Klein News
Finance Department Consistently Named for Top Awards
Sep 23 2015 - 08:51:00 am


The Klein ISD Finance Department has a long tradition of transparency with a mission to provide clear, consistent pictures of how funds are spent. The finance team achieves this by sharing information in a user-friendly format that helps taxpayers better understand how their tax dollars are utilized across the district. In doing so, the department has received many awards recognizing its commitment to being financially responsible.

 

“It is an honor to be part of such a great district that values financial stewardship from the top to the bottom,” said Thomas Petrek, CPA and Klein ISD associate superintendent for financial services.

 

In the 2014-15 school year, the Klein ISD Finance Department received seven awards and ratings for financial responsibility and reporting. Those awards and recognitions include:

 

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending in Aug. 2014. The CAFR is a report that tells the financial story of the school system through narrative, financial statements, charts and graphs. This report gives not only the summary and detailed information for the school year being reported, but also includes information for the previous ten years. This is the district’s 19th consecutive award for excellence in financial reporting.

 

Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). In these economically challenging times, school districts must effectively and prudently manage funds. Since 1971, ASBO’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program has been the ‘gold standard’ for school districts striving to demonstrate superior accounting practices and reporting procedures to the communities they serve. This is the district’s 12th consecutive year to receive this award.

 

Superior Achievement from the Texas Education Agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System to ensure that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and achieve improved performance in the management of their financial resources. The district received 70 points out of a maximum of 70.

 

5.0 FAST Rating from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Public education spending consumes a large and expanding share of state and local revenues. In 2009 the Comptroller was designated to identify school districts and campuses that use resource allocation practices that contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations. In response, the Financial Allocation Study for Texas was created. The district has received a score of 4.5 for five years before earning the 5.0.

 

Platinum Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office of Public Accounts. Based on the financial transparency of the district, KleinISD received a perfect score earning 23 of a possible 23 points. In 2014, the Texas Comptroller enhanced the Leadership Circle program by spotlighting entities that meet an even higher standard of financial transparency by adding the Platinum Award level. This is the district’s second Platinum award.

 

Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in preparation and issuance of the 2014-15 school district annual budget from the Association of School Business Officials International. This is the 10th consecutive year the budget office has received this award.

 

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This award recognizes significant achievement, reflecting commitment of the district and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive this award, the district had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines and be proficient in all categories. This is the district’s ninth consecutive year to receive this award.

 

“Leading the budget team and mentoring other financial leaders is deeply rewarding,” said Klein ISD Budget Director Beth Rosler. “With technology constantly changing and the resulting modification of processes, maintaining quality control must remain a priority. Working with other department leaders and staff to persistently evaluate and employ best practices sets a standard of excellence now and in the future,” she said.      
Klein ISD Board of Trustees Approves the Naming Committee Names of New Campuses
Sep 15 2015 - 12:45:00 pm

At the August 13, 2015, naming committee meeting, the elementary school currently under construction in the Willow Lake Village subdivision and the Athletic Administration Building received official names. After the naming committee selected of the names of the new facilities, the committee took the recommendations and submitted them to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees for approval. The Board of Trustees then approved the names at its Sept. 14, 2015, Board meeting.

The approved names include:

 

Mahaffey Elementary: The Mahaffey family settled in the Willow area in 1860 and the new elementary school is being built on land that was originally owned by the family. The Mahaffey family grew cotton, corn and a variety of other crops on their homestead where Klein Memorial Park Cemetery is located today. The homestead eventually reached nearly 1,000 acres in the Willow area. There are descendants of the Mahaffey family currently living in Klein.

 

Boren • Novak • Young Athletic Administration Building: Honoring the three men, Allen Boren, Sonny Novak, and  Robert Young, who were instrumental in developing the Klein ISD athletic program that we know today seems highly fitting. Moving the district from 3A to 6A, these leaders were instrumental in developing the current model of athletic administration in Texas and worked to instill integrity, honor, and community to the student athletes. All were recognized educational leaders at the state level during their years of service as district athletic director. 

