It’s spring break, but students and staff are still hard at it. Students are committed to their programs and their coaches. As well, many of our seniors are working feverishly on scholarship applications and dual credit papers this spring break. This week we have just a minute to slow down a bit, and it has caused me to have time to think about what all is happening in Austin and how it might impact the positive strides we are making at San Saba ISD. In the news recently has been the success of our sports program, but as I recently wrote to the girls basketball team, I believe it is the success of our sports program that has had an impact on all our programs at SSISD. From Pre-K to 12
If the Legislature cuts our school funding anywhere from $450,000 to $850, 000 next year, will we still be able to move forward with our academic and athletic successes? Without teachers, it is hard to move anything forward. It is this thought that we will have to move forward with a skeleton crew that keeps me up at night. Since I have been in the District and at it’s highest enrollment, that I can recall San Saba ISD had as many as 138 employees. Presently we are at 118 full-time employees. As well, we currently have 718 students. At the end of this school year to date, we will absorb through attrition and resignations, 14 positions. To adequately provide the type of education we want our students to have it will be difficult to start school 14 positions short. I hope that in May, the Legislature will have found a fair and equitable way to distribute funds so that we will not be forced to put our students in educational jeopardy. The bottom line is, it takes teachers, it takes custodians, it takes food service people and it takes office staff to adequately hold school on a daily basis. As I said earlier in this article, students are committed, I hope that the Legislature will be committed to the students. We don’t want to simply be adequate in our educational system, we want to be superior! It takes people to be superior! We can all get by on doing the bare minimum, but is the bare minimum what we want for our kids? Our kids give so much and they deserve the best that we can give to them!
Please visit www.san-saba.net to view events and find information you need to know about SSISD. As well, don’t forget to sign up for the "alerts" available from the website, and don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for the Parent Portal giving parents access to grades and attendance. Parents, let us know how we can help you the first day of school all the way until the last day of school!! If you have any question about this article or any other question about school happenings please contact me at 325/372-3144 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . We are San Saba! We are together!
th grade it seems that our students care more about doing their very best and they are believing that no obstacle is too great to overcome—You have to start winning somewhere and that feeling of success will permeate all boundaries.