Trustees also approve design development for new Creekside Elementary School
During the January meeting of the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees, leaders from the Montgomery, Texas community were on hand to share their appreciation for school board members. Each January, communities across the state honor the elected leaders who serve on their local school boards.
“Recognizing our trustees during school board appreciation month ensures that these amazing servant leaders receive the appreciation they deserve,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “Every day, Montgomery ISD students and employees benefit from the service of our school board members. They are extraordinary leaders who voluntarily tackle the job of governing our school district. They recognize the tremendous responsibility entrusted to them and take their roles seriously. We are grateful for their leadership and appreciate their unwavering commitment to our employees and students.”
Over the past three years, the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees has worked with stakeholders to establish new district goals, adopt Montgomery ISD’s strategic plan, approve school safety enhancements including expansion of the MISD Police Department and plan for the future of the district by overseeing the process to explore and ultimately call a successful bond election in May 2022. The Board of Trustees has focused on MISD employees, approving enhancements to employee pay and establishing a ‘Culture of Respect’ initiative to ensure a strong workplace culture. With an increased focus on transparency and community engagement, the trustees were instrumental in the successful 2022 bond referendum to accommodate the needs of the growing school district.
“Strong local elected leadership is more important now than it ever has been, and that is exactly what the MISD Board of Trustees is exemplifying,” Lake Conroe Area Republican Women President Stephanie Johnson said. “We are so proud of the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees’ commitment to the district’s students, parents and taxpayers, and we applaud them for working tirelessly to move the district forward, and for working to ensure Montgomery continues to be a great place for families to raise and educate their children.”
During the meeting, trustees also approved the design development for the district’s seventh elementary campus, Creekside Elementary School. Funding for the facility is provided as part of the district’s voter-approved 2022 bond initiative, and the school is set to open in August 2024, for the 2024-25 school year.
A committee comprised of MISD staff members, parents, and representatives from Huckabee Architects worked to finalize the designs for the new school.
“Completing the design for the campus involved a wonderful collaborative process with parents, teachers and staff,” Trustee Linda Porten said. “MISD trusted the team and expertise provided by Huckabee Architects to develop a design that is highly functional, educationally innovative, and truly beautiful. We are confident that the facility will accommodate our growing district and provide an excellent learning environment for our students.”
The one-story building is equipped for 900 students. The design features a centrally located library with makerspaces to encourage problem-solving, creative thinking and collaborative learning. The interior finishes are inspired by Sam Houston National Forest and the natural beauty of the area surrounding the campus. The school’s blue and gold color scheme is reflected in the forest-themed interior to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Trustees also received an update from the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation. Last week, the 2022-23 educator grants were awarded across all 10 MISD campuses. Thirty grants totaling over $64,000 were delivered by the MISD Education Foundation’s ‘Grant Express’. Teachers across the district were encouraged to submit grant proposals in the fall semester, seeking funding for creative and innovative teaching programs to benefit MISD students.
“We are so appreciative of the fundraising efforts of the MISD Education Foundation and their amazing directors,” Trustee Nate Robb said. “It was rewarding to be able to see the surprise and excitement from a classroom teacher who learned their grant application had been funded by the foundation, and to know that those grant funds will be used to engage students through original and creative learning experiences.”
Finally, trustees received a progress report on Academic Achievement Goal 1 of the district’s strategic plan. Dr. Chris Summers, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction shared information from the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), supporting Montgomery ISD’s districtwide A Rating from TEA, for the 2021-22 school year.