The monthly Melissa School Board meeting started out with props and recognition for outstanding students and staff. The Harry McKillop Elementary principal Walter Perez recognized Colby Lanz, Jasmine Siriba, Alyssa McClure and Deborah Popour with the Cardinal Commendation.

Michele Austin, the principal of the Melissa Ridge Intermediate school presented Jesse Contreras, Morgan Cobb and Caleb Hoffman with the Cardinal Commendation for going above and beyond.

Principal of Melissa Middle School Jim Miller gave a few Cardinal Commendations to the MMS performing arts department and Lisa Lakey. The MMS performing arts group also performed “Books Can Show You the World,” which was debuted at the Melissa Reading Festival earlier in the month.

Clay McCarter, the girls’ cross-country head coach, recognized Alison Kocsis for qualifying for the UIL State Cross Country Meet for the second consecutive year in a row.

The boys’ cross-country head coach Luke Scribner thanked the people who supported the cross-country program — Walter Perez, Paul Anderson and the Booster Club. Scribner also recognized the students who won fourth place at the State Cross-Country Meet — Judson Greer, Jackson Scribner, Blake Chaloupka, Lucas Tauch, Ty Graham, Carson Ross and Dain Miller.

Melissa High School principal Kenneth Wooten recognized a few staff members for their outstanding performance. Annette Hernandez, Brett Gustaveson, Jennifer Glory and Travis Pickup were all recognized with a Cardinal Commendation.

Chad Gentry with Gentry Financial Group — a company that offers insurance and financial services to educators — presented the J. Donald Gentry Excellence in Education Award to Estella Lopez. However, Lopez was unable to attend, and Dr. Robert Rich accepted it on her behalf.

Melissa Superintendent Keith Murphy presented Cardinal Commendations for each school’s outstanding student attendance. The third-grade class at McKillop Elementary received recognition for the highest-grade level attendance at HME.

Melissa Ridge Intermediate’s fifth-grade received a commendation for the highest-grade level attendance at MRI. Melissa Middle School’s highest-level attendance went to sixth grade.

The ninth-grade class at Melissa High School was recognized for the highest-grade level attendance at Melissa High School.

Board President George James reflected on the recent Board dinner honoring this year’s Teachers of the Year and Volunteers of the Year. President James also reminded everyone of the Board’s presentation to all staff on Thursday after school.

Superintendent Murphy announced the Board and Family Holiday Dinner will be held on Dec. 18 at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

The board unanimously approved the out-of-state trip for MHS yearbook, newspaper, and photography II students to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference in New York in March 2018.

Matt Segleski’s resigned from Place 5 of the School Board of Trustees, and the motion was approved.