Conroe - Montgomery Edition | February 2021

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Lone Star College System & Conroe and Montgomery ISDs

Trustees adopt first legislative platform for 87th session Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees March 16 at 6 p.m., 20774 Eva St., Montgomery • 936-276-2000 www.misd.org Willis ISD Board of Trustees March 10 at 5:30 p.m., 612 N. Campbell St., Willis • 936-856-1200 www.willisisd.org Lone Star College System March 4 at 5 p.m., 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands 832-813-6500 • www.lonestar.edu Conroe ISD Board of Trustees March 23 at 6 p.m., 3205 W. Davis St., Conroe • 936-709-7752 www.conroeisd.net MEETINGSWE COVER

Conroe ISDboard approves 2021-22 calendar CONROE ISD The 2021-22 school year calendar for Conroe ISD will include a change to create a new break for students in mid-April. The calendar was approved by conclude the 2022 spring semester May 26. Breaks are scheduled for Thanksgiving, winter holidays, spring and in April. Hedith Sauceda-Upshaw, the district’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said aspects of the calendar that garnered broad community support BY BEN THOMPSON

for Election Day was also moved to April to provide for a four- day weekend in the middle of the month. “I really like the addition of that extra April date,” trustee Theresa Wagaman said. “When you come from spring break and you go all the way through May, there’s a very long period of time without any breaks, and I think this will be really nice for those that are looking to celebrate the Easter holidays and just have a little extra family time.”

the CISD board of trustees Jan. 19. The schedule was developed over recent months through a district- level planning committee with community input. The 176-instructional- day calendar will see students begin the 2021 fall semester Aug. 11 and

include a midweek start date in August, a full-week Thanksgiving break and an end date before Memorial Day. A student holiday previously included in November

LoneStar CollegeSystemseeks approval of bachelor’sprograms

COMING SOON Lone Star College System officials said they are pursuing an additional two bachelor’s degree programs this legislative session and expanding current offerings in 2022. According to Van Rysdam, LSC-Montgomery will offer a hybrid learning environment, and LSC-Tomball will offer an online program for the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. applied sciences. Scott said the programs received over 1,000 applicants prior to being offered in fall 2020. “We thought that we would be able to scale these pro- grams over a few years, but we found that we’re going to need to add additional cohorts and open them to even more students to accommodate the demand,” Scott said. LSC-Montgomery’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program will expand by one cohort in fall 2022 for a total of two cohorts with 30 students each, Media Relations Director Bill Van Rysdam said.

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MONTGOMERY ISD In a first for the district, Montgomery ISD trustees adopted a legislative platform for the 87th Texas Legislature, officials said. “Traditionally, Montgomery ISD has not necessarily been a proactive participant in engaging and talking about the needs of our district,” MISD Superintendent Heath Morrison said at a Jan. 19 board meeting. “In any year, the stakes are high for public education,” MISD Director of Communications Justin Marino said. However, this year, the state faces an estimated $950 million budget shortfall, according to Texas Comp- troller Glenn Hegar. MISD’s legislative platform focuses on school finance reform, assessment and accountability, assistance from the state for COVID-19-related costs, local control and school safety, officials said.

LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM Legislation has been drafted for the Lone Star College System to offer two new bachelor’s degree programs in health care infor- mation technology and emergency management, said Kyle Scott, LSCS vice chancellor for strategic priorities, although Scott said he could not share which legislators the college system is working with. Although legislation has yet to be filed, the four-year degree programs are slated to be offered in 2022 if approved during the ongoing legislative session, he said. Although a legislative timeline is unclear, according to Scott, legislative approval is required for LSCS to offer more than its current three baccalaureate programs, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Senate Bill 2118—passed by the 85th Legislature in 2017— authorized community colleges to offer up to three bachelor’s degrees in applied science, applied technol- ogy and nursing upon approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Expansions are underway for LSCS’s current four-year degree programs as well in nursing, cybersecurity and

The Bachelor of Science in nursing currently offered at LSC-Montgomery will also expand to an online program at LSC-Tomball in 2022. Officials said LSCS is seeking legislative approval of additional bachelor’s degree programs in health care information technology and emergency management.

SOURCE: LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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