Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 28, 2014

Sodd appointed to CISD board

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Corsicana Independent School Board of Trustees chose to appoint Jason Sodd at a special noon board meeting Friday to replace Kerri Donica, who resigned a month ago.

Sodd, 41, a lawyer, was sworn in after the appointment, and he will serve in as a replacement until May 19, when Donica’s term formally ends, according to District spokeswoman Susan Johnson.

Because no one filed to run against him, Sodd will be sworn in again for a three-year term following the May 10 election.

When she resigned, Donica said that her intent for quitting so early was to give the new board member a head start in getting used to the work before May.

Leah Blackard, who is also on the board, has filed for reelection to her seat and she is being opposed by challenger Rick Newton.

Sodd has two young children, one now at Bowie Elementary, and one who will start school next year.

“In one sense, I’m of the opinion that it’s time for my generation to step up and contribute,” Sodd explained. “It felt a little bit hypocritical to not do it myself.”

Although he wasn’t recruited by the board or administration, Sodd said several people have mentioned to him over the years that they’d like to see him run for school board.

“Just people around town who care about our schools have mentioned it,” he said.

Sodd said he doesn’t have any specific changes he’d like to see now, but he’d like to help send more kids to college.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Sodd said. “I like our board and am looking forward to working with them.”


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