Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 7, 2014

CISD trustees delay action on appointment

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — In a special meeting of the Corsicana ISD trustees Friday, the board voted to accept the resignation of Kerri Anderson Donica. However, they did not appoint a replacement board member to represent Place 2.

Both items were on the short agenda, but after reading the district’s policies they chose not to appoint anyone yet. Instead, they’ve asked the superintendent to put the appointment of a replacement on the agenda for the regular meeting on Feb. 17.

Donica’s resignation letter, submitted last Monday, stated that she intended to serve through Feb. 28. However, district policy states that the resignation becomes effective either eight days after the letter is submitted, or until the new person is sworn in.

Donica said the reason she resigned early was to allow the board to appoint someone and let that person get some early experience. Her term officially expires in May. She recommended making the appointment on Feb. 28, the final day for filing.

Theoretically, the appointment would only be good until the May 10 election, but if no one else signs up to run for the seat then the appointed board member will continue to serve.

Only Jason Sodd has signed up to run for the seat, but more time will allow anyone else interested to sign up to run on May 10, and will give board members more time to consider their choice, explained Scott Watkins, president of the board.

The Place 1 seat, currently held by Leah Blackard, will be a contested race between Blackard and Rick Newton, a former teacher and administrator for the district, now retired.


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