In a special meeting of the Judson ISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Carl Montoya was hired as the new JISD Superintendent. Dr. Montoya has been the superintendent of Brownsville ISD for the last three years. Dr. Montoya’s 36 years of experience includes administrative positions in the Dallas ISD, Superintendent at Aransas Pass ISD, as well as at Brownsville ISD.
His vision has also developed a culture of college readiness leading all 6 of BISD’s high schools to TEA Early College High School designations. He is also a big believer in STEM education, launching an innovative middle school initiative. That program expanded into an aerospace engineering branch that fits well with the arrival in Brownsville of SpaceX, the first commercial space transport facility in the U.S. Dr. Montoya served on the committee that helped recruit the company.
As a valued educator and Certified Master Peace Officer, Dr. Montoya was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as Vice Chairman of the Texas School Safety Center Board assisting schools on safety and anti-violence issues. He is a member of the National Council of Urban School Districts, and is involved in Federal legislation affecting Texas school districts.
Dr. Montoya has been married to his wife Debbie for 30 years and they have two grown daughters. He is a Boy Scout volunteer and a Rotary International member. Montoya takes over for Dr. Willis Mackey who will be formally retiring at the end of this school year after eight years at JISD.
The month of February was a great time to fall in love...with books. Cupid was certainly working overtime with a unique program that matched students up with stories they might not have given a second look. Kitty Hawk and Woodlake Hills Middle School partcipated in what is called "Blind Dates With Books." Students select a wrapped book, based only on a clue or quote written on the outside. Each student that read the book, filled out a survey and were entered into a raffle. What do you know...some students ended up with a pretty good match in the end.
The program highlighted the culture and contributions of both Black and Latin American achievements in this country. There was a backpack give-away, food tasting, art exhibits and a talent/speaker showcase. One of the guest speakers was the principal of Port Barre Elementary, Joseph Gabriel "Gabe" Sonnier. He talked about his journey of working his way up from janitor at the school...to principal. He's surpassed even his own expectations. It was a great event that provided inspiration for anyone to follow their dreams and aspirations.
The Wagner High School Lady T-Birds seem to be hitting their stride at the right time as they head to the UIL State Girls Basketball Tournament. They took on Laredo Alexander and O'Connor and came through it qualifying for the state level. Congratulations and good luck to our girls !!
Our first match is against Houston Cypress Woods at 8:30 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Alamodome.
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $14 dollars at the door. Children 2 and under are free.
Pre-Sale tickets will be sold from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the front entrance of the campus as well as from 4:00-6:00pm in the gym ticket sales office.
Pre-sale tickets will be sold Tuesday, March 3rd- Thursday, March 5th. Upon victory on Friday night the next and final game for the state championship will take place Saturday, March 7th at 8:30 pm. Come and support our Girls Basketball Team to victory.
The filing deadline for those wanting to be elected or re-elected to the Judson ISD Board of Trustees has passed and the following candidates will be on the May 9th ballot. There are three places on the board up for decision and we encourage voters to become familiar with the candidates if you are not already and get to the polls on May 9, 2015 so your voice can be heard.
Single Member District 1:
At-Large, Place 6:
June R. Adair*
Renée A. Paschall
At-Large, Place 7:
Dr. Melinda Salinas
Rod "Chico" Tanner
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