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CISD swears in new trustees
Houston County Courier - May 2009
By Daphne Hereford
On Monday night, May 18 immediately following the canvassing of the votes of the Saturday, May 9 election by Crockett Independent School District Secretary to the Superintendent Freddie Kitchen administered the oath of office to Roy Johnson District 3, Karen Johnson District 4 and Lela Wheeler District 7.
Once the new members were seated, trustees began the process of reorganization by electing officers.
Vice President Johnny Lawrence conducted the reorganization and shortly after the proceedings began removed his name from nomination as president and vice president.
Trustee Lela Wheeler was elected president and Deborah Kennedy will serve as vice president. Trustee Karen Johnson was chosen to serve as secretary.
Assistant Superintendent Jeanne Julian thanks outgoing Trustees Claude Watson and Helen Dubcak for their six years service on the board of trustees.
With the newly elected President Wheeler conducting the meeting, trustees heard audience comments beginning with Alissa Brown who indicated her comments concerned improvements in the junior high and high school band.
Ms. Brown was interrupted by Deputy Superintendent David Baxter when she began making comments about the band director. “Please refrain from direct comments about a person< Baxter told Ms. Brown.
Ms Brown continued her presentation saying the support for the band is lacking; they are not getting the help they need to reach their potential and the learning environment is not what it needs to be in the band hall.
Charles Jackson followed Ms. Brown and also directed his comments toward issues that involved the band.
Jackson said rules of UIL competition were broken as well as district rules. Trustees reminded Jackson that he too would have to refrain from making comments about specific individuals and that he and Ms. Brown should file a formal grievance with Baxter.
During consideration of approval of the consent agenda, Johnson asked for copies of the contract that Dr. Bill Like had with the district. Trustee Kennedy who was assisting Trustee Wheeler with conducting the meeting said that trustees could get copies of documents from the office.
Baxter said that a board orientation for new members by Region VI was scheduled and a representative would be in Crockett to conduct the orientation in the next week or so.
Trustees approved the TASB Update 85, which according to Baxter was recommend by the state.
Trustees moved on to approval to authorize the sale of ad valorem tax foreclosed property on two tracts of land known as the Hy-Top Club. For a bid of $4,000 from Charles Griffin.
Baxter told trustees the city and county had also approved the sale.
Trustees adjourned to a short executive session to consider the remaining agenda item for the employment of certified personnel for the 2009-2010 school year.
Upon returning from the closed session, trustees accepted the recommendations of employment made by Baxter.
The meeting adjourned at 6:28 p.m.