Recently we celebrated the National School Lunch Week. Milano ISD provides breakfast and lunch during the school year to our students and staff. On average, our cafeteria staff serves over 325 meals per day. Dana Gage heads the school food service department and is assisted by Ginger Morgan and Christy Weller. Great job ladies.
Their day starts early in the morning while most folks are still tucked snuggly in bed. While they can’t always cook the way you and I might do to federal restrictions, they provide healthy, nutritious meals that our students, as well as our faculty and staff, look forward to each day.
The National School Lunch Program is a program ran by the federal government, and, as such, there is a mountain of paperwork that goes along with it. Mrs. Gage does an outstanding job in keeping up to date and ensuring all reports are filed in a timely and accurately fashion.
Last week was school bus safety week. Our route drivers cover roughly 220 miles each day and provide a very valuable service to moms and dads throughout the district by providing their children a ride to and from school daily. Our drivers—Gene Kleiber, Margie Kleiber, Claude Lagrone and Tina Smith–rise and shine early each day to ensure our students are able to get to and from school in a safe and efficient manner. Also, our coaching staff not only drives to and from athletic contest, but they serve as our back up drivers when our regular route drivers have to miss work from time to time. The coaches, Craig Jentsch, Chad Lagrone, Jacob Dent, David Westbrook, John Hughes, Wendy King, Roxie Kleiber and Catrina Steinbecker work well together and coordinate athletic events and practices with one another to ensure our students are transported safely.
A huge thank you goes to Stephanie Gage, business manager at Milano ISD for the recent financial rating received from the state of Texas. We’re almost perfect in the rating system, which is used to rate all schools in Texas. Milano ISD received a rating of Superior Achievement, the highest rating a school district can receive.
Tashia Terry is doing an outstanding job serving as our director of curriculum and instruction. She has held departmental meetings on both the elementary and secondary campuses and is working with our staff to ensure our assessments we give our students have the rigor that is expected of them on the STAAR and End of Course Exams. On one of our staff development days coming up in January, we are planning on having district wide department meetings where staff will be working to develop common vocabulary and skills.