Graford ISD Board selects new member
At a special called meeting on Thursday, April 28, board members of the Graford Independent School District privately interviewed three applicants who wanted to fill the board spot recently vacated by Jon Altum. Beau Boles, Lonnie Dixon and Ben Perry each took turns answering questions while the Board was in executive session.
Afterward, Superintendent Dennis Holt let members of the public back into the board room and the votes were cast. With a 4-2 vote, Lonnie Dixon was selected to succeed Altum. His tenure will last until the next school board election in May +2017.
Dixon is the pastor of The Way Church in Graford and has lived in Graford for almost 17 years. He is married to Graford native Renona Dixon and they have three grandchildren attending Graford School. Keegan and Kollin Harris are in the seventh grade; and Karsen Dixon is in fourth grade.
At the regularly scheduled Board meeting, Holt announced they were seeking someone to fill the position of Head Coach for the Graford Lady Rabbits basketball team. He said they have had 26 applicants, so far.
Holt complimented students for academic and athletic achievements.
“Five of our track athletes are going to compete at Regionals at Tartleton State University this Saturday, April 30, in Stephenville, including Izzy Balvantin, Leo Balvantin, Kacey Christopher, Jacob Moss and Preston Tabor,” Holt said. “We are very proud of these athletes.
“And, four students will compete at the State UIL Meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 -25, at the University of Texas, in Austin, including Michael Phillips, Sunni Lemley, Taylor Gregory and TJ Slay,” Holt said.
At the Regional UIL Meet held at Tarleton State University, in Stephenville on Saturday, April 23, Lemley placed first in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Slay placed second in Social Studies; Phillips placed third in Number Sense; and Gregory placed second in Literary Criticism.
In other business, the board agreed to extend the term contracts of its high school teachers and also to extend the probationary contracts of elementary instructors McKaylee Pittman, Caramie Perry and Lexia Lemley.
Board member Megan Ragle reported that the PTO Art Show raised $1,947.