At Thursday’s regularly scheduled Melissa Board of Trustee’s meeting Sharon Carroll, the executive director of curriculum and instruction, presented the board with the district’s annual Texas Academic Performance Reports.


Melissa Independent School District met the Texas Education Agency standards and scored a 94 percent in performance rates, 100 percent in participation rates and graduation rates, and met federal limits on alternative assessments. Scoring a total of 96 percent overall.


Melissa Middle School received a distinction in science and top 25 percent student progress. According to the Texas Education Agency’s 2016 Accountability Manual, distinction designations are typically separate from standards used in accountability ratings.


“A campus earns a distinction designation if it is in the top quartile (Q1) of its comparison group for at least 33 percent (for high schools and K–12 campuses) or 50 percent (for elementary and middle schools) of the indicators used to award the distinction,” the manual says.


The board also approved the use of $900,000 from the district’s fund balance to go toward future construction and repairs in the district to provide for anticipated student growth.


An update was given by Executive Director of Administrative Services Lance Rainey on the different construction options available for the future elementary school. The district is exploring using a construction manager at risk or a competitive seal proposal.


The 2017-18 school calendar was presented to the board. Winter break for students is scheduled for Dec. 25 - Jan. 8, with early release on Dec. 22. The board will vote to approve the calendar at the Feb. 13 board meeting. A copy of the full calendar can be found at Melissaisd.org.


The board approved the Melissa High School’s band trip to Mexico which will be funded by students and chaperones. The band will go on a four day cruise to Mexico in June, and is open to all students in the band program and their families. The district will provide buses for the trip.


An updated video of the future high school was also shown, depicting phase one and two of the school, and the district’s Reading Initiative was presented by student leaders from each campus.