The Burton School Board again held an Executive Session to consider the contracts for the two School Principals and the Athletic Director Monday evening, and again they took no action to extend their contracts. But they did presents some goals they want each to attain and provided some explanation to the public for their inaction. Board President Demetrius Colvin said they have been overwhelmed by public concerns over the contracts and wanted to take the time to work through each. The goals that set forth for the positions include:
For Athletic Director Jason Hodde: Work with the Elementary School programs and the Girls programs and assist in finding suitable coaches for the various sports.
For Elementary School Principal Melinda Fuchs: Provide fair and consistent leadership and discipline, maintain a clean and orderly campus, and provide teacher recommendations appropriate to the needs of the district.
For High School Principal Karen Steenken: Be here and do her job, and implement discipline for teachers and students to hold them accountable.
The contracts for all three currently run until the end on the next school year. The board plans to revisit the contracts before that time and review how each has done with their goals.
The Burton School Board also received a letter of resignation from board member Brian Jaeger. He stated that he is resigning immediately from the board and withdrawing from the May 5th election so that he could devote his complete attention to something in his personal life. That leaves three candidates running for the two at-large positions on the board: Incumbent, Ande Bostain and challengers Tracey Cox and David Warner Sr.
The board also accepted two teacher resignations: 2nd grade teacher Pamela Dunlap is resigning for personal reasons and High School English teacher Cara Coghlan is resigning because her husband is being transferred. Three new teachers were also hired for next year: Katie Kieke, Carl Faigle and James Little.
In other action, Superintendent Edna Kennedy reviewed for the board some of the items they will consider in the upcoming budget process. She noted that this District’s school busses are in constant need of repair and that they have applied for a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for two 59 passenger busses and one 77 passenger bus. The grant won’t be awarded until September, so the District may need to budget for the purchase this summer. She said the old busses will need to be replaced regardless of whether the District receives the grant or not.
The next Burton School Board meeting has tentatively been moved up a week to Monday, May 14th. At that meeting, the votes from the May 5th school board election will be canvased and officers for the board will be voted on.