The Judson ISD School Board approved a total $228.8 million dollar budget on June 23, 2015. The budget that was passed by the JISD Board includes a general 3% pay raise for professional educators and administrators. In addition, a modest increase in the district’s contribution to employee insurance plans was included to help pay for the current benefits. Also figured into this budget is the pay raise of at least $1,600 for teachers, nurses and librarians as a part of their annual step. Bus drivers will also now be starting at $13.75 an hour. With this budget, the starting salary of teachers in the Judson ISD with no experience will be $50,150. This budget will take effect for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year which starts in July.
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We wanted to recognize a member of the media. The Texas Association of School Boards or TASB recognizes media representatives across the state for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media from print, broadcast and online are honored by local school districts for their quality and honest work. This evening Judson ISD wants to award the 2015 TASB Media Honor Roll Award to Jeff Flinn of the Northeast Herald.
The Lady Rockets won the State Girls Track Championship for the second year in a row and the JISD Board wanted to honor Head Girls Track Coach Renee Gerbich, coaches Wrenee Danaher, Jesseca Baggot, and Nia Torru. Team member Zantori Dickerson was also on hand.
Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya wanted to present a special award to acknowledge the incredible body of work that Associate Superintendent Nancy Robinson has contributed to the JISD. She is a Judson High School graduate, member of the Judson ISD Hall of Honor and has served in many capacities within the district. She has been a big reason why academic scores having been seeing a noticeable and steady rise over the last several years. She is retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year and the district wanted to recognize what she's done during her service here.
Judson ISD's new high school on Evans Road continues to draw a lot of interest as the campus takes shape on the north end of the district. Board members and administrators recently took a tour of the new school to see how progress was coming along. At more than halfway finished, most of the school's main structures are closed in from the elements, but there is still a lot of external work to do and internal work on utilities is really cranking up as well. The principal for the school will be named very soon...in the coming days and after that the community will be solicited for name suggestions, much like the district's newest school, Copperfield, was handled which opened last August.
Many parents and students are already asking about how boundary lines will be handled with this new school and the answer is...for now they will stay the same. Kitty Hawk Middle School will be the direct feeder to the new high school. Kitty Hawk 8th graders ('14-'15 year) that will be 9th graders for the 2015-16 school year will go to Judson High School next year, but after that year, they will be given the option to stay at Judson or move to the new high school. Kitty Hawk 7th graders during the '14-'15 school year that will be 8th graders in the 2015-16 will be the first group to go directly to the new high school.
The new high school is expected to open in August 2016. As you may remember when the 2013 bond was proposed to voters (one elementary and one high school), the new high school was presented as a campus that was to open to only 1,600 students. An ensuing bond in the near future, if passed, would add another academic wing and equity in athletic fields to raise enrollment to around 2,400 students. This phasing in of the new high school was proposed and passed by voters as a way to quickly relieve some overcrowding issues at Judson High School without raising the tax rate to property owners in the district. More updates as the progress continues!!
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With the results of the May 9th election, the Judson ISD School Board has two new members and one returning member...they were recently sworn in. Incoming Board Member Renee Paschall took her oath of office from Converse Mayor Al Suarez, while Dr. Melinda Salinas took her seat on the board after Precinct 4 Judge Rogelio Lopez administered her oath. Returning Board Member Steve Salyer was also sworn in by Judge Lopez. After the brief installation ceremonies, the board elected leadership. Mr. Salyer retained his position as Board President, Mr. Flores also stayed on as Board Vice President and Ms. Paschall was elected as Board Secretary. Congratulations.
Pledge Leader: Emily Clymer… Emily is a 5th grade honor roll student at Hopkins Elementary. She is a G-T student, was a Spelling Bee participant, and is someone to look up to at school and at home. She has a physically challenged sibling and the support, responsibility, and extraordinary care and love that she has given her family and her sister as well as maintaining her academic responsibilities is nothing short of commendable.
The Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference each year announces the Texas Bluebonnet Award Book Winner. The winner this year was the story “The Day The Crayons Quit.” To speak and introduce both author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers before a crowd of some 1600 attendees was Crestview 5th grader Jaiden Andrade. …..Jaiden also represented TLA’s District 10 by participating in a round table discussion with the author and illustrator.
