Mason official as QISD superintendent

By Larry Tucker
Posted 10/19/22

The Quitman ISD school board offered a three-year contract at $130,000 a year to new superintendent Chris Mason Monday.

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Mason official as QISD superintendent


The Quitman ISD school board offered a three-year contract at $130,000 a year to new superintendent Chris Mason Monday.

Mason was recommended as the lone finalist to replace Rhonda Turner three weeks ago.

After the state-mandated 21-day waiting period, the board hired the assistant superintendent to take Turner’s place in January, after her retirement.

Trustees unanimously approved funds and bids to finish out the new agriculture facilities at Monday’s meeting.

Two companies will be used for the array of animal pens at the new facility. The hog pens are the most expensive of that group with the bid going to the Adams Company to build 24 pens for $31,991. The Priefert Company will take on the task of building 16 cattle pens and 10 lamb and goat pens for $18,509. It is hoped the project will be completed this upcoming spring as long as the weather will cooperate. 

Work on the facilities in the Information Technology department is expected to begin in November.

The board also chose Garland’s bid for the replacement and addition of air-conditioning units at the campuses for $82,635.

The board approved $29,350 for the renewal of Image Learning for Digital Libraries for the alternative education program. The program benefits students who have been assigned to the alternative program. 

In another matter, the board approved $29,899 for additional furniture at Quitman Elementary School. Last year the district bought desks, chairs and furniture for grades one, two and three. The approved funds Monday night will take care of needed furniture for the fourth and fifth graders.

Superintendent Rhonda Turner reported current district student enrollment is 1,215.

In the citizen’s comments portion of the meeting, former board member Doug Cameron thanked the board for their dedication and the work they are doing for the district. He thanked Turner for her tenure as superintendent and wished her the best in retirement.

“Thank you for the service you have done for our school district, for the staff, for our community and especially for our kids,” Cameron noted.