Dear Hondo Students, Parents, and Community:
I hope everyone had a great summer break! Here at HISD, we are ready to get our students back and start an awesome school year. We’ve had a good teacher/staff in-service week last week and we are all refreshed and ready to begin. The upcoming school year promises to be a good one, as I believe we’ve laid a strong foundation to produce life-long learners who are productive members of society.
This year, the Hondo ISD Board of Trustees has acted to insure the high quality of our teaching staff by approving a raise for employees comprised of 3.5% of the total budget. No longer are we the lowest paid faculty in the area; we now have been raised to competitive levels with the similar districts in our area. In addition, we have added a $3,500 bonus for secondary math and science teachers to make sure we attract and keep the best of the best here in Hondo.
We have initiated a new writing curriculum at all campuses as well, to make sure that our students are able to express themselves effectively in a world where communication is routinely relegated to initials like LOL, YOLO, DTYNWITB (do you know what I’m talking about?) and DTS (didn’t think so.)
When faced with a $100K computer shortage, HISD provided the means to get the hardware that was needed and to ensure that we don’t fall behind in technology again.
We are starting to do some general maintenance projects to get all of our facilities in the best shape they can be. Our students work hard every day to be the winners we’ve come to expect; they deserve no less than a learning environment that will help them succeed in that effort.
Lawmakers and the candidates that wish to become lawmakers beat up on public schools with abandon, and schools face so much bad publicity on the few instances of violence, bullying, poor instruction, and bad educators making the news that sometimes it may be hard to focus on all of the wonderful things our own district has to offer. If you haven’t been to school since your own student days, I invite you to come by and visit with our administrative team at any of the campuses and get the real story. Better yet, get involved—volunteer at one of the campuses, be a McDowell MS Mentor, get active in HABA, FFA Boosters or the Band Boosters. If you take the time to find out what’s really going on at HISD, I think you’ll see that we are serious when we say Every Student—Every Classroom—Every Day.