by Michael G. Maness
Board President Ray McKnight convened the Chester ISD monthly board meeting, and Vernon Lewis led an invocation and the Pledges of Allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags.
The Chester Athletics Booster Club raised and donated $3,400, which was gratefully accepted. Most was raised from a Wild Game Supper and will be used to buy uniforms.
The prom was set for April 19 in Lufkin.
The normal consent agenda was approved, including the financial statements, payment of bills, tax report and bank statements.
The board unanimously approved to go with Singleton, Clark and Company out of Austin to be the school auditors for the 2013-2014 school year.
Superintendent Wayne Ivey reported that their attendance was holding steady. Though a few were out for the flu, everything should be back to normal as spring comes in. The school has contracted out care for its heating and a/c units, about 50 in number, the contractor checking and servicing them every eight weeks. That will yield a significant cost savings and at the same time free up some of their staff.
The Cheerleader Handbook was updated, clarifying some of the language, which gives the students guidelines.
The board adjourned to executive session and, upon return, they accepted the resignation of elementary school science teacher Keisha Bryan for the 2014-15 school year. They also approved the professional contracts for the administrators.
The next Chester ISD Board meeting will be April 21 at 5:30 p.m.