By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – The Chester ISD school board honored retirees Carrie McKnight and Gracie Cook last Tuesday night prior to the board meeting. They have given 46 years to students in Chester and will be missed. Both were presented with a sturdy rocking chair for them to use for many more years.
Board president Ray McKnight gaveled the June meeting to order at 6 p.m., with all board members present, plus principal Katie Loughner, staff member Nancy Lewis, along with Vernon Lewis.
After a board photo was taken, the consent agenda was approved and then all approved that the old concession stand by softball field be added to bidding list as salvage. Chester ISD Superintendent Cory Hines updated the board on the new concession stand/restroom and batting cage and asked for additional funds to add covered areas to both ends of the building which was approved.
Loughner updated the board on graduation protocols in place for Saturday night as state and county guidelines must be followed. She also reported on the latest accountability info from the state. Prior to going into executive session, Hines reported that a long-lasting septic leak was found and repaired.
After returning from a fairly long executive session, it was moved to change the method of board member elections from a 4-3 cycle to a 3-2-2 with staggered terms of three years; this was approved pending legality with the county. The board had also evaluated the job of Hines and moved that he be given a new five-year contract; this was approved with no discussion. No other action was taken thus meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.