Dr. Jeremy Smith new QISD board president

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The Quitman School District Board of Trustees said goodbye to former board President Trey Teaff and by unanimous vote named Dr. Jeremy Smith to take over the president’s role.

Superintendent Rhonda Turner presented Teaff with a plaque to thank him for his years of service and spoke briefly. “Mr. Teaff, there are no words that can adequately express what you have meant to this school district. It is hard to measure, quantify or even verbalize the gift of service and the gift of self. The past six years you have served unconditionally this community as a board member and the last several years as board president,” Turner affirmed. “Tonight you will give up your seat and your gavel. I know the board shares my sentiments. I want you to know you have been a remarkable leader and under your leadership we have accomplished amazing things.”

After the swearing-in of newly-elected board members Jane Herring and Raymond Peek, the board went about the business of selecting the new slate of officers. After the election of the president, Smith took control of the meeting. Doug Cameron was elected vice president and Royce Patterson secretary.

Named to the facilities committee was James Hicks, Michael Hipp and Royce Paterson while the budget committee will consist of Herring, Peek and Cameron.

In the superintendent’s report Turner explained about donations made to the district. Materials valued at $523 were donated by B.J. Steele and G&S Sales for John Herring’s Geometry in Construction class. There was the donation of a grill valued at $260 by Laser Line Automotive to the elementary school. A donation of $1,000 was made to the school district by the Quitman High School Athletic Booster Club. Another donation of $180 was made to the athletic account and $100 to the FFA account by Karen Sanders and on June 9 each campus principal was given a donation from Faith Baptist Church at their end-of-school block party.

The board approved the employment of Lance Morrow as the new junior high principal. He is replacing Angela Brown who was elevated to the assistant superintendent’s slot recently vacated by Greg Bower. Bower left Quitman to be the superintendent at Como-Pickton. Mary Ann Midkiff was hired as freshman English teacher at the high school.

In other matters the board:

joined a program with the State of Texas commercial card program. This program will allow the district to have more than one credit card with the ability to put limits on each card;

approved the purchase of wash racks and the relocation of the wash bay pad at the new agriculture pavilion;

approved the purchase of STAAR manuals from Mentoring Minds for Elementary School Teachers;

approved the purchase of tables for the junior high/high school cafeteria;

approved a revised version of the 2017-2018 school calendar; school will now end June 1, 2018 and graduation will be the same day.

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