By LIBBY CLUETT
Each month a Mineral Wells ISD campus helps open the school board meeting with pledges to the American and Texas flags, and typically follows up by highlighting successes at that campus.
Last week, Travis Elementary students shared song, dance and a big big splash of color, performing snippets from the musical, “Seussical.”
Ten key characters from the nearly 70-student cast and crew of the musical presented their talents and, in turn, those of their teachers.
Cody Jordan, music teacher and leader of the Travis Cadets, the honor choir, said the rationale for putting on Seussical was to show the kids and community “We have talent right here” and it doesn’t take a drive to Fort Worth to see a good show.
In other business at Tuesday board meeting, Athletic Director Chuck Lawrence gave his athletic spring report and called the past season, “Probably the second greatest year in Mineral Wells sports history.”
In a handout, he virtually filled a full page with accomplishments for boys and girls in basketball, soccer, tennis, powerlifting, track and golf, as well as softball and baseball.
He cited that soccer has been competing in Class 4A play and both boys’ and girls’ teams were in the playoffs.
Lawrence told trustees that softball went “further than any [MWISD] softball team has gone.”
His report, which will be summarized soon in the Index sports section, included the accomplishments of 10 sports teams and a total head count of 278 students.
At Tuesday’s meeting, trustees also:
• Canvassed May 11 election results in which 503 voters cast 501 ballots. Palo Pinto County Election Administrator explained that two voters walked off without casting their votes.
• Honored Index News Editor Libby Cluett as the May Partner in Education and 2013 Media Honor Roll recipient.
• Heard from Police Chief Dean Sullivan and Director of Maintenance James Bradford. Sullivan said, especially since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, law enforcement entities and the schools are examining what they are doing regarding prevention and preparedness.
He said he applauds campuses for vigilance in drilling for emergencies and said staff knew their emergency plans.
Sullivan explained that they are working toward a unified command structure and said of this system, “You pray it never happens here, but know if it does, everyone is on the same page and can work lock-step together.”
He informed trustees they are working toward having a “full-blown exercise at Mineral Wells High School preceding the first of the [2013-14] year.”
“We have one mission in mind and it’s the safety and security of those children,” he said.