Annual Reach Out to Dropouts Walk
Sep 15 2015 - 12:43:00 pm

Klein ISD staff members, administrators, Associate Superintendent Dr. Susan Borg, and counselors gathered together for the annual Reach Out to Dropouts Walk on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The Klein ISD joined 17 other school districts in the greater Houston area for the 10th annual event, which has spanned to include 24 Texas cities.  In the district’s seventh year, 70 volunteers went door-to-door to102 homes to provide students and parents with information regarding options available through Klein ISD, as well as encouragement and resources needed to complete high school. Door hangers with campus contact information were also left for those families who were unavailable.

 

Of the 102 home visits, personal contact was made with nearly 50 students and/or parents. 

 

“It’s always a valuable experience to see the areas where our students live,” said Stephanie Hodgins, Klein Oak High School assistant principal. “Some may live in challenging circumstances, which makes it even more important to reach as many students during the school day as possible.”

 

"Students and families are often surprised that school staff are knocking on their door, letting the students know that we care about their education and are willing to go the extra mile makes a big difference,” said Angie Mentz, Klein ISD high school completion specialist. “A personal phone call or visit can be the one thing that helps them realize just how important it is to graduate from high school.”

 

On-time graduation rates for the class of 2014 rose to 93.5 percent last year. The rate represents a 1.6 percent gain over the class of 2013. According to Dr. Jim Cain, Superintendent, the Klein ISD continues to be a leader in education for the state and country by consistently graduating seniors on time that are ready for college or career.

 

For information about the Klein ISD event, email amentz1@kleinisd.net.

Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain announces retirement
Sep 14 2015 - 04:46:00 pm

After 35 years in the Klein ISD and 47 years in public education, beloved superintendent Dr. Jim Cain announced his plans to retire at the September 14 Board meeting. According to Cain, “My final day as superintendent will be June 30, 2016. During July and August, I will serve as a special assistant to the School Board to ensure a smooth transition with the new superintendent.”


Board President Steve Smith issued this statement regarding Cain’s announcement. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I genuinely thank Dr. Cain for his excellent leadership over the last decade.  KISD is indeed fortunate to have had such an effective and caring leader.  Over the coming months we look forward to Dr. Cain’s wise counsel as we begin a search process to find a new superintendent sufficiently qualified to carry on the traditions, challenges and successes of KISD.”


Cain began his career in Klein ISD in 1978 as the Benfer Elementary assistant principal. Prior to that he worked in the Clear Creek ISD and in his home state of Illinois. He also served as principal of Greenwood Forest Elementary, assistant principal at Hildebrandt Intermediate and Klein Oak High School, principal at Nitsch Elementary, instructional officer for technology, director of school administration and assistant/associate superintendent of school administration. He briefly left the district to serve as an area superintendent for two years in Fort Bend ISD in 1997.


Cain was given the reigns as superintendent in July of 2004 and has led the district to many great academic successes. Graduation rates have increased and dropout rates reduced. Students continue to perform above the state and region in standardized tests and on college entrance exams. The district’s fine arts departments have thrived under Cain’s leadership, and the district has moved to a nationally recognized culture of 21st century digital learning.


Yet there is much more to this gentle man of extraordinary integrity. Employees enjoy coming to work, and it shows on their faces. Students thrive as their teachers inspire them to be hungry to learn. Under Cain’s leadership, the district has simply flourished. There are many reasons for this transformation but none is greater than the positivity and selflessness exemplified by Cain’s leadership. He is a superintendent in the trenches, and visitors are amazed at the sheer number of employees that he calls by name.


Board member Ronnie Anderson remarked, “One cannot demonstrate effective leadership without a moral compass. Dr. Cain exhibits the utmost integrity by consistently doing what’s best for students and making every effort to do the right thing all the time.”


A second great accomplishment under Cain’s leadership is the community support received with the passage of three bond issues totaling more than one billion dollars. During Cain’s tenure, more than 19,000 single family homes were built and the district grew by more than 13,500 students. The bonds support district growth by funding new schools, renovations on existing schools, technology, safety and security equipment and buses. Ten elementary schools, one early childhood/pre-kindergarten center, two intermediates and VISTAS High School of
Choice opened under Cain’s watchful eye. Additionally, Klein High School was completely rebuilt giving students a modern school under one roof.


With producing students of good character as a major goal of the school district, Cain began the Unite for Understanding Council in 2007 to bring together the adults of the community. Serving as a focal point for our diverse community, this council promotes respect and understanding to build strong relationships that benefit and enrich our community. The council received the Houston Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Community of Respect designation for five consecutive years.


