Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced recently that Malakoff ISD was one of 61 school districts and district charters across the state received a distinction designation for postsecondary readiness as part of their 2018 state accountability rating.
Malakoff ISD aced the new state grading system, but that doesn’t mean they like it.
Malakoff ISD received an “A” in the 2018 state accountability ratings by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
“Malakoff ISD is pleased to have been assigned a grade of A by the TEA,” said MISD Superintendent Randy Perry, “but, this is still a flawed system. It is a complicated system. A-F is still largely based on one time a year standardized tests.”
I was heading out to visit Cheryl Kutscherousky at Country Oaks Golf Course near Cross Roads the other day, when I turned stopped and turned around. I’d seen on Facebook that my kinfolk, Lisa and Wesley Anding, were up to something new at their amazing Anding Acres which is right across the road from me. I figured this was a good time to check them out, as there was no way I would walk there. It seems like it would be close to my house, but they have created a world where it seems miles away. I entered their gate and felt like I was somewhere else. You take this really long winding road where you see nothing but woods, cross a bridge, and start feeling like you’ve gone a couple of miles, and for all I know maybe you have, the way that road winds, before you get to their big wedding barn. I’ve written about it before, and you can see about it online. But I was looking for something else, and I saw no sign of it.
Almost every Saturday morning Carl and I head out to Big Daddy’s Flea Market near Seven Points. For much of the year, my excuse is to find plants for the nursing home. Right now it is too hot to plant, and the plant sellers have gone home or have resorted to selling mostly shrubs or trees. But when the flowers tents are bulging, that is the first place we stop. Carl starts at the front and walks all around, while I spend time with the flowers. Those lantanas that are blooming so brightly on either side of the nursing home entrance started out as $5.00 hanging baskets from my favorite stand. Then I head over to Travis’s place, which is a little more than halfway up the first row, past the barbeque stand. Travis has been at this spot since the flea market opened. We have been buying stuff and just visiting Travis for such a long time we feel like he is part of our family. He had some serious medical problems a while back and we were very worried about him, but miraculously, the problems went away, and he seems good as new.
I need to talk to you about pictures. I’ll start by thanking the folks at the News for putting that big picture of me in my birthday shirt in the middle of my column last week. But I want to make sure you know I didn’t send them that big picture. I sent them that little picture of my niece Hilda Anding. It’s lovely of the paper people to do that, but if I had sent it, you might think I’m a little self-centered. You may still think that, and it could be true, but please don’t use those pictures as evidence.