PALMER – The Palmer ISD board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to name the agricultural complex in honor of former ag teacher Hibbert Beck.

After contacting board president Mike Kahler, Judy Kerr-Guysinger appeared before the board with the dedication request.

“His contributions to the students of Palmer went way beyond the ag program,” Kerr-Guysinger said, listing those as building the first ag complex at the old high school and working with other area ag teachers to set up the first petting zoo at the State Fair.

Beck taught in Palmer from 1960 to 1995. He accepted all students and his only criteria were “try hard and do your best,” Kerr said.

Superintendent Kevin Noack told Kerr he would immediately get to work on getting a plaque and signage for the building and setting a time for the dedication.

Board members considered two separate actions for the upcoming May election. The board first agreed to a joint election agreement with the city of Palmer, which is a state requirement, Noack said.

The next action approved the election order to elect two at-large seats. The order established early voting from April 26-May 4, with voting at the administration building from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Late voting days will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 3-4. District secretary Stacy Stone will be the election clerk and Dianne Drewery will be the election judge. The election is for the two at-large seats held by Robin Walter and Tom Birdwell.

The board also heard discussion before adopting the 2010-2011 school calendar. Noack said he distributed two versions of the calendar, with a unanimous vote by the district teachers and staff.

The approved calendar sets the opening day for the district’s students as Aug. 25, with the final day June 6. A bad weather day is built into the schedule.After meeting in closed executive session, the board returned to open session and approved the extension for all administrative staff contracts for one year.

In a separate action, athletic director Jay Underwood’s contract was also approved as a one-year extension. Underwood’s contract was approved as a dual contract: as athletic director and as a teacher.