97 percent felt their children safe. In overall performance, 85 percent felt Chester ISD was above average to excellent.
In the staff development survey, the teachers put their hearts into looking at ways to provide the best for the students in looking at their own work. They seek to use data-driven assessments and improve upon their comparative learning strategies. Ivey had admonished the teachers to seek more ways to engage the students in less closed-end manners and more in ways that probe the students to think for themselves.
Nominations for the Polk Central Appraisal District did not go as planned, but the board had an option and voted to send in the name of Sam Handley to represent them.
Ivey was thrilled to report that Chandler Berry will be going to the Regional Academic Meet.
The track team was doing great and heading to Flatonia on Wednesday, and they look good, with several moving onto the regionals in Round Rock.
Prom will take place Saturday, Mar. 25, at Abram's in Lufkin.
The board adjourned to go into private consults on employee matters.