Borger ISD swears in board members

A longtime board member and a new board member were sworn in as trustees during the regular meeting of the Borger ISD board of trustees Tuesday evening.Robert Bradley, a longtime board member and current vice-president, and Les Sharp, newly elected board member, have officially started their new terms as board members.During the canvassing of the votes, Superintendent Chance Welch made note that there were some discrepancies in the vote counts, but none that would change the election’s outcome. He said the final vote totals were 429 votes for Bradley and 411 for Sharp. Fellow candidates Scott Mills and Diedre Hood received 345 and 227 votes, respectively. Dr. Kent Gray, who ran unopposed for a three-year term on the board (Place 3), received 663 overall votes.Welch said that the school district has gotten in touch with city officials, and the changes in the counts have been made as needed. The City of Borger and BISD held a joint election this year for the city council and school board seats.After the oaths of office were administered, the board took action on its organization, and decided to retain its current slate of officers, which is Johnny Rusten as president, Bradley as vice-president, and David Brandon as secretary.The board also decided to keep its meeting place and time the same unless otherwise needed, which is the second Thursday of each month in the BISD Administration Building.Rusten expressed his appreciation to longtime board member Gary Schneck, who attended his final meeting Tuesday evening. Schneck, who was a board member for 15 years, was up for reelection in this past election, but chose not to run for another term. Schneck said it had been an honor to serve on the board.In other business, the board took action on personnel matters following a closed session.Action was taken to accept the resignations of Judy Biggs, teacher at Borger Intermediate School; Douwene Buchanan, teacher at Crockett Elementary, Kristina Field, teacher at Borger Middle School; Terri Keener, teacher at BMS; Dawson Wilber, teacher and coach at Borger High School; and Jacquelyn Kimble, teacher at BIS.The board also accepted the retirements of Deborah Duso, assistant principal at BMS; Janet Fleming, teacher at BMS; and Jane Mathis, teacher at Crockett Elementary.Action was taken to offer Theresa Trapp a 10-month probationary contract, rescind the term contract of 10 months to James Ashford, offer a 11-month term contract to Ashford, and offer Laura Abbott and Brandon Harris 10-month probationary contracts.