April 2023 Board Meeting

Board of Trustees Meeting Video and Recap, April 2023
Posted on 04/19/2023
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The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday, April 18 for their monthly board meeting. You can watch the video and read the recap below:


Montgomery ISD 2022 bond projects to ramp up this summer

Trustees recognize GT Advocates, Librarians, and Volunteers

April 18, 2023 – During the regular monthly meeting of the Montgomery ISD School Board, trustees recognized MISD librarians, as part of National School Library Week, April 24-28.  Counselors and advocates from the MISD Gifted & Talented Education Department were also recognized as part of GT awareness week earlier this month. Finally, volunteers from MISD’s WATCH D.O.G.S. program were recognized for their impactful service across the district, in conjunction with School Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 17-21. 

MISD GT Advocates & Counselors Recognized by Board of Trustees

“Our Board of Trustees always looks forward to celebrating different groups for their unique and valued contributions on our campuses,” Trustee Linda Porten said.  “We are happy to celebrate our librarians, for fostering a love of learning in our students, our GT department for meeting the educational needs of learners, and our WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers for partnering with our campuses, serving as positive role models and an extra set of eyes and ears in our schools. Each of these groups fulfills an important role on our campuses and we are thankful for their service.”

MISD Librarians recognized by Board of Trustees

The WATCH D.O.G.S. program was established in MISD in 2011. It was reinstated in MISD elementary schools this year, after being paused in 2020 due to the pandemic. Over 250 WATCH D.O.G.S. have volunteered in elementary campuses this school year under the leadership and guidance of MISD administrators and staff members.  

MISD WATCH D.O.G.S. recognized by Board of Trustees

Trustees also heard a department update from Denise Miner, MISD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, on progress made toward the Pathway to Premier Goal 4 – Human Capital.

In 2021, Montgomery ISD conducted a third-party review to evaluate the overall performance of the Human Resource department. Under Denise Miner’s leadership, the department has acted on recommendations from the review to improve policies and procedures, define responsibilities, and utilize metrics to manage the workforce more effectively. 

“We are incredibly proud of the milestones achieved by our Human Resources department,” Trustee Mike Hopkins said. “They have done a fantastic job over the past three years to formalize and streamline HR processes for the district and have made remarkable contributions toward bolstering MISD’s traditionally strong workplace environment, via the Culture of Respect initiative.”

The Culture of Respect initiative was introduced during the 2021-22 school year. Founded on the concept of fostering open communication and closing feedback loops, the initiative ensures the culture in Montgomery ISD provides security and affirms that the work employees do, and the way they are made to feel while doing it, is always valuable. 

MISD Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Operations Kris Lynn shared a progress update on projects funded by the district’s 2022 bond initiative. Expansion of Lake Creek High School’s parking lot is ongoing and nearing completion.  Bidding for the construction of Creekside Elementary and addition to Lake Creek High School will be completed this week, followed by a recommendation to the trustees at the May board workshop. Groundbreaking for both projects is expected mid-May.  Drawings will be released this week for artificial turf installations for the baseball and softball fields at both high schools, and the batting cages at Lake Creek High School. Renovations at Lincoln and Montgomery Elementary schools and Montgomery Junior High are in the permitting stage, with work expected to begin this summer. Four new school buses have been added to the MISD fleet, and land purchase for the Career & Technical Education Center is complete.

“This will be a very busy summer in Montgomery ISD, with significant work being performed on multiple projects over a short period of time,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “We are excited that many bond projects will be underway and our community will soon begin to see the investments that voters made in our school district through the passage our May 2022 bond referendum.”

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