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School Has Begun!
Superintendent, Mason ISD
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 31, 2013

It’s official! School is back in session and all is well! The Elementary/Jr. High Back to School Bash was a huge success. Thanks to all the students and parents who attended. At the time of this writing our enrollment was at 722 students. Elementary enrollment is 305, jr. high is 203, and high school is at 214. This is not official and more than likely has changed somewhat since then.

Last week I mentioned I would address our facility needs in greater detail. We have created a Mason ISD Facilities Task Force. This committee is comprised of community members and MISD faculty members. The charge set before the task force was to study the facilities, assess needs, and make recommendations to the school board for plans for improvement. The first two steps have been completed and the committee is in the process of developing recommendations to present to the board. The board and the task force will meet sometime in September in a workshop-type format to discuss ideas.

Let me allay the rumors that have been circulating. There is not a plan at this time to build a new elementary/jr. high building. There has been discussion among the task force that this would be one solution due to the extensive work to be done in that building, the age of the building, the asbestos and lead paint content in the building, and the classroom size that does not meet Texas Administrative Code requirements. Those decisions can only be made by the school board and if it comes to that, would be brought before you, the public, to decide in an election. Please rest assured the school board and I will take all things into careful consideration before making any such decisions. We are all taxpayers and know the impacts a change in the tax rate and/or property valuations make on our citizens. It will not be a decision taken or made lightly.

I also promised to discuss in greater depth the accountability rating system and the “Met Standard” rating MISD received. The new system is quite complex. It is comprised of four indices plus system safeguards designed to address federal requirements. The first index score is based on student achievement. The target is 50% and MISD scored 90%. The second index score is based on student progress. The target score is 21 and MISD scored 38. The third index score is based on closing performance gaps between population subgroups (White, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, etc.). The target score for Index 3 is 55%. MISD scored 86%. Index 4 scores are based on postsecondary readiness and graduation rates. Our Index 4 score was 97% and the target score is 75%. Of the system safeguards section of the report that addresses US Department of Education requirements, MISD met the standard on 34 out of the 35 indicators for 97%. The one indicator we failed to meet was the indicator addressing alternative assessments for our special education students. The explanation of this is extremely lengthy and would be difficult to explain in a few words. Needless to say, we are very please with our results. I would be happy to explain any of these ratings further should you be interested. If you have questions about our ratings or any of the facility information, please feel free to call me. The number to the administration office is 347-1144.

Before I list the faculty members of the jr. high and high school, I want to say it one more time. I am so proud of the students and staff of MISD! The kids are great! The staff is great! It’s a great day to be a Puncher!

Mason Jr. High Staff

ELA—Megan Bierschwale, Jacki Maenius, Kyndel McLeod, Mitzi Drennan

Math—Jamie Lee, C.J. Fulton

Science—Kaylee Halamicek, Salah Eckert, Patti Harris

Social Studies—Salah Eckert, Jeff Guice, Kyle Wimberley, Chase Pilgrim

Health—Haley Higgins

Art—Patrice Searsy

Learning Lab—Susy Walker

Band—Molly Dye

Principal—Mitchel Rasberry

High School Staff

ELA—Kelly Guice, Gay Nesloney, Glendene Underwood

Math—Leslie Cope, Sherry Keller, Cara Ruffin

Science—Julie Burns, Sherrie Cordero, Jamie Hatfield

Social Studies—Sam Hoerster, John Keller, Kyle Wimberley

Art—Cindy Morris

Technology—Brian Rasberry

Spanish—Justin McFarland

Family and Consumer Sciences—Angie Dudney

Ag—Lance Rasch, Jarrod Usener

Band—Bobby Halamicek

Athletic Director & PE—Kade Burns

HS Office Personnel—Susan Martin, Lauren Westbrook

Counselor—Melany Canfield

Dean of Students—Paul Smith

Principal—Chris Habecker

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