Board votes to name softball facilities after late coach
BULLARD – Jack Lee III was named superintendent of Bullard ISD by local school board Tuesday during its regular meeting.
The board voted 6-1 in favor of the hire, with trustee Brent Bishop cast the dissenting vote during the meeting, which drew more than a dozen people.
Lee has been superintendent of Blooming Grove ISD, located in Navarro County, between Corsicana and Hillsboro, since 2017. Prior to that, he was principal of the local high school for two years before taking over as interim superintendent for the district.
Lee said he was excited about his new role with the district, which begins Feb. 3.
“But I'm hoping to be in and out between now and then” to become familiar with faculty and other BISD staff and employees, he said.
His wife, Jessica, who is the district director of curriculum instruction for Blooming Grove ISD, will finish out the school year at that district, as will their son Jackson, a third-grader, and Emmy, a kindergartener.
Also during the meeting, the board voted 5-2 to honor students' request to name the district's softball facilities for Megan Dobrinski, BISD's head softball coach who died in August 2019 after a battle with cancer.
Board president Tony Johnson and trustee Jason Campbell cast the dissenting votes, with board members Bishop, Brian Vestal, Stephanie Luper, Susie Saxion and Cory Zahirniak voting in favor of the motion.
“The fact that the students brought this to us, that (a student) stood there and told us how she felt, why she started the petition and how important it was to her,” Luper said. “I believe that because it came from the kids, we have to honor that with a little bit more sincerity … we need to take that into serious consideration. I think for them, it's going to help with their healing and their grief, and everything else they're going through right now.”
No action was taken on separate agenda items to order a May 2 trustee election, approve a high school football field turf replacement or approve a high school track replacement, all which the board will consider at a future meeting to allow them to gather more information on the issues.
Meanwhile, it did approve a consent agenda that included minutes from December meetings, budget revisions, a donation to the district and an off-campus physical education waiver.