MCISD seeks new bleachers

Posted 9/10/19

The Madisonville Independent Consolidated School District (MCISD) board welcomed a number of new educators to the district and discussed upcoming projects for the year during their first meeting of the new semester.

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MCISD seeks new bleachers

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The Madisonville Independent Consolidated School District (MCISD) board welcomed a number of new educators to the district and discussed upcoming projects for the year during their first meeting of the new semester.

MCISD is currently taking proposals to replace the visitor bleachers at Mustang Stadium. The plan, once they have selected a proposal, is to begin construction as soon as the football season concludes.

In past years, Mustang Stadium has been a prime neutral host location for a number of UIL football playoff games. Because of the construction, they will not host any of these games in 2019. The visiting bleachers are right behind the baseball and softball fields, but construction is planned to conclude before the spring season.

During the soccer season, all fans in attendance will occupy the home bleachers.

The district has also accomplished all but two items on their long range planning list, which was penned in October of 2010. They are currently putting together a new Long Range Planning Committee to make a list of things to accomplish over the next decade.

One of the things that was not crossed off the list was a new early childhood pre-K campus.

The board also went over their enrollment numbers for the 2019-20 year. The campus as a whole has added at least 10 students from last year and is continuing to grow quickly, comparatively speaking.

“We are considered a fast growth district by TEA, which shocked us as much as anybody,” said Superintendent Keith Smith. “But there are a lot of school districts in the state of Texas that are shrinking. We are fortunate with our proximity to the Houston area and the Bryan College Station area that we feel like we will continue to grow. We have good, healthy growth.”

Smith also stated that it is the largest enrollment the district has had at the start of a school year in his tenure. The current number sits at 2,404, but changes often. The district got over the 2,400 mark briefly after Christmas last year.

The elementary campus is currently the largest with 686 students, closely followed by the high school with 661. Madisonville Junior High currently serves 539 students while the intermediate campus has 518.

There are over 25 new educators in the district for the 2019-20 school year, most of which attended the beginning of Monday’s board meeting. Each new faculty member in attendance was briefly introduced to the board by the principal of their campus.

In other news, the board approved both budgets proposed by Madison and Grimes County Appraisal District after a presentation from Matt Newton.

The MCISD school board meeting for next month will be changed to Tuesday, Oct. 15 in order to accommodate Columbus Day. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m., half an hour earlier than the typical start time.

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