YISD welcomes elected Board members
By Allison Flores
Yorktown ISD and DeWitt County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Judge Blanca McBride swore in four Board of Trustees at last Monday’s meeting for the 2020-2021 year: Ben Hahn, Nelda Sertuche (Board President), Jody Hall (Board Secretary), and John Young. Hahn and Young join the Board this year, while Sertuche and Hall were re-elected to their positions.
The swear-in comes after the May 2020 election was canceled due to COVID-19; trustees were also running unopposed, so no election was necessary.
YHS Senior and FFA member Jackie Gwosdz presented the FFA Creed for the School Board as she prepares for the Area 11 Leadership Development Contest. Three FFA teams advanced to compete at the Area meet, the Public Relations Team, Senior Creed Speaking, and Greenhand Quiz. If any of these teams place in the top 2, they will advance to the State FFA Leadership Development Event Contest in December.
Superintendent Katherine Kuenstler presented the Board with a letter written in conjunction with other District 31-AA superintendents regarding the 2020-2021 basketball season and precautions that will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the season; the letter can be found on the YISD website.
For the construction update, David Krenek with Owner’s Building Resource, LLC mentioned that the renovations to the campus are nearing the end. Finishing touches like grass, mulch, parking lot striping, paving, and lettering on the buildings were recently done.
The Yorktown Stock Show dates have changed to Friday, Feb. 5, with the sale on Saturday, Feb. 6. Looking at some students who are involved in sports, as well, the girls’ basketball team has an open week while the boys’ game has switched to a home game against Ganado on Friday, which will make for more ability for students to show their animals.
Before heading into executive session, the Board picked up their conversation from last month regarding remote learning.
The Board voted to end the option of remote learning unless a student has to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 or if a student has a medical issue that warrants remote learning. This change is set to begin in the second semester of school.