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Two Blanket school board members withdraw their re-election bids after voting to fire AD

The Blanket Independent School District is again entangled in school board drama, and this time, two of its members are deciding to drop their bids for re-election.

Blanket Board of Trustees President James Heard and school board member Vicky Jenkins have withdrawn from seeking re-election to their respective seats, according to Blanket ISD Superintendent David Whisenhunt.

The two were among five members who voted on Feb. 12 not to renew Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Brent Williamson’s contract, after coaching at the school for only one year.

A special school board meeting was canceled Monday after four members didn't show up. They were supposed to vote on rehiring Williamson, but instead students turned the meeting into a town hall where they praised the coach.

Whisenhunt said Heard quit a few days after he voted to fire Williamson. He had initially filed to run again for board president.

Heard didn't respond to any of the requests made by KTXS for comment.

Vicky Jenkins, another board member who voted no, submitted an affidavit Thursday to the school district to withdraw her name from the ballot, according to Whisenhunt.

Jenkins also ignored several requests KTXS made for comment.

Whisenhunt originally agreed to speak on camera with KTXS, but declined the offer later in the day and said that he was was not ready to talk about the details of the situation.

Election day for the Blanket ISD school board is on Saturday, May 5.

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