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    How does Midway ISD stay in touch with the heartbeat of Panther Nation? Through committees, community and staff surveys, anecdotal feedback, and professional development involvement, Midway's Board of Trustees and administration are able to respond to urgent needs, concerns, public opinion, staff requests, and the changing educational environments in a responsible, comprehensive and prudent manner.
     

    MONTHLY COMMITTEES (OR MORE OFTEN)
     
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    Board of Trustees (School Board)
    The seven-member Midway ISD Board of Trustees is our district’s policy-making body, and meets monthly at minimum. The MISD Board works with the superintendent and staff to set the direction of the school district with the education and well-being of school children as its primary focus. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hiring and evaluating the superintendent, establishing the tax rate, adopting the district vision statement, adopting the budget, collaborating with the superintendent and adopting policy. The board consists of seven trustees serving terms of three years, with elections held annually. Click here for more information about the MISD School Board.
     
    Midway Academic Strategic Team (MAST)
    This District-level committee advises the School Board and/or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District’s educational goals, objectives, and major District-wide classroom instructional. The committee shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the committee shall approve staff development of a District-wide nature. The MAST committee assists with the formation of the school calendar and maintaining the District Improvement Plan.
     
    Spirit of Communications Committee
    The district Superintendent meets monthly during the school year with representatives from each campus, plus the Special Education Department and Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Campus reps bring questions from their co-workers about any issue affecting the campus or district, and the reps disseminate information on upcoming and current issues at the campus level as well.
     
    MEF board Midway Education Foundation Board
    Essentially the "booster club for academics," the Midway ISD Education Foundation Board is made up of volunteer community members who recruit community support for educational programs for both students and staff of the Midway ISD. The Foundation provides funds to enhance educational programs and activities that are beyond the normal operating budget. By funding classroom grants, the Foundation Board is able to choose to add curriculum in classrooms as requested by teachers and approved by community members. Click here to visit the Midway Education Foundation's webpage.
     
    Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
    Through collaboration, commitment, diversity, respect, and accountability, the campus and district PTA's bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth; and develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education. Click here to connect to Midway's district and campus PTA webpages.
     
    School Safety & Security Committee
    Provides District with support services information, participates in developing and implementing emergency plans, and provides oversight for emergency response operations. Includes local police officers, and representatives from the District in the areas of public relations, hazard materials/maintenance, technology, safety, and emergency management.

    Emergency Operations Planning Team
    Comprised of a campus representative from each of the 11 campuses in the district, school resource officers, and the emergency management coordinator. Provides input and direction with the dissemination of information and the appropriate training for staff and practice drilling for staff and students.

    School Health Advisory Council
    Comprised of parents, community members, and staff, the SHAC ensures that local community values are reflected in the District’s health education instruction, reviews the amount and level of physical activity, including recess provided to elementary and middles school students, develops nutrition guidelines and wellness goals, and recommends the appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction.
     
    tech cmte District Technology Committee
    Midway ISD’s District Technology Committee evaluates the current use of technology within the district, provides input on future initiatives, and assists in developing the technology plan based upon feedback gathered from all campuses and the administration. The committee--comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, and students--is overseen by the technology and instructional technology departments.
     

    ANNUAL COMMITTEES (OR LESS OFTEN)
     
    Calendar Committee
    Teacher representatives from every campus serve on the Calendar Committee to create several options of academic calendars for the following school year, meeting all state criteria. The Calendar Committee works closely with the MAST Committee, and all MISD staff have the opportunity to vote on one of several calendar choices annually before it is adopted by the School Board.
     
    Benefits Committee
    Staff representatives from every campus serve on a committee to evaluate district insurance and benefits annually. This committee also serves to receive presentations from financial administrators when open for bids.
     
    Teacher of the Year Committee
    Campus teachers of the year are selected by their campus peers, and they go on to compete for the district-level elementary and secondary teachers of the year. The district teachers of the year are selected by a committee of current and retired teachers, plus parent representatives. They are evaluated by quality of their personal essay and recommendations.
     
    Bond Steering Committee
    When the School Board is considering calling for a school bond election, the board works with a larger group of nominated taxpayers, parents and staff representatives to fully analyze all components of the bond package. The Steering Committee makes a final recommendation to the Board regarding details of the bond package that should or should not be included. A new Steering Committee is nominated for each bond election to fully represent stakeholders in the components of the bond package.
     

    SURVEYS
     
    Biennial Staff Survey
    The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) serves as a third-party administrator to survey staff opinions and satisfaction in all areas and departments of the district. Click here for 2014 results summary
     
    Spring Parent Satisfaction Surveys
    Parents are invited to complete on-line surveys for every campus and district departments each spring. 
      
    Staff Surveys: District Professional Development & Events
    After major district events, such as Convocation, the Back to School Summit, and the annual Retirement Ceremony, staff members give feedback on the value and elements of the event through anonymous web-based surveys. Feedback is used to guide event-planning in the following year.