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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.

Picture of Carter Scroggins - CISD's 4,000th student!

Congratulations and welcome to Mr. Carter Scroggins, the 4,000th student enrolled at Community ISD so far this year! Carter is a McClendon 2nd grader from Wylie ISD.

On Friday, August 26, 2022, Mr. Carter Scroggins enrolled at McClendon Elementary, and became the 4,000th student to enroll in Brave Nation this year! Congratulations to Mr. Scroggins and his 2nd grade classmates at McClendon, who got to take a few photos with Superintendent Dr. Knowlton and MES principal Mr. Gibson.

Since Mr. Scroggins enrolled, Community ISD has added another 24 students, bringing our enrollment as of September 2, 2022 to 4,024 students. That's more than 500 students over our enrollment on the final day of school last May!

Safety and Security Logo for Community ISD

Safety and Security are the #1 priority of Community ISD. Read more about our security plans here.

Brave Nation,

We are so excited about the 2022-23 school year starting tomorrow, and getting to see all of our new and returning students on campus. As part of the final preparations for this upcoming school year, we want you to be aware of Community ISD’s existing safety and security plan, and we want to inform you of one significant change that will be implemented starting on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Community ISD already has many policies in place to keep our Braves safe. All CISD campuses have automatically locking doors on all entrances and exits, and access to these doors is monitored and limited to appropriate staff. Each campus has at least one CISD Police Officer stationed onsite, with two officers now staged at Community High School. These officers will be diligent, visible and present on campus, checking doors throughout the day.

Windows with high security priority have received shatter-resistant film treatments on the exterior and interior of buildings, and all secondary students and all staff are required to wear an identification badge visibly on their person at all times.

Anyone that props open a door or that does not wear their badge at all times will be held accountable, and the doors will be shut.

While visitors are allowed on campuses during specific times, such as school lunches, they must enter our facilities through the main entrance, and be checked in via our RAPTOR background check program.

While the District already has many protocols and procedures in place, we are also always trying to improve our safety measures, and we plan to implement additional emergency response procedures in the near future. One of these changes is detailed below.

Parents and guardians will be allowed to park their cars, exit the vehicle with their students, and walk them into class on the first day of school, as long as they have followed the campus process for checking in with the front desk as a visitor. The same rules apply to parents and guardians that live in walk zones around their elementary campuses. However, starting on the second day of school - Thursday, August 18 - we will no longer allow parents or guardians to park and exit their vehicles and enter the building with their students. Parents and guardians will be required to stay in their vehicles, drop their students off in the designated drop-off line, and leave the facility. If parents or guardians are walking their students to campus, after the first day, they will have to leave them at the front door of the building.

This change in policy is made in the interest of the safety and security of our students and staff. In Brave Nation, safety always comes before convenience. Our number one priority is to keep all of our students and staff safe and secure, and we will do everything we can to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students.

United together as students, parents/guardians, and staff, we can keep Community ISD safe. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter, and we look forward to seeing all of you on campus tomorrow!