Sabine ISD trustees kick-off new year of public meetings


In the past year, Sabine ISD trustees gathered for 16 meetings – most were regularly-scheduled, monthly sessions but the school board members also added four ‘called’ meetings to their calendar during 2017.

State guidelines don’t include attendance requirements for board members, but education codes do require districts to publish trustees’ attendance at posted meetings.

According to SISD records, one trustee had perfect attendance the past year: Dr. Art Morchat attended all monthly sessions and called meetings.

The other trustees ranged from 15 sessions (board president Tony Raymond, secretary Andrea Bates and trustee Patty Pickle) to 10 sessions (board member Rusty Taylor). Trustee Danny King and board vice president Paul Franklin attended 14 and 13 meetings, respectively.

As Sabine ISD School Board secretary, Bates notes in her meeting minutes which trustees are present or absent. Those minutes are available online at Among other details of the group’s sessions, the notes also contain which administrative personnel attend a given session in addition to public guests (such as media representatives), school staffers, students and others who sign-in.

According to the board’s records for 2017, there were 12 monthly sessions plus additional called meetings March 10, May 15, May 31 and June 26.

The agenda for December’s regularly-scheduled meeting included only the state-mandated annual team training – a district’s school board members and superintendent are required to participate in three hours of training together each year. Conducted in 2017 by Kay Douglas of the Texas Association of School Boards, the Dec. 18 session included the majority of the board members (Taylor was absent) and SISD Superintendent Stacey Bryce.

Monday night’s first regularly-scheduled session of 2018 included Raymond, Franklin, Bates, King and Pickle; Morchat and Taylor were absent.


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