Kilgore ISD faculty and school board members discussed a variety of happenings around the district in recent weeks at Monday’s board meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker took time to congratulate Kilgore High School students Austin Bain, Emma Taylor and Zoe Craven, who competed in the Texas High School State Cross-Country Meet Saturday, Nov. 9.

Qualifying for the meet “is extremely difficult to do if you look at how many runners run in districts in our state and how many advance to the state level,” Baker said.

Baker also congratulated KISD volleyball players for earning a variety of awards in their most recent season.

16-4A district accolades went to several KHS volleyball players.

Senior Ja’Da Abercrombie was named Most Valuable Hitter, senior Lauren Couch was named Top Server and first-year volleyball coach Madeline Harris was voted Coach of the Year by her peers in the district.

Junior Miah Thomas and senior Skyler Day made the first team all-district and senior Dayton McElyea and sophomore Ashton Vallery made second team all-district.

Honorable mention accolades went to junior Alexis Anderson, sophomore Skye Cotton and junior A'Viana McIntyre.

Nine volleyball players made the academic all-district team by keeping grades of 90 or above in all their classes during the entire season. These were Ja’Da Abercombie, Alexis Anderson, Skye Cotton, Lauren Couch, Skyler Day, Dayton McElyea A'Viana McIntyre, Miah Thomas and Ashton Vallery.

Chandler Elementary School Principal Dr. Cynthia Lindley told board trustees about the launch of a “makerspace” on her campus funded by Kilgore Education Foundation.

A makerspace is a “collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools,” according to

“They have some TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) to follow but the kids actually create on their own to fit, in their minds, the TEKS and the standard so they’re actually getting a lot of critical thinking, critical writing and things like that,” Lindley said.

The launch of the makerspace will be Dec. 5.

The meeting also included the monthly enrollment report.

Dr. Baker said enrollment numbers for November 2019 indicated the total student population was down by three, totaling 4,067 students compared to last month’s total of 4,070. Baker said this is the same number they began the year with, as 10 students entered the district since August and 10 had exited the district by November.

The next regular board meeting is set for Jan. 5. No board meeting is scheduled for December. 


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