MCISD receives superior rating

Posted 10/22/19

The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) received a Superior grade (‘A’, 92 percent) from the Texas Educations Agency in their Financial Integrity Rating System (FIRST) and discussed the top grade during the monthly school board meeting on Oct. 15.

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MCISD receives superior rating

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The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) received a Superior grade (‘A’, 92 percent) from the Texas Educations Agency in their Financial Integrity Rating System (FIRST) and discussed the top grade during the monthly school board meeting on Oct. 15.

The TEA audits each district every year to produce a financial performance rating. It is similar to the way they measure academic accountability.

“Traditionally, we have always had a superior rating,” said Superintendent Keith Smith. “As far as the school district goes, we are considered very fiscally responsible.”

The board also accepted a bid from Southern Bleacher Company to replace the bleachers on the visiting side of Mustang Stadium. The old bleachers were out of compliance with the American Disability Association (ADA) because of a lack of handrails and buddy seating.

The district has looked into adding on to the existing bleachers to comply with the ADA in the past, but a fire sustained by part of the structure in 1977 has made this process difficult to achieve. The project will begin at the conclusion of the football season and be completed before baseball and softball begins.

The top of the new bleachers will feature an eight-foot walkway across the back that will serve as additional seating for baseball and softball games, the fields for which are located directly behind Mustang Stadium.

Southern Bleacher Company also worked on the home bleachers at Mustang Stadium. The new project will allow MHS to host further postseason matchups on top of complying with the ADA.

In other facility upgrades, the nets blocking spectators from the action during MHS baseball and softball contests will be extended to protect the fans from incoming foul balls. The installation will be completed before the season.

The district is also replacing a 45-ton air conditioning unit to help fuel the junior high gymnasium. MCISD has already replaced at least 15 units, many of which are located at the Elementary campus, where no unit is now older than a few years old.

They are in the process of looking into replacing a number of other units across the campus as well.

On Monday, the MCISD board participated in and hosted a legislative update training session with other boards in Region 6, including North Zulch, Centerville, Normangee and Anderson. The lengthy session encompassed a large numbers of new bills pertaining to education in the state of Texas that were passed at the last legislative session.

The bills encompassed a number of categories including financial matters, elections, accountability and governance. There were also a higher number of student health bills along with student discipline and personnel bills.

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