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Today is Election Day for Cleburne ISD bond, as voters have one last opportunity to participate in this “no tax rate increase” referendum which includes three propositions. Voters will report to their designated precinct locations and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information on the bond and voting locations is on our website, c-isd.com. 

We have been sharing information on the projects to be funded by the passage of this referendum with parents and stakeholders, on our website, social media and in the newspaper — including this column. I want to thank the many community groups that have given us the opportunity to present information on the bond. It is important to vote, and from the very start we have wanted the voters who reside in the CISD boundaries to be informed of the facts in going to the polls.

I also want to thank the parents, community representatives and teachers who served on the Academic Alignment Advisory Committee and the Facilities Advisory Committee. Your willingness to devote hours of time to review information and research — at meetings and on your own — in determining, shaping and presenting this May 2021 bond package to Trustees, was invaluable. 

On Thursday, I had the honor of serving as keynote speaker at the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon. It was also an honor to share the podium with CISD Career and Technical Education Director Mark McClure, and CTE students Amy Fowler, who is a member of our Pharmacy Technician program, and Baylie Roberts, who is a senior involved in agriculture science and FFA. 

The luncheon included the recognition of nominees for the 2021 CISD Adopter of the Year Award, which was presented to the Cleburne CVS Pharmacy for their involvement and support of our Cleburne High School Pharmacy Technician program. 

From providing externships, to the employment of graduates who achieve their certifications, the Cleburne CVS has made tremendous contributions to our Pharmacy Tech initiative. 

Thank you to all the businesses and civic organizations that participate in our business in education program, which is co-sponsored by the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce.

This week I also had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of 93 Cleburne High School English Learners who were honored at the Bilingual Students Awards Ceremony for outstanding performance in both core and elective classes. 

This ceremony included the presentation of the Texas Seal of Biliteracy to 14 seniors. This is the second year we have recognized this elite group of learners who have gone above and beyond in demonstrating proficiency in two or more languages. 

The criteria for the award includes the completion of a least 12 hours of college academic courses, as high school students, with a grade equivalent of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. You could feel the pride for all the honorees emanating from parents, teachers — from all of us in attendance!

As we begin the final four weeks of the 2020-21 school year, we fasten our seat belts as it will be fast four weeks with all the activities and celebrations that are already filling our calendars. May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week and I want to be among the first to give a shout-out to those educators who have been honored by their teammates as Campus Teachers of the Year. 

Congratulations to elementary educators Jennifer Gaston — Adams Elementary School; Jennifer Ricketts — Coleman Elementary School; Elissa Hendricks — C.C. Cooke Elementary School; Amy Brown — Gerard Elementary School; Faith Chapman — Irving Elementary School; Nicole Doty — Marti Elementary School; and Glorimar Asencio — Santa Fe Elementary School. Our secondary campus honorees are Rendon Ellis — Smith Middle School; Sarah Moulden — Wheat Middle School; Adair Smith — Cleburne High School; Matthew Hilts — TEAM School; and Rachel Bays — Phoenix Center.

In closing, I want to commend the members of the Class of 2021 for their achievements and accomplishments as they prepare for commencement exercises. These final high school moments are especially meaningful to the parents of our seniors, as they watch their children ending an important chapter in their lives — and on the cusp of taking that next step. Parents, I have been there, and I know you are wondering where the time has gone, as it seems it was just yesterday they were in kindergarten. 

My congratulations extend to several of our CISD staff who are graduating with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Kudos to each of you! Learning is a life-long process as we seek to gain new skills, expand our knowledge horizons and stay abreast with change. It’s a road that never ends.

Superintendent Kyle Heath has been the administrative leader of Cleburne ISD since 2014 and has more than 30 years of service in education as a secondary teacher, campus principal and district administrator. He can be reached at kheath@c-isd.com.

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