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Welcome to new alumni— the MHS Class of 2013

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

The commencement exercise for the class of 2013 was Friday on Pruett Field and was a great ceremony. The highlights of the evening were the valedictory addresses of Stonie Guthrie and the salutatory address of Jacob Willingham.

Another interesting event at the ceremony included Sergeant First Class Keith Payne, United States Army, in the flag ceremony. Keith is a member of the class of ’94 and an uncle to graduate Kristen Polich. Keith had told his family he would not be able to attend the graduation, but surprised them by flying in from New Jersey.

The class of 2013 graduated 24 students, who are now alumni of Milano High School. They were leaders in One Act Play, athletics and academics and will transition their leadership skills into colleges and universities, and eventually, life in general. I am looking forward to seeing their accomplishments in the future.

For those who are interested in statistics, our ending student enrollment is 406. We began the year with 398. I anticipate beginning school in August with about the same numbers, perhaps even a few more. I hope to continue the slow, steady growth as folks continue to realize that Milano ISD is one of the best small schools in Texas that is intent on preparing students for their future.

Lot of folks think schools shut down during the summer, but summer school is already up and running, and will continue through the month of June. Students can be attending summer school for a variety of reasons. Some of our students will be attending due to attendance issues, while some are attending making up grades and working on learning the basics that will enable them to be successful at the next grade level. Others are attending because they wish to improve their scores on End of Course Exams and STAAR, which will be administered in July.

The Legislature has adjourned, and has been called into special session by the Governor to deal with redistricting of legislative districts. The session was much more positive for education than the past few. Our school budget year begins September 1, and ends August 31. This gives us a little time to “sort through” the results of the regular legislative session and determine how it impacts our district from a financial standpoint.

While the legislature did restore some of the funds to education they cut two years ago, they are notorious for implementing laws requiring districts to implement programs or expend money on items without having allocated monies for the districts in which to implement them.

A budget is flexible, and our goal is to balance the budget....not spending more than we receive. Stephanie Gage has been working on the details of the budget, and if all goes well, we’ll have a more positive looking budget than was adopted last year. The past legislative session left schools with a major problem in providing basic services. So far, if all continues to go well, we’ll be in better shape fiscally.

Thank you for your support and prayers this past year. I ask that you continue that support. It is a pleasure serving Milano ISD.

rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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