Additionally, Cain encourages all campuses to work towards receipt of the ADL’s No Place for Hate designation. He is proud that each of the schools have received that designation and work daily to ensure that students know and understand the importance of having and modeling good character traits.


Cain issued a statement regarding this decision, “I want to thank the School Board members for their support, and our excellent working relationship as a Team of Eight. In addition, I want to thank all Klein ISD employees with whom I have been privileged to know and work with over the years. This will mark my 47th year in public education, and I know of no finer profession in which to serve. My 35 years in Klein ISD have been very rewarding for my family and for me.”


The glass is always more than half full, the sun is shining, the temperature is 75 degrees and there is a slight breeze from the south. This is how Cain sees Klein ISD. He inspires greatness by being present, being real, and listening to teachers who he believes are the gatekeepers of learning. One teacher describes him best when she emailed him recently, “Thank you for your superior leadership! It is such a blessing to work in Klein ISD. Words can’t express how much we appreciate your visits to our school. You keep us well informed of the overall district plans, and you always impress us with how quickly you find answers to our questions.” Cain has strategically worked to build good employee morale believing this greatly contributes to student academic and character success.


Always thinking about the Klein ISD family of employees, he issued this statement, “I look forward to another great school year working with the employees in the Klein ISD family, focusing on academic excellence and character education for every child entrusted to us. I will see you soon on your campus or in your department.”

Klein ISD Celebrates 50,000th Student
Sep 14 2015 - 02:43:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – Within the first 10 days of school, Klein ISD celebrated its 50,000th student. Mueller first grader Vivian Taylor was named the 50,000th student and met with Dr. Cain to celebrate this milestone. “Since Mueller has been open, we have seen a lot of growth,” said Mueller Principal Pattie Holececk. “In my first year at Mueller, four years ago, we started school with 703 students and this year we opened the school with 996 students so it wasn’t surprising when we had the 50,000th student.” Taylor’s favorite subject is reading and her favorite books are Amelia Bedelia because she is funny. She also likes to draw sunsets because they have lots of pretty colors. You can see the full conversation with Vivian and Dr. Cain click here.
Sixteen Klein ISD Seniors Earn National Merit Semifinalist Ranking
Sep 14 2015 - 02:43:00 pm
Klein ISD had 16 students across the district named as Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announcement on Sept. 9, 2015. Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were published in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million that will be offered next spring. To learn more about the competition, click here. Congratulations to the following Klein ISD students.
Eight SAT, PSAT and ACT Boot Camps are Set for the Fall Semester
Sep 14 2015 - 02:43:00 pm
The district is hosting SAT/PSAT/ACT Boot Camps for Klein ISD students this fall. The registration fee is $175 per student for both days. All boot camps are on Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and each camp must meet the 20 seat minimum for the camp to occur. Any Klein ISD high school student can attend a boot camp on any campus. The dates and times for each session are listed below. For more information, please visit www.catalystprep.com and click on the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website's menu bar or call 800.235.0056.
District to Recognize Anti-Bullying Week
Sep 11 2015 - 03:47:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – Klein ISD takes bullying seriously. In an effort to combat the nationwide concern of bullying, schools across the district will unite to recognize Sept. 21-25, 2015, as Anti-Bullying Week.

Anti-Bullying Week aims to raise awareness about the bullying of children and young people and help promote ways to create a culture of respect and trust throughout the district. During Anti-Bullying Week, students and staff across the district will participate in themed lessons and activities that teach respect, responsibility, integrity and commitment, and also on reporting bullying if they ever experience or see it taking place.

Stay tuned to join the activities and fun of Anti-Bullying Week in the Klein ISD by following us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the district’s stance on bullying, click here.
Klein ISD Volunteer Receives Award from State Board of Education
Sep 11 2015 - 03:46:00 pm
KLEIN, TX - The State Board of Education (SBOE) honored 16 Texans who provide hundreds of hours of volunteer service to Texas public schools with the Heroes for Children award at the SBOE meeting on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Austin, TX. Congratulations to Klein ISD volunteer coordinator, Julie Stevens, who is one of the recipients.

Stevens has served as the district’s volunteer coordinator for four years and serves as the parent liaison for the Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF), overseeing the annual fundraising event, while also serving as a classroom volunteer at Benignus Elementary School.

