• Smith elementary school has ALOT of kids this year.most classes have 27 to 29 students which is just plain out ridiculous.this leaves no room for the kids to communicate well with the teacher and they probably will not learn much this year.this needs to be fixed or our kids will not be getting the education that is needed.hope Diane boyett can fix this problem for the school very soon.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
  • Traditionally, enrollment drops and shifts as the year moves along. By Christmas break you will get a better idea of "true" student enrollment numbers. My concern has always been VISD's policy of "busing" kids to schools in neighborhoods in which they do not reside. The tax payers are funding these unnecessary trips by the buses to shuttle kids from one neighborhood to the next. Why wont VISD just let kids go to school at their neighborhood school? It's a ridiculous and extremely costly practice. And we wonder why the enrollment is so out of balance. Don't even get me started on the "Magnet" or "GT" programs they claim to have in place. It's a joke, and not to mention a bold face lie. When is VISD ever going to get their act together? I keep hoping and praying something will change, but I'm always disappointed.

    How about the controversy that hit this morning on the news with the dress code issue? Did I hear VISD officials say "Yes we have a dress code, however it's open for interpretation by the individual campus administrators." All I can say is UNBELIEVABLE! And they wonder why they are in trouble.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:21 a.m.
  • Cut class size and hire more teachers. School problems fixed.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:37 a.m.
  • Let's see. 74 students divided by 22 = 7. ??? Besides, will just spend the money on something and when they go somewhere else next year we will raise taxes to make up the difference.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:26 a.m.
  • Let's see.............74 students at around $4000 per student from the STATE is almost $300,000.00. Kick them out and VISD could lose around 7 teachers or cut the budget somewhere else. Also, remember that parents in a school districts are not the only ones paying taxes. Every property and business owner pays taxes to pay for your child's school, even if they don't have kids or if thier child goes to private school or is home schooled. Not to mention that not every tax payer pays the same thing. Should someone that payes more taxes get the better teachers or first choice of the school they want to attend?? Of course not. Your idea is good on the surface, but if you think it through, VISD is actually doing the smart thing by taking in these students.

    August 24, 2011 at 7:17 a.m.
  • Let's of Wednesday August 17th, as per VISD's record of the approved transfers, there are 74 children that were transferred into VISD (out of district transfers) from the surrounding ISD's. Send them back to their "home campus" opening up 74 spots for the local children that tax payers are paying for.

    August 23, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.