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Superintendent's column:

By BY ROBERT JAKLICH
May 30, 2014 at 12:30 a.m.

Robert Jaklich

It is truly an exciting time to be in the Victoria Independent School District. We have experienced many magical moments with many more to follow. Each and every day, our amazing staff works extremely hard to achieve the mission of our school district, and we are committed to making our school district a better place to be, one student at a time. As we reflect on this year's accomplishments, it is clearly evident that we are surrounded by exceptional students, outstanding employees, supportive parents, a visionary Board of Trustees and a community that truly values the importance of education and career opportunities for all of our students.

In the Victoria ISD, we believe that success is the ability to recognize an opportunity, to form plans and strategies that leverage this opportunity and to develop the necessary skills needed to execute these strategies. Our focus on every child, every classroom, every day allows us to further explore additional opportunities in our quest to achieve excellence for all students. The goal of the VISD is not to simply ensure that students are taught. Our goal is to ensure that they learn. This simple shift from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning has had a profound impact in our schools.

As educators, our job is to look into the future and see the organization not as it is but as it should be. John Ruskin once stated: "The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it." In the VISD, we realize that we are not in the education business serving people; we are in the people business serving education. We are proud to state that even in these challenging times of public education, we are holding on to our vision, and our magnificent employees continue their commitment to serve as champions for our children.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Victoria community, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our outstanding VISD employees. Each day, they serve as a guiding light for all those who are in need, and we are so proud of their efforts to inspire us to become the school district we aspire to be.

Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website, visd.com.

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