The Elgin Independent School District will join 1,025 school districts throughout Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Dr. Jodi Duron announced January 8, 2020.
“Our school board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all without pay. Their goal is always focused on the future success of our students and their contribution to our community,” Duron said. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to express our gratitude for all that they do.”
Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. Elgin ISD’s board is responsible for an annual budget of $47.6 million, 4,575 students, 660 employees and seven campuses.
“With the support and leadership of our school board, Elgin ISD has been able to expand access to programs and opportunities for all students. Whether directly entering college, a career or the military, Elgin ISD students can realize their hopes and dreams because of the outstanding education they receive in Elgin ISD,” Duron said.
For the third year in a row, Elgin ISD has been recognized as a District of Innovation. Additionally, Elgin High School has received an honor of distinction from the Texas Education Agency for Postsecondary Readiness for the past three years. Other points of pride that make Elgin ISD an exceptional learning institution include:
- Postsecondary course offerings through Dual Credit, Early College High School (ECHS), Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP and OnRamps;
- Partnerships with ACC to include Dual Credit, ECHS, P-TECH Welding and Apple Swift Coding;
- One-way and two-way dual language programs at each of our elementary campuses;
- “Grow Your Own” Teacher program;
- Programs of study, career pathways and industry-based certification programs leading to high-wage jobs;
- Farm-to-School Program which supports our local economy and provides our students with locally grown fruits and vegetables in our cafeterias;
- A range of extracurricular activities that tap into the interests and needs of our students;
- Partnerships with Communities in Schools, Bluebonnet Trails and a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, supporting the health and wellness of our entire community; and
- The ACE after-school program, providing students extended learning opportunities beyond the instructional day.
“These are just some of the programs that we are especially proud to showcase,” Duron said. Importantly, though, none of this would be possible without a school board that supports the efforts of its superintendent and administration. “They are doing this job for the right reason, and with an expectation to continue our progress forward.”
Board members serving Elgin ISD are president Byron Mitchell, vice president Beth Walterscheidt, secretary Valarie Neidig, parliamentarian Angie Edmon, Geno Chavarria, David Glass and JD Harkins.
“It is more important than ever for communities to unite in support of our public schools, the cornerstone and foundation of our democracy, so that today’s students are prepared for the world that they will lead tomorrow. Please take a moment and thank our school board members for their service, for caring about our children, and for giving so much to our community. Let them know we support them and that their commitment to Elgin ISD is recognized and truly appreciated,” Duron said.