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Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year from Mineola ISD!  We are so excited about what 2017 holds for our students and our community.  We have many things to be grateful for and had many accomplishments in 2016, most recently with the first State Championship Title in the history of the district!


As we begin the new year, I want to extend a heartfelt appreciation for the partnerships with our parents and our community members.  The outpouring of support is evident in our quality programs and the success of our students, academically and in extra-curricular activities.


Public education at the local level is part of the foundation of our democracy in the United States.  Unlike many countries, we provide free and appropriate education for EVERY child that comes to us regardless of socio-economic status or family background.  Public school is the place where we learn about each other and our differences and come together to learn what it means to be an American citizen.  We instill the long held values of our country and our local communities. 


There seems to be a continuous attack on public education and political efforts, led by those who would profit from the school business,  to privatize our educational system.  While I believe in competition and accountability, many of the new laws, such as HB 2804, better known as the A-F grading system set out to take accountability to a very different level.  While the data from these state reports provide us with information on how to improve related to the state testing, I refuse to let an accountability system based upon one measure define our identity in Mineola ISD.  This A-F State Accountability System has been designed to reflect the quality of a school based on one state test. We do not embrace or recognize a rating or ranking of our schools based on this narrow of an indicator or a single day performance of our students. Our focus In Mineola ISD  is to provide a quality 21st century education that far exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design. Our schools are so much more than one test, and OUR STUDENTS are SO MUCH MORE than ONE SCORE!


With a commitment to excellence, Mineola Independent School District will partner with family and community, to provide outstanding instruction, technology and facilities that will produce lifelong learners and leaders equipped to be independent, successful citizens in our ever changing world. I look forward to working together with staff, families, and the community this year in order to fulfill our mission. 


Kim Tunnell

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