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MCISD accepts over $57,000 from city

The city of Mission has contributed a significant amount to MCISD’s subscription to an online learning tool for students.

During this week’s board meeting, Dr. Carol Perez, the Superintendent for the Mission Consolidated Independent School District, announced the city’s contribution to the district’s subscription to myON. The city has given $57,311.32 to MCISD for this service so far.

MCISDlogomyON is an online literacy platform that gives students and teachers access to a digital book library, literacy tools, daily news articles catered toward students, progress monitoring and assessments. It was chosen as part of the MCISD Reads Initiative, which aims to increase reading levels in students attending campuses in the district.

MCISD recognized the city for their contribution during the Superintendent’s report.

This week’s meeting was held at Bryan Elementary School so the board could recognize 388 students for their accomplishments so far this year. The Veterans Memorial High School football team was honored for the multiple championships they earned, Mission High School and VMHS marching bands were honored for their accomplishments in the University Interscholastic League competitions and the members of the National FFA Organization at MHS who participate in parliamentary procedure teams were honored for competing at the state competition.

The board of trustees approved the purchase of SMART boards for the district after discussing it during the committee meetings next week. The boards, which will be purchased from AISYS Consulting LLC, will cost about $92,000.

An item was pulled for executive session regarding the consideration and possible action regarding an energy savings performance contract and related audit contract with Performance Services, Inc.

PSI was recently given a letter of intent by the city of Mission to perform an investment grade audit on existing services, energy use and infrastructure. While debated by the city council due to the city having to pay PSI $85,371 whether they actually enter into their services after the audit or not, the letter was approved by a 3-2 vote by the council and mayor.

PSI did an initial free study and audit for MCISD earlier this year, however this new contract would have been for the company to enter into a more formal audit and financing of PSI doing certain studies on the district’s energy performance.

On the full agenda available on the district’s website, there are no details or notes about the contract or this item.

Representatives of PSI were present at the MCISD board meeting when the item was pulled for executive session. After executive session, the item was taken for a vote.

The contract was voted down 2-5 by the board of trustees. Members Dr. Sonia Treviño and Patty O’caña-Olivarez voted in favor of awarding the contract, and the remaining board members voted against it.

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