Outgoing school board members were honored at Monday’s meeting of the Llano ISD Board of Trustees.
Retiring school board president Ronnie Rudd was honored at Monday’s meeting. Along with other gifts, the Senior Class of 2016 presented Rudd with an engraved wooden plaque made by the art class. Completing 11 years of service, this year’s seniors were in first grade when Rudd was first elected to the board.
Superintendent Casey Callahan retold a story of Rudd’s that typified his character and service. At an athletic banquet in off the cuff remarks, Callahan said, “The story meant ‘do your best in all that you do.’ That’s Ronnie Rudd.”
Outgoing board members Cody Fly and Lyn Jenkins were also presented with engraved plaques to thank them for their service.
Incoming board members Todd Keller, Lance Dillard and Jeff Kuykendall were sworn in, and Rick Tisdale was elected board president.
Callahan also pointed out that Llano High School Principal David Wuest is retiring in June – or “graduating with the senior class.” He introduced the newly hired principal, Jenifer Neatherlin, who will take over July 1.
Several students were presented to the board and recognized for their achievements in competitions. A new UIL category for competition is Social Studies. This year’s category was World War I. Junior Evan Wheeler and freshman Heath Buttery competed for Llano. Teacher Jim Freeman said, “Evan at least had the advantage of having studied some of this in class. Heath was starting from zero. He asked me, ‘World War what?’”
The two almost tied in the qualifying rounds and scored as the second highest team. Wheeler will compete in state finals and Buttery will be an alternate. “Keep an eye on Heath. You’ll be hearing more from him,” Freeman said.
Construction consultant Dean Sharp reported on the progress of the 2014 bond projects. The two wings of Llano Elementary School are in the finishing out stages. “Things are moving rapidly and smoothly,” he said.
At the junior high, the main project now is flooring.
“Every piece of furniture will be moved at least twice,” he said.
The week of Memorial Day will be mass chaos, Sharp said, as the students and teachers move out and construction teams move in.
“We will be complete by Aug. 1, so the teachers can get ready for fall 2016,” he said.
As in every report he’s given, Sharp said “The projects are on budget and on schedule.”

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