The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of Tracy Wood as the high school baseball coach by a 6-1 vote Monday night.

After hearing from the public twice and a 15-minute question and answer session with boys coordinator David Ream, who headed the search committee, the board went into closed session for 30 minutes before emerging for its final vote.

Wood comes to Waxahachie after serving as head coach at Corsicana for the past eight years, the last two of which ended in the regional semifinals.

A small contingent of from 10-12 people were at the meeting in opposition of the hire, most citing discrepancies in the interview process, but the board allowed Ream to respond before going into closed session.

“It goes to show how good our program really is and how much interest there is in the program,” Ream said of the crowd. “The community’s interest in the program is what interested a lot of the candidates we had.”

Wood was one of nine candidates interviewed out of 53 applicants. Ream told the board that experience, level of competition and a successful history were all part of the criteria the committee looked at when selecting the new baseball coach.

Ream was glad the board approved Wood, giving him the opportunity to have most of the summer to become acquainted with Waxahachie and the baseball program.

“The longer you wait, the smaller the talent pool is,” he said. “If we didn’t do this know the candidates would have thinned out considerably.”

In other board business, Jim Phillips and Evelyn Coleman were sworn in after winning re-election in May. Dr. Joe Langley, Dr. Griggs Dehay and Jim Phillips kept their position on the board as president, vice president and secretary for the next school year.

Teresa Thomas’ budget and finance report included approvals for bids, to keep the bank depository contract with Citizens National Bank and to search for new student insurance. Thomas also informed the board that, depending on state money, the district is on pace to have a $1.2 million surplus by the end of the school year.

The board also approved the technology budget for Global High. Renovations to Global High were also approved with the amount not to exceed $369,928 and taken from 2006 bond money.

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