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Old 05-20-2013, 09:05 PM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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SAISD's Board has major problems, but there are a few bright lights. This, I believe, has less to do with SAISD and everything to do with the communities in which these schools exist. Our goal is to replicate the success at these few schools on other campuses, one school at a time.
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Agreed 100%. My biggest "beef" with SAISD is the Board. Hopefully that will change with the new members just voted in. The problem I have routinely seen is that the Board consistently ignores parents and those that want to see success.

Example 1: Bonham Elementary. The Board tried for years to shut the school despite its proven record. The parents saved it... and then saved it again.

Example 2: YWLA. The Board's reputation and interference is so toxic that I have heard that when going after grants, the school doesn't even mention "SAISD". Those that believe in the school (parents, concerned citizens, faculty) have made it what it is.

Example 3: Woodlawn Elementary. This would be my kid's "home" school (we do private). I attended a bond update meeting and the bond manager (not the design team) basically treated the parents and faculty like idiots. They had ideas (good ones in the view of this architect) about its future conversion to a pk-8 academy... and they were publicly dismissed. I came home and said dejectedly, "our kids will never go to that school." Trying again at another meeting, my spouse asked about how our community (or we) could volunteer... but received zero encouragement from the Board.

Harlandale is far from perfect (though some well-publicized failings cost two Board Members their seats this election cycle... a good thing), but I get the sense that their Board really wants to see the district as a whole improve. In order for SAISD to take that next step, our Board must trust its residents and faculty, put aside ego, and let go of their fiefdoms. Only then do I believe that the successes at the k-8 level will translate upward to its high schools.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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Agreed 100%. My biggest "beef" with SAISD is the Board. Hopefully that will change with the new members just voted in. The problem I have routinely seen is that the Board consistently ignores parents and those that want to see success.

Harlandale is far from perfect (though some well-publicized failings cost two Board Members their seats this election cycle... a good thing), but I get the sense that their Board really wants to see the district as a whole improve. In order for SAISD to take that next step, our Board must trust its residents and faculty, put aside ego, and let go of their fiefdoms. Only then do I believe that the successes at the k-8 level will translate upward to its high schools.
Agreed. The Board is under the strangle-hold of one person, who appears to have no interest in education. I believe he represents your area, but could be off on boundaries. Our current board member just changed, and while I have high hopes, I don't expect him to be the force for change we'd like, esp as long as the current leader is there.
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