MISD Offers Summer PSAT Prep for Rising Sophomores and Juniors

McKinney, Texas - In June, McKinney ISD is offering the 2016 installment of its annual MISD PSAT Rising Junior and Rising Sophomores Preparation Program for MISD students who will be juniors or sophomores in 2016–2017. The program is aimed at helping these students reach even higher achievement on the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT that will be administered by the district in October.

The summer prep classes will focus on strategies and skills in critical reading, math problem solving and writing.

More than a Name: The Legacy of Scott Johnson

McKinney, Texas - Scott Johnson, namesake of Johnson Middle school and well-respected McKinney educator, died Sunday at the age of 84. In his passing, he left behind a 35-year legacy in McKinney ISD.

The Long and Winding Road to Serenity: Stephen Issa's Journey Continues as the New Principal for Serenity High

McKinney, Texas - McKinney ISD has chosen Stephen Issa as the new principal of Serenity High, believed to be the only public recovery high school in Texas. The position became available when longtime Serenity Principal Juli Ferraro announced her retirement earlier this month.

After 10 years at Serenity, 15 years in education and a recent appointment to the Executive Board of the Association of Recovery Schools, Issa is the logical choice for the job.

MHS Counselor Jennifer Akins Named New MISD Director of Guidance and Counseling

McKinney, Texas - Jennifer Akins leads a busy life at McKinney High School. As lead counselor of the district’s second largest campus, she shares duties with four other counselors and is responsible for the broad range of needs of more than 500 students.

The job can be tough at times, but it’s a calling that Akins is passionate about, and she is really good at what she does. Now she has an opportunity to impact the lives of even more students.

After 10 years in the MHS counseling department, Akins has been chosen as McKinney ISD’s new director of guidance and counseling, a position vacated earlier this year when previous director P.J. Holland announced her retirement in December.

Dowell Principal Arbabi to be New Principal of MHS

McKinney, Texas - Current Dowell Principal Alan Arbabi, who has spent the past 13 years of his 20-plus years in education serving in McKinney ISD campus leadership, has been chosen as the new principal of McKinney High School.

Property Value Growth and Bond Refunding Lead to Larger than Expected Tax Decrease and Interest Savings

McKinney, Texas - McKinney ISD, based on higher than previously estimated property value growth from the Collin County Central Appraisal District, combined with interest savings from completed Bond Refunding (Refinancing), will be looking to reduce the tax rate by 4.5 cents instead of the previously estimated 2 cents.

In addition, McKinney ISD will be reducing the maturity of any authorized 2016 Bond Program, 16-17 fiscal year bond sales from 25 years to 20 years, enhancing an already aggressive debt payoff schedule. The majority of school districts utilize 30+ year bonds. The tax decrease factors in the proposed $220 million bond program.

MISD Board of Trustees Approves Projects for 2016 Bond

McKinney, Texas - On Thursday night, the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees approved a detailed list of projects to be included in a $220 million bond program that will go before voters on Saturday, May 7. If passed, the measure would allow for a 4.5 cent tax decrease (rather than the previously estimated 2 cent tax decrease) due to an increase in the McKinney tax base and the retirement of old debt.

In 2016, MISD Senior Tour Just Gets Better with Age

McKinney, Texas - As two McKinney ISD school buses pull into the drive at Bennett Elementary, they are met by a vast sea of cheering kids and Elvis Presley blasting over a P.A. system.

The atmosphere is boisterous and bubbling with energy as more than 70 McKinney senior adults make their way off the buses to be greeted with smiles and handshakes by poster waving members of the school’s student council and choir.

The 2016 Senior Tour is underway—in true, fun-filled Bennett Elementary style.

Paula Kent is New MISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction

McKinney, Texas - McKinney ISD has named Paula Kent as the district’s new director of curriculum and instruction. The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

UIL Realignment Rekindles Crosstown Rivalry for Boyd and MHS, Brings New Foes for North

McKinney, Texas - Now that the dust has settled on the highly anticipated 2016–2018 UIL district realignment, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School find themselves in new surroundings, while the landscape for McKinney Boyd High School remains familiar.