School Board Meeting - July 20 2020

Gibson Presented As Superintendent Of The Year
Posted on 07/21/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Gibson Presented As Superintendent Of The YearMarvin Thompson, Associate Director of School Operations at Region 7 Education Service Center, and Texas State Rep. Chris Paddie were on hand Monday to present MISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson with official recognition as the 2020 Region 7 Superintendent of the Year during the July Regular Meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees.

Thompson presented Gibson with an official plaque as Superintendent of the Year, while Paddie presented a certificate and official Texas state flag that had previously flown over the state capitol in Austin.

Gibson was named the Region 7 Superintendent of the Year last month. Since Gibson’s arrival to Marshall ISD in 2016, he has successfully managed bond construction projects, opened five new campuses, and implemented new programs within the district, including dual credit partnerships with East Texas Baptist University and Texas State Technical College. Marshall ISD’s academic performance has also significantly improved under Gibson’s leadership, as all campuses have advanced from an “Improvement Required” rating to a “Met Standard” rating.

Gibson will represent Region 7 in the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award program. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984.

Other action at Monday's board meeting included:

• Crystal Stephens, MISD Testing Coordinator, presented the preliminary assessment calendar for the upcoming school year. 

• Brad Burris, School Board President, presented a report of continuing education training for MISD Board Trustees.

• In his Superintendent's Report, Dr. Jerry Gibson announced that the district's Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year had been released and posted for the public earlier Monday.

• Consent agenda items approved included previous meeting minutes and district financial reports. The board also approved the 2020-2021 Trustee Meeting Calendar and the Student Code of Conduct for the 2020-2021 school year. A contract between MISD and B&G Wellness for occupational therapy and physical therapy services was also approved under consent.

• Trustees approved the annual support and services contract with Region 7 ESC for the upcoming school year. These services include curriculum, professional development, software and technology assistance.

• Trustees approved the Star Renaissance Learning Renewal for 2020-2021. This contract includes Star 360 (Early Literacy, Math, Reading and Spanish versions), Accelerated Reader, and Data Integration and Hosting Fee.

• Trustees approved the purchase of Network Services for new fiber reroute. This reroute is necessary to service the new Ag Barn at Marshall High School, MISD Police Department, MISD Athletics, DAEP and MHS.

• Trustees approved the of Edgenuity Program for Marshall Early Graduation School. Edgenuity partners with schools and districts to bring a world-class learning experience to classrooms of any size and shape using cutting edge digital tools and research-back instructional strategies. The program offers a full suite of core curriculum, AP, honors, elective, dual credit and concept and credit recovery courses for junior high and high school students.

• Trustees approved the district's Notice of Intent to apply for ESSER Cares Act Funding. MISD will be applying for $1,566,592.00 in ESSER Cares Act funding.

• Trustees approved the Student Athletic Insurance Proposal, awarding Student Insurance Plans/Catlin Insurance Company.

• Trustees approved the district's recommendation for student furniture at Marshall Early Childhood Center. This furniture includes new activity tables for MECC students.

• Trustees approved changes to Local Policy GKC: Community Relations/Visitors. These changes were necessary due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and safety of students and district staff.

• Trustees approved a resolution regarding exclusion from extracurricular activities and elective courses for students who choose the Virtual Learning option in 2020-2021. Under the resolution, students who choose to attend school via Virtual Learning this year due to COVID-19 will not be permitted to participate in any extracurricular activity, practice, or performance for the grading period in which the student is receiving all-remote instruction.

• Trustees approved the district's recommendation to use Goff and Herrington, P.C., for MISD's independent financial audit for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Goff and Herrington performed the independent audit last year for the district.

The next meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, August 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pat Smith-Gasperson Board Room at the MISD Administration Building. A Meeting for Agenda Review for that meeting will be held on Thursday, August 13, at noon.
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