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.