Raney Lane work to begin next week

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Madisonville CISD Superintendent Keith Smith announced that Larry Young Paving will begin to set up for construction on Raney Lane during the school’s March 18-22 spring break during the monthly board meeting for March on Monday.

Raney Lane connects E. Morris St. to Highway 75 and runs adjacent to all of MCISD’s schools and facilities.

The MCISD Board approved a resolution to accept the bid from Larry Young Paving to begin improvements on their portion of Raney Lane during their December meeting. Construction was originally scheduled to begin shortly after but was pushed back due to the weather.

They will install new turn lanes, widen the road by five feet on each side and extend it in a number of other areas. The county will split the cost of the project with the school district. MCISD’s estimated price is still just shy of $88,000, as stated during December’s board meeting.

The board also approved an annual resolution from the Texas Education Agency regarding instructional material allotment and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) certification.

TEKS is the curriculum standard for the state of Texas. The State Board of Education has legislative authority to adopt TEKS for each subject of the required curriculum.

“A group of teachers is in the process of determining our English and language arts materials for the next eight years or so,” said Keith West, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “This really should have been done two years ago. It is proving to be very costly, that is why the state pushed it back. We have an instructional materials allotment that will take care of that, there are funds for it, but you have a lot of options and a lot of different packages. We are in the process of selecting which entity that the teachers choose to go with.”

The target date to have a decision made is May 1.

Among the four students of the month was high school recipient Mario Zavala, who is a member of the MHS special skills class. Zavala was also voted Homecoming King by his peers back in September.

Suzanne Smith, Zavala’s teacher and MHS special education instructor, was in attendance and said a few words on her student's behalf after he was called upon to join his fellow recipients.

“We are working on acronyms in our class and I have one for Mario,” said an emotional Smith to the audience. “Mario is Motivated, Awesome, Respectful, Independent and One of a kind. In my classroom I can always count on Mario. Just today he was helping one of his fellow students after he finished his assignment. Mario is a leader who is always willing to do what is asked of him. He is a great role model for all students. His sweet and compassionate demeanor makes those around him want to be better. I am proud to be Mario’s teacher and blessed to say that I learn from him every day.”

The Student of the Month for the Jr. High campus was Palak Patel while Lane Hendricks earned the honor at the Elementary level along with Makila Gipson from the Intermediate school.

Employees of the month were Marci Caperton and Esmeralda Gomez. Both come from the Jr. High Campus.

In other business, the board:

Approved the minutes of the Feb. 11 Regular Meeting of the Board

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