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CISD Campus Security Summits

With safety and security at the forefront of our minds, Community ISD will begin hosting security summits on campuses on October 5.

Now more than ever, security and safety are at the forefront of our minds. While safety has always been the highest priority for Brave Nation, Community ISD is taking steps to reinforce the current security protocols with students, staff, and parents, and will begin taking input and questions from our community on what additional steps they would like the District to take.

The first step in this process was taken over the summer with damage-resistant film placed on high priority windows, and a reinforcement of annual training provided to our teachers and staff. Our CISD Police Department has also increased its presence on campuses with additional staff and higher frequency patrols.

The second step in this process begins in October with campus security summits. Starting with McClendon Elementary on Wednesday, October 5, Police Chief Scotty Morrison and Superintendent Dr. Tonya Knowlton will host a security summit at each campus across the District. At these summits, Chief Morrison and Dr. Knowlton will give a broad overview of current safety procedures, and then open the floor for questions from parents and staff. Our elementary campus summits are all scheduled for October, and the combined secondary campus presentation is planned for sometime in November.

Below are the dates, times, and locations for the October summits, which are also on the District calendar (linked here).

1. Wednesday, October 5 at 6 pm - McClendon Elementary - Cafeteria
2. Wednesday, October 19 at 6 pm - NeSmith Elementary - Cafeteria
3. Tuesday, October 25 at 6 pm - Roderick Elementary - Cafeteria

A followup email will be sent out as soon as the date for our secondary campus summit is scheduled. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding security, you can connect with Dr. Knowlton ( or Chief Morrison ( via email.

TxDOT Hosting Public Meeting on Oct. 20 at CHS

TxDOT is hosting a public meeting concerning FM 6 expansion on October 20 at CHS.

Notice of Public Meeting

From State Highway (SH) 78 to Hunt County Line
CSJ: 0619-01-027
COLLIN County, Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing to improve Farm-to-Market (FM) 6 from State Highway (SH) 78 to the Hunt County line, a total of approximately 7.88 miles, in Collin County, Texas. This notice advises the public that TxDOT will be conducting an in-person and online virtual public meeting on the proposed project. The virtual meeting will consist of a pre-recorded video presentation and will include both audio and visual components. The materials can be viewed at your convenience. To log onto the virtual public meeting, go to the project website any time during the dates and times indicated below. If you do not have internet access, you may call (214) 320-6244 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to ask questions and access project materials during the project development process. Additionally, TxDOT is providing an in-person option for individuals who would like to participate in person. In-person attendees will be able to view the same presentation delivered in the online public meeting which will be playing on a screen, review project materials, ask questions of TxDOT staff and/or consultants, and leave written comments.


In-Person Meeting



Virtual Meeting*


Thursday, October 20, 2022

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. through Friday, November 4, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.



Community High School Cafeteria

440 N FM 1138, Nevada, TX 75173

*Not a live event





The proposed project involves the reconstruction of the existing two-lane rural roadway to a four (ultimate six) lane divided highway. A continuous 10-foot shared use path would be constructed on the east and west sides of the proposed roadway alignment. The proposed project consists generally of four (ultimate six) lanes with curb and gutter, plus a raised median. The roadway passes through the cities of Nevada and Josephine. The existing FM 6 right-of-way (ROW) width ranges from 60-feet to 100-feet wide throughout the length of the project. The proposed ROW width is 140 feet.


The proposed project would, subject to final design consideration, require approximately 45 acres of additional ROW and potentially displace structures on commercial and/or residential properties. Relocation assistance is available for displaced persons and businesses. Information about the TxDOT Relocation Assistance Program and services and benefits for those displaced and other affected property owners, as well as information about the tentative schedule for ROW acquisition and construction, can be obtained from the TxDOT Dallas District office by calling (214) 320-6675 or online at the project website.   


Any environmental documentation or studies, any maps and drawings showing the project location and design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the proposed project are on file and available for inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the TxDOT Dallas District office at 4777 East Highway 80 Mesquite, Texas 75150. Project materials will also be available online at or in hard copy form for review at the in-person meeting.


The public meeting will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English, one will be provided to you. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you need interpretation or translation services or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the public meeting, please contact  the Dallas District Public Information Office at (214) 320-4480 no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2022. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.


Comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted by mail to the TxDOT Dallas District Office, Attn: Kibru Andargie, P.E., 4777 East Highway 80 Mesquite, Texas 75150 or by email to Verbal comments may be submitted by leaving a voicemail by calling (833) 933-0437. All comments must be received on or before Friday, November 4, 2022. Responses to comments received will be available online at the website shown above once they have been prepared.


If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project or the meeting, please contact the TxDOT project manager, Kibru Andargie, P.E., by phone at (214) 320-6244, or by email at


The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 9, 2019, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Image of Keith Medlin - Director of Transportation

The CISD Board, by unanimous vote, approved the hiring of Keith Medlin, the former Transportation Director, as the new Director of Transportation for Community ISD.

Mr. Keith Medlin was named the Director of Transportation for Community Independent School District on Monday, September 19, 2022. He brings over 20 years of experience to the district in transportation, teaching, and administration, including a previous stint as the CISD Director of Transportation in the 2021-22 school year.

Mr. Medlin comes to Brave Nation after serving for 24 years in Mesquite ISD, including the last three years as the Assistant Director of Transportation. In his most recent role, Mr. Medlin had oversight of hiring bus drivers and monitors, led any investigations into bus accidents, assisted in the supervision and staff development of all District transportation personnel, managed student discipline with campus administrators, and helped create bus routes.

Before moving into the transportation field, Mr. Medlin served as an Assistant Principal for 13 years at several Mesquite ISD campuses including Achziger Elementary (July 2016 - June 2018), Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School (July 2011 - June 2016), Vanston Middle School (July 2008 - June 2011), and McDonald Middle School (July 2005 - June 2008). While serving as an Assistant Principal at these campuses, Mr. Medlin oversaw student discipline, was an ARD administrator, supervised security guards, was involved in the hiring process for school staff, and administered attendance.

Mr. Medlin’s Mesquite ISD career began in October 1996 when he was hired as a teacher and coach at Kimbrough Middle School. He taught and coached there in various capacities through 2005.

Mr. Medlin is a proud, two-time graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce. He holds a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Education - Principal Certification. He and his wife, Pam, have been married for 30 years and counting. They are the proud parents of two children, and expecting their first grandchild in September. When not working, Mr. Medlin loves to read, fish and spend time with his family.

Image of Russell Fenton - Director of Technology

Mr. Fenton was named the CISD Director of Technology on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 by a unanimous CISD Board vote.

On Monday, September 19, 2022, the CISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mr. Russell Fenton as the Director of Technology for Community ISD.

Mr. Fenton is an award-winning IT professional with 12 years of experience in the field. He has served with Community ISD since 2019 as the Systems Administrator.

Before coming to Brave Nation, Mr. Fenton worked for Verizon, where he earned an Ovation Award for effort in a major application upgrade.

Mr. Fenton is married to Aili Fenton, who also works for Community ISD. The couple has three children, who all attend Brave Nation schools.