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
Learning Lab—Susy Walker
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
Family and Consumer Sciences—Angie Dudney
Ag—Lance Rasch, Jarrod Usener
Athletic Director & PE—Kade Burns
HS Office Personnel—Susan Martin, Lauren Westbrook
Dean of Students—Paul Smith