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Kerens school board member returns

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KERENS–Tyrone Bailey, who resigned in July from the Kerens ISD Board of Trustees, was reappointed to the board Sept. 20, replacing his interim successor, Chris Whorton.
Bailey joined other trustees in approving the district buying new air conditioning units for the gymnasium and band hall, replacing five older units. Some of those units are in “bad shape,” Superintendent Martin Brumit said. Trustees were told that regulations disallow putting freon in the old units using ESSER II funds, which are federal COVID relief grants. The board set a purchasing cap of $80,000.
In other business, the board:
• Approved new Kerens Elementary School Secretary Paula Miller to be a signer on the district’s activity account at Powell State Bank.
• Approved a resolution to self-certify a higher micro-purchase threshold of $24,999, which Business Manager Jim Kendall said is a federal bookkeeping requirement unrelated to the state’s purchasing rules.

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