MISD changing to departmentalizing in its elementary classrooms

Superintendent, Milano ISD

Our first week of school is in the books and it went very well. It is always a bit stressful, as well as exciting, at the beginning of a new school year. It’s always good to see everyone back after being away for a couple months, but it can be a bit hectic and stressful as we work to ensure the master schedule and other changes implemented all work out okay.

Thanks must go to lots of folks including parents, students, teachers, support staff and the school board. It takes folks who will want to work together to have a back to school such as we have experienced.

Among the changes we’ve made is moving away from self-contained classrooms to departmentalization at the elementary. This allows teachers to teach a specific content area to multiple grade levels as opposed to teaching all contents to a group of students.

I continue to marvel at the wonderful teachers and support staff at Milano ISD. It’s such a pleasant place to work. Above all, the reason is the quality of folks who live and work here and who make up Milano ISD.

On Monday evening, we held a public hearing regarding our proposed budget and proposed tax rate. After the hearing, we held a meeting in which the board approved the 2013-2014 budget. Furthermore, the board set the maintenance and operations tax rate at $1.04 per $100 of valuation and set the Interest and Sinking tax rate at $0.19 per $100 of valuation, giving the district a total tax rate of $1.23 per $100 of valuation.

Also, the board authorized the formation of a committee to review the districts facilities and infrastructure. The committee is charged with the responsibility of prioritizing the facility needs of the district and making a recommendation to the Milano ISD Board of Trustees.

The football team kicked off their season by traveling to Del Valle and securing a victory against the Cardinal JV. The Eagles have their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Normangee. Come out and support the Eagles. The Lady Eagles continue to roll towards their district opener on Tuesday. Coach Wendy King has another very competitive volleyball team that has their sites set on another deep playoff run. They are exciting to watch and play great defense.

The cross country team opened up its season by traveling to Sonora. The trip, made possible by the Athletic Booster Club, was very educational to our student athletes, as they were able to see a geographical area of the state where the landscape is vastly different than here. Furthermore, after the race, they toured the Sonora cavern and enjoyed this experience as well.

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