Marshall ISD

Rewriting Our Story - MISD Since 2010

MISD LogoMarshall ISD has seen some major changes since 2010, when the district began the slow, ongoing process of becoming the district of choice in East Texas. The work and cooperation of our school board, administration, staff and teachers, along with the support of our students and families, has led MISD on a continuing path to Rewriting Our Story.

Since 2010, MISD has:

  • Ended the desegregation order implemented in the 1970s. MISD's Board of Trustees unanimously decided to make the school board seats staggered terms, which completed the final requirements to comply with the standing order.
  • Created the Marshall Education Foundation in 2011. Since the Foundation's inception, MEF has raised over $500,000 and given over $320,000 to teachers for their classrooms. MEF has raised $335,000 for use by MavU in a partnership with ETBU. The Foundation is managed completely by volunteers and returns approximately 95 percent of funds raised to MISD teachers for use in their classrooms.
  • Created the Marshall ISD Police Department in November of 2014, which is committed to the safety and security of all school personnel and students, as well as the protection and security management of all school district property. The department has grown to eight full-time police officers, including a chief and K-9 unit.
  • South Marshall STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy opened in the fall of 2014. This was the beginning of a program that expanded to the new Marshall Junior High School beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The opening of MISD's Legacy 2017 elementary schools prompted the move of the K-5 STEM academy from South Marshall to a renovated Sam Houston Elementary School. The vision of the MaISD STEM program is "to be a leader in STEM education, preparing and inspiring generations of diverse learners to meet the challenges of society through innovation, collaboration and creative problem solving."
  • In May 2015, the largest bond program in the history of Marshall public schools was passed ($109.2 million). Prior to 2014, the largest bond attempt of any kind for MISD was in 1976, when district voters approved $10 million to construct what is now Marshall High School. In 1986, a $5.5 million bond was passed to build a ninth-grade wing at MHS. MISD attempted a TRE (Tax Ratification Election) in 2012 but it failed, and a $150 million bond proposal was rejected by just over 200 votes in 2014.
    • Passage of the 2015 Legacy Bond program enabled MISD to accomplish the following:
      • Prior to 2015, MISD had one pre-kindergarten campus (Washington Early Childhood Center); six K-4 elementaries (William B. Travis Elementary, George Washington Carver Elementary, J.H. Moore Elementary, Robert E. Lee Elementary, South Marshall Elementary and David Crockett Elementary); two campuses serving grades 5-6 (Sam Houston Middle School, Price T. Young Middle School); one junior high serving grades 7-8; and MHS (grades 9-12). The new bond allowed the district to consolidate from 11 campuses to the current seven.
      • The bond created three new elementary schools (William B. Travis Elementary, Price T. Young Elementary, and David Crockett Elementary) in new, state-of-the-art school buildings. A fourth elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, was a renovation of the old Sam Houston Middle School facility. The consolidation and larger building capacities in the new schools allowed MISD to create four new K-5 campuses when the buildings opened in 2017.
      • The two middle school campuses were closed, and a newly-constructed Marshall Junior High School opened in 2017 to serve students in grades 6-8. The new MJHS replaced the old Marshall High School/Marshall Junior High building on West Houston Street that had housed Marshall students since its original construction in 1924. That building was eventually sold and is no longer the property of MISD. The new junior high school is located at the corner of East Houston and Highway 31 in Marshall.
      • The renovation of Sam Houston Middle School into a K-5 elementary school allowed it to become the district's new home for the STEM program. A new kindergarten wing was constructed in order to make the school accessible to grades K-5.
      • The South Marshall campus, which was closed with the opening of the new STEM campus at Sam Houston, reopened as the new home of Marshall Early Childhood Center in 2019. MECC was the former Washington Early Childhood Center and the move to the much larger South Marshall campus allowed MISD to implement its first full-day pre-kindergarten program with the move. Enrollment at MECC increased from 278 to 330 during its first year of existence. Renovations added to the campus since it opened include a new playground and the addition of a district daycare for employees and students, Little Mav Academy. 
  • Created Marshall Early Graduation School (MEGS) in 2019. MEGS is located in the old Washington Early Childhood campus on Evans Street and serves non-traditional students who are seeking to graduate early and enter the workforce. Approximately 30 students graduated from MEGS in its first year of existence in 2019-2020.
  • Created Little Mav Academy in 2018. Housed in the newer wing at the old South Marshall campus that has since become Marshall Early Childhood Center, Little Mav Academy (LMA) serves as a daycare program for children of MISD employees and students with children 6 months through 5 years of age. The daycare is exclusively for MISD staff and students and provides a full-day curriculum at a reduced childcare cost.
  • Created MavU, a dual-credit partnership with East Texas Baptist University. The MavU program allows ETBU professors to teach college-level, dual-credit classes at Marshall High School in classes that are a part of the student's daily schedule. 
  • Created MavTech, a dual-credit partnership with Texas State Technical College-Marshall. MavTech allows eligible high school students to enroll in TSTC accredited college courses and receive credit at both the high school and college level. Students earn credit toward college for a fraction of the cost of general tuition ($33/credit hour). The program is designed to provide (1) accessible higher education opportunities and (2) a pathway to higher paying jobs that are in demand locally.
  • Completed a series of renovations to Marshall High School that has completely updated the school that originally opened in 1980. These projects were completed and paid for from the district's general fund; MISD did not call for another bond to address its facility needs at MHS. Additions and renovations to the MHS complex began in the summer of 2018 and have included the following:
