by Michael G. Maness
Chester ISD hired a new principal, Brandi Havard, at its board meeting Monday evening, July 18.
CISD President Ray McKnight convened the board, member Vernon Lewis led the invocation, and McKnight led the pledges of allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags.
The board approved the consent agenda after a small discussion on the finances, chiefly over the payment to SECCA and Superintendent Corey Hines' explanation that SECCA was well worth their cost as they filled out the complicated federal paperwork for the fed money the school receives for its title programs.
The board moved next month's ISD board meeting to Aug. 30 and set the 16th for their public tax hearing program. They also approved the tax rate of 1.04 percent for M.O. and 1.06 for I.M.F.
Hines reported that the attendance was 181, but would increase soon with his children and the new employees' children. He would have had a more detailed report, but two hours prior to the evening meeting the power went out because of a storm. The power had just been restored prior to the scheduled meeting.
After returning from a closed executive session, the board hired Havard as the school's new principal. She comes from Huntington, where she had taught for nine years, and Huntington and Hudson have been home until her move to Chester. Her daughter was with her, and they were both excited for this new post.
The board also hired William Williford to teach science, Cathy Buckner for technology, Dwayne Armstrong to coach and teach social studies and Jeremy Wooten to coach and teach P.E.