Kilgore ISD’s Monday board meeting covered a range of topics, from farewells to congratulations and current concerns.
Two board members, Scott Montgomery and Cindy Edmonds, were given gifts as they retired from the school board.
Also honored were several retiring KISD employees and faculty. Jaquetta Brown, Shannon Davidson, Sherry Fletcher, John Pat Floyd, Sheila Haralson, Randy Hicks and Karl Kilgore were applauded and given gifts from the district in recognition of their years of service and hard work.
Teachers of the Year for KISD were also announced. From the elementary level, fifth-grade science teacher Cathy Geary and, from the secondary level, Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, girls’ softball coach and health science instructor, were recognized.
During the public comments section of the meeting, Ramona Harvey, mother of a Kilgore High School student who was one of several recently disciplined after participating in a senior prank the previous week, addressed the board.
Harvey, who attended the meeting with several parents of other students involved in the prank, claimed some teachers had used defamatory language to describe the students involved in the prank. She also claimed her son had been referred to as a “stupid criminal.”
As far as the prank, Harvey said she and the other parents acknowledged it was wrong and that consequences were needed but said her son had never been in trouble before and did not deserve to have his character defamed.
She urged the board to consider altering district bylaws and policies to ban pranks altogether in the future.
Section FNCI (Legal) of KISD’s board policy manual currently prohibits disruptive activities or behaviors which disrupt the conduct of classes or other school activities.