Trustees recognize members of MISD Police Department, MISD theatre programs
During the December meeting of the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees, the Board approved the name and mascot for Elementary School #7, set to open for the 2024-25 school year as part of the district’s 2022 bond program.
Montgomery ISD’s newest campus will be named Creekside Elementary School. The school will be located on FM 2854 behind Lake Creek High School. The school mascot will be the Cubs and the school colors will be blue and gold.
A school naming committee convened this fall and reviewed over 600 school name, mascot and school color suggestions from MISD parents, students and staff members that were submitted via a districtwide survey. During the meeting, the naming committee shared their process and recommendation with the trustees. The board approved the committee’s recommendation.
“We appreciate the thoughtful input from our community, and the work that was performed by the naming committee to review suggestions and make their recommendations,” Trustee Linda Porten said. “Choosing Creekside Elementary School as the name and selecting the Cub mascot with blue and gold color scheme is the perfect acknowledgement to the building’s proximity to Lake Creek High School. The branding package recognizes the school’s place in the LCHS feeder pattern while also conveying a unique identity for the new campus. I know the school’s inaugural students and staff members will be excited to be Creekside Cubs!”
Also, during the meeting, Dr. Amy Busby, MISD Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Innovation, and MISD Chief of Police Stephen Phillips gave an update on Goal 2 (School Safety) of the district’s Strategic Plan, which addresses policies and procedures that promote a safe and orderly environment. As part of the district’s work under the strategic plan, the board is provided updates on each district goal during public meetings throughout the school year. Additionally, members of the Montgomery ISD Police Department were recognized for their service to the district, ahead of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9, 2023.
“While safety is listed as goal two in our district strategic plan, it is always our top priority for our students and staff,” Board Vice President Laurie Turner said. “We are grateful for the dedication and service of our Montgomery ISD police officers, who work diligently to ensure our learning environments are safe and are very intentional about building meaningful personal relationships with students and staff on our campuses.”
The meeting also included performances from students in the Montgomery High and Lake Creek High theatre programs who were recently named national qualifiers at the Texas Thespians State Festival. Fourteen students from Montgomery High School and ten students from Lake Creek High School earned recognition in a variety of categories including dance, acting, costuming, stage management and lighting design.
“The Board and I are extremely proud of these talented students for representing Montgomery ISD at the state thespian festival,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “Participation in a fine arts program no doubt increases the depth of a student’s complete educational experience, and we are thrilled to acknowledge these impressive accomplishments by our theatre students along with their directors.”
Finally, trustees reviewed the annual performance evaluation for MISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison and extended the superintendent’s employment contract.
“We are extremely grateful for Dr. Morrison’s continued leadership of our school district as superintendent,” Board President Matt Fuller said. “The board is confident that under his guidance, as a school district, we will continue to meet the high expectations of our community and continue to see outstanding achievements in student academic outcomes, workplace culture, and district operations and finances.