The Conroe Independent School District was honored at the May 21 Board meeting for receiving the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award for the eighth year in a row. The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to advancing music education through active participation.
“Let me begin by thanking you, our CISD Board of Trustees, for your support of the Fine Arts that allows opportunities like this to be possible,” stated Dr. Robert Horton, Conroe ISD Coordinator of Fine Arts, as he shared about the award. “Of the over 15,000 potential applicants and 2,000 school districts that applied, Conroe ISD was selected as one of the 623 in the nation across 41 different states to be recognized. I guess it’s probably also no surprise that over 10 percent of those that were recognized are from Texas, so music education is alive and well in the State of Texas, and especially in Conroe ISD.”
Board Member Scott Moore remarked, “Several years ago when several school districts were facing budget cuts and were laying off fine arts staff, this board made a commitment not to do so because we believe very strongly in fine arts education, not just for the beauty that it brings to us, but also for the academic results that it brings.”
Established in 1999, the BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and exemplify commitment and support for music education. The twentieth annual survey measured a variety of factors, including budgetary commitment to music, opportunities to learn music, the presence of highly qualified, certified music teachers, adherence to state and national standards, types of musical experiences offered and opportunities for performance and competition, among others. A community had to show that they are committed to access and high standards for music education in all areas to be named a Best Community.