State of the District - Mansfield Independent School District
MANSFIELD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
2016 - 2017 S T A T E O F T H E D I S T R I C T
Superintendent State of the District Message
Welcome to the start of a wonderful school year at Mansfield ISD—a great place to live, learn
and teach. This year, I am especially excited about all the programs and initiatives that will be
introduced for the benefit of our students.
As you may have heard, the MISD Fine Arts Department launched its new orchestra program. The
program begins this year with our fifth graders, and we will expand orchestra by a grade level each
year until we have a full orchestra program in MISD.
We also continue to be fully invested in our academics with the hiring of new instructional coaches
to support advanced academics, gifted and talented instruction, literacy, and early childhood
Another big initiative I am enthusiastic about is Vision 2020, the district’s new strategic plan
for 2016-2021. Vision 2020 defines the school district’s mission, vision, and core values; and its
guiding statements provide clear focus for improvement. This plan will help drive our district to
Our mission is “to inspire and educate students to be productive citizens.” This means that we
prepare all of our students to succeed after graduation in their college or career path.
MISD’s vision is to be “a destination district committed to excellence.” We want to always strive to
be the best of the best and settle for nothing less in all areas of what we do.
The values MISD upholds to achieve this are: students first, continuous improvement, integrity,
communication, positive relationships and resiliency.
Please take time to browse through the pages ahead to gain a better understanding of why
Mansfield ISD is a highly sought after district. We look forward to another school year filled with
our students’ outstanding achievements and accomplishments.
Dr. Jim Vaszauskas
Superintendent of Schools
Board President State of the District Message
On behalf of the Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees, I am honored to be able to serve the
community and ensure that MISD continues to be a great place to live, learn and teach.
We are a district of innovation, meaning that we are able to be more flexible and create
opportunities for our students to better serve them. Our goal is to always put children first.
Mansfield ISD hires educators who are dedicated to their calling, and each staff member works
tirelessly to fulfill their part of the education process. We are truly blessed and grateful as a
district for that.
I am thrilled to see what is in store for the upcoming school year because our students and staff
keep raising the bar in academics, athletics and fine arts. Here’s to another year filled with
Mansfield ISD School Board President
To inspire and educate students to be
Enrollment and Demographics
The Mansfield ISD boundaries encompass over 94 square miles. It includes the city of
Mansfield and sections of Arlington, Grand Prairie, Burleson, Fort Worth, Venus,
Alvarado, and Kennedale.
The district expects to enroll over 34,200 students in the 2016-17 school year and
is growing faster than its neighboring districts due to a number of factors attracting
new families to the district.
Projected New Housing Growth
Next 5 years
Next 10 years
• Students will read on level or higher by the beginning of third grade and will
remain on level or higher as a MISD student.
• Students will demonstrate mastery of Algebra I by the end of ninth grade.
• Students will graduate with 24+ college hours and/or industry certification or
• Students will participate in an extra or co-curricular activity.
• Our parents and students will have choices with educational opportunities.
MISD’s multicultural population represents a rich ethnic diversity throughout the
community. There are more than 100 languages other than English spoken in the
district. The top five are Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Kurdish, and Urdu.
35.25% White 27.88% African American
Top 5 languages
spoken in MISD
0.37% American Indian
0.11% Pacific Islander
Mansfield ISD’s state ratings demonstrate that our district is among the best
in the region and throughout the state. MISD has consistently earned the
highest possible rating of Met Standard in the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
2016 STAAR Passing Rates
State Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 76 89
Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7
Grade 8 7485
A destination district committed
MISD also outperformed state averages
in all areas of STAAR assessments.
State English I English II Algebra I Biology US History MISD
MISD continues to prepare college and career ready graduates, with the class of 2016 graduation rates exceeding state averages.During the
2015-2016 school year, high school juniors and seniors earned 13,398 college credit hours through our dual credit partnerships with the Tarrant
County College District, University of Texas at Arlington, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Wesleyan University.
Mansfield ISD offers 37 college level Advanced Placement (AP) courses for high school students. Students who receive a qualifying score on an
AP exam can earn college credit hours before they graduate. In 2016, MISD students passed a total of 1,799 AP exams to get a head start on their
college degree. Students can begin preparing for Advanced Placement courses as early as fifth grade by
electing to take one of MISD’s 31 PreAP courses.
