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Chester Board hears audit presentation

The Chester School Board held their regular monthly meeting on January 21 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting began with the presentation of the 2011-2012 Financial Audit by Mr. Preston Singleton. After the presentation was concluded, the Board passed a motion to approve the Financial Audit.

During the meeting, the Board approved several items, including the minutes from the regular December meeting, financial statements, and a motion to move the Board of Trustees election from May to November. Also approved was a motion to extend TASB coverage on the Auto, Liability and Property programs for 2013-14 which reflects no increase in cost for 13-14. A motion to approve a donation to the District in the amount of $22,500 to be used for technological improvements was passed, followed by the approval of the 2013-2014 school calendar. A motion to move the regular February meeting from February 18 to February 19 was also approved, as was the resolution to suspend portions of local policies that affect the 15 percent rule for end of course exams for the 2012-2013 school year only. The motion to remove John Kent and Linda Whitworth and add Wayne Ivey from the Texas State Bank safe deposit box was also approved.

The Board discussed their Annual Excellence Indicator System report, which included topics such as the fact that the senior class is completely ready and qualified for graduation.

Next, the Board viewed two videos which the third grade class and the technology class filmed for Board Appreciation Month, showing teachers and students saying thank you to the Board members for all that they do.

Mr. Ivey presented his Superintendent's report, discussing issues such as community involvement and communication, enrollment and disciplinary action. Mr. Ivey talked about involving parents by maintaining the school website, directing teachers and staff to send home notes, make phone calls, and e-mail parents. Enrollment is above 180 students once again, with discipline referrals down and attendance approving. Additionally, the junior high and high school will be holding an Anti-Bullying program at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. The last item Mr. Ivey reported on was the repair of the elementary floor. Mr. Ivey remarked that the procedure was very non-invasive, was impressive, and went well.

After going into executive session, the Board approved a motion to accept the recommendations of Christopher Moore and Rachel Collins as District employees, and a motion to change the golf stipend from $150 to $400.

The meeting was adjourned.