The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by the State Board members and recognized for volunteering their time, talents and skills in support of the public schools in their communities. Each hero will receive a certificate of honor, a copy of the resolution scheduled for board approval and photographs commemorating the ceremony. Each hero will also have his or her name engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Chief Technology Officer Earns Prestigious Designation
Sep 11 2015 - 03:45:00 pm
KLEIN, TX - Karen D. Fuller, Klein ISD chief technology officer, recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a rigorous certification exam. 

The CETL certification, which is awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Fuller has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring technology to K-12 school systems.

"Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE and Chief Executive Officer of CoSN.

To become certified, the candidate must have demonstrated experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. Once the CETL certification is earned, the ed tech professional must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation.

Founded in 1992, CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders and its mission is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community, and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders.
Cultural Conversations with Local Clergy
Sep 03 2015 - 01:01:00 pm

The Unite for Understanding Council will be hosting a Cultural Conversations Panel and everyone is welcome to attend. Join the conversation on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center located at 7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX 77379. The evening will feature a discussion among local, faith-based leaders and the community to promote awareness and provide a deeper cultural understanding within the Klein community. Participating local clergy include:

 

Imam Mubasher Ahmad - Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Houston

Father Anthony Baba - St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church

Dr. David Fleming - Champion Forest Baptist Church

Monica Hatcher - St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church

Martin Cominsky - Interfaith Houston

Pastor Michael Pender - Fallbrook Church

David Peterson - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Click here for a Spanish version. 

Fall Open House Schedule Announced
Sep 03 2015 - 01:00:00 pm

Campuses across the Klein ISD encourage parents to attend the open house events held at their child’s respective campus. These meetings provide an opportunity for campus personnel and parents to share information pertinent to the school and the fall semester. Click here for a full schedule of dates and times. 

Five Drama Productions This Fall
Sep 03 2015 - 12:54:00 pm

High school theater arts students and teachers across the Klein ISD are planning five great plays this fall for the community. Learn more about each production and about dates and show times below.

 

Klein High presents the 1982 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Noises Off, written by Michael Frayn. Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Show dates are Oct. 2, 3 and 5 at 7 p.m. and a matinee performance on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://kleindrama.com.

 

Klein Forest presents Picasso at Lapin Agile written by the iconic comedian/actor/screenwriter/banjo-aficionado Steve Martin. Set in a Parisian bar at the beginning of the 20th century (1904 to be more precise), the play imagines a comical encounter between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, both of whom are in their early twenties and fully aware of their amazing potential. In addition to the two historical figures, the play is also populated with an amusingly incontinent barfly (Gaston), a gullible yet lovable bartender (Freddy), a wise waitress (Germaine), along with a few surprises that trounce in and out of the Lapin Agile. Show dates are Oct. 23, 24 and 26 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.kleinforestdrama.org.

 

Klein Oak presents Twelve Angry Jurors, a play by Reginald Rose adapted from his 1954 teleplay of the same title for the CBS Studio One anthology television series. The drama depicts a jury forced to consider a homicide trial. At the beginning, they have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, with a single dissenter of not-guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt. The story begins after closing arguments have been presented in the homicide case, as the judge is giving his instructions to the jury. As in most American criminal cases, the twelve men must unanimously decide on a verdict of "guilty" or "not guilty." The case at hand pertains to whether a young man murdered his own father. The jury is further instructed that a guilty verdict will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence. The twelve then move to the jury room, where they begin to become acquainted with the personalities of their peers. Several of the jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the witness: his race, his background, and the troubled relationship between one juror and his own son. Show dates are Sept. 18, 19 and 21 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://kleinoaktheatre.org.

 

Klein Collins will present two shows this season. The first is Vanities, a comedy-drama stage production written by Jack Heifner. The story centers on the lives and friendship of three Texas cheerleaders starting from high school in 1963, continuing through college as sorority sisters in 1968, and ending with the dissolution of their friendship in 1974 in New York as their interests and livelihoods changed and they were no longer as compatible with one another as they had been in their school days. The second production is Love & You and I by William Hahn. The show focuses on a couple, Robert and Linda, who escape from their friends New Year's Eve Party by seeking refuge in the kitchen. Once there, they learn more about each other than either ever wanted to know. The story is one of trust, love and the struggle everyone has with communication. Both shows will take place on Sept. 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.kleincollinsdrama.org.

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