The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jeff Temple as trustee of District 1-A to fill the vacancy left by Kelly Chambers.
Chambers resigned due to moving outside of Galveston.
“This is a position I’ve been interested in holding for some time as I’ve long been an advocate for local children," Temple said. "I look forward to carrying on the family tradition, and ensuring that my kids, and all of the children of Galveston, receive the best education available."
The board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Norman Pappous as trustee of District 3-C. Pappous won a runoff election on Saturday for Galveston City Council District 4, requiring him to resign from his position on the school board. However, Pappous remains considered a member of the board, and cannot participate in Galveston City Council business until a replacement is appointed.
The district will begin accepting applications from residents in Pappous's district interested in being appointed to the position. The board has tentatively called a meeting for July 11 to consider an appointment to the seat.
Both Temple and the candidate appointed to fill the vacancy left by Pappous will serve on the board until the November election, when both positions will be on the ballot.
The board voted unanimously to elect Dr. Matthew Hay as vice president of the board. Hay takes Trustee Beau Rawlins' place as vice president. Rawlins replaced Chambers as president of the board. News Release
The board voted unanimously to approve the issuance of approximately $9,185,000 in refunding bonds to refinance past debt issues by the district.
“A refunding opportunity for the district's unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2004, has been identified that is projected to produce a gross cash flow savings of approximately $925,000 with a percentage savings of refunded bonds of 9.65 percent,” Chief Financial Officer David Dworsky said.
The board voted 5-0-1, with Temple abstaining, to approve a policy regarding academic achievement and promotion and retention.
The board voted 5-0-1, with Temple abstaining, to approve update 93, which affected various policies of the district.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Pappous was considered absent from the meeting, though he resigned his position. Temple did not participate in votes on items held prior to his appointment. Agenda