Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
Belton ISD recently held training for their new teachers and staff for the upcoming school year. Nearly 117 new teachers and 20 other professionals were welcomed Monday August 10, at a New Teacher Orientation Luncheon held at South Belton Middle School.
“This is an important event for us because we get a chance to meet face-to-face and say hello,” said Randy Pittenger, President of the BISD Board of Trustees. “Belton is a special place because our kids deserve the very best and we believe that this is a community that supports our schools in a remarkable way.”
“I don’t know if any of you have experienced the kind of support that our community gives,” Pittenger continued. “We support our kids whether it’s through Project Apple Tee providing school supplies and clothes, or showing up at events and supporting our kids in any number of ways.”
BISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon spoke about her past and the importance and influence of the teachers in her life, especially her 4th grade teacher Mrs. Killingsworth, and the positive impact the educational field has made on her life.
“Mrs. Killingsworth never knew my whole story, and you’ll never know the whole story of all the kids in you class and the kinds of things they bring to the table,” said Kincannon. “But you have an opportunity to make a significant difference in a kids’ life just like Mrs. Killingsworth did in mine. We have high expectations for you because it is about the kids, and we urge you to make a difference in a kids’ life. You all are going to do a phenomenal job and we are really excited for the new school year.”
BISD’s mission is to provide an education that challenges all of our students to excel, and their vision is to be a leader and prepare every student to excel in tomorrows’ world.
Belton Mayor Marion Grayson spoke as both a citizen servant a realtor, “On the top priority when I would ask people what they want in a new home, they say Belton ISD. So always be aware that you bring this community to a higher level.”
“The schools are at the heart of our community,” commented Kincannon. “We want to acknowledge the importance that the community plays in our schools and what we play in our community.”
“We are more than just board members, we’re parents,” said BISD Board Trustee Sue Jordan. “We have children in the school district, we have grandchildren, some of us have graduated ourselves from this school district, so we are an integral part of this district. As you approach this year, approach it like you do everything approach it with a level of expectation. Expecting that you’re going to have a great year, expecting that the children are going to follow the guidelines that you give them.”
“Our local businesses are saying we want you in our community and we want you to be a part of this,” said Pittenger. “This community not only supports you but it has high expectations for us a school district. It’s about our kids. We (the school administration) work really hard to provide you the resources that you need to successful so that our children can be successful. We have high expectations and we achieve great things here. We’re really proud of our kids.”
“I also ask you to enjoy to City of Belton we have a lot going on,” commented Grayson. “Enjoy your community. Thank you for being here and thank you for being a part of BISD.”
The new teachers had the opportunity to mingle and get to know fellow teachers, education professionals, as well as the administrative staff over lunch. Kincannon provided the new teachers with an overview of everything that’s going on with the school district to include new innovations, the student population, and the 2025 Plan.
Kincannon urged the new teachers to work on a few things during this upcoming school year. This includes implementing the district’s curriculum to ensure accuracy across campuses, placing a special emphasis on writing, and emphasizing the importance of digital learning.
“You are in charge of our future leaders and I’m so excited you’re here and thank you so much for all that you’re going to do,” commented Jordan. “Thanks in advance.”
“Thank you for joining us in our endeavor as we strive to help our kids,” said Pittenger. “Things are going to be really exciting the next few weeks.”