NZISD discusses CCMR


The North Zulch Independent School District hosted their monthly board meeting for May on Thursday and featured a presentation on College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) to highlight the new certifications offered in the district.

This year, NZISD have upped their possible certifications from 43 to 75. This includes a Certified Nursing Assistant course that was added this year and encompasses all of the main areas of nursing.

“We are excited to have more certifications,” said Superintendent Alan Andrus. “We know that we have already scored a 94 going into this year’s accountability because it is based on the 2017-18 school year.”

NZISD continues a steady climb in accountability along with the educational features they can offer their students since Andrus took over at the start of the 2017 school year.

The board approved ratification of the new district of innovation plan. The district’s new status will allow them to hire qualified instructors for a number of vocational classes. They can now bring in experienced industry experts who have not necessarily received degrees in teaching to lead those courses.

The process that led to District of Innovation began during the board’s meeting on Nov. 12, when they passed a resolution to consider seeking the status. It will exempt them from certain Texas Education Agency stipulations and allow them operate independently in a number of areas.

The board heard a presentation from Way Construction to hear the cost of possibly upgrading air conditioning and lighting systems at the secondary school or the whole district as a whole.

The board also approved the hires of a number of teachers including Melissa Padgett (SPED, head volleyball coach), Bethany Pope (Pre-K) and Erica Jones (5th and 6th ELA).