Duey resigns from the Trustee Board
During the regular Henderson Independent School District’s (HISD) meeting Tuesday night John Starnes, Henderson High School Choir Director led several students from the choir in a superb performance of the chorus “Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome In This Place.” One can only imagine how much greater it would have sounded had the choir not had to wear masks or face coverings as they sang. The wearing of face coverings is and has been a school district mandate.
Shortly after the choir sang during the citizen comment section of the agenda several parents had signed up previously to speak to the Board of Trustees. Chairman of the Board Drew Butler reminded those who were going to speak that by law none of the Board Members could comment or address their concerns unless it was an action item on the agenda.
The first to speak was a father of a six-year old student and he addressed the Trustees about the district’s policy and procedures for wearing masks. He told them that some on the campus were not wearing masks and he had concerns. He further told the Board to “Be fair, firm and consistent.” He asked them to make available the districts data to the public about masks.
A mother of a different student addressed the Board next and urged them to drop the mask mandate altogether and give the parents the option whether or not their child should wear masks. She further told them, “You need to do away with it.”
A third and final parent to speak was a mother that also spoke against her child in school wearing masks and asked that the Board discontinue wearing masks altogether.
Even though no comment could be made to the parents that spoke later in the evening there was an agenda non-action item that called for discussion of district’s COVID-19 protocols. But no discussion took place only Chairman Butler spoke and said that he felt that wearing masks puts the district in a really good place not having to close schools for a short period of time because of COVID.
The first action agenda item was the acceptance of District 5 Trustee Adam Duey’s resignation. According to Chairman Butler Duey resigned because he moved out of his district. Duey won his seat back in the November 2019 election defeating incumbent Jon Best. The seat is currently vacant.
In other business School Superintendent Dr. Thurston Lamb told the Trustees that school enrollment was holding steady with an ADA at 98.5 percent.
The Board also approved to contract again with the audit firm Axley & Rode to perform the District’s annual financial audit for fiscal years 2015/2016 through 2019/2020. They also agreed to continue to use Texas Bank for two more years as the District’s depository for funds.
A resolution to expend funds to district employees that were affected by the winter storm on February 16 through 19 was also approved.
Dr. Stephanie Bonneau presented a slide presentation on the annual Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR).
After closed session action was taken on the following resignations for the end of the 2020-2021 school year, during open session: Morgan Wardle Algebra I Teacher at Henderson Middle School, Gretchen Bickham Counselor at Henderson Middle School, Erin Ford ELAR Teacher at Henderson Middle School and Kristen LeShaw PE Teacher/Coach at Henderson High School.
The next Trustee meeting will be April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the HISD Boardroom.