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May 15, 2014

Sokolowski, Bennett sworn in for new PISD terms

PALESTINE — Anderson County Court at Law Judge Jeff Doran administered the oath of office to the newly elected board members Stan Sokolowski and Michael Bennett during Palestine Independent School District's Board of Trustees regular meeting Monday.

Both Sokolowski  (Place 6) and Bennett (Place 7) were incumbents who ran unopposed for their seats, which allowed the district to cancel the election at the March 24 meeting.

Following the brief swearing-in ceremony, the board of trustees voted on officers for the 2014-15 year. Sokolowski was elected school board president, replacing Wade Hobbs. Board member Janie Sepulveda was elected vice president and board member Dyna Tutt was elected secretary.

Also during the meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Carolyn Martin gave a report on the district's LAUNCH, Gifted and Talented and STEAM programs.

In other action, the board:

• RECOGNIZED Palestine High School One-Act Play cast and crew.

• RECOGNIZED Wildcat Weekly producers.

• RECOGNIZED PHS Anderson County Livestock Show participants.

• RECOGNIZED Junior Rotarians for the month: Danielle Harroff and Ja'Darius Jackson.

• RECOGNIZED PHS Students of the Month: Dennisha Smith and Jorge Serralde.

• HEARD the financial report.

• HEARD Update regarding the purchase of property located at 131 Ben Milam Dr. PISD Chief Financial Officer David Atkeison said the district had closed on the property. The district will take possession of the property in July.

• HIRED personnel including: Robert Brooks, Autumn Brown, Andrus Corley, Kristi Evans, Tamara Hand, Vanessa Looman, Carolyn Reina and Cindy Rubalcava.

• ACCEPTED resignations of personnel including: Michaela Chybowski, Katie Covington, Candace Turner, Carol White and Kristin Willmott.

• AUTHORIZED the administration to develop and publish requests for qualifications for tax collection legal services.

• APPROVED the consent items which included: minutes of the April 21 meeting; bills paid for in April; financial report; monthly investment report; tax collection report; budget amendments; donations; submission of federal grants application for 2014-15; and June administration of Credit by Exam.

• APPROVED Policy Update 99, affecting several local policies.

• HEARD Superintendent's Report, which included end-of-year activities, including the employee appreciation banquet set for Monday, as well as the baccalaureate service and graduation. Summer activities and summer board training also was discussed.

Northside Primary School students led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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