Metzger’s FCCLA is very active. FCCLA stands for Family Career and Community Leaders of America. These students went to the organization’s Regional 5 Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi and came away with a couple of top placings. They placed first in Life Event Planning and Chapter Service. Welcome Andrea Hudgins-Miles and Crystal Ramirez.
These students recently competed at the Skills USA Texas State Leadership & Skills Conference in Corpus Christi and they came out big winners. First…
the 6th grade winners for
Exploratory Division: the winner is Alexis Gonzales.
Business Procedure Exploratory Team: winners Alexis Gonzales, Yanil Bahena, Martina Magana, Eva Perales and Angel Tolbert.
8th Grade State Winners
Opening & Closing Team: Madie Lagrimanta, Eliana Parada, Serena Rayburn, Julia Torres-Herrera, Ariana Burleson, Cami Villanueva
BBQ Trailer Welding Project: Maddie Lagrimanta, Eliana Parada, Serena Rayburn, Julia-Torres-Herrera, Ariana Burleson
Porch Swing Project: Brannen Turner
Julian Acevedo is their instructor and coach
Emblem Team, Project Blue Award: Zachary Rhoades. Kristin Rumfield, Teacher
Kirby Middle School has some awesome SkillsUSA students as well and many of them were big winners at this State Competition.
8th Grade Winners
Construction ID tool test state winners for skillsUSA:
1st place Sergio Rangel
2nd place Julian Cruz
3rd place Chris Rodriguez
Ken Tucker, Teacher
To go to a National Conference is a big deal…especially if you are a freshman. This freshman here tonight was not intimidated at all competing against 18 teams of upper classmen…she took the opportunity and benefitted from it. Sarah Megan is here tonight…was recognized as one of the best examples of fair trade practices.
The winners at the TPSA (Texas Public Service Association) Criminal Justice State Competition:
From Judson High School : 3rd place SWAT/Negotiation:
Laura Lira, JoAnthony Rodriguez, Troy Hernandez, Joel Gomez, Ian Sides, Christopher Joy.
3rd place Building Search:
JoAnthony Rodriguez, Laura Lira, and Alexandra Rodriguez
Jesse Acosta, Teacher
Aaron Williams, Teacher
From Wagner High School: 3rd place in Domestic Disturbance
JISD Police Officer Van Mayfield-instructor
JISD Police Lt. Robert Ocallaghan-instructor
coming from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Judson High School student Christian D'Amato was one of 3,100 students nationally that earned this designation because he scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black students that took the PSAT/NMSQT nationally and requested consideration.
Out of more than 3,000 member schools, Judson High School was chosen as one of only 110 nationally to receive a “Leading Chapter Award” by the National Speech and Debate Association. Nationally, Judson ranks in the top 16% of all NSDA member schools.
Carlos Acosta, Sha’La Carter, Alexander Dane, Jamie Dixon, Alexandria Jeanblanc, Devin Nelson, Mallory Nelson, Kai Rodriguez, Sofia Romero, Rachel Roybal, and Kaitlyn Witteman.
Mbayi Aben, Kayla Casiano, Andrew Kennedy, Anne Maza, Gabriella Robinson, and Shade Smith.
Mr. Matt Turner, Debate Teacher
Mr. Rey Andrade, Debate Teacher
Mr. Larry Bailey, Theatre Teacher
Ms. Vanessa White, Theatre Teacher
The Agri-science program at Judson is very strong and we wanted to recognize those who were FFA State Competition winners.
Lauren Henderson, Teacher
Andrea Watts, Teacher
The Alamo Academies is a national award winning, innovative, STEM-based program with the Alamo Colleges. It provides a college pathway for juniors and seniors to attain industry and academic certificates that lead to high-wage jobs or to further higher education while addressing critical workforce industry needs.
Aerospace: Mauricio Bailey, Abigail Gritton
Information Technology & Security Academy: Austin Smith, Alexander Stephens, Daniel Wrzesinski
Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Academy: Alberto Quezada
Health Professionals Academy: Averee Curry
Diana Gonzales, Career Counselor
The Judson ISD Board also chose to take a moment to say thank you for Ms. June Adair's years of service on the board as a trustee.