BoardTrustees also select new board officers
Three Montgomery ISD trustees were sworn into office during the board’s regular monthly meeting for May 2023. Montgomery County Judge Phil Grant administered the oath of office to new trustee Eddie Winn, who was elected as the Position 1 trustee alongside Shawn Denison and Laurie Turner, who were both re-elected to Positions 2 and 3 respectively, on May 6, 2023.
“I am honored to have been elected to serve as a member of the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees,” Winn said. “As a trustee, I am looking forward to continuing the great work achieved by the school board and superintendent to prioritize our students and employees. Serving as a member of the MISD bond task force and CTE and Ag-Science Center advisory committee has been an incredible experience and I am looking forward to advocating for our students and staff members in the district as a trustee.”
Winn, Denison and Turner will all serve three-year terms. Denison, a resident of Montgomery since 2004 begins his second term on the board.
“I’m excited to begin my second term as a member of the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees,” Denison said. “Three years ago, I ran for this position because I truly care about this community and wanted to improve transparency in our district and accountability of our board. We have made great progress in both of those areas, and I plan to continue this focus. I also look forward to continuing to focus on school safety, growing our CTE programs, and working collaboratively with our families and community.”
Turner, a former MISD teacher, will also return for a second term as trustee.
“I am proud of what our board and district leadership team have accomplished together over the last three years,” Turner said. “This past year I was especially pleased with our efforts to engage with our state lawmakers and educate the community about our district’s unique state funding challenges. Our board and superintendent’s continued collaboration with our lawmakers to push for impactful changes to public school funding formulas is critical as we
focus on employee compensation, class sizes and academic supports we provide students.”
After the administration of the oaths of office, the trustees voted to elect the board leadership positions for the 2023-24 school year. Trustees selected Laurie Turner to serve as Board President. Nate Robb will serve as Board Vice-President and Linda Porten will continue to serve as Board Secretary.
“It is a true honor and privilege that my peers have selected me to lead the Board as President,” Turner said. “As Board President, I plan to continue our commitment to operating as a strong ‘Team of 8’, alongside Dr. Morrison, so that we can maintain our sharp focus on improvements to employee compensation, student programs and the workplace culture in Montgomery ISD.”
Turner succeeds Matt Fuller as Board President, who spent the previous three years as the
Board’s leading officer.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation for Dr. Fuller’s service as Board President,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “His leadership for this board and community has been truly remarkable. Dr. Fuller has operated with the utmost integrity, professionalism, and passion for our students and staff. He embodies the term servant leader, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his capacity as a board trustee.”
Montgomery ISD Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Operations Kris Lynn provided trustees with an update on projects funded by the district’s 2022 bond program. Trustees approved the guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the district’s seventh elementary school, Creekside Elementary, and the Phase Two addition to Lake Creek High School.
“We are extremely pleased that the guaranteed maximum price for these two projects is under what was budgeted in the 2022 bond,” Trustee Trey Kirby said. “This is a major accomplishment, given rising costs in construction labor and materials. We are excited to move forward with both the Creekside and Lake Creek projects as we work diligently to deliver on the expectations of our community.”
Kirby credited the collaborative team effort that went into the planning process for both projects.
“I would like to express my appreciation for Dr. Morrison, Kris Lynn and our partners at Huckabee Architects and Pogue Construction for the many hours of work it took to get us where we are with Phase Two of Lake Creek and Creekside Elementary,” Kirby said. “A school building takes extensive planning and preparation before breaking ground, and Huckabee Architects and Pogue Construction have acted as outstanding district partners in this work. We’re thrilled to move to the next stage of these two projects.”
Construction of Creekside Elementary School and the addition to Lake Creek High School are expected to be complete for the start of the 2024-25 school year.
Trustees recognized the 2023 Valedictorians and Salutatorians from both high schools. From Montgomery High School, Charley Wernli is the Valedictorian and Cole Haynes is the Salutatorian. Lake Creek High School’s Valedictorian is Cline Piotrowski and the Salutatorian is Jada Freeney.
CTE Director Amy Vance presented students in MISD CTE programs who have qualified for state and national level competitions.
MISD PK-5 Elementary Specialist Danette Key shared information about how MISD educators, with support from the school board, have fulfilled completion of Reading Academies as required by Texas House Bill 3. Pictured below are 4th and 5th grade teachers that voluntarily completed the Reading Academy to better support their campus and students.