In honor of School Board Recognition Month the faculty and staff of the Midlothian Independent School District hosted a reception for school board members during Monday night’s meeting.

Dr. Jerome Stewart said he has seen many school board trustees at work, and he is grateful for the dedication of the seven board members that serve MISD.

“I have never been a trustee, but the work that I have seen from the outside looking in does not look easy,” Stewart said.

“It takes a lot of work to serve on a school board. That work includes many hours of study on each agenda item and with each meeting.”

He added that it also involves many hours of training on Saturdays and weeknights, which involves the school board members spending time away from their families.

“That’s the side that we don’t really see,” he said. “Each and everyone of these individuals has a real heart for this particular district. Certainly that heart and that desire to serve has great meaning for this particular community and we can’t say enough thanks to these seven people who put so much time, energy, heart and love into these kids, adults and this district.”

President of the school board Dr. Wayne Shuffield thanked everyone on the board for their dedication and loyalty to the district. He also announced that he would not be running for re-election during the May election.

“I’ve enjoyed serving on this board for the past nine years,” Shuffield said. “I appreciate so much being able to work with each and everyone of you, and with Dr. (Jerome) Stewart. Through the years, you have all become some of my dearest friends. But it is time for me to move on and see what the next phase of my life holds.”

Each member received a certificate of appreciation honoring their leadership.

After a brief reception, the board members discussed and approved several action items on the agenda. They approved:

• a logo for the floor of the front entrance of Midlothian Heritage High School

• approved permission to seek bids and utilize the buyboard and other approved governmental programs for furniture, fixtures and equipment for Midlothian Heritage High School and the new athletic facilities

• approved the purchase of two rolling computer labs per campus

• approved the phone system upgrade

• approved the creation of a payroll specialist position to start in 2013-2014 fiscal year

The next scheduled school board meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

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