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Mansfield ISD Honors Its Newest Namesakes
Posted 08/23/2017 02:35PM

The Mansfield ISD school board officially approved the namesakes for the district’s newest educational facilities.

Each namesake was unanimously recommended by the Facility Naming Committee, which consisted of two board members, three staff members and two community members. The school board unanimously approved the recommendations at the regular board meeting on Aug. 22.

   Jerry Knight is the namesake for the STEM Academy at Brooks Wester Middle School, which opened this school year. Knight served MISD for 22 years as director of career and technical education. He was integral in designing and staffing Ben Barber Innovation Academy and is acclaimed for his devotion to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
  Dr. Sarah Jandrucko will be the namesake for the district’s new pre-kindergarten center that is scheduled to open in fall 2018. Dr. Jandrucko served the district for 34 years as a teacher, principal, and director/assistant superintendent of elementary education. She was known for making early childhood education a priority and applauded for being an advocate for all students.
  Brenda Norwood will have her name on Elementary School #24, which will be built under the May 2017 bond package. Norwood was the first African-American employee of MISD with more than 40 years of service. She was also part of the first integrated graduating class in 1966. Norwood volunteers and substitutes at MISD campuses and was commended for her positivity and love of children.
Alma Martinez will be the name placed on Intermediate School #7, which will be built under the May 2017 bond package. Martinez will be the first Hispanic namesake for Mansfield ISD. She served MISD for 30 years, starting as a teacher and working her way up to become a principal at the elementary and intermediate level. Martinez is recognized for being a great mentor and having a big heart.
Charlene McKinzey will be the namesake for Middle School #7, which will be built under the May 2017 bond package. McKinzey served as an English Language Arts/Reading (ELAR) teacher for 20 years before passing away from pancreatic cancer. She taught at Rogene Worley, T.A. Howard, and Brooks Wester middle schools during her teaching career. Those who knew her remembered her for her passion for students and learning.

“On behalf of the Board, we are very pleased to see the names that came forward,” said MISD School Board President Raul Gonzalez. “We’re very excited, and we appreciate each namesake’s service to the district. This was a collaborative process, and I thank the committee members for their time.”

The Facility Naming Committee considered each individual’s service and dedication to Mansfield ISD, testimonials received and number of nominations.

A public reception to honor the recommended individuals was held on Aug. 22.

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