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Superintendent Message
Dr. Willis Mackey JISD Superintendent
The 2013-2014 school year is off to a great start. We have
started building on the success of all schools meeting state
academic standards by now launching a teacher mentoring
program that is helping 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 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.
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 next year as experts look into any possible
impact to the Golden Cheek Warbler’s habitat in this area.
Judson ISD is building in so many different ways and we want the community to know how it’s
happening. You can keep up with the progress and expenses on our district website as we build toward
our students’ future together.
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