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The Grapeland ISD School Board of Trustees reluctantly agreed to accept letters of resignation from three GISD teachers: Perry Frank, Berry Groholski and Sherri Kendrick. GISD School Board of Trustee member, Russell Currie voiced his thoughts regarding the resignation of coach and teacher Sherri Kendrick. “In my opinion, the overall quality of an athletics program is more complex than win/loss records or post-season achievements. Successful athletics programs also teach good sportsmanship, fair play, and promote equal treatment of all student-athletes regardless of their last name or social standing.” Currie stated. “Since doing the right thing is seldom popular, I’m sure there are a number of people in this school district that are pleased that Sherri Kendrick has tendered her letter of resignation, but my contention is that perhaps they are not the people that should be establishing the standards that this school district follows or developing the reputation that Grapeland ISD athletics is quickly becoming known for.” He went on to add, “Tonight we will remove from our staff another girl’s coach that, win or lose, stands for dignity and integrity on and off the court or field. And now that this obstacle has been removed it is seemingly inevitable that disrespect directed at authority figures, embarrassing behavior, and inconsistent discipline practices will increase at an even more alarming rate.”

With this being said, Currie voted ‘no’ to accept the Letters of Resignation. The motion still carried.

The GISD regular scheduled board of trustees meeting began at approximately 6 p.m. Board members present include: Paul Oliver, James Anderson, Norm Ormiston, Eddie Childress, Currie and Mitchell Huff. Shirley Bridges was absent. In other business and with little discussion it was motioned, seconded and voted unanimously regarding nominations for the TASB Board of Directors. The board went into executive session at approximately 6:05 p.m. to discuss the following (a) personnel and (b) property.

Open session reconvened at approximately 8:45 p.m. at which time teacher resignations were discussed. With little discussion it was motioned, seconded and voted unanimously to approve the consent agenda items: (a) minutes from the regular meeting of May 17, 2011, (b) payment of bills and (c) quarterly investment report. The GISD School Board of Trustees next scheduled meeting will by Monday, July 18 in the high school library. With no further discussion, meeting adjourned at approximately 8:53 p.m. For more information contact GISD at 936.687.4619.

4 replies to this post
  1. Although names ending in s or an s sound are not required to have the second s added in possessive form, it is preferred. ex: Mr. Jones’ cat ate my bird………just sayin……

    Although I no longer live in Houston County, but I am from there I will say this: Thank You Houston County Life Magazine for this website, ya’ll (oh yes I know not correct grammer, no such word…etc etc…But If You are from Texas…There IS such a word and I use it Proudly. With This Being Said….Russell Currie, Thank You also for standing up and saying what you did, although I do not know this teacher nor do I know of any issues that might have prompted you to say what you did, I agree with you whole heartedly and I applaud you for having the guts to stand up for something you believe in and not care what others may or may not say!!!!!!

  2. It’s disappointing to see a school board member use a public meeting to bash their school. We know the coach is the sister-in-law and there are emotional connections, but contrary to the interesting choice of words, she was not “removed”, but instead she’s the one who chose to leave. Regarding the alleged “behavior” that Mr. Currie subtly accused the Sandiette program of, I’ve been supporting the girls through their volleyball district championship, track district, area, and regional championships, and state accomplishments, and softball district, area, regional, and state semi-final championships and have never been more proud of the great behavior, respect, and sportsmanship exhibited by our Grapeland girls at all times (these are sports in which the former coach was not involved). These qualities are the result of great leadership and coaching of our girls in these sports. It would have been more accurate to express that GHS lost a good math teacher, who (irregardless of her poor coaching performance) lagged the strengths of the other coaches in the areas mentioned by Mr. Currie. Our current administration has an excellent record in hiring the best individuals to teach and coach our kids, and I’m certain that Ms. Kendrick’s replacement will continue to promote the high standards that are in place, despite a school board member’s misplaced, personal and self-serving rant.

  3. Is “irregardless” even a word? No. If it were, it would mean “not regardless”, or “with regard” or “full of regard”. That would make no sense, regardless of what people may say. Please avoid using “irregardless”.

  4. I am proud to say that Sherri Kendrick is my sister. I’m also proud to say that I am not hiding under a title “Sandie Pride”. If you were a supporter of the basketball program, you would know that Sherri took over a losing program that NOONE wanted and she developed a team of respectful young athletes that made the playoffs every year with the exception of the first year.

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