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PISD Board Notes for 11-14-22 trustee meeting

Volume XI | November 2022


Board Notes

The Princeton ISD Board of Trustees meets monthly. Board meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month and open to the public. Here are highlights from the Nov. 14 meeting.

Julia Schmoker

John Campbell

Two trustees take oath of office for new terms

The PISD school board canvassed results from the recent election, and Julia Schmoker and John Campbell were sworn in to office during the Monday meeting. Both Mrs. Schmoker and Mr. Campbell will serve 3-year terms.


The swearing in ceremony followed the regular board meeting, and then the trustees elected new officers for the coming year.


They are:


Board president: Cyndi Darland

Vice president: Chad Jones

Secretary: Duane Kelly

Karsyn Richardson, the daughter of Brooke and Rex Richardson, was recognized at the board meeting. Smith Principal Rachel Nicks presented her with a frame featuring her designed card, and PISD board President Carol Bodwell gave her a bag of cookies from Crumbl. She also received a box of her own cards to send out before Christmas.

Smith kindergarten student wins district card contest

Smith Elementary kindergarten student Karsyn Richardson was recognized during the school board meeting as the winner who designed the district's annual Christmas card for this year.


"This is my absolute favorite board meeting of the year," said Casey Gunnels, Executive Director of Elementary Education. "We really enjoy that our students make the cards."


According to Mr. Gunnels, who organized the contest to pick the winning card, each elementary campus invited students in kindergarten through 2nd grade to participate in the art contest. Schools chose the top two pieces of artwork for the campus. The artwork from those students was sent to the staff at the administration office to be judged.


"We had great participation in this contest, and it was so hard to choose," Mr. Gunnels said. "But we really love this tradition for our district."

Fellow Princeton Independent School District trustee Bob Lovelady presented Carol Bodwell with a gift for her service on the PISD board over the past 33 years. A reception honoring her work as a trustee is set for 4-6 this evening at the PISD administration building, 321 Panther Parkway.

As her last act as president, Mrs. Bodwell thanked Starla Sharpe for her service.

Board recognizes outgoing trustees for their service

After serving 33 years on the Princeton ISD school board, Carol Bodwell conducted her final meeting as board president Monday night. Mrs. Bodwell did not seek re-election to another term.


Mrs. Bodwell was first elected as a trustee in 1989. Beginning in 2002, she began her service leading the board as school board president.


Because of her leadership and dedication to all students in PISD, especially those seeking alternative options after graduation in the form of career training, the CATE Center was dedicated in Carol Bodwell's name when it was opened in 2014.


As is her nature, Mrs. Bodwell wouldn't take credit for the strides made toward developing a renowned CATE program.


At the dedication in 2014, she said, "This is not about me. It's about three decades of leadership in this town and being part of a team that puts kids first."


This still sums up Mrs. Bodwell's philosophy regarding service over the past 33 years.

In addition to Mrs. Bodwell, the board thanked Starla Sharpe for her service on the PISD board. Mrs. Sharpe was appointed to the board to step in after the mid-term resignation of long-time trustee Ricky Gillespie and was elected to a one-year term in November 2021.


Prior to her school board tenure, Mrs. Sharpe gave of her time for the school district by serving on the Long-Range Planning Committee, as well numerous site-based improvement committees at the district and campus level. She continues to serve as an officer on the athletic booster club.