Realignment has Milano with many familiar foes

Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

I t is hard to believe January is now behind us and we find ourselves in February. While some think the Super Bowl is the biggest day in sports, many Texas High School coaches and fans disagree. Every two years, coaches and fans throughout the state anxiously await the first Monday in February to find out the results of the University Scholastic League’s redistricting efforts.

On Monday, the UIL announced the 2014-15 and 2015-16 tentative football and basketball district assignments. The spring meet and other athletic district alignments will be released later in the spring. Our football district remained the same as it has been the past two years with one notable exception; our friends from Bremond have been added to the mix. This creates an interesting situation in this sense, the bye week all schools have will now have to occur during the district because we have an odd number of teams in district.

Our new district will have the following seven schools: Bartlett, Bremond, Burton, Granger, Milano, Snook and Somerville.

For basketball, we will be leaving the schools from the south and east and travel a westward direction. We will stay on US 79 and pick up Thorndale and Thrall and then travel up TX 95 and play Granger, Bartlett and Holland. Familiar foes, yet friends. We look forward to seeing what the next two year of friendly athletic competition has in store for us.

The weather has had some interesting twist and turns for us this winter. We have had some beautiful days and a few that have been miserable. Being in early February, we still have the poten- tial for more freezing precipitation. This winter’s weather pattern reminds me of some of the winters I experienced growing up. More than once, my brothers and I would have to break the ice on stock tanks to allow cattle to have water.

When we experience ice/ sleet/snow and start school late, the district respects the decision of parents not to send their children to school. On days such as these, all student absences are counted as excused.

One area where there is no excuse is school financing. The State of Texas is back in court trying to defend the way they fund school districts. Currently, the system funds some districts at several thousand dollars per student more than students in other districts. Why is this acceptable? Why are some students deemed more important than others? The system is broke and needs to be fi xed. T he majority of politicians seem to lack the courage to do the right thing, which is design a system that adequately and equitably funds our public schools.

The trial is expected to wrap up Friday. It is likely that either the state or the school districts will appeal Judge Dietz’s decision to the Supreme Court. Then, what some are speculating is that the Supreme Court will wait to take up the case after the legislature meets in 2015. That would give the legislature one more shot at correcting the inequities and inadequacies of the current system without being told to do so by the court.

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