The MISD Minute – May 21, 2021

MISD Trustees meet for Monthly Meeting

On Tuesday May 18, the MISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting.

At the meeting, trustees Trey Kirby and Linda Porten were sworn into office by Montgomery County Justice of the Peace, Judge Wayne Mack. Kirby and Porten were both re-elected earlier this month. Kirby and Porten will both serve three-year terms.

After the oaths of office, trustees voted to elect board leadership for the 2021-22 school year. Trustees selected Matt Fuller to continue serving as Board President. Gary Hammons will continue serving as Board Vice-President and Linda Porten will remain Board Secretary. 

Trustees also received updates on the development of the district strategic plan and 2021-22 budget. The three-year strategic plan is guided the Board of Trustees’ five adopted district goals. The district goals are Academic Achievement; School Safety; Finance & Operations; Human Capital; and Communications & Customer Service. 

The development of both the strategic plan and the 2021-22 district have included a significant amount of community and stakeholder input. For both, we have held numerous public meetings and town halls in an effort to gather as much stakeholder input as possible.

The final strategic plan will be adopted by the board on June 15, while the budget will be adopted on June 30.

The board also had the opportunity to recognize our outstanding school nurses for their service and dedication to students. Even during a “normal” school year, school nurses have the challenging task of ensuring our students are physically and emotionally ready to learn. This year they were required to take on additional duties due to health protocols and other unique circumstances associated with the pandemic. I cannot thank our school nurses enough for their hard work throughout this school year.


Dr. Heath Morrison

Recording of May 18 Board of Trustees Meeting

You can watch the full May Board meeting here:

MISD Welcomes New Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction

I’m excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Weatherly as our district Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction.

In this role, Mark will support the continued development of curriculum and oversee the implementation of enhanced professional development throughout the district.

Mark is an exceptional leader with 28 years of experience in public education. He joins us from New Caney ISD where he served as the Director of Secondary Instruction. Mark has also served as a principal at the high school, junior high school and elementary levels. He was named Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region 6 High School Principal of the Year in 2017.

Mark holds a BS in Kinesiology and English from Sul Ross State University, a MS in Educational Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Welcome to Team Montgomery, Mark!

Masks optional beginning Monday, May 24

After much consideration and after reviewing changes to state and federal regulations, the use of masks and face coverings will be optional for all students and staff in Montgomery ISD schools and facilities beginning on Monday, May 24.

In March, the MISD Board of Trustees voted to make masks optional beginning May 31. By moving this date up one week to Monday, May 24, campuses can use the final two days of the 2020-21 school year to adjust for the 2021-22 school year, when masks will be optional.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility as it relates to the district’s health protocols this year.

Employee salary letters

I want to thank staff for their positive reaction and feedback regarding the salary letters we developed for the 2021-22 school year. Your input allows us to seek continuous improve in the future. Some of the feedback we received included detailing in the salary letters how an advanced degree increases an employee’s salary. This was an area that we communicated previously, and it will be reflected in future salary letters.

Important Information on Website

Over the summer, the district website will be updated. As part of the updated and associated migration, any employees with staff or teacher pages will need to backup information on their current pages. Information was shared in an email from the Technology Department earlier this week. You can find instructions on how to backup information from staff and teacher webpages here.

Our timeline is to have the new website in place for the start of the school year with trainings and hands-on labs to support our district with this transition.

Bears and Lions continue to shine on the diamond

It has been a historic season for our Lake Creek varsity softball season, who defeated Crosby High School 2-1 last night in the UIL regional semi finals! The Lions are now 38-0 headed into the regional finals next week!

On the baseball diamond, Lake Creek HS (24-11-1) and Montgomery HS (19-13-1) have both put together amazing seasons and advanced in the UIL quarterfinals. They’re currently matched up against each other in a best-of-3 series to advance to the regional semi-finals.

The Lions took Game 1 on Thursday by a score of 6-3. Game two will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at Sam Houston State University.

Congratulations on phenomenal seasons, Bears and Lions!