Superintendent's column: Thank you to VISD Board of Trustees

Jan. 18, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.

January 2014 has been proclaimed School Board Recognition Month, and at our Thursday board meeting, we had the distinct privilege to honor seven special people who unselfishly serve as champions for our children. This year's theme is Hearts and Hands for Kids, and we truly believe that the decision for this theme was based on the actions of our very own VISD board members. We are extremely grateful for the leadership that is provided by our board of trustees. Our seven board members serve as a guiding force to an exemplary education and provide extensive opportunities for student success. Their efforts and sound decisions continue to illuminate our 612 square miles of excellence and provide a future of hope and endless possibilities to every child, every classroom, every day.

We also want to recognize the fact that no one on the board serves alone. Their families are also in service to the community even though their names have never been on a ballot. However, if you visit with the spouses of the trustees, you will never hear a complaint. They all voice support for their spouse and recognize the importance of leading a school district.

Great school boards care as much about values as they do about victory, as much about purpose as they do about profit and as much about being useful as they do about being successful. Of the 1,000-plus school districts across the state of Texas, there are no other school boards that deserve this recognition and celebration more than our very own Victoria ISD Board of Trustees. They are an amazing group of individuals who voluntarily take up the enormous responsibility of governing our schools, and we are very proud of them.

We are extremely excited to announce the expansion of the new dual credit and certification opportunities that we will be providing our students for the 2014-15 school year. Some of these options include: process technology, DC circuits and the VISD Fire Fighting Academy. Our first step in planning these courses was to bring together and seek advice from our community and industry stakeholders. We would like to acknowledge and thank Golden Crescent Workforce, Victoria College, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Victoria Economic Development Corp. and our Partners in Industry for their invaluable input throughout this collaboration process. We are very confident that this plan will move the VISD in the right direction in meeting our community and workforce needs.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Alcoa, Dow, Invista, Formosa and the city of Victoria fire and police departments for their tireless efforts in making our school district and our community such an extraordinary place to be. One of the pieces of data used in this process was the target occupation list provided to us by the Golden Crescent Workforce Development Board. Not only did this data assist us with the selection of the new course offerings, but it also helped us in the evaluation of our current Career and Technical Education offerings. The critical components that determined the selection of our many new courses were required to meet the following: mirror the needs of industry and job seekers, be in high demand, provide a sufficient livable wage and demonstrate sustained growth potential. We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to these champions for education for allowing our students the opportunity to pursue their dreams and to make the impossible possible. It has been said that "no one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another." Please join me in recognizing our community partners as we say thank you for a job well done.

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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