Superintendent's column: School district cares, faces its challenges

Feb. 14, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.

The Victoria Independent School District established its roots in 1824 as Don Martin DeLeon and 41 families settled into the region that is now known as Victoria.

The past 190 years have brought about much change, but our commitment to provide all children in our community the opportunity to develop their mental, moral and physical capabilities to their maximum potential remains constant. Our students are and will continue to be our most important resource and the core value of every decision we make.

Each and every day in the VISD, we are faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as difficult situations. We identify these opportunities as defining moments. Defining moments help form us and inform others about who we are and what we stand for. The insight gained from embracing these defining moments provides us with the knowledge and expertise to make the right decisions. Recent events related to our school district definitely fall into the category of defining moments. As superintendent of schools, I want to assure you that our decisions are based on two requirements. First, we will always do things right, and second, we will always do the right thing.

As we continue to move forward as a school district, we are committed to working together with you in providing our students with a future of hope and endless possibilities. The power of any school district lies deep within its people, and we believe that excellence in education is based on professional standards of excellence for students, faculty and staff. As educational leaders, we also believe that every parent has a dream that his or her child will be happy and successful.

As a school district, we equally share in this dream, and we are committed to providing engaging, appropriate and challenging experiences for all of our students. We also realize that preparing our students for success in the workforce is secondary to our responsibility to prepare them for success in life.

Great school districts must care as much about values as they do about victory, as much about purpose as they do about profit and as much about being effective as they do about being successful.

It has been said that we should not limit our challenges but instead challenge our limits. It is clearly evident in the Victoria ISD that we have the passion, the commitment and the purpose to make a difference in the lives of our students and in the lives of each other. It is truly an honor to serve as your superintendent of schools.

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the entire school district, thank you for making our students your No. 1 priority and for believing, "Every day is a gift, and everyone is important."

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



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