    • New Science Labs
    • New, secure main entryway and secure doors at all entrances
    • New security gate on Maverick Drive
    • Renovated boys and girls locker rooms in Maverick Gym
    • Renovated restrooms throughout the school
    • Resurfacing of tennis courts
    • New lighting at baseball field, softball field and Maverick Stadium
    • Renovated softball locker room
    • New press box in Maverick Stadium
    • New turf in Maverick Stadium
    • Resurfacing of the track in Maverick Stadium
    •  New restrooms in Maverick Stadium
    • New weight room and renovations to Y.A. Tittle Fieldhouse
    • New parking lot
    • New Ag Barn
    • New lighting throughout the school and parking lot
    • New sound and lighting in the auditorium
    • New carpeting in the library
    • Artificial turf installed on both baseball and softball fields
    • New roof and HVAC systems
    • Construction of new multipurpose, covered practice facility with turfed surface
    • New bleachers, new floors, paint, scorers table and new sound system in Maverick Gym
    • New ceiling tiles throughout the school
    • New flooring throughout the school
    • Removal of paneled walls and renovation of hallways throughout the school
    • Removal of lockers throughout the school
    • New flooring and seating in auditorium (summer 2021)
    • New exterior paint around the school (summer 2021)
  • Since 2018, other new construction and renovation projects around the district also include:
    • Playground (age-specific) for Little Mav Academy
    • New playground at Marshall Early Childhood Center
    • New HVAC systems throughout the district, including Administration Building
    • Extension of parking lot at MECC
    • New fencing at MECC
    • GPS systems installed on MISD buses
    • New furnishings at Marshall Early Graduation School
    • Upgraded security entrances at MISD Administration Building and the Learning Resource Center
    • New gas storage tanks at MISD Transportation
  • MISD acquired the old United States Armory Building and adjoining acreage next door to the MISD Administration Building on Pinecrest. This facility was renovated and now houses MISD's Special Education department.
  • Acquired roughly 17 acres to the west of Maverick Stadium for possible future expansion.
  • In 2016-2017, MISD had a total of seven Improvement Required campuses. A year later, that number was reduced to two and in 2018-2019, MISD was rated as a Met Standard with every campus meeting the state standards set by the Texas Education Agency. Facts from that year include:
    • MISD had no IR campuses for the first time in 11 years.
    • All but two campuses saw an improvement in overall rating and rankings.
    • Sam Houston Elementary, the district's STEM campus, received an "A" grade and was awarded 5 of a possible 6 distinctions from TEA.
    • Campuses were continuing to make strides in the 2019-2020 school year to the point that MISD administration was confident that the district would be rated as a "B" district, and that both MHS and MJHS would also earn a "B" grade from TEA. Then...March 2020 introduced the world to COVID-19 and all schools in Texas were shut down by the governor for the final two months of the year. Because of that shutdown, TEA did not issue any grades or ratings for schools in the 2019-2020 school year. It was announced early in the 2020-2021 school year that ratings would not be given in that year, either, as schools work to catch up for the time lost in 2020.
  • MISD has the 10th largest FFA Organization in the state of Texas. The district is currently building a new Ag Science facility on campus at Marshall High School to replace the old facility that was housed on a property not owned by MISD and was difficult to access by students and staff. The new Ag Barn is expected to open in 2021-2022.
  • Implemented the district's AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program in 2014. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-preparation program that is offered as an elective class to students at Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School looking to prepare for entrance into a four-year college or university. The class is designed to help students acquire skills and behaviors they will need to do well and gain acceptance to four-year colleges and universities upon graduation from high school.
  • Outsourced all janitorial services in MISD in 2012, providing a substantial savings to MISD.
  • Restructured the teacher pay scale in 2018-2019 and provided teachers and staff with much needed pay increases for the 2020-2021 school year. The raises increased teacher pay by approximately seven (7) percent and have made MISD much more competitive in teacher pay with surrounding districts.
  • Implemented across-the-board free meals to all students for the 2019-2020 school year. The district contracted with Southwest Food Services in January of 2021 in an attempt to provide better food quality to students and staff at all campuses. If the experiment is successful, the district most likely will outsource its child nutrition and food service for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • MISD Athletics signed a partnership with BSN Sports and UnderArmour for exclusive apparel and other athletic services. The partnership has paid huge dividends for MISD since its inception, including aid in facility improvements and upgrades.
  • MISD's Board of Trustees completed Lone Star Governance training and implemented some of the program's procedures, including monthly data reviews at board meetings and more inclusive academic reviews of grade levels and student outcomes.
  • MISD has maintained consistent board and superintendent leadership, with only 13 board members and 3 superintendents since 2010. One board member moved to another district and was ineligible to run for re-election. Two board members -- Mrs. Charles Wilson and Mrs. Barbara Alexander -- passed away while still in office.
  • In January of 2021, MISD successfully refinanced the Legacy 2015 bonds. The refinance resulted in a reduction of two years from the life of the original bonds and a savings of roughly $11.7 million to MISD taxpayers. MISD's current tax rate is $1.2563 ($0.97 Maintenance & Operations; $0.2863 Interest & Sinking rate).
  • MISD continues to maintain fiscal responsibility with no less than 3 1/2 months of operating expenses in its fund balance for the past 11 years. The district has also consistently earned a Superior rating in the FIRST rating system (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas).
  • MISD has completely overhauled its bus fleet, with the fleet now on the verge of being at sustainable levels of inventory.

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