The Melissa ISD Board of Trustees met on Oct. 19 to honor outstanding students, teachers, and discuss the current state of affairs for the district.

The board meeting was preceded with a special slide show presentation featuring positive inspirational messages and drawings from the students of Melissa schools set to a soft instrumental music selection. Harry McKillop Elementary kindergarteners Lakeisha Kouassi and Megan Waite opened the board meeting by leading all those in attendance with the pledge of allegiance.

Principal Kelly Bush of Harry McKillop Elementary honored students who went above and beyond the everyday expectations of the school’s students. She recognized first grader Chase Stipp, second grade student Charlie Kirkendall and Kye Roberson of third grade for outstanding academic performance and being essential to the continued success of the school’s positive learning environment.

Melissa Ridge Intermediate principal Tami Hayes presented cardinal commendations, which are certificates awarded to students and teachers for special achievements, to Will McGraw of fourth grade and fifth grader Gwendolyn Stopinski.

Melissa Middle School principal Jim Miller fought back tears as he delivered a heartwarming introduction of those who have shown excellence in their roles as students. Miller recognized sixth grader Lucy Hurst, Neaha Williams of seventh grade, and eight grade student Caleb Coyner.

Melissa High School assistant principal Jeff Clouse recognized instructors April Phillips and Bel Cobbs for what Clouse described as not only helping students achieve success in learning and advancing their education but giving the students the confidence to believe they can do so.

MHS teacher and coach Clint Sadler recognized student athletes from the school’s tennis team. Addison Hoyt, Maddie Cunningham, Danielle Maher, Megan O’Neal, Madison McCombs, Lilly Hubbard, Emily Conlin, Lauren Brown, Brandon Shipes, Hunter Campbell, Krisjon Segleskli, Ashton Alexander, Jackson Scribner, Mason Mounger, Justin Mercer and Colin Bozarth were commended for earning a district championship for the school’s tennis program in its first year.

Executive Director of Administrative Services Lance Rainey presented a glowing district finance report. The annual finance report measures many aspects of district finances, such as spending and income, most of which involves measuring the actual numbers in comparison to that of the approved fiscal year budget. It showed the district to have received a perfect score of 30 out of 30 on the state grading scale for the fiscal year 2014.

Kandice Fallon, Megan Wright, and Lulu Rodriguez were commended by Rainey as he publicly thanked and recognized the district’s home office staff for what he described as tireless efforts and going above and beyond in their jobs. Rainey then engaged the board in a discussion regarding the restructuring of employee incentive and retention. The discussion was impassioned at times as the administrators discussed possible ways of keeping valuable employees who are sometimes approached by other districts offering higher pay.

Rainey also reported donations of $1,225 to the MHS cheer squad by an anonymous donor and a $100 donation from Cooper Reed, an agent with Farmers Insurance, for the purchase of classroom supplies for Harry McKillop Elementary School.