Elkhart Independent School District is saying goodbye this week to high school band director Judy Holleman, who is leaving the district for an administrative position with Mexia ISD.

“Holleman has done an excellent job as director of bands,” EISD Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick said Wednesday. “We wish her the best of luck as she moves up in her career.”

Hambrick said Wes Canaday, who has served as the district’s assistant band director for the past seven years, was assigned to replace Holleman.

“We feel like Holleman has done an excellent job in readying Canaday to fill her position,” the superintendent said. “His experience with EISD will facilitate a smooth transition in leadership for the award-winning Big Red Band.”

Canaday holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and is certified to teach all-level music from grades pre-k through 12th. While at Elkhart he has worked with both the middle school and high school bands and privately with individual students and small groups.

Canaday and his wife, Jennifer, are from Palestine where they reside with their two children, Alana and Jonathan.

Hambrick said Holleman was released from her contract with the district during Monday’s regular board meeting without opposition.

“We try not to stand in the way of those who want to move up in their career,” he said.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the board:

l approved the 2004-05 audit report as presented by Smith, Lambright and Associates, P.C. of Athens.

Hambrick said the audit report was “very good, with no write-ups” and that auditors were pleased with the district’s bookkeeping and handling of funds.

• approved changing the board’s regular December meeting to Monday, Dec. 19 and the regular February meeting to Monday, Feb. 20.

• approved Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Policy Update 76.

• approved a bid of $657 to Chuck Wallace for the sale of a 1987 Chevrolet school bus.

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