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Crosby Superintendent’s Back 2 School message

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

Welcome to the new year. We are off to an amazingly great start! Thank you to everyone who approached the new year with patience and grace and contributed to making the first two days of the school year a success. The new routines went fairly well. There are always things upon which to improve. We will work to get better each year.

The start to the new year was met with some challenges the night before the first day of school, but Crosby ISD responded to the challenge. You might remember we had a storm that blew through the night before the first day of school. The storm caused some serious problems. Our technology, maintenance, and transportation teams leaped into action Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The storm knocked out power, internet, and phones at our Operations Center. Our transportation team relocated to Crosby High School to finish entering routes late into the night. Our staff members were making phone calls to parents past 10pm to ensure families had the information they needed for Thursday morning. Our Crosby Middle School team arrived at work extra early Thursday morning to print schedules since the storm disrupted that process Wednesday evening.

I traveled to each Crosby ISD campus on the first day of school, and what I saw inspired me.

Crosby ISD will elect 7 new trustees in November

Filing Period begins July 23

CROSBY – The filing period begins soon for members of the public who wish to run for a seat on the Crosby Independent School District Board of Trustees.

All seven Trustee positions will be on the November ballot as part of the 2020 Census Redistricting process. Positions 1 through 7, including the At-Large Position 6, will be up for election this fall. Elections are conducted biennially in November. However, the Board approved all seven seats on the ballot this year due to the redrawing of single-member districts. The Redistricting process was completed to accommodate population changes between the 2010 Census and the 2020 Census.

The Candidate Filing Period begins July 23 and runs through August 22nd at 5pm. Applications are accepted at the Crosby ISD Operations Center, 14670 FM 2100, Crosby, TX, 77532. Applications must be notarized. Our staff members can serve as a notary if needed.

Crosby Superintendent’s message to the community

Security Update; Crosby Fair & Rodeo; Summer School and Camps

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

I want to start by talking about steps forward in school security for the upcoming school year. This month, the District sent an email survey to parents and guardians regarding their thoughts and concerns. We are also forming a Security Steering Committee of internal and external stakeholders (students, parents, and staff) to gauge their feedback. The public input will then be acted upon by our Safety and Security Committee, a long-standing group of staff members, parents, community members, and school resource officers who carry out the logistics of security. District leadership is also spending the next few weeks on in-depth planning for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Administrators will gather for a team-building academy in July, and one of the major topics will be identifying if any safety and security procedures need to be updated before the new school year. Keeping our students and staff members safe is my top priority. I appreciate everyone who has shared input so far.

Next, we wanted to share a big “Thank You” to the Crosby Fair and Rodeo Association. Their annual event is one of the best of the year to put our Crosby kids on the map. From ag mechanic designs to blue ribbon steer and lamb, our students get to show off their hard work raising livestock and honing their skills with woodworking, welding, horticulture, and crafts. The Crosby Fair and Rodeo Association raised more than $450,000 for scholarships in their auction this month. An extraordinary achievement that will continue to bless our students.

It is now officially summer on the calendar, and I hope your families are enjoying vacations or planning quick getaways to rest and rejuvenate. Don’t forget to encourage reading and math skills among children. Reading 20 minutes a day helps avoid learning loss. Math skills are twice as likely to be forgotten during the summer, so don’t forget to keep quizzing your students on everything from fractions to simple addition. Every little bit helps.

Crosby Superintendent’s message to the community: Marking Year-end successes, employee pay raise, champion teams, and more

Crosby’s outstanding Boys Baseball team salutes the sunset, a symbol of the end of the school year. Graduation is this Friday, May 27.

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

The school year is ending, our seniors are moving to the next chapter in their lives as proud Alumni, and the District’s work continues.

On April 18, the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees approved a $1,000 retention stipend for all employees returning for the 2022- 2023 school year. We’ve also bumped up the starting pay for brand-new teachers to $60,175 and will give a 1% raise for staff members. Crosby ISD remains one of the most competitive Districts for recruitment in Harris County.

This year was certainly not without its struggles, but I did want to share some of our accomplishments in regard to local governance. The SEC investigation into financial practices of a prior administration has concluded. No fine or other penalty was imposed on the District. Earlier this month, the Moody’s Rating Agency upgraded Crosby ISD’s bond rating, raising confidence in the District’s financial condition for investors and taxpayers. Also this month, the Texas Education Agency ended the supervision of Crosby ISD by a monitor hired by the TEA. This move gives our Board more local control and autonomy in making decisions.

This month, we celebrated these and other triumphs at a year-end banquet, specifically thanking members of the Crosby / Barrett Station communities who contributed to our success this year. We couldn’t do what we do without our valued community members.

Speaking of success, the CHS Softball team set numerous records this year in their regular and post-season run.

Crosby ISD recognized for Education Excellence

Named H-E-B Semi-Finalist

Crosby ISD announces that the District has been recognized as a Semi-Finalist for the 2022 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Crosby ISD was one of 25 Districts across the state to be honored as a Semi-Finalist in the School District category. 8 Districts were announced as finalists in January.

