Comal Independent School District trustees on Thursday selected Jason York as the district’s new board president.

“We’ve got a highly functional board right now, and a few other people could have stepped up to lead us in achieving goals over the next year,” he said on Friday. “I’m definitely up to the challenge, and I think the next year will all come down to school finance.”

York, 45, a self-employed custom homebuilder, has represented District 3 and residents of western Comal County north of Canyon Lake, including parts of Kendall and Hays counties, since he was appointed to replace Frank Baker in 2012. York won a 2013 election to fill the remainder of Baker’s term, but in 2014 lost his bid for a full term against Laurie Schley, who he came back to defeat to return to the board in 2017.

David Drastata was again selected as board vice president, Michelle Ross as secretary and Tim Hennessee as treasurer. Marty Bartlett and Cody Mueller, unopposed for reelection in Districts 6 and 7, respectively, were sworn for new three-year terms on Thursday. Both stepped down from their roles as president and secretary. 

“I want to thank Cody Mueller for his leadership the last two years — he did a phenomenal job,” York said. “I think we’ll build upon what Cody has done and continue to support the staff and teachers. We’ll also work with (Superintendent) Andrew Kim and (CFO) David Andersen on the finance side, and we’ll continue to engage community members on our continued growth — now only next year but in the years ahead.”

York and other board officers will host their first meeting, a workshop on school finance and the 2019-20 budget, June 6 or June 13. 

Trustees approved “Wolves” as Davenport High School’s DHS’s new mascot, the same as its feeder school, Danville Middle School. They approved $1,435,817 as guaranteed maximum price for Bartlett Cocke General Contractors to complete the next phase of construction — a water treatment facility — for the new school, located at 23555 Farm-to-Market Road 3009 in Garden Ridge and scheduled to open in August 2020. 

Also Thursday trustees approved second readings of board policy revisions and professional services requests and/or agreements for a cooling tower at Canyon High School ($123,150); upgrades for security vestibules ($401,431); computer purchases ($590,010); and softball and baseball field upgrades at Canyon Lake High School ($276,000). 

Also Thursday, trustees:

Recognized Canyon Lake High School’s boys soccer team; Smithson Valley High School’s STEM Robotics team; UIL state academic qualifiers; graduates from district vocational programs; campus substitute teachers of the year; Canyon High School sophomore Ryan Albrecht; and Johnson Ranch Elementary School nurse Cindy Marroquin.

Received a presentation on collaborative team cycle instruction from Arlon Seay Elementary School’s Inclusion Team, comprised of fifth-grade and fourth-grade teachers whose efforts raised academic performances of special needs students.

Accepted donations from PTAs at Danville Middle School ($7,000); Pieper Ranch Middle School ($18,252) and Church Hill Middle School ($10,000), all benefiting various school programs.

Approved $143,981 in bond funding to close projects at three schools.

Ratified contracts totaling $2.307 million for future elementary school designs and watersealing at Davenport High School.

For more, visit the district’s website, comalisd.org.

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