The Mission of Belton ISD is to ensure every student achieves maximum educational potential.
~ TEA Recognized District
~ Four recognized schools
~ One exemplary school
~ Highest honored school board in the region
~ Top rated Marching 100 BHS band
~ Speech, drama, forensic, and one-act play top competitors in district, area and state
~ First Division High School Choir
~ 12 out of 16 district championships in athletics
Belton is known nationally for its exceptional school system. This recognition has led to many newcomers to Central Texas making special efforts to locate within the Belton Independent School District.
In 1999 the District was a recognized school district according to the Texas Education Agency Accountability Rating System. Additionally, four individual schools were identified as recognized while one was labeled exemplary.
The 1999 Belton ISD school board was recognized as the outstanding school board in the region. This honor has led to the school board's nomination for the outstanding school board in the state of Texas.
"Belton schools have a history of success," Dr. Harold Ramm, BISD superintendent said. "In 1998-99 we had a National Merit Finalist who earned a full scholarship to the university of her choice."
"In extracurricular activities, the Marching 100 Band of Belton High School placed First Division in University Interscholastic League contests in sight reading, concert and marching. The high school choirs took First Divisions in a number of areas including state while speech, drama, forensic and one-act play were in the top local and state winners. In girls and boys athletics, Belton won 12 of 16 championships."
"These events all involved a major portion of students in high school and junior high. Training for these winners begins at the Intermediate and elementary levels," Ramm added.
The 1999-2000 school year will begin with a new elementary school, a new high school Leadership Academy and a Kindergarten Academy. A second intermediate school is under construction.
The Belton Independent School District covers some 200 square miles including portions of Coryell County extending to the Owl creek area and The Grove communities.
Expansion of the Temple city limits over a 40-year-plus period has put some of the Belton school district in the Temple city limits and an exchange of transfers between both ISDs has become a way of life.
The latest expansion takes in Belton's Lakewood Elementary School, and the land for the new Joe M. Pirtle Elementary School whose doors opened Fall of 1999. Also, Tarver Intermediate, a second Belton Intermediate School, is in the planning stages.
Belton's enrollment in the 1999-2000 year is expected to be around 6800 Ramm said. "We had 6600 in the 1998-99 school year and we pick up about 200 each year."
Belton schools have over 450 teachers and aides, for a total of about 1,000 employees. This includes bus drivers, custodians, cooks, maintenance staff, paraprofessionals, professionals "and the many devoted people it takes to maintain the quality system we have," Ramm said.
To best meet the needs of the entire school system, part of Central will be used for a Kindergarten Academy with all kindergarten students attending one site, rather than a kindergarten division in each elementary school. This gives additional classroom space for elementary school students and gears an entire section for the very small children.
A part of Central will house some Belton Junior High School classes. The groups will be separated by closing halls and using separate entrances.
Belton has a Parent University designed to help parents be partners in their children's educational progress. The Parent Involvement program offers classes in helping children in their homework, a Parent Resource library, Partnership Pledges and other tools designed to help parents take an active role in their child's education.
The Continuing Education Division offers classes from advanced computer instruction to genealogical research, line dancing, art lessons and classes for children in twirling and cheerleading.
Belton ISD is committed to ensuring every student achieves maximum educational potential.
Belton Independent School District is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 12
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