Cougar Community Newsletter

January 24, 2022

COVID -19 Dashboard

Updated statistics on positive cases in our school district.

Updated 2021 2022 Academic Calendar

On December 15, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved adding three additional staff development days to the 2021-22 Academic Calendar. The dates are Jan 18; Feb 18; & Mar 11. Students will not attend school on these days.

A Message from Dr. Hicks

Hello Cougars,


It was great to see everyone back in class today with smiling faces ready for a full day of learning. The joy was evident in the halls as students were humming with excitement about being back in school. One student shouted as he finished breakfast, “I am so happy to be back!” and ran from the cafeteria to his class. That moment was priceless and a great way to start the day!! Thank you to all our families for your support and understanding these last few days.


The safety of our staff and students remains a top priority. I’m incredibly proud of our staff who continually go above and beyond to support our students and help one another. The Cougar spirit is alive in Jarrell ISD because of the tireless effort seen everyday to provide the very best for our students. While we were closed our staff continued to work hard to provide a safe learning environment for the return of our students and one another. This is the heart of Jarrell ISD - Success For All.


In furthering our vision, I'm excited to announce three Instructional Aides have finished their certifications and are now full-time teachers at Jarrell ISD. Please join me in congratulating Amber Kepler - CTE Teacher at Jarrell High School, Samantha Kepler - teacher of our Rise Academy Program, and Bethany Issak - Pre-k teacher at Jarrell Elementary School.


Thank you for your support of our students and schools. Our hardworking teaching staff, dedicated students, and supportive community make me proud to be part of Cougar Nation.


Cougar proud,

Dr. Toni Hicks


Board Briefs


The board met for its regular scheduled meeting on January 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

A public hearing was held where Dr. Heather Bortz presented the results of the 20-21 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). The report highlighted

Trent Smith from Zonda presented a new demographic report. The report showed Jarrell ISD continues to see record growth. The district experienced a 24.9% increase in students this fall. In the five year forecast the district is expected to enroll 6,100 students by 2026/27 and 10,000 students by 2031/32 has the district doubling in size. You can review the report by clicking on the pptx link below.


The Board unanimously approved the consent agenda:

  • Minutes from previous meetings

  • Budget Amendment

  • Financial Reports

  • Check Register

  • Principal's Report

  • Enrollment Report

The Board approved:

  • Policy update 118 presented by Pennee Hall

  • New substitute salary pay scale presented by Pennee Hall

  • The agreement for Geotechnical Engineering Services with Alliance Engineering Group, Inc for Construction Material Testing associated with the 2021 Bond Double Creek Elementary School

  • A plan to accommodate student growth in our existing elementary schools by adding portables

  • Approved a 3 year contract extension for Superintendent Dr. Toni Hicks



The next regular Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Admin Annex.

New Pay Rates for Guest Teachers (Substitutes)

At the January 18th, school board meeting, the JISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to increase the pay rate for substitutes.

Here are the new rates:

Any position any length of time is $120.

A Certified Teacher/RN in Texas is $130.

Comparing our neighboring school districts, Jarrell ISD pays the most for a Texas Certified Teacher/RN.

Click here to apply.

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Ribbon Cutting at Jarrell ISD's Family Health Clinic

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 5:30pm

301 East Avenue F

Jarrell, TX

Join us on Wednesday, February 2, at 5:30 pm for the ribbon cutting at our new health clinic. The clinic is open to the community. Services offered, include family and behavioral health care.

Jarrell ISD Wants to Hear from You!

Our school district is strengthened by the support and feedback we receive from our parents and community members. If you have comments, questions, or concerns, we welcome and encourage you to contact us.


Jarrell ISD is proud to have teams of experts, including teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, and nurses, who are happy to listen, work with you, and seek solutions for your child.


Jarrell ISD Contact Information

Jarrell Elementary 512-746-2170

Igo Elementary 512-746-4805

Jarrell Middle School 512-746-4180

Jarrell High School 512-746-2188


About Jarrell ISD

Jarrell ISD is located in northern Williamson County. The mascot is The Cougars. It has four campuses: Jarrell High School, Jarrell Middle School, Igo Elementary School and Jarrell Elementary. The district is home to more than 2,800 students. Enrollment is projected to double in the next 10 years
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