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Discussion Monday night among MISD trustees suggests a majority of board members support hosting a regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) hub in Mineola. The question boils down to how to fund its construction.

Mark Parkerson, the district’s director of special programs, told the board that he believes MISD would need to pitch in $1.5 million to $2 million to bring the project to fruition.

Mineola’s CTE program is expanding as more and more students opt for career training classes. According to Parkerson, 85 students will take industry certification exams this spring. He expects that number to grow to 160 next year. Further, 869 seats are filled in CTE courses this spring, up about 20 from the fall semester. School districts in Lindale, Grand Saline, Alba-Golden and Yantis have expressed interest in joining a regional CTE hub. Also, Sanderson Farms and Morton Salt have shown interest in utilizing a CTE hub for employee training. more
If Mineola ISD is to develop a $4 million to $5 million regional hub for Career and Technical Education (CTE), the time to do so is now, say proponents of such a project.

The point of a CTE hub is to train young people to meet the needs of the workplace while lifting wages and promoting the overall economic wellbeing of this region of Texas. The Mineola Foundation, a stalwart supporter of CTE, believes skills training can play a vital role toward that end.

Already, the school district has secured a $258,000 Texas Workforce Commission grant for welding equipment and a pledge of $500,000 from the Mineola Economic Development Corp. It intends to seek additional grant funding from the federal government and is pursuing a $636,000 Texas Education Agency grant for HVAC education and training. School districts in Grand Saline, Lindale, Yantis and Alba-Golden have signaled interest in sending students to a regional CTE hub, and two potential sites have been identified. Morton Salt and Sanderson Farms from the private sector are on board, as is Tyler Junior College, which would work in tandem with the MISD to staff the center, according to the project’s backers. more
For Mike Holbrook, a group of local high school students literally brings music to his ears – his and many more.

Those 12 kids from Mineola, four from Quitman, two from Sulphur Springs and one from Harmony display the skills demanded by Lake Country Symphonic Band’s repertoire of concertos, suites, marches, show tunes, pop songs and variations of well-known classics.

“The kids who are playing with us – for their age group – are on top of their game,” said Holbrook, director of the Lake Country Symphonic Band. more
Area residents will have the opportunity to tour the Quitman Elementary School campus in honor of Texas Public School Week. The tour will be held on March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will … more
Yantis High School One-Act Play cast and crew will perform “Property Rites” Thursday, March 21 in a dinner theater for the community. The high school play recently advanced from district … more
Adapting to the increased use of smart phones, Quitman Independent School District recently added a brand new mobile app and updated its website. “We know that families are using smart phones as … more
Four Quitman Health Science students, AnaBella Watson, Aleigh Farnham, Alyssa Creed, and Dalton Brandon, gave a presentation to other district administrators, teachers, and students Feb. 20 at the 2019 Piney East Perkins Spring Consortium Meeting and Student Showcase at the Union Grove Lion Center. more
The Quitman High School One Act Play team became district champs and advanced to bi-district last weekend. more
The Mineola High School One-Act Play advanced in district competition last week, and three students were recognized at the recent District 12-AAA UIL competition. more
Two Quitman ISD employees were recognized for their service to the district at last week’s board of trustees meeting. Maintenance worker Chris Williams and math teacher Laura Driver received the Bulldog Hero Award. more
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