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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — The Wellington Independent School District Board of Education canvassed votes at the recent meeting where Gene Pena and Mark Lemons were declared winners of the Nov. 3 WISD School Board Trustee General Election and will serve until May 2023.
With 584 total voters, Pena received 364 votes, Lemons 292 and Wade Williams 236.
Newly elected Trustee Lemons and re-elected Trustee Pena were issued a Certificate of Election, completed the Statement of Elected Officer and took the Oath of Office.
During the regular session Monday, Nov. 9, Vice President Cody Phillips called the meeting to order. Members present were Brad Bawcom, Alison Strickland, Carly Ward, Pena and Lemons. School personnel present were Kurt Ashmore, Edward Beck, Dian Souder and Kellye Conner.
The board reorganized with Phillips as president, Bawcom as vice president and Ward as secretary. The Board went into closed session at 7:41 p.m. under Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to discuss personnel until 7:52 p.m.
In routine business, the board approved the Interlocal Agreement with West Texas Food Service Group. A representative from Region 16 will be here on Jan. 11, 2021 to do Team of Eight Training for the board. The regular January board meeting will be at noon that day with the training to follow.
In his superintendent’s report, Ashmore reported that teacher’s aide Brooke Patterson has resigned, and the school is looking to fill that position and gave a COVID-19 update.
“At the present time, we have one staff member, one junior high student and one high school student positive along with 20-25 students quarantined due to close contact and they are doing virtual learning,” Ashmore said. “We highly recommend wearing masks, hand-washing and social distancing as much as possible. Our custodians and maintenance staff will continue to sanitize and disinfect. Desks are being wiped down and sanitized as regularly as possible.”
The teardown of old dilapidated buildings in Samnorwood is complete.
The NFHS Network will broadcast basketball games in the HS gym live. A subscription is required for viewing and the two choices are $10.99/month or $69.99/year. Visit the NFHS Network website to purchase a subscription.
During the recent inclement weather, the alert system worked well.
“If you have not signed up for the alerts, you can do so through our website,” said Ashmore.
Parsons Roofing is currently putting the new roof on the HS gym. Mike Neeley is working on the Rocket House replacing the fascia and roof.
“Currently, our cafeteria is having a TDA procurement review,” Ashmore added. “The summer feeding program has been extended to include the rest of the school year or until funds run out.”
Mr. Beck gave Mr. Cantu’s principal’s report to the board for HS followed by his JH report. Ashmore gave Deidre Kane’s elementary principal’s report and Coach Greg Proffitt’s athletic director report in their absence.