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School board gives superintendent five-year contract

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KERENS–Kerens ISD trustees voted Jan. 13 to give Superintendent Martin Brumit a five-year contract, following an executive-session evaluation.
Brumit took over the Kerens school district in July 2018 after serving as Malakoff High School principal. The five-year contract extends his current deal from the 2020-21 school year through the 2024-25 school year.
The Kerens school board also called an election for May 2 to fill the expiring terms of Randy Bancroft and Chris Whorton. Trustee terms run three years and those wishing to file for the election have until Friday, Feb. 14.
In addition, trustees approved two debt service payments: $345,000 to BOK Financial Corp. in Tulsa ($345,000) and UMB Bank in Kansas City, Mo., ($394,575) for bonds issued in 2017 and 2018 to finance voter-approved construction on the Kerens ISD campus.
Kerens ISD Business Manager Jim Kendall has said the district makes annual interest-only payments in August and pays down the principal and interest in February of each year.
Recent progress on that continuing construction includes interior finishes and doors for the secondary school, as well as a curing slab for an addition to the existing high school, which will be converted into an elementary school, according to Director of Student Services Brad Atkeisson.
The board also approved refurbishing a school bus at the Ellis Bus Repair Facility in Huntsville for $49,226.09. Brumit said this would give the district a brand new bus, including a new engine, drivetrain and all working components would be brand new. Going this route would cost about half of purchasing a school bus on the new-vehicle market, Brumit added.
Further, trustees approved a shared service agreement with the Corsicana Regional Day School Program for the Deaf.