Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney and members of her Executive Leadership Team covered a number of wide-ranging topics with district partners at the Superintendent’s Business Advisory Group Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 9 at the Donaldson Child Nutrition Services Center.
Goffney informed attendees that she is restructuring the district’s leadership team to better meet the needs of students and to better position schools for success. She announced four new staff assignments that will be effective on July 1, 2019.
At the meeting, District leaders provided updates regarding the 86th Legislator. The Texas House recently approved a major school finance reform package (HB3), which adds teacher raises to the bill. The legislation would increase per-student funding and mandate across-the-board teacher pay raises. HB 3 would put $6.3 billion into public education, with $2.7 billion toward slowing the growth of school district property taxes.
While many see this as a step in the right direction, the District is cautiously optimistic. Goffney lauded HB3 but realizes the fight is not over. She and district leaders hope the bill, which now makes its way to the Senate, will be fully funded by the state to make every mandate sustainable. If the state does provide full support, it would be a boost to school districts, including Aldine ISD. (Click to view Aldine ISD’s legislative agenda.)
Dr. Tamika Alford-Stephens, Assistant Superintendent of Finance, stated that the district would continue to monitor HB3.
Abel Garza, Assistant Superintendent of Community and Governmental Relations, provided an overview of pending legislation, which included the use of bond money by school districts.
Goffney also shared news about Dr. Viola M. García, an AISD Board Trustee. García was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National School Board Association (NSBA) last month at the convention in Philadelphia. García is the second school board member from Texas as well as the first Latina to be elected to the NSBA Board.
“We are so proud of Dr. García,” said Goffney. “We all admire her commitment and dedication to the students of Aldine.”
Several other announcements included:
“Early education matters for the kind of future our students will have and the kind of future we as a community will have. That means investing in children to ensure they are ready for kindergarten,” said Goffney. “Early education is essential for the growth of our young students. We want to ensure kids are reading at or above level by third grade. Studies show this is crucial if they are to succeed in the higher grade levels as well as be college- and career-ready.”
The district continues to give families options. In August 2018, AISD opened Blanson Career and Technical Education High School. The multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art campus offers 17 different CTE programs. In fall 2019, the district will open the Rose Avalos Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) School will offer four pathways of study.
Diana del Pilar, principal of the Rose Avalos Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) School was present at the luncheon. She shared information about the campus, which is a partnership between Aldine ISD, BakerRipley and Lone Star College.
Del Pilar, a MacArthur High School graduate, spoke passionately about the opportunities the school will provide AISD students. The campus is designed to offer smaller class sizes, a supportive personalized learning environment while students are earning a high school diploma, an associate’s degree, or industry certifications. Students will have a chance to take advantage of internships, apprenticeships, and other job training programs provided by business and industry partners. She encouraged business partners at the luncheon to consider serving as mentors and to provide internships for Avalos P-TECH students.
In her discussion, del Pilar stressed how business involvement helps to show relevance to students. This motivates students to get an education as they become more aware of how it correlates to success.
“There is evidence that links business involvement with fewer dropout rates. And when students see the relevance for pursuing a career in a specific industry, they are motivated not only to stay in school but to do their best,” said del Pilar. “Through school-community-business partnerships, our students can gain their economic independence.”
Before closing the event, Goffney thanked business partners for their commitment and invested interest in students. She encouraged them to continue providing feedback in creating the curriculum for career programs and to continue to support students.
“The partnership between the academic and business community enhances the learning environment for students. The resources your organizations can offer positively impact student achievement.
“Together we can make a difference in students’ lives,” said Goffney.
Please contact the Office of Communications at (281) 985-6202 or email [email protected] if you would like to form part of the Superintendent’s Business Advisory Group, take part in a steering committee or visit a school.
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