Marlin ISD holds groundbreaking for Marlin HS

The Marlin ISD School Board of Managers (BOM) met Monday, March 4, at the Marlin Middle School Library with President Billy Johnson presiding. Board Managers present were Byrleen Terry, Rosalyn Dimerson, Marsha Ridlehuber, and Dr. Darryl Henson, Superintendent of Schools.  

After returning from closed session re: Pursuant to Texas Government Code Sections 551.074, deliberation of personnel matters, Superintendent’s Reports followed. Jesse Bustamante, Executive Director of Human Resources, shared Bond 2022 updates including stadium site-work, Marlin High School and stadium press box. The stadium press box was presented for consent. Bustamante also explained the Head Football Coach Hiring Timeline. To include community input, a town hall meeting was held Feb. 29. Board approval is scheduled March 18.

Lone Star Governance Goal Progress Measures 2.1, 2.2 was presented by Academic Facilitator Tamika Washington. The Key Strategic Measures states that 80 % of students will be on or above grade level in reading at the end of PK and first grade levels. Both indicators will be assessed and measured three times a year by the district’s progress monitoring programs Circle for PK and mClass for first grade. 

Vision 2025 Strategic Measure 2.3 states 80 % of teachers will teach explicit phonics components in Grades PK-1 based on “look-for” walkthrough data. Renaissance is the district’ s universal screener tool for grades 6-12 and IReady for grades K-5. Both are used to assess student’s academic performance and determine how students are responding to instruction measured three times a year.

Jewelisha Jefferson, Academic Facilitator, indicated a growth in every grade level and 80 % of teacher lesson plans will be aligned to the district curriculum based on walkthrough data. Lesson plans will be checked on the first, third, and fifth Friday of the month for grades 4th-9th mathematics. Vision 2025: Key Strategic Measure 6.3 was reported by J Adam LeJeune, Executive Director of Technology. Current strategies include class sets for every grade 3-11 and take-home devices issued to grade 12. Appropriate usage of district-issued technology by students has increased.

Director of Federal & State Programs Jamal Robinson provided an overview of the Rural Pathways Excellence Partnership (R-PEP) Program. This program allows additional ADA Allotment for each student in a postsecondary pathway and an Outcome Bonus for students that earn a postsecondary credential of value up to five years after graduation. The program allows MHS students and Rosebud ISD to partner with Marlin for students to attend Robotics classes. The iReady progress monitoring for 6th grade and Renaissance progress monitoring for 7th and 8th grade will monitor student proficiency in Math.

Dr. Stacy Parker Knight, Chief Operating Officer, presented a detailed overview of the district’s four accounts indicating the district investment policy is in compliance with over $321,023 in interest earned. 

Consent agenda matters included: 1)Target Solutions-stadium new $3,077,000  press box vendor with a projected six months’ timeline; 2)Renegade Construction Services- Stadium Electrical Improvements, $236,587.40 with a projected 3 months’ timeline, and 3) E-Rate Vendor Selection-Self Provisioned MediaLink + Maintenance and Operations + Net worth  equipment estimated $33,258. 

Norman Jones, Director of Human Resources, introduced the 2024-2025 School Calendar Process. The Hybrid 4-day week calendar will continue. First day of school will be August 5, 2024 and last day, May 30, 2025. Once school starts, students will attend every Friday in August, December, January and May. Teacher workdays are embedded in September, October, November, February and March. 2024-2025 salary schedules updates were presented. 

In other matters, Marlin ISD canceled the election scheduled for May 4, 2024 in accordance with Section 2.053 (a) of the Texas Election Code. Marsha Ridelehuber moved to accept consent agendas, seconded by Byrleen Terry, motion passed. With no further business, the meeting adjourned.






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