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.
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.
the 2014-15 school year, the Klein ISD Finance Department received seven awards
and ratings for financial responsibility and reporting. Those awards and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the 102 home visits, personal contact was made with nearly 50 students and/or parents.
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.”
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
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.
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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, 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
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.
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.
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
. To learn more about the district’s stance on bullying, click here
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).
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.
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
Mubasher Ahmad - Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Houston
Anthony Baba - St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church
David Fleming - Champion Forest Baptist Church
Hatcher - St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church
Martin Cominsky - Interfaith Houston
Michael Pender - Fallbrook Church
David Peterson - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Click here for a Spanish version.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.