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Kerens ISD avoids major damage during winter storm

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KERENS–Even though Navarro County has been declared a federal disaster area, the historic winter storm that wreaked havoc across Texas largely spared Kerens ISD, its school board learned Feb. 22.
KISD was forced to cancel classes Feb. 22 because the school lacked potable water, and Superintendent Martin Brumit said KISD was “blessed” and “extremely lucky” that there was no major damage to the new secondary school.
While other districts suffered burst pipes and destructive water damage, KISD had minor flooding of the old elementary school, which is slated to be demolished in the next few weeks.
As for the lack of water, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) distributed thousands of units of bottled water to KISD through the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management, Brumit said. The superintendent added that the school plans to share bottled water with community members in need.
In other school board action, trustees: 
• Heard the quarterly investment report from the district business manager, Jim Kendall, who reported that the school has about $2.5 million in investments accruing interest.
• Approved two budget amendments, one which moved about $166,000 from payroll to help pay for the school’s portion of the special education co-op in Fairfield that Kerens shares with surrounding districts, as well as about $9,000 from building maintenance to the transportation department. Kendall said the amendments do not increase overall spending.
• Canceled its May election. No one signed up to challenge incumbents Teresa Jennings and Shane Hill, both of whom will be returned automatically to office.