by Jessi Sanders
Chester School Board met for their regular August meeting on August 13. The Board approved several motions, including all planned bill payments for the month, the Appraisal Calendar for 2012-2013, the addition of Superintendent Wayne Ivey to the Chester ISD signature card, and the setting up of a bank account strictly for Pre-K program use. Also approved were funds donated to the district from the Athletic Booster Club and other benefactors. After some deliberation, the Board tabled the proposed purchase of two air-conditioning units for the high school gymnasium. This issue will be addressed again at the regular September meeting in order to allow the Board time to gather more information.
Additionally, the Board designated dates for several upcoming events. The public hearing to discuss the Maintenance & Operation and Interest & Sinking tax rate for 2012-2013 was set for 5:30 p.m., August 27. Immediately following at 6 p.m. will be a meeting for the board to approve the 2012-2013 school budget. The Annual Employee Back to School Bash was set for August 22, and Meet the Teacher Night will be August 23 at 6 p.m.
Following an executive session, the board accepted the resignation of teacher Mark Young, and two new teachers, Carol Harkness and Chris Fudge, were hired.
Superintendent Wayne Ivey presented his report to the Board, which chiefly addressed the following completed or in progress campus renovations: the waxing of the floors, tile being laid in the foyer and science lab of the high school, the striping of the faculty and student parking lots and the replacing or fixing of the old/leaky faucets and fixtures. Superintendent Ivey also reported that the master schedule (fitted for seven period days) is complete, all new teachers are hired and attending the Tyler County Professional Development program (being held at Woodville ISD August 14th through the 16th), and that the Facebook page for Chester ISD is now up and running. The estimated enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year is as of now, excluding no-shows, 190 students.
In other business, Jean Kyle and her associates from the Region Five Food Service Co-op provided food for the Board before the meeting and presented a short program on bringing healthy, good-tasting food into school cafeterias. New coaches Adam Kirby and Chris Fudge spoke to the board about the progress of the football program thus far, saying they have eleven boys on the field practicing all week. They also expressed excitement about the new season and their appreciation for all support from the athletic booster club, the School Board, and the community.