By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Independent School District Board of Trustees approved resolutions during its monthly meeting Tuesday (Sept. 12) at the SISD Administration Office.
Trustees approved a Resolution of the Board to not employ or accept as volunteers chaplains.
Superintendent Shelli Crow said State Legislature required them to adopt a resolution to either allow chaplains be hired or be on a volunteer basis to speak to students on their beliefs.
When asked why the board adopt a resolution to not allow chaplains, Crow said there were several reasons. Among this was a chance there was a parent upset the chaplain was not part of the student’s or parent’s beliefs, and that there were counselors specifically trained to help students through a crisis situtation.
She added she also received emails from several pastor organizations that said they recommended as well that the schools not adopt the resolution.
Crow also emphasized this was in crisis situations – in cases of disaster or tragedy, and did not apply to after school ministerial activities.
The board approved a resolution to participate in the Consider the Resolution of the Board to Participate in the Region 16 ESC Statewide Cooperative Purchasing Program (TexBuy).
Art Martin, Financial Adviser, said this was a purchasing coop that allowed for preferred pricing for items. The board needed to give approval for them to use the Coop’s advantages.
For more information, including other items discussed by the Trustees, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.