Southwest Independent School District, Texas

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Southwest Independent School District
Bexar County, Texas
Southwest ISD District Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft
Enrollment:12,459 students
Number of schools:16
Budget: $132 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike C. Frazier
Board members:7
Term length:3
Southwest Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves parts of Bexar County. It is the