Carmen Wilson Sworn in as Newest Denair Board Trustee

The Denair Unified School District is back to full strength with five members after Carmen Wilson was formally sworn in Thursday night.

Wilson was the other four trustees’ unanimous choice last month after they interviewed three candidates to fill the seat vacated when longtime board member John Plett resigned Aug. 8. Wilson’s appointment is until November 2020, when her term and those of Ray Prock Jr. and Kathi Dunham-Filson will be up.

Wilson has two children in Denair schools and has participated on school site committees. She has been a board member for the Stanislaus County Youth Development Committee and the Turlock American Little League, and taught Sunday school at Connection Point Church in Denair. She works as a certified public accountant at the Center for Human Services in Modesto.

Between her selection last month and her swearing in Thursday night, Wilson met with Denair Superintendent Terry Metzger and board President Regina Gomes to begin learning about key issues in the district.

“I think she’s going to make a terrific board member. She asked some very good questions in our meeting,” Metzger said.

In other action Thursday, the board:

  • Approved the unaudited final financial report for the 2018-19 school year. The district spent $17.10 million, Chief Business Officer Linda told the board. That was about $1.6 million more than the previous year because the district had saved additional money from the state for one-time purchases like additional modular classrooms at Denair Elementary Charter Academy and Chromebook computers for every student at Denair Charter Academy. It also included pass-through money from the state directed toward employee retirement contributions.
  • Heard a presentation from Metzger about the Local Control Accountability Plan, known as LCAP, which sets out specific goals for the district and its students. Parents and community members are invited to come to a stakeholder meeting Oct. 17 to begin to lay out new goals for next year.
  • Approved an agreement to share a school nurse with the Hickman Charter School District. The nurse will work at Hickman on Monday and Tuesday, and in Denair the rest of the week. The deal will save Denair $7,217 a year from its general fund.

Agreed to contribute $300 per participant for eight students and two teachers to attend the national FFA convention Oct. 28 to Nov. 3 in Indianapolis. The Denair High Ag Boosters cover the cost of lodging, transportation and other expenses.

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