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Posted July 14, 2011
Open for Business
Three BISD Departments, Maintenance; Records Management; and Warehouse / Textbooks / Fixed Assets, have completed their moves to the new Palo Alto Support Service Center located at 4330 E. Morrison Road. Drop by for a visit and see BISD’s newest facility. There is ample parking. The three departments will retain their same telephone numbers.


Posted July 13, 2011
BISD Cafeterias Are Tops
The BISD Food & Nutrition Services Department is a source of pride for the district. During the 2010-2011 school year, BISD cafeterias earned top marks. Officials report that all 58 district cafeterias passed not one, but two health inspections as mandated by the federal government. When possible, the Brownsville Health Department performed a third inspection to ensure all food safety and sanitation standards were in compliance. A total of 154 school cafeteria health inspections resulted in scores of 96 and above. In fact, 150 of these inspections scored at 100%. School cafeterias nationwide are held to a more rigorous standard since food is prepared and served to young people. Parents can be assured that their children are eating safe, carefully prepared food in BISD school cafeterias. Inspections scores are listed on the Food & Nutrition Services website for the public to view.


Posted July 12, 2011
Changes to Administrative Team
Dr. Carl A. Montoya has announced a few additional changes to his top administrative team. Effective immediately, Mary Jo Monfils, Area Assistant Superintendent for the Lopez and Porter cluster schools, will assume duties as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

Berta Peña who currently holds the curriculum position has been named the Assistant Superintendent for Administration. In this position, Peña will oversee the Pace and Porter cluster schools, the Brownsville Early College High School, and the Brownsville Learning Academy. She will also provide leadership to the area assistant superintendents.

Jay Harris will supervise the Veterans Memorial cluster and the Lopez cluster. Dr. Rita Hernandez will supervise the Hanna and Rivera clusters and the Brownsville Academic Center.

“It is important to get our top administrative team in place as soon as possible to face the challenges of a leaner budget and the changes in standardized testing,” said Dr. Montoya. “These leaders are seasoned professionals who will continue to guide our district to proven student academic success. I thank them for their willingness to assume these duties.”

Postsecondary Partnership Grant Award
For the past seven months, BISD officials have been involved with several other community stakeholders in intense planning and partnership building. As a result, the United Way of Southern Cameron County has been awarded a $1,299,909 grant to guide the Brownsville postsecondary partnership in a three-year demonstration funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Partners for Postsecondary Success Initiative is part of the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary strategy to double the number of young adults (aged 16-26) who earn a postsecondary credential with labor market value by 2025. Click here to read the entire media release.

3 Days to Rescind Early Notification
The Early Notification of Resignation/Retirement deadline was Monday, July 11, 2011. Employees have 3 days (July 12, 13, and 14) to rescind their resignation/retirement if they wish to do so. Written notification to rescind a resignation/retirement must be submitted to the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at 1900 E. Price Road, Suite 302.

Beginning in Spring 2012, the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will replace the TAKS as mandated by the legislature. STAAR is a more rigorous assessment program that will provide the foundation for a new Texas accountability system. The STAAR program in grades 3-8 will assess the same subjects and grades as TAKS. At high school, grade specific assessments will be replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments in Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history and U.S. history.


Posted July 8, 2011
Take a Virtual Tour
Brownsville ISD has several major construction projects underway this summer. One is the new Performing Arts Instructional Facility being built by the resaca in front of Hanna High School. Click here to take a 360 panoramic virtual tour of this new facility.

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