Tech department presents to MCISD board


The Madisonville CISD technology department showcased their operations during the monthly board meeting for April on Monday and presented the instructional technology used in the district’s classrooms to teach the children.

“I think it is critical that not only our board, but also the community understand the importance of instructional technology when it comes to the academic well-being of our students,” said Superintendent Keith Smith. “Our technology infrastructure and department has continued to grow over the last few decades, not only to meet the needs of our students and staff operationally, but also to meet the testing needs that have been pushed down on all the districts by the state of Texas.”

State mandated testing now takes place 78 days out of the school year and many of them are done online. Technological support has become critical to ensure a higher success rate of the students.

Specifically, the presentation covered instructional technology used by the teachers in the classroom from pre-k to fifth grade. The technology department led the presentation and included Laney Smith, Melissa Bridges, John Vinson, Shelly Smith, Michael Oldham and Tim Fraley.

A number of teachers also presented to display how they use technology in their classrooms and how it benefits their students.

From the elementary, the board heard from Katherine Cole, Lindi Pesl, Tiffany Strong and Charli Black. The intermediate campus was represented by Stacy Williams, Haley Fender and Danielle Carter.

“Ultimately, technology is only as good as the people using it,” said Superintendent Smith. “We feel that our technology department and teachers do a tremendous job of implementing that training to the benefit of the students in their classrooms.”

During the board meeting for March, the board officially announced the construction on Raney Lane to begin during the district’s spring break from March 18-22. Since then, Larry Young Paving has completed their work and made the pick up and drop off processes much easier for local parents.

“We have received tons of positive phone calls and feedback from our parents and staff on how much this has helped with traffic control,” said Smith.

The project was completed at the end of March and the improvements include two new turn lanes, teacher parking for the elementary campus, repaved parent drop off and pick up lanes as well as fixed potholes and other concerning areas on the bus road.

The board also accepted a recommended change to their TASB policy regarding staff bereavement. The district already offered the recommended three days, but changed the wording to read “three consecutive days.”

MCISD also read resolutions recognizing a number of student achievements throughout the year. They will continue to do this at future board meetings. The students recognized were Brandon Larson, Marcus Dorman and Garrett Johnson for their selection to the 2018-19 Texas Army National Guard and Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Team.

The board also recognized FCCLA students Helena Dean (First Tier Gold in the Leadership, Senior Division), Frank Emmite (First Tier Gold in the Recycle Redesign, Junior Division), Emily Sanford (Second Tier Silver in the Recycling Redesign, Senior Division) and Gabriela Garcia (2018-19 Vice President of Competitive Events, State Level).

Ashlyn Johnson was also recognized for her National Honors Performance Series in band.

In other news, the board:

Approved minutes of the March 11, 2019 regular meeting of the board

Approved board resolution extending depository contract for funds