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MCISD names interim superintendent

MCISDlogoMISSION—At an early morning special meeting held by the Mission Consolidated Independent School Board on Tuesday, the board approved an interim superintendent. Current MCISD Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez is leaving to take the post as executive director of Region One Education Service Center.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources & Student Services Mario Solis was named as interim superintendent. Board member James E. Olivarez explained Solis would hold the position until the new superintendent is named, possibly in August.

"We are going to also add a monetary amount of $150 above his daily rate until the day our new superintendent starts," Olivarez added.

Bryan School To Get Upgrade

The board also approved a contract with American Surveillance for a network cable upgrade at Bryan Elementary School. Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Lucio Mendoza explained the contract was brought up at the most recent board meeting for authorization to put the upgrade out for bids.

"The cable network at Bryan Elementary was installed in 1998 out of E-Rate 1 funding," Mendoza said. "It is outdated at this point...the high score was American Surveillance. The bid came in a little higher than we had projected; it came in at $185,000, but we are still making the recommendation so we can get this done during the summer so it won't interfere with classroom instruction."

The first phase will cover the south and middle area of the elementary building. The second phase will cover the north side of the building, which includes offices, cafeteria and Library Resource Center.

Google Chromebooks

Mendoza also gave the board an update on the recently approved 1 to 1 Technology Pilot Project of purchasing Google Chromebooks for ninth graders at each high school and sixth graders at K. White Jr. High.

The pilot project, including associated technology infrastructure upgrades to the high schools and K.White Jr. High, will cost almost $1.4 million.

"We had brought forward at the last board meeting to proceed with $1.3 million worth of wireless infrastructure," Mendoza said. "Yesterday, we got notice of that $1.3 million we got funded for $300,000. We are anticipating that the other $1 million will get funded."

The district applied for E-Rate funding, which assists school districts in discounts of up to 90 percent for purchases of equipment that receive data communication, voice or video.

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