The MISD Minute – May 14, 2021

2021-22 Employee Salary Letters

Today, all Montgomery ISD employees received a letter detailing their salaries for the 2021-22 school year. As I shared with you during our budget “roadshow” meetings, this is another step in our effort to improve processes, communication and transparency around district compensation.

The letter you all received includes a breakdown of your salary to start the 2020-21 school year, salary to start the 2021-22 school year and any stipends you receive. It also shows a breakdown of the October 2020 raises and the raises approved as part of the 2021-22 compensation plan. The employee raises and restoration of stipends adopted by the Board of Trustees in the 2021-22 compensation plan take effect on July 1, 2021, or at the start of your 2021-22 duty schedule.

The compensation plan adopted by the board was a significant effort to bring clarity and improved processes to provide employees with a clear understanding of how they are compensated. The salary letter that was provided – in advance of your contracts – is another step in our commitment to improve in this area. Contracts will be sent out via email next week.

The external review of district human resources functions performed by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) earlier this school year documented many areas of needed improvement. Please know that this is the first year of a multi-year effort to address the issues documented in the TASB study, especially in the area of determining compensation. We welcome any questions, issues or concerns that you may have during this process. If you have a question or inquiry, please fill out the form you received in the email from HR on Thursday, May 13 and submit it back to HR. This is your salary and we are committed to making this process as clear and smooth as possible. I hope this shows our commitment to collaborating, listening, continuing efforts to address any issues identified during this process.


Dr. Heath Morrison

Board of Trustees Certifies May 1 Election Results

This week, the official results of the May 1, 2021 Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees election were certified by trustees during a special board meeting. Trey Kirby and Linda Porten were both re-elected to serve three-year terms as members of the MISD Board of Trustees.

I want to thank everyone who ran for the MISD Board of Trustees in this election. Through my years of serving as a district superintendent, I have had the privilege of working with many outstanding school board trustees and getting to know some amazing candidates. What is often common amongst all who wish to serve on a board of trustees is their passion for improving the education and lives of children. Each of the individuals who ran for the board this year shared this same core value. I look forward to continuing to work with Trustee Trey Kirby, Trustee Linda Porten and all other members of the of the MISD board of trustees to ensure we are delivering a high quality education to the more than 9,000 students in Montgomery ISD.

Board of Trustees Regular Monthly Meeting Next Week

On Tuesday, May 18, the Board of Trustees will meet for its regular monthly board meeting at the MISD Education Service Center. At the meeting, Trustees Trey Kirby and Linda Porten will be sworn into office to begin their next three-year terms. Additionally, the board will organize itself by selecting officers for the next year.

Following these actions, the district will provide the board with updates on various items. Most notably we will provide overviews of the 2021-22 district budget as well as the development of the district strategic plan. Both the 2021-22 budget and strategic plan will be adopted by trustees during the June regular board meeting.

Superintendent Shout-OutMHS Holds Fine Arts College Signing Day

On Thursday, Montgomery HS held a special signing ceremony for students who will be continuing in the Performing and Visual Arts in college. We are incredibly proud of this outstanding and talented group of students for choosing to continue their academic journeys at 4-year universities across the country. The list of students, their major and college destination is below. Congratulations, Bears!

Madison Fields

School: Texas State University

Major: Fine Arts and Communications

Savannah Horton

School: Baylor University

Major: Bachelor of Music Education – Choral Emphasis

Quinn McClendon

School: Stephen F. Austin University

Major: Bachelor of Music Education – Choral Emphasis

Kaeden Ottinger

School: Colorado Mesa University

Major: Bachelor of Arts – Musical Theatre

Case Wyrick

School: Sam Houston State University

Major: Bachelor of Music Education – Band Emphasis

Lauren Ferro

School: University of Texas in Austin

Major: Radio Television and Film

Sebastian Saavedra

School: Utah Valley University

Major: Digital Cinema and Software Engineering

William Hearn

School: Sam Houston State University

Major: Mass Communication and Broadcast Production

Two MISD Instructional Coaches Selected to TAGT Emerging Leaders Program

This week, MISD instructional coaches Jennifer Ellis and Lorra Lynch, were selected to the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Program. Ms. Ellis and Ms. Lynch were just two of 13 leaders in education selected from across the state of Texas.

TAGT’s Emerging Leaders Program provides district G/T coordinators with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with school staff, parents, students, and the community to positively impact the development of appropriate educational services for G/T students in the district. TAGT connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of G/T students from every cultural background who see the world in unique ways and are developing minds that just might discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation.

We’re proud and excited to have two outstanding leaders representing Montgomery ISD in this program.