Dayton ISD celebrates trustees for School Board Appreciation Month

The Dayton ISD Board of Trustees includes (back row, left to right) Josh Day, Dr. Luke Chachere, Larry Wadzeck, Thomas Payne; (front row) Linda Harris, CD Williams and Kerri Bartee. The board is pictured with Dr. Jessica Johnson (front, right), superintendent of Dayton ISD.

Dayton ISD is celebrating School Board Appreciation Month and is proud to honor the members of the Dayton ISD School Board.

“We are grateful for their countless hours of dedication to our district. Each school board member supports all of our campuses, departments, personnel, students and various school organizations, both academic and extra-curricular,” said Travis Young, executive director of Student Services and spokesperson for Dayton ISD.

Six of the seven DISD trustees are graduates of Dayton High School and continue to serve DISD.

Mr. Thomas Payne, president, has served on the board for almost 35 years. He is a DHS graduate and is the longest-serving board member in DISD history.

Dr. Luke Chachere, vice-president, has served for almost 18 years. Dr. Chachere, a DHS graduate, is a strong supporter of Dayton children, especially the Dayton FFA Chapter.

Mrs. Linda Harris, secretary, is serving on her eighth year as a board member. Harris is not only a DHS graduate, but is a retired DISD teacher and administrator.

Mrs. Kerri Bartee, board member, has served for almost three years. Bartee served on the last bond’s Community Advisory Committee before becoming a Trustee. She also is a DHS graduate.

Mr. Josh Day, board member, is serving his second year as a trustee. Mr. Day is a DHS graduate and the son of Wall of Fame longtime DISD educator and coach, Mike Day.

Mr. Larry Wadzeck, board member, has served for almost 21 years. He is the ‘voice’ of DISD sports on KSHN radio station and is a retired DISD educator/administrator.

Mr. CD Williams, board member, is serving his seventh year as a trustee. Mr. Williams is a DHS graduate and is the founder of the Ryan ‘Batman’ Williams Foundation.

“Once again, DISD thanks these community leaders for everything they do for our faculty,  staff, students, and community,” Young said.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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