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 have several new teachers and other personnel this year. The response to listing of personnel in the newspaper last year was very positive, so I thought I would do it again. 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 2014 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 buildings, moving 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!
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). 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. The elementary campus earned four “distinction designations,” the jr. high earned three, and the high school earned five. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Mason Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School nominee! The formal announcement of the award should be made in mid-September. We look forward to sending some of our elementary staff to Washington D. C. to accept the award in November.
The construction of the classroom wing on the south side of the elementary/jr. high building will be on the “front burner” this year. The school board accepted the design from the architect at the last board meeting (8-18-14) and the bidding process began Friday. The bids will be opened at the administration office on September 17, 2014, and presented to the board at the regularly scheduled board meeting on September 22, 2014. The board will then make the decision to accept one of the bids or reject all. If a bid is accepted, construction should begin shortly thereafter with a projected length of 275 days. This gives us a projected completion date toward the end of June, 2015. Of course, that is if everything goes according to schedule. If you have any questions regarding the construction, give me a call or come by the administration office. I will be happy to show you the plans and/or answer any questions. I am very excited about the project and hope all goes as planned!
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—David Davidson, Director of Operations; Alfred Menchaca , Leslie Klaerner and Tom Feagins
Cafeteria Personnel—Julie Parker, Food Service Director; Cynthia Jaquez, Natalia Ramon, Jenny Bolley, Linda Foster, Juan Mesa and Dina Jordan
Transportation Personnel—Larry Smith, Director; Martin Palacio, Debra Hyden, Shari Clark, Joyce Enriquez, Bobby Halamicek and Liz Sapien
Administration Office Personnel—Teri Price, Business Mgr; Cathy Felts, Human Resources; Marissa Carter, Administrative Asst. and Special Programs; Stacy Owen, Administrative Asst. and Asst to HS Counselor
Special Education—Shannon Hofmann, Director; Lisa Streckert, Diagnostician; Sheri Martin, Secretary; Kassi Reichenau, teacher; Ginger Schuessler, teacher; Sharon Swafford, teacher; Tiffany Ake, teacher; Julie Gillespie, teacher; Bonnie Schmidt, teacher; Tina Blair, teacher; Linda Tatsch, paraprofessional; Mary Lisa Stultz, paraprofessional; Larry Kahan, paraprofessional; John Taylor, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP); Miguel Duran, Occupational Therapist; Barbara Hooten, Physical Therapist
Technology—Merlina Gamel, Coordinator; Gladys Kaderka and Cindy Villarreal
Before & After School Tutorials—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
Elem/JH Library Aide—Sue McCully
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—Audra Edwards, Anissa Habecker, Julie Tedder
4th Grade—Deandra Palacio, Kim Rabon, Jenni Taylor
Paraprofessionals—Christina Morgan, Virginia Ramirez; Diane Aguerro
PE—Coby Owen, Michael McLeod