In addition to the opportunity to earn college credit hours, MISD students have an opportunity to
graduate high school with industry standard certifications through career classes at Ben Barber Innovation
Academy. During the 2015-16 school year, students earned more than 1,154 industry certifications.
Students have the ability to earn certifications to become an emergency medical technician, certified
pharmacy technician, automotive technician, Adobe® software associate, and many other career options.
Data Source: Texas Education Agency website
For the third consecutive year, Mansfield ISD has been awarded the highest
recognitions from two organizations for its commitment to fiscal integrity,
responsibility, and transparency.
MISD received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial
Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States
and Canada (GFOA) and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from
the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The awards were
given for MISD’s 2015 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
ASBO also awarded MISD with its Pathway to the Meritorious Budget Award,
which recognized the district’s excellence and clarity in school budget presentation
for the 2015-16 budget year.
• (Payroll, Utilities, Transportation, Etc.)
Debt Service Fund
• (Bond Money, New Construction, Debt Administration)
• (Breakfast/Lunch Programs)
Since 2000, Mansfield ISD residents have
voted in support of five different bond
packages for the district. Those bond
programs have allowed the school district to
expand effectively with MISD’s fast-growing
community. In 2011, the most recent bond
was approved for 198.5 million dollars and
allowed for improvements to all 42 campuses.
Including demolishing and rebuilding five
Complete rebuild of five elementary campuses:
- TarverRendon Elementary School
- J.L. Boren Elementary School
- Alice Ponder Elementary School
- Glenn Harmon Elementary School
- Charlotte Anderson Elementary School, will open in August 2017.
Expansion and renovations at
Ben Barber Innovation Academy.
Wireless internet at all campuses and departments.
Security cameras and keyless entry updates at all campuses
Secureentry vestibules on each campus.
Recently Passed MISD Bonds
2011 $198.5 million $
2006 $241.5 million $
2003 $226.1 million
Mansfield ISD remains committed to providing an innovative and engaging learning environment for all students. Through the MISD iPad initiative, our Ed Tech training courses,
and a vast amount of technology available at the campus level, the district is truly providing
students with a 21st century learning environment.
The Mansfield ISD Power Up Program continues to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished
Program for its groundbreaking use of innovative and inspiring teaching methods. The
district’s program launched in the fall semester of 2012, with the distribution of more than
10,000 iPads to MISD high school teachers and students and has since expanded to include
more than 4,500 iPad devices for middle school students. The Apple Distinguished Program
designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
The Technology Department also updated the internet bandwidth to accommodate all
devices throughout the district. To ensure student and faculty safety, the district has installed
telephones in every classroom so that teachers and staff have an easily accessible means of
communication with campus leadership and the Mansfield ISD Police Department. MISD has
also updated the district’s 911 alert system, which alerts the MISD Police Department when
a 911 call is made within the district and allows them to tap into the call and get the information faster, thus ensuring the quickest response time possible.
800 Promethean Interactive Whiteboards
13,000 Desktop Computers
21,200 Mobile Devices
3401 Wireless Access Points
Safety and Health
The Mansfield ISD Police Department strives on a daily basis to exemplify its
mission statement of “protecting our future by striving to provide a safe learning
environment.” The department’s goal to ensure the MISD community is provided
with safety and security services in a professional and respectful manner with the
well-being of our students, staff and community in mind is our highest priority.
MISD Police Department
access on all
Campus Crime Stoppers
Make an anonymous tip and you
could earn a CASH REWARD
Average response time under 4.5 minutes all calls
Mansfield ISD Health Services
Our schools are staffed with full-time registered nursing professionals to provide
every student with individualized health care. The health services department has
46 registered nurses, two licensed vocational nurses, and one trainer. Staff provides regular AED device training and CPR certification classes to employees. The
Health Services department performed more than 38,600 student health screenings for hearing, vision, spinal state, and other areas.
The district has appointed a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to provide
feedback on programming and to assist in ensuring that local community values
are reflected in the district’s health education instruction. The council meets
quarterly and is made up of parents, staff, and community members.
125 AED Devices on MISD Campuses & Departments
3) Text “TIP117 plus your message”
to CRIMES (274637)
4) Download “TIP Submit” App
Over 38,600 Student Health
Mansfield ISD values building positive relationships with the community.
Through partnerships with local businesses, the MISD Education Foundation
has donated more than $3 million directly back into MISD classrooms since
1998. The Foundation creates a valuable source of funding for teachers and
students through grant projects that enrich and enhance the classroom experience. During the 2015-16 school year, the organization raised more than
$386,000 and funded more than 50 grant projects.
Mansfield ISD also offers enriching educational opportunities to the community through the MISD Adult Education Program. This program offers enjoyable and affordable courses to residents all over the DFW Metroplex and
helps promote a lifestyle of lifelong learning to the Mansfield ISD community.
During the 2015-16 school year, courses were offered in the following areas:
● Culinary ● Technology ● Construction
● Law Enforcement ● Automotive Repair ● Graphic Design
● And much more!
T otal Raised by
$3 million $386k
Mansfield ISD believes in not only building ambassadors within
our school district but in the community as well. In the 2015-16
school year, MISD launched a new program, Leadership MISD,
which gave parents and community members an opportunity to
come into the district and learn all about the inner workings of
Mansfield ISD. Forty-six community members graduated from
Leadership MISD, and the district hopes to continue the program
in the upcoming school year.
MISD Communication Impact
10,700+ Facebook likes
33,100+ Twitter followers
12,000+ Mobile app downloads
181k YouTube views
481,594 monthly web sessions*
Sessions are defined as the period of time a user is actively engaged within a website.
Lake Ridge High School’s
Hunter Jaynes, Legacy
High School’s Haley Yelle
and Jeff Jameson and
Mansfield High School’s
Michael Thibert brought
home medals in various
events at the UIL State
Swimming and Diving
Meet. All five high
schools with swimming
and diving were
represented at the
Lake Ridge High School senior Cambly Sassman was named a National
Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Less than 1 percent of high school
students receive this honor.
2015 - 16 POINTS OF PRI
The entire Mansfield ISD
community came out
to show recordbreaking
support for the fourth
annual MISD Toys for
Tots event. With the
amazing generosity of
everyone involved, more
than 30,000 toys and
were donated to the
Mansfield ISD’s Superintendent, Dr. Jim Vaszauskas and Texas Wesleyan
University President, Mr. Frederick G. Slabach shake on an agreement
that gives MISD graduates who want to be teachers, a head start in
their career. Mansfield ISD also signed agreements with the University of
North Texas and Prairie View A&M University.
Mansfield ISD celebrated the 50th anniversary of
the first integrated graduating class of Mansfield
High School. Brenda Norwood and Raymond Meeks
(back row) were members of the graduating class of
Mansfield High School in 1966.
Frontier High School student Brandon Perry prepares an
entrée for the Chopped North Texas culinary competition
hosted at the Mansfield ISD Center for Performing Arts
in May 2016. Perry and his partner, Leona Linton (not
pictured) won first place at the competition.
Jeremy Pham, eighth
grader at Coble
was named the
ISD Spelling Bee
champion. He also
won the district
competition as a
DE 2015 -16 POINTS OF PRIDE 2015 - 16
On the first Monday of each month in the 2016-17
school year, Mansfield ISD encouraged the community
to wear a color that represents a cancer that affected
the life of a loved one. Superintendent Dr. Jim
Vaszauskas was very grateful for the support felt during
his bout with thymoma cancer that he wanted to make
sure that everyone fighting the battle felt encouraged
and loved by the Mansfield ISD community.
Makenna Hennegan and Kristen Laurie, from Lake
Ridge High School, received an honorable mention from
CSPAN for their documentary “To a Good Home.” The
cable network’s StudentCam contest received more than
2,500 entries nationwide.
Summit High School track coach Shannon Utley
was chosen to be the assistant coach of jumps at
the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. One of the athletes she coached was Tobi
Fawehinmi, a Summit High graduate who qualified
for the international event.
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