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VISD experiences higher attendance

By Carolina Astrain
Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.


BY THE NUMBERS

Student Enrollment

13,905 - 2010-11 school year

14,421 - 2011-12 school year

14,543 - 2012-13 school year

Student Attendance Rate

94 percent - 2010-11 school year

94.5 percent - 2011-12 school year

96.3 percent - 2012-13 school year

Increased Student Involvement

2007-08

216 - Number of activities

7,780 - Number of participants

2008-09

279 - Number of activities

10,562 -Number of participants

2009-10

328 - Number of activities

12,883 - Number of participants

2010-11

408 - Number of activities

16,045 - Number of participants

2011-12

441 - Number of activities

16,942 - Number of participants

[SOURCE: VISD]

NEW WEBSITE

You can visit and check out the new updates made to the Victoria Chamber of Commerce's site at VictoriaAdvocate.com.

To promote your business and for more information on ad rates, call president and CEO Randy Vivian at 361-573-5277.

Over the past three years, more students have attended classes in Victoria public schools.

The 2.3-percent increase in attendance comes with an additional 638 new students to the district since the 2010-11 school year.

VISD superintendent Robert Jaklich presented the numbers to members of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Wednesday afternoon.

An increase in parent involvement and participation in extracurricular activities deserve credit for the increase, Jaklich said.

He also projected a 6-percent increase in the district's graduation rate for this year.

The projection is based on results from data from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, which won't be final until January, after winter exams are completed.

Jaklich also emphasized a district-first for VISD - this year, the administration provided high school campuses with additional funding for preliminary SAT examinations. The tests are taken by high school sophomores and juniors.

"Education is the key to our community's future," said Randy Vivian, Victoria Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. "We've got to be involved, it's too important to ignore."

In other business, the chamber unveiled its new website and encouraged members to post their business events to the site's calendar.

"It's the product of many sleepless nights," Vivian said.

Shilo Monney, member of the chamber's website committee, guided members through the site's index.

"We obviously want advertisers to help pay for maintenance," Monney said. "But we also want people to know what's going on around the city."

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