Mesquite Independent School District, Texas

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Mesquite Independent School District
Mesquite, Texas
Mesquite ISD logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Linda Henrie
Enrollment:37,747 students
Number of schools:46
Budget: $421.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Robert Seward
Board members:7
Term length:3
Mesquite Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves Dallas County. It is the 29th-largest school district in Texas, serving 37,747 students in 46 schools with an operating budget of $421.4 million.[1]

About the district

Mesquite Independent School District is located in Dallas County, Texas
Mesquite Independent School District is located in Dallas County, Texas. The county seat of Dallas County is Dallas. The county's population was 2,368,139 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Dallas County outperforms the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment but underperforms in terms of median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 28.1% of Dallas County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Dallas County had a median income of $49,159 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Dallas County was 18.8% in 2010 compared to a 17.4% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Dallas County (%) Texas (%)
White 68.7 80.6
Black or African American 22.9 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.0
Asian 5.5 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 38.9 38.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3]


The superintendent of Mesquite Independent School District is Dr. Linda Henrie, who was appointed to the position in July 2005. She has served Mesquite Independent in numerous different administrative positions for over 40 years. She and her husband, Mike, have two children and five grandchildren.[4]

School board

The Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district. They serve without compensation.[5]

Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role Place # Term Ends
Robert Seward President Place 5 2017
Phil Appenzeller Vice President Place 7 2015
Christina Hall Secretary Place 6 2015
Gary Bingham Trustee Place 3 2017
Greg Everett Trustee Place 4 2017
Archimedes Faulkner Trustee Place 1 2016
Cary Tanamachi Trustee Place 2 2016

School board elections

See also: Mesquite Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees are elected at-large to three-year terms. Three seats were up for election on May 10, 2014; incumbents Gary Bingham and Robert Seward were re-elected to their Places 3 and 5 seats, respectively, while newcomer Greg Everett was elected to Place 4. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Mesquite Independent School District:[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $213,803,450 58.8% $50,005,045 13.8% $47,396,570 13% $45,700,000 12.6% $6,441,000 1.8% $363,346,065
2014-2015 $233,212,927 55.3% $55,098,956 13.1% $44,487,262 10.6% $45,700,000 10.8% $42,867,440 10.2% $421,366,585
Averages: $223,508,188.5 57% $52,552,000.5 13% $45,941,916 12% $45,700,000 12% $24,654,220 6% $392,356,325

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Mesquite Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[6]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,455 61,585
MA 49,955 63,085

Schools in Mesquite ISD


Mesquite Independent School District serves 37,747 students, as of 2012-2013 enrollment data. Mesquite Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[7]

District schools

Mesquite Independent School District operates 46 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Mesquite Independent School District Schools
School Name
Achziger Elementary School
Agnew Middle School
Austin Elementary School
Beasley Elementary School
Berry Middle School
Black Elementary School
Cannaday Elementary School
Florence Elementary School
Floyd Elementary School
Galloway Elementary School
Gentry Elementary School
Gray Elementary School
Hanby Elementary School
Hodges Elementary School
John Horn High School
Kimball Elementary School
Kimbrough Middle School
Lawrence Elementary School
Mackey Elementary School
McDonald Middle School
McKenzie Elementary School
McWhorter Elementary School
Mesquite Academy
Mesquite High School
Moss Elementary School
Motley Elementary School
A.C. New Middle School
North Mesquite High School
Pirrung Elementary School
Porter Elementary School
Poteet High School
Price Elementary School
Range Elementary School
Rugel Elementary School
Rutherford Elementary School
Seabourn Elementary School
Shands Elementary School
Shaw Elementary School
Smith Elementary School
Terry Middle School
Thompson Elementary School
Tisinger Elementary School
Tosch Elementary School
Vanston Middle School
West Mesquite High School
Wilkinson Middle School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Mesquite Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 94 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[9]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 66,347 86,104 77 50
Student Progress 1,767 5,000 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,115 1,500 74 50
Postsecondary Readiness 1,236.8 1,400 88 75

Contact information

Mesquite ISD logo.jpeg
Mesquite School Board
405 East Davis Street
Mesquite, TX 75149
Phone: (972) 288-6411

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