From the nomination to the submission process, H-E-B, has been generous with time and support for Crosby ISD. We greatly appreciate H-E-B’s award of $1000 that will be used to support our students and staff. The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas.

H-E-B also generously supports Crosby ISD’s Cougar Excellence awards. Each month, seven students are honored, because they exemplify our values and serve as outstanding role models for their classmates. Each student receives a generous gift card from H-E-B as part of their recognition packet.

Eagleton resigns; Crosby School Board reorganizes

Board President Tanya Eagleton moving; resigns

CROSBY – Last month the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Board President Ms. Tanya Eagleton. During a Special Called Meeting, Ms. Eagleton announced she is moving out of state for a new career opportunity.

In an emotional message, Ms. Eagleton said, “It’s been a great journey. We’ve had good times, and we’ve had bad times. Through it all, we stuck together. I feel the District is in such a great place right now. We have a wonderful Superintendent. We have an amazing Board. I feel like I have accomplished my mission as a Board member for Crosby ISD. … I will forever be a Cougar. This is my home. This is my love. This is now. But now it’s time for me to move on.”

After Ms. Eagleton’s message, Superintendent Paula Patterson and fellow Trustees thanked Ms. Eagleton for her 13 years of service to the students and staff of Crosby ISD.

Superintendent Patterson later added: “Ms. Eagleton has been a champion for the children of our Crosby / Barrett Station communities for more than a decade. Her tenure on the board included challenges and triumphs. Her time as Board President involved making major decisions while navigating the pandemic and the unprecedented learning challenges it presented. Despite some setbacks, Ms. Eagleton’s passion to serve never wavered, and she always put the students and staff of Crosby ISD first. We know this personal decision was difficult, and we thank Ms. Eagleton for her commitment to Crosby ISD. We wish her well in this next chapter.”

Karen Thomas appointed to open position

Crosby, TX (March 28, 2022) – At the board meeting on March 28, the newest Crosby ISD Board of Trustees member took the Oath of Office. Ms. Karen Thomas, of Barrett, was appointed to fill the vacant seat in Single Member District 1. Ms. Thomas will fill the remainder of the term through November 2022. The Board of Trustees voted to appoint Ms. Thomas during a Special Called Meeting on March 21.

Crosby ISD settles Fraud charges with SEC

SEC Charges Texas School District and its Former CFO with Fraud in $20 Million Bond Sale

Washington, D.C.— March 16, 2022 – The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Crosby Independent School District (Crosby ISD) and its former Chief Financial Officer, Carla Merka, with misleading investors in the sale of $20 million of municipal bonds in order to pay its outstanding construction liabilities and fund new capital projects.

The SEC also charged Crosby’s auditor, Shelby Lackey, with improper professional conduct in connection with the audit of the school district’s 2017 fiscal year financial statements.

The SEC’s complaint alleges that Crosby ISD, which serves approximately 6,400 students outside of Houston, failed to report $11.7 million in payroll and construction liabilities and falsely reported having $5.4 million in general fund reserves in its audited 2017 fiscal year financial statements.

According to the complaint, Crosby ISD and Merka, who was responsible for Crosby ISD’s accounting and was the primary contact during the bond financing process, were aware that the financial statements significantly underreported the payroll and construction liabilities. Crosby ISD and Merka knowingly included the false and misleading financial statements in the offering documents used to raise $20 million through the sale of municipal bonds in January 2018.

Crosby ISD hosting pediatric COVID vaccine clinic

Crosby ISD is partnering with Harris County Public Health to offer free COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 at an upcoming clinic. Pediatric nurses and technicians will administer the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine. The second doses will be scheduled for 21 days later. There is no cost.

The free pediatric vaccine clinic will be open for two days to make it as convenient as possible for families. The dates and times are: Friday, November 12, 10am-6pm and Saturday, November 13, 10am-6pm. The clinic will be located at Crosby Elementary School, 14705 FM 2100, Crosby, TX 77532. Parents/guardians are required to accompany their children to the clinic.

Crosby Superintendent selected for new leadership program

Crosby ISD will partner with The Holdsworth Center, an Austin-based nonprofit, to support our superintendent’s leadership through a new 18-month program – the Holdsworth Superintendent Leadership Program.

Superintendent Paula Patterson will be part of the 18-month Superintendent Leadership Program, which is designed to support superintendents as they navigate unprecedented challenges at a critical point in their career – either in the first five years of their superintendency or new to a large district.

Superintendents in the cohort will attend learning sessions at the Campus on Lake Austin to dig into not only essential leadership skills, but content that addresses the unique challenges and opportunities of the superintendent role. They will also receive executive coaching from Holdsworth Superintendents-in-Residence, Dr. Art Cavazos and Dr. Thomas Randle, both recently retired superintendents who have earned the respect of their peers.