Dr. JD Kennedy is the speaker for the years final Chamber luncheon
The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce will host Dr. JD Kennedy as the speaker for the final Chamber luncheon of the year at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Midlothian Conference Center.
Kennedy, superintendent of schools for Midlothian Independent School District, will be speaking on “Taking Stock: Where we are and what the future holds for Midlothian ISD.” The luncheon is sponsored in part by Midlothian Energy Limited Partnership (IPA Operations, Inc.) and reservations for the luncheon are $15 in advance.
This is Dr. Kennedy’s seventh year as Superintendent of Midlothian ISD and his 35th year as an educator. Since Dr. Kennedy has been in MISD, the majority of schools have either earned "Recognized" or "Exemplary" status. This past year, the district scored in the "Exemplary" range for 22 of the 25 academic measures. The other three measures were in the "Recognized" range. The staff has gone through extensive training in quality lesson design in order to provide engaging lessons for students.
Each year MISD celebrates student achievements through an Educational Showcase. This event spotlights meaningful lessons representing each content area in grades Pre-K-12.
For 2009, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Midlothian ISD as the 4th Best Place to Work in the metroplex among large companies (companies with over 500 employees). Midlothian ISD is the only school district ranked in the Top Ten Best Places to Work. More than 400 companies entered into the survey process. To earn the prestigious DBJ Best Places to Work designation, companies had to earn a national best practice score for their category. This ranking was based on the district's work environment, innovations/new ideas, people practices, personal growth and development, leadership, employee recognition and the structure of the day-to-day operations.
For the past seven years, the school district has received a "Superior Achievement" rating under the Texas' Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas). The Superior Achievement rating is the state's highest, demonstrating the quality of the school district's financial management and reporting system.
Dr. Kennedy initiated the Midlothian Education Foundation, which has awarded over $140,000 to teachers for innovative teaching grants. Also, the Foundation recognizes the top 5 percent of graduating seniors who honor MISD teachers at an annual "Showcase of Stars” banquet.
Since his arrival in 2003, the district has gained 30-percent in student enrollment. In order to manage this growth, Dr. Kennedy, along with the support of the community and Board of Trustees, created the Midlothian ISD Growth Management Committee. The goal of the initial committee was to develop a long-range plan to systematically address facility needs as the district continued to deal with ever-increasing student enrollment. The community has supported the District in meeting its facility needs by passing $117,785,000 in bond authorization.
Dr. Kennedy received his Doctorate in Education Administration from Texas A&M University at Commerce, a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science/Secondary Education from Baylor University.
Dr. Kennedy has done educational consultant work in Haiti and Kosovo and served as an adjunct professor for the University of North Texas.
His wife, Pam, is a Diagnostician/Special Education Counselor in Waxahachie ISD. They have two sons who are both Baylor University alumni. They also have a beautiful granddaughter.
Reservations for the luncheon can be made by calling 972-723-8600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are $15 if reservation is made by Nov. 16; $20 after the deadline. For more information, visit the Chamber’s website at www.midlothianchamber.org.