Ott's Outlook

September 2019

It has been a fantastic start to the 2019-2020 school year in Temple ISD! The beginning of school is always a special time for students, staff, families and the community as a whole. It brings a range of emotions from nervousness to joy. No matter, every child in our district was welcomed by caring adults with investing hearts on August 21st. These adults are committed to inspire, motivate and empower students to reach their maximum potential.

Temple ISD had great successes last year in academics, innovation and student programs. However, be assured that we will continue to raise our standard of excellence. Complacency is not an option here. Our staff knows that in order to be employed at Temple ISD you must compete every single day for our students and each other. This means that our staff works tirelessly to ensure that our students become the very best versions of themselves. This is what sets Temple ISD apart.

Several of you have asked me from time to time to describe what I do on a daily basis. I thought it would be easier to show you. Below is a video, a two-minute glimpse, of what I get to experience every single day. This video represents Temple ISD.


Bobby Ott

TISD District Overview 2019 4K


  • Temple ISD starting teacher salary is now $50,225--highest of any district that touches our borders.

  • Temple ISD will have the opportunity to collaborate with districts from across the country through our invitation to join the Urban Superintendents Association of America.

  • Our Transportation Department drives 3,959 miles per day and 677,105 miles per year.

  • Our School Nutrition Department is responsible for 9,100 meals per day – if you include summer and staff & visitors – 1.5 million meals per year.

  • Our Maintenance/Custodial Department is responsible for 1.7 million square feet per day.

  • Our Grounds Crews maintains 325 acres per day.

...Now that you know, please share these exciting accomplishments with others!


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September 2 -- Temple ISD closed for Labor Day

September 5--Middle School Open House

September 9--TISD Board of Trustees Meeting

September 10--THS Open House

September 11--Progress Reports

September 16-20 - Constitution Week

September 30--Student Holiday/ Staff Workday


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Surprising Chester Harrison @ MDECA

Chester Harrison is our Crossing Guard at Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy. He is 92 years old and a true angel of heaven. Surprised him this morning with the news that he will be receiving the first Superintendent’s Leadership Award of the year at our next board meeting!

Retired Pastor Harrison has been welcoming students, families and staff on their way to and from school for 27 years. He is a true blessing to us all!