The Navasota Independent School District continues its mission to provide great educational opportunities with a hometown atmosphere and examples of this mission were shared during the annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, January 12 at the Navasota Center.
Navasota ISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations Dr. Ronnie Gonzalez presented the NISD portion of the program for Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick who was discharged with a death in the family.
Gonzalez said NISD is a town with only one high school, but the district is able to offer students an array of extracurricular activities ranging from KickStart Kids, a Chuck Norris-endorsed karate program, to choir, FFA and everything else.
The district also launched the Lil’ Rattler Academy, which is on the NELC campus. Teachers with children and students who may need daycare can use the daycare. Currently, Gonzalez said there are 26 registered infants ranging in age from six weeks to three years old. “We are very proud of the opportunity we have to provide this service to our teachers,” Gonzalez explained.
NISD offers five different graduation endorsements. Students who come to Navasota High School choose a path for endorsement when they graduate, and their electives follow that path.
Gonzalez said Navasota High School is a collegiate high school where students can take dual credit courses. He said his daughter, who is in NHS senior year, will graduate this year with more than 41 high school and college credits. “Some of the costs are free for students and some are free based on economic status,” Gonzalez said. “It is accessible to all students.
Navasota ISD also offers Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs including Veterinary Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Audio/Video, and Media , computing, welding, educational training and more. Gonzalez said the district also plans to add criminal justice in the future. “Students can also receive various certifications before graduation,” Gonzalez said.
There is a new program, Tango Flight, which has the district excited. The program allows students to build a fully operational aircraft over a two-year period.
When surveying the community ahead of the 2017 bond elections, the community said they wanted to see the historic Brosig Performing Arts Center which was built in 1952 and the Rock Gym built in the 1930s renovated.
Both facilities have been renovated. Part of the Brosig Performing Arts Center renovations included adding four new dressing rooms, expanding the stage, installing a new lighting and sound system, renovating restrooms and more. The facility will now be able to serve the community for many years to come.
The Rock Gym has also been renovated with new flooring, a concession stand, renovated restrooms, a new roof and more. Brule Elementary needed a gymnasium for physical education and the renovated gymnasium will be used to house these students.
Gonzalez thanked the crowd for giving him the time to share all the great things happening at NISD.