Where did the summer go? It has been extremely busy this summer at Mason ISD. One of the most important tasks was to complete the hiring of the staff. We had to replace several teachers, and we added three positions for a total of twelve new staff members. I have received a couple of requests to list the staff members and their assignments in the paper. Later in this article you will find the auxiliary personnel and the elementary staff listed. In next week’s article I will list the junior high and high school staffs.
The principals and counselors have been preparing teacher and student schedules. The teachers and paraprofessionals have been preparing classrooms and curriculum. The campus and administrative office personnel have been sending out packets of information for the new school year and making sure all the bills are paid. The coaches, football players, band director, band students, cheerleaders and cheer sponsor have been hard at work preparing for the 2013 football season. The cafeteria staff has been preparing the menus and cleaning the kitchen. The maintenance staff has been working on the grounds, buildings, moving offices and classrooms, and all the many other things that are required to get us going, and the janitorial staff of McLemore Building Maintenance has been getting it all shined up for us! The transportation department has been repairing buses, renewing licenses and securing drivers. Please take time to thank them for all they do. Each one is vital to the success of our students and our school. Life is good at MISD!
The administration office has returned to its former location on the north side of the square. We are on the corner of Broad and Ft. McKavitt streets. The campus locale was returned to classroom space to ease some of the crowding at the elementary/jr. high building. Last year our enrollment increased by about 40 students putting our enrollment as of October, 2012, at 713 students. We have had a slow but steady increase in enrollment since 2006. The enrollment increase coupled with the requirements for special programs such as dyslexia, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented and others place demands on our facilities and require added personnel. It seemed like the logical choice to make use of the space owned by the district and return the administration office to the square. Please stop by and visit us in our new/old location. We would love to show you our “new-to-us” office.
Before I begin listing the staff members, I would like to take the time to brag on our students and staff again. We have recently received our accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under the new accountability system. The rating system is very different from years past and there are only two rating labels—“Met Standard” or “Did Not Meet Standard.” I am happy to report that MISD achieved the “Met Standard” rating in all of the four indices. Our kids performed well above the state average in all areas. In next week’s article I will address this in more depth. I will also talk about some work being done by the MISD Facilities Task Force. The task force is taking an extensive look at our aging facilities and will work closely with the school board regarding plans for future facility needs.
MISD auxiliary and elementary personnel are listed below. I want to publicly thank them for the jobs they do and I hope you will do the same as you see them around town.
Maintenance Personnel—Eli Castillo, Director of Operations; Alfred Menchaca and Leslie Klaerner
Cafeteria Personnel—Julie Parker, Food Service Director; Cynthia Jaquez, Natalia Ramon, Jenny Bolley, Linda Foster and Juan Mesa
Transportation Personnel—Larry Smith, Director; Martin Palacio, Paul Cinko, Shari Clark, Joyce Enriquez, Max Jordan and Liz Sapien
Administration Office Personnel—Teri Price, Business Mgr; Cathy Felts, Human Resources; Marissa Carter, Administrative Asst. and Special Programs
Special Education—Jane Penn, Director; Shannon Hofmann, Diagnostician; Sheri Martin, Secretary; Kassi Reichenau, teacher; Ginger Schuessler, teacher; Sharon Swafford, teacher; Tiffany Ake, teacher; Marta Boies, teacher; Bonnie Schmidt, teacher; Ericha Lange, teacher; Pam Evans, paraprofessional; Julie Gillespie, paraprofessional; Christina Morgan, paraprofessional
Technology—Merlina Gamel, Coordinator; Gladys Kaderka and Cindy Villarreal
ACE Program—Cindy Powell, Director; Jane Vargas, Parent/Homeless Liaison
English as a Second Language—Kerry Hofmann, Coordinator; Rachel Schmidt, Justin McFarland, Tammi Pinter, and Letty Velez
Dyslexia—Vondell Jordan, Coordinator; Brooke Rosberg and Belinda Finn
Gifted and Talented—Brooke Rosberg and Rachel Schmidt
Speech Pathologist—Sherry Schmidt
School Nurse—Jennifer Moneyhon
Elem/JH Office Personnel—Victoria Duarte and Gwyn Elliott
Pre-K—Sheri Jordan, Debra Norman
Kindergarten—Linda Geistweidt, Tami Smith, Karen Toone
1st Grade—Heather Baker, Deborah Baxter, Chastika Glentz
2nd Grade—Christy Barnett, Amy Brooks, Tiffany Klaerner
3rd Grade—Tina Blair, Anissa Habecker, Julie Tedder
4th Grade—Deandra Palacio, Kim Rabon, Jenni Taylor
Paraprofessionals—Erika Dospapas, Virginia Ramirez
PE—Coby Owen, Michael McLeod
Elem/JH Library Aide-Sue