It has been over three years since Stacey Brister was appointed as the superintendent of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District (LCMCISD). Brister has spent her entire 30 plus years in education at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district.
Her three years as superintendent have seen Brister deal with natural disasters and manmade disasters including a train derailment near the Mauriceville Elementary and Middle Schools where she had previously served as the principal. Brister advised, “We rehearsed that situation, I was at Mauriceville Middle School for 22 years, and we rehearsed and evaluated that railroad track all the time, what’s on the railroad track, what should we do in case of an emergency, and when it came time to act we acted, and I was very pleased with how that situation was handled.” Brister is now helping the district make it through the current pandemic.
Schools like everybody else have been dealing with the Coronavirus for the last year and a half. In the last few weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases seem to be going down on most of the school campuses.
That has definitely been the case at the schools in the LCMCISD. Superintendent Brister said the Coronavirus cases on her district’s campuses are at their lowest since the pandemic began. Brister reported, “This week we had zero cases, that’s staff and students, we haven’t been there since March of 2020. It’s exciting that we see those numbers dropping every day.”
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville School District like many other school districts in the county is looking towards expanding its campuses. Also, like other schools Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School is somewhat landlocked with little available property adjacent to the current campus.
LC-M Superintendent Brister told KOGT’s Gary Stelly at the Bears game vs. Jasper that she and the school trustees are looking at the possibility of moving the current softball field and using that location for additional parking off of Bear Path. Brister indicated, “We know in the big games that there is a crowd issue for parking. We continue to look at those needs and that is always an option that is out there to consider.”
Brister expressed concern over the current situation where fans attending events at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School must park on the shoulder of Bear Path Drive which has no lights to illuminate the road at night.
As superintendent Brister supports all the activities at LC-M. Coming up this month in October will be the state marching band competition in which the Bear marching band has excelled in for several years.
Brister said the band has marched in competitions in Friendswood and Katy to be ready for the Saturday, October 16, regional Marching Band Contest at Port Neches-Groves High School. Brister praised, “It puts our kids in front of a large crowd, usually on outstanding field surfaces and to learn things to know how to march on turf if they were at the state marching contest. Just preparing them in front of the crowd to critique with judges it helps them to continuously improve.”
Brister is pleased with the communication and cooperation she and the other school superintendents in the county have with each other. “I work with an incredible group of Orange County superintendents. We communicate regularly, we help one another, we try to come together as a group especially in emergency settings, we also work with the Orange County Emergency Management, and are in constant contact with them in situations like that,” Brister concluded.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-