By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

The Belton school board welcomed a new trustee during its meeting Monday night. Rosie Montgomery, a psychologist with Scott & White, was first approved and then appointed as the trustee for Area 2 by the board before being administered the oath of office. After signing some paperwork, she took her seat alongside the rest of the school trustees.

Montgomery will now fill the unexpired term of Royce Boren, who retired early this year.

Her term will expire in May, when the next regular school board election is conducted. Boren, who was present at the meeting, was recognized for his 42 years of service to the school district - 10 as a board member.

"Thank you very much for your service to our children," school board president Randy Pittenger said.

In addition to expressing how he believes great things are happening in the Belton school district, Boren told

Montgomery she had been appointed to an "outstanding organization."

In a related matter, the board had to reorganize since Boren had served as vice president.

Following individual actions, Penny Digby, trustee for Area 1, was voted in as the new vice president.

Also, Mike Cowan, trustee for Area 5, was approved as secretary - a position formerly held by Digby.

In other business, the board:

Conducted a public hearing on the 2010 Schools FIRST State Financial Accountability Rating - and annual procedure required by the state. The district earned the highest rating - superior, which it has done consistently for the past six years.

Recognized its National Merit semi-finalists, Commended students and Hispanic Scholars; the 2010 Belton High School AP Scholars, the Channel 10 Golden Apple Award winner and the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) campus recognitions. Five campuses earned as Exemplary rating and four garnered Recognized. The district also was earned a Recognized rating.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or call (254) 501-7557.

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