By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank ISD Trustees cancelled the May 6 election as incumbents running for re-election face no opposition. Those being sworn-in to serve another three-year term are Place 4 Erik Tijerina and Place 5 Todd Grimes.
George DeJohn of Claycomb Associates, Architects updated trustees on construction projects throughout the district. DeJohn warned the room now going up on the addition at Central Elementary School will not match the existing roof in color. However, over the summer, the school’s older roofing will be replaced to match the new addition. The cost is being covered by insurance benefits, trustees heard. In addition, the exterior masonry will soon be installed, along with the new roof.
The metal framing has gone up for the new gymnasium at the Intermediate School. At the High School, the concrete slab has been poured for the new Career and Technical Education (CTE) classrooms and interior walls are going up. In the coming new school year, trustees approved adding a few courses in CTE to the offerings to students, as recommended.
The new fine arts center is going up fast at the Junior High. Drawings have been completed for Vocational Agriculture drainage and renovations have begun to the interior of the ag barn. Thus far, just 28 percent of the $9,000,000 allocated for these projects has been spent, or $2.630,000. The timeline for completing all construction projects is set for Aug. 26, the first day of school for 2017-2018 school calendar. That calendar was also approved and sets graduation for May 25, 2018.
This year’s graduating class is composed of 230 students, high school principal Jes Satterwhite said, with 1,011 students enrolled.
Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall reported the purchase and use of a new deck mower and trailer as well as a 15-passenger Ford Van to transport staff and students to special destinations throughout the year. “Enrollment is up and that bodes well for the district’s financial picture,” Assistant Superintendent Scott Adams reported. “Our cash position is in good shape.”
Adams also gave a report on the MISD Education Foundation. This year the foundation disbursed $33,500 in educational grants this year for a total of more than $154,000 for 71 grants since its inception nearly seven years ago. “It gives each teacher at Mabank, new to the teaching profession $100 to help them set the tone for their classroom. Each Campus Teacher of the Year is also given $100, he said.
Adams also pointed out that the employees at Mabank ISD, themselves donate money each year to the foundation, totaling $30,000 this year.
In other business, trustees
• unanimously renewed or extended employment contracts for administrators at MISD.
• learned of special guest speaker Bonner Paddock, an inspiring figure, who though enduring Cerebral Palsy climbed Mt. Kilamanjaro. In eight days, he not only climbed to the summit but he overcame his own limitations. He will speak at the Mabank High School auditorium at 2p.m. Thursday, March 23, with a reception to follow.
• recognized students participating and winning in the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest from the Intermediate, Junior High and High School, as well as their teachers.
Posted by : March 8, 2017| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Posted by : March 3, 2017| On :
By Blaine Clamon
KEMP–Kemp’s softball team returned home to face the visiting Canton Eagles after a two-day tournament in Ferris.
The Eagles began their scoring in the top of the first inning with an RBI single to score Kylie Floyd for an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Canton starting pitcher Shelby Vestal retired Kemp by striking out Jordan Cox, forcing Emily Mullens into a groundout, and striking out Erin Crutchfield.
After allowing four runs in the top of the second inning for a 5-0 Canton lead, Lady Jacket starting pitcher Megan Raymond was done for the evening as Kemp called up Kylan Watters in relief with 2 outs. However, Watters allowed five runs courtesy of three bases-loaded walks, an RBI single by Mattie Tullos, and a wild pitch to score Brianna Arnold and make the score 10-0 in favor of the Eagles. She ended the damage in the second inning by striking out Reagan Busby.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Jackets put together their best chance for an offensive threat, but a lack of clutch hits cost them. With one out, Whitney Cokewell and Cox were walked. However, Mullens struck out and Cokewell was caught while attempting to steal third base for the final out of the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, a single by Watters broke up Vestal’s no-hitter at four and one-third innings. The first Kemp run came in the bottom of the fifth inning as Raymond scored on a two-out RBI double by Cox, who was then tagged out going to third base to end the inning. After cutting Canton’s lead to 10-1, Kemp played at least another inning and avoided a five-inning run-rule loss.
In the top of the sixth inning, with the bases loaded and no outs, Canton would add two more runs thanks to Busby’s two-run RBI single and extend the lead to 12-1. The bottom of the sixth inning began with Emily Mullens dashing to third base on a throwing error to first base and would score Kemp’s final run on a groundout by Crutchfield. Vestal would retire the next two hitters and give the Eagles the 12-2 win.
Shelby Vestal pitched a six-inning complete game for Canton while allowing three hits, two runs, four walks, and pitching 11 strikeouts. For Kemp, Megan Raymond lasted one and two-third innings while giving up three hits, five runs, three walks, and only throwing two strikeouts.
Kemp resumes play on March 2 as they go to Corsicana for a three-day tournament. Canton resumes play at Sunnyvale on March 2 at 10 a.m.
Posted by : March 3, 2017| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank softball Head Coach Brent Achorn is in his second year running the team and he says what was a struggling program is on the way up.
“Mabank had some tough years recently,” he said. “But last year we won six games, which was an improvement on previous years. This year we have already matched that total with six wins in the preseason. Everything is on the way up.”
The Lady Panthers are led by two seniors: third baseman Marrisa Mariggia and shortstop Leigh Cunningham. Pitchers Brandi Thomlinson and Lexi Hancock make a formidable duo on the mound.
Achorn says the Lady Panthers goals this spring is to win some district games and take a playoff spot. If they plan on making their way into the post season, they will have to go through Van, Wills Point, Emory Rains, Brownsboro and Canton. Achorn says Van is the clear district favorite, returning nearly the entire district-winning team. District play begins after spring break.
“We will be competitive this year,” he said. “We are not getting run-ruled this year. The girls got a taste of winning last year and want more of it!”
Mabank recently picked up two wins at the Stephenville tournament, going 2-2-1 in their games.
Achorn also says the infrastructure is getting in place for long-term softball success in Mabank.
“Our systems are in place now,” he said. “We’ve got fall ball club teams and summer teams with Mabank-only talent. It goes a long way to get the players in shape mentally and physically for softball.”