Message from the Superintendent
Printed in the Winter 2013-2014 Judson Journal
The 2013-2014 school year has been going very well and a number of encouraging trends are emerging. We have started building on the success of all schools meeting state academic standards by now launching a teacher mentoring program. This will help instructors to become even more effective in reaching students. It’s already getting positive results and we are expecting that to build and grow.
We are building in other areas as well…literally…construction has already started on our new elementary school near the intersection of Loop 1604 and Coppergate Road. This school, Copperfield Elementary, is part of the Judson ISD bond that was passed by voters back in May. The new school will be generally patterned after the design of the last school that Judson ISD opened in 2011, Rolling Meadows Elementary School. It with feature several grade level pods that will allow for team teaching of several classes together while still keeping the ability to teach in classrooms to smaller groups of students. It will also include several outdoor learning venues. Elementary schools generally take about a year to build, so we are looking at opening this new school in August of 2014. Its opening will take enrollment pressure off of mainly Salinas and Converse Elementary Schools. Ms. Gerrie Spellmann was chosen by the Board of Trustees to take on the principal job at the new campus. She has served as assistant principal at Salinas, doing a great job there. We congratulate her on this new position. She is already making preparations for the school and its students.
Meanwhile, the district is in the middle of major construction at Kirby Middle School. You may remember last year, the school’s science wing suffered a devastating fire. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the fire left very little to salvage. So the old building was leveled and totally new construction is in the works. When completed, it will mean nine new classrooms…seven science labs and two special education classrooms as well as a new library that will feature all new technology. We hope to complete this project by April and students will begin to use the building starting the 2014-2015 school year.
And finally, looking a bit farther down the road is our new high school, also a part of the May bond election. It will be located on Evans Road north of Nacogdoches. High schools take a bit longer to build…usually around 3 years, but we are proceeding with water lines at this location as environmental studies are being done. Those studies will likely spill well into 2014 as experts look into any possible impact to the Golden Cheek Warbler’s habitat in this area.
Dr. Willis Mackey
Superintendent, Judson I.S.D.