By Martha Mericle
Members of the Groveton School Board of Trustees meet in regular session beginning at 7 PM. President Dean Due called the meeting to order. Members present were President Dean Due, Vice President Benny McClain and members Benny Abshier, Mark Folds, Randy Hughes and Anthony Lowery. Faculty present was Superintendent Don Hamilton, Assistant Superintendent Todd Moore and High School Principal Bryan Finch. Board Member Anthony Lowery led the group in prayer.
A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Benny Abshier to accept the minutes of the April 20, 2015 meeting.
A motion was made by Randy Hughes and seconded by Anthony Lowery to approve bills, payroll and budgeted expenditures.
Elizabeth Ledbetter administered the Oath of Office for returning board members Benny Abshier and Mark Folds.
A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Benny Abshier for current board members to maintain their current positions so there is no need to reorganize. President Dean Due, Vice-President Benny McClain and Secretary W. H. Holcombe. Voted and carried.
The board recognized Co-Chairmen Teressa Ray and Medical/School Representative Virginia Redden as they delivered a presentation outlining the annual committee report from the School Health Advisory Committee. The board had no questions and thanked the committee for their efforts.
Assistant Superintendent Todd Moore presented for the first hearing the TASB Local Policy Update 102. No action was taken.
A motion was made by Mark Folds and seconded by Randy Hughes to purchase a 71-passenger bus from Thomas Bus Gulf Coast for $87,957.00 for the 2015-2016 school years. Voted and Carried.
A motion was made by Benny McClain and seconded by Anthony Lowery to approve a resolution for the immediate implementation of Senate Bill 149. Voted and Carried.
In accordance to the Texas Open Meeting Act, the board went into closed session to discussion of professional teaching personnel and other personnel matters. Upon returning, three items of business were settled.
A motion was made by Anthony Lowery and seconded by Randy Hughes to accept the resignation of Jorene Williams, Melanie Drake, Kaila Gressett and Jeanie Newman. Voted and Carried.