Update for Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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DECATUR ISD APPOINTS NEW OFFICERS – A month after splitting on the vote to keep superintendent Judi Whitis, Decatur ISD school board has a new slate of officers. Decatur ISD trustees named Cheri Boyd the new school board president Monday after reorganizing officers. Trustees appointed Rex Hoskins vice president and Jennifer Wren board secretary. All three appointments had a 5-2 vote with previous president Wade Watson and vice president Matt Joiner casting dissenting votes. Wren called for the reorganization to be put on the agenda after June’s 4-3 decision to keep Whitis. Watson, Joiner and Marsha Hafer voted against the move. “I felt like we needed to start with a slate of officers that wanted to work with Dr. Whitis to improve the district,” Wren said. “After the last meeting, I was worried with the officers that we had they would not be willing to communicate with her effectively to improve Decatur ISD.” Boyd, who was elected to the board in May 2016, takes over as president. Last month, she read the statement voicing the majority support for Whitis. “I just hope to do a good job and assist the board in supporting Dr. Whitis in moving forward to be a successful and effective superintendent,” Boyd said. “[The change] is reflective of the vote last month. Hopefully moving forward it will be a smooth transition to be supportive of Dr. Whitis and the district.” After the meeting, Watson said he welcomed Boyd as the new board president. “The board voted and I will respect the vote,” Watson said. “I will remain a board member. “The new slate of officers agree with the direction the district is heading.” Watson pointed out that his vote last month showed he obviously did not.

HEAT ADVISORY ISSUED – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a heat advisory, which is in effect from noon today to 7 p.m. Wednesday, for Wise County. High temperatures ranging from 103 to 105 are possible each afternoon. The very hot temperatures will increase the risk of heat related illnesses. Take the necessary precautions.

WHITE NAMED ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT – Decatur ISD trustees approved naming Steve White the assistant superintendent for operations Monday with a 5-2 vote. Wade Watson and Matt Joiner voted against the promotion, citing the need for additional consideration and review of the structure of the administration. Trustee Jennifer Wren in moving the motion for the appointment said superintendent Judi Whitis was hired to pick her employees. White has been with the district since January overseeing the transportation department. The former superintendent at Granger, Alpine, Aspermont and Thrall will oversee safety, attendance, help with discipline, health services, transfers and handle parent concerns at the district level.

BOYD TO NAME PERSON OF THE YEAR – The Boyd city council will honor the city’s Person of the Year at 6:30 tonight at its meeting.

DANCING AT THE LIBRARY – Children ages 5 to 11 are invited to join the Libraries Rock summer program at the Chico Public Library 11 a.m. today. Participants will learn about tinikling, a traditional dance from the Philippines. For more information contact Michelle or Amber at 940-644-2330.

KC BINGO – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 will hold bingo from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall, 1107 8th Street.

CLAY SHOOT – The Wise Health Foundation will hold its annual Clay Shoot Friday, Aug. 24, at the Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Check-in is at 8 a.m. with the shoot kicking-off at 9. Proceeds help support Wise Health System programs, services and the purchase of innovative equipment. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or register online. For information call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

FUNERALS – Service for Fred Peek, 63, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE for George E. Lacourse, Jr. is planned at this time. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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