Goliad superintendent wants to go above and beyond state

By Sara Sneath , SARA PRIEST

By Sara Sneath , SARA PRIEST
Aug. 8, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.
Updated Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.

The Goliad superintendent has higher standards than that of the Texas Education Agency's accountability ratings.

Despite once again meeting state standards, the district's superintendent, Emilio Vargas III, said he sees room for improvement.

"We are not satisfied with just meeting state averages. Our goal is to be an exceptional school district," he said.

The district has been working to improve its reading and writing scores by focusing on English-as-a-second-language students and dyslexia services.

For the last two years, the district has also hosted a nontraditional summer school to focus on the reading and writing abilities of younger students, Vargas said.

"We didn't have as much growth as we had desired, but we did have growth," he said.

While all of the campuses met standards, the middle school campus did exceptionally well, performing above most middle schools in the area and state, Vargas said.

To help the district further improve next year, Vargas plans to bring community members into the schools to read to the students. He also wants high school students to participate in the learning process for younger students by helping them learn reading and writing.



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