January is School board recognition month, and Madisonville CISD board members had presents waiting for them at their seats prior to the meeting’s start.
In attendance were the principals from each individual school. The principals are usually there to award the student of the month award, but they stuck around to give the board their gratitude for all they do for their students.
“I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart,” Madisonville Elementary Principal Rhodena Brooks to the board members. “This is the best month of the school board meetings because we have a chance to say thank you for all that you do to for our children. Thank you for making this the best place in Texas to work, and I mean that.”
The board also discussed the upcoming release of the annual Texas Academic Performance Report. This is a multifaceted report that covers a school’s accountability ratings and financial info to their test scores by grade level and demographic data.
The report, as always, will be quite lengthy. But assistant Superintendent Keith Smith discussed a part of the report that he believed is an interesting way to measure the success of a student after they graduate and move on.
The report offers statistics detailing the successes of a graduating senior during their first year in college. This takes into account most colleges such as 4-year universities and community college, but leaves out private schools.
The board recognized that there are so many factors that play into a student’s first year in college, such as how they handle the freedom for the first time. Still, it’s certainly a helpful way to see how well prepared a student is for the next step in their academic life. However, the data sometimes takes quite some time to surface and is typically behind by a year.
The board was pleased with how their past percentages in this area were compared to similar Districts.
In other business, the board:
•approved the 2017 fiscal year independent audit by Belt Harris Pechacek; and
•approved interlocal cooperative purchasing programs for Child Nutrition Services.