Dear families of San Antonio ISD,
I have always been a staunch advocate for education. I loved school. English, in particular was my strength, and I flourished in areas of communication, history fairs and all things words.
I’m new to SAISD, and I am finding myself thoroughly enjoying my role in bringing messages to you. I will be working closely to ensure that we are communicating bond and TRE implementation information because we think transparency is extremely important. We’ve put together this website so that we can stay directly in touch with our community, as well as those who place their children’s education in the hands of this dedicated school district.
There’s a lot of planning and preparation going into this process ahead of the implementation of funds for both the bond and TRE. As you may know, both the bond and TRE (known as the tax ratification election) passed in November with more than 70 percent of voters saying yes to these two measures. Thank you SAISD community!
What that means for you is that 13 of our wonderful schools will be undergoing major upgrades as part of this bond. The seven high schools are Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Sam Houston, Jefferson and Lanier. Four middle schools are included as well, and they are Davis, Irving, Rogers, and Tafolla. Two elementary schools will receive upgrades - Bowden and J.T. Brackenridge. The District sent out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) so that we may begin the process of identifying architects, design firms and others who will play a direct role in reshaping the selected bond schools.
The bond isn’t all that’s taking place.
Over time, our other campuses will also see benefits from TRE funds with technology and other upgrades to classrooms, as well as increased academic support and expanded extracurricular activities. This will extend across the District but understandably will take time to roll out.
One initiative already underway to help student achievement is the recruiting internally and externally for 250+ highly-skilled teachers. The Districtwide program targets students who are behind and need additional support, and includes extended days and summer programs, partially funded by the TRE.
On this site, and frequently in this blog, I will provide timelines, milestones, videos and photos to you. We will share stories on the impact the bond and TRE will have on our students. It's my belief that the most important work we do is give students the tools they need for life. And that, in part, begins with the quality of our facilities, classrooms, educational programs and offerings in San Antonio ISD.
Thank you for the opportunity to work on behalf of you and your children. I invite you to subscribe to this blog (enter your email address in the box on the top right of this blog), or drop us a comment or question below. Together we will begin the dialogue on these two important measures.
Ryan W. Loyd
Assistant Director of Communications
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