Industrial district shows parents developments

April 12, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated April 11, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Tony Williams, Industrial ISD's superintendent, sent a letter to parents inviting the first 20 volunteers to come learn about the Cobra Community Connection. This is to educate everyone about the inner workings of Industrial ISD. • Nov. 22: We learned about each other, doing some team-building activities.

• Dec. 13: School finances and where our monies go by Jessica Hunt. We toured Industrial High School's cafeteria. Barbara Thedford and staff go way beyond to feed our kids. Jeffrey Woodring spoke and showed us how special caring for the safety of our children is to the transportation and maintenance staff. Kudos to all our bus drivers.

• Jan. 24: Shelley Dominguez informed us about all curriculum/instruction as well as state and federal accountability. Nathan Sappington showed us all the new technology. Surface tablets were introduced into the junior high for a week to get them ready for the next school year. Students were allowed to bring devices to school to see how the system would work. Williams spoke of safety and security at all the campuses. A drug dog presentation was enlightening.

• Feb. 21: Jamie Rainey told us about the programs used for special-needs children. Melissa Roessler and Kelly Kisiah told us about early intervention for those with dyslexia. Kathy Kuchler gave us a tour of her nurse's office and explained all the jobs she does with our students with illnesses, etc. Melody Vickery, Pam Mader and Anne McCain took us on a counseling tour. Vickery and Mader showed us how students plan their futures and discussed things they inform our older students about and how bullying is taken care of.

• March 21: We toured the Industrial Elementary East and Industrial Elementary West campuses with their principals, Kim Shafer and Diane Juroske.

• April-May: Junior high and high school athletics, fine arts, ag science and FFA. Also, personnel recruitment and retention, school board/leadership and the IISD Education Fund.

• June 9: Class recognition at a school board meeting at 6 p.m. with the IISD Board of Trustees. CCC participants evaluate the Cobra Community Connection.

Having a great leader is paramount.

There isn't a more intelligent or caring superintendent than Tony Williams, the rock who keeps this district running no matter what comes his way. We are blessed to have such wonderful staff to teach and care for our children.

Bernadette Bellanger, aka "Mama B," Inez/Vanderbilt



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