Furthermore I was quite surprised to learn that VISD has a 70% Free and Reduced lunch enrollment. Doesn't that seem incredibly high? I do realize that we have a certain segment of our local community that is impoverished, but 70%? Wow, that's really, really sad and I'm now starting to understand the problems VISD has a little clearer. This was something I would have never guessed.
Lastly, I too have been told by a school district administrator that the East campus has now far exceeded all the original enrollment predictions, and that West has lost several hundred students. I have also had this confirmed by parenst of students at West and at East. Why such a shift? Also it appears that VISD will likely need a 3rd High School somehwere south of town in the very near future. Has there been any solid discussion by district officials about a futures plan?
I have a few questions for Dr. Moore and for the Allison Miles. I applaud VISD for all the great things they have announced, however was Dr. Moore somewhat vague, or is this just the Advocate condensing some of what he actually said and topics that he went into further detail about, during the luncheon?
For example, Dr. Moore stated "Among other things, the district completion rate will likely hit 90 percent this year, the number of disciplinary incidents will likely decrease and programs are expanding."
1.) What completion rate is he referring to? The High School Graduation rate? Does that mean 90% of all High School seniors in VISD will graduate with a traditional High School diploma? Or does that mean VISD is counting GED's and any other form of "completion"? Also what exactly does "likely" mean?
2.) Why does he believe "discipline incidents" will "likely" decrease? Isn't that a little premature to announce considering school is only 2 1/2 months into session? Typically a school district doesn't predict a total number of discipline referals until the school year is completed? Who can predict what the future holds? Did a directive come down from Central Office directing all administrators not to code certain "discipline" referals as actual "incidents"? I am not suggesting that this has occurred, however we all know that numbers are numbers and districts can create statistics one way or the other to reflect favorably based on policy and administrative directives and practices. Hopefully that was just him being optimistic?
3.) What programs are "expanding"? Very interested in that, as this could be a selling point for the district? I realize he stated that "The Victoria Center for Advanced Learning", which has 953 students enrolled, offers 32 courses and added 10 new courses. Where is this center "school" located? Is this 953 additional students. This doesn't count all the High School AP students does it? Can't students at the two High Schools take "Advanced Learning" classes, without having to leave their home campuses and enroll in this school? According to Moore, this is almost 1,000 additional students. This is significant.
Talked to a few kids at East and was told so crowding it is unreal. The hall-ways are so packed with student it is unreal. Have you seen the gyms why so small? The high school are so small will have to add on soon. I have seen the new pool it is amazing. When will get the equipement to use it? The clocks are not working yet. Have to have clocks to use at a meet.
what you know, splitting up all the trouble makers between to hs's helps cut down on incidents !
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visd seems to be back on track, good to see.