MCISD begins road improvements


The Madisonville CISD school board approved a resolution to accept a bid from Larry Young Paving to begin improvements to their portion of Raney Lane this week.

They will install new turn lanes, widen the road five feet on each side and extend it in a number of other areas. Pending the weather, they will attempt to begin work on Thursday and finish early next week. The total estimated cost is just shy of 88 thousand dollars.

The board also reviewed their District of Innovation plan that they first considered in October. The distinction could exempt them from certain Texas Education Agency stipulations and allow them to operate independently in certain areas.

There are currently about a thousand districts of innovation currently in the state of Texas. It gives a district much more local control and the ability to make certain modifications to things such as the school calendar and start dates.

No action was taken on the matter, but a document outlining a 5-year plan for the district of innovation at MCISD was posted to the district website following the board meeting. It will remain online for 30 days.

Before the meeting, Life Skills Instructor Suzanne Smith presented a video of her class performing Christmas carols in the board room earlier that day. This was part of a project that Smith has used along with her fellow instructors Kathryn Lechinger and Rev. Lloyd Jones to help get the kids out of their comfort zones.

“They have met every challenge that I have put in front of them,” said Smith. “I think one of the best life skills you can have is setting a goal and working hard at it. They stepped up and did a great job.”

The class, which is comprised of 12 students, also performed the National Anthem through sign language before the Homecoming football game on Sept. 7. This video was played as well.

In other business, the board:

Approved minutes of the Nov. 12 regular meeting of the board

Approved independent audit by Belt Harris Pechacek

Approve school health advisory committee (SHAC)