Magnolia ISD buys land for future school

The Magnolia Independent School District board of trustees approved the acquisition of land for an upcoming elementary school to be located in the 3,300-acre mixed-use Audubon Magnolia Development during the Nov. 9 school board meeting, Nov. 9.

According to a Magnolia ISD news announcement, the forthcoming elementary school will sit on a 14-acre site along FM 1488 and TX 249.

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The price of the land, which includes site work preparation and finishing underground utilities, totals approximately $1.68 million, states the news announcement. The purchase was funded by the district’s 2015 Bond.

The Audubon Development has commercial sites and thousands of home lots in the master-planned community, which will sit on either side of FM 1488 by Mill Creek Road, according to Magnolia ISD. The district will decide when to build the new elementary school based on the area’s future growth and the capacity of schools.

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-From the Magnolia ISD website

Tomball staff awarded retention bonuses

The Tomball Independent School District board of trustees approved a one-time retention bonus of $600 for full-time, exempt employees and a one-time $200 retention bonus for full-time, non-exempt employees during the Nov. 10 school board meeting.

According to the district, the retention bonuses are being awarded for the time and effort district employees spent outside their regular obligations offering educational services to students in response to COVID-19.

“We wanted to show our sincere appreciation to our employees in Tomball ISD for their commitment to high-quality instruction and adapting to the uncertainties that we have been faced with during the 2020-2021 school year,” Superintendent of Schools Martha Salazar-Zamora said.

Employees receiving bonuses include teachers, principals, counselors, librarians, nurses, assistant principals, and additional professional campus support staff.

“While this is a small token of our appreciation, we wanted them to know that their efforts have not gone unnoticed,” Salazar-Zamora said. “I’m thankful that we have such an exceptional School Board that supported this request from the very beginning.”

Magnolia receives FIRST designation

Magnolia ISD announced that it received the uppermost designation for the State Financial Accountability Rating known as School FIRST with a score of 98, resulting in the district’s fourth straight year to receive a Superior rating with an A letter grade.

According to a district news announcement, the rating is based upon an analysis of staff and student data reported for the 2019-20 school year, plus budgetary and financial data for the 2019 fiscal year.

Ratings were calculated by 15 financial indicators like administrative cost expenditures and the accuracy of a district or charter’s financial information submitted to TEA.

-From the Magnolia ISD website

Bus drivers needed in Tomball

Tomball ISD announced that it’s willing to offer paid training plus a salary of $17.70 per hour and benefits to people available to become a district bus driver.

To qualify for the job, applicants must have a Texas School bus driver certification by completing a 20-hour class, a Class A or B commercial driver’s license with P & S endorsements and pass a physical exam. People who don’t have a driver’s license can chose to receive help from trainers to learn how to drive a bus and pass the road test.

Those who submit a job application by Dec. 3 by visiting tomballisd.net/drive/ and are approved will get an invitation with info to attend a recruitment event, Dec. 5, from 8 am-1 pm.

-From the Tomball ISD website

alvaro.montano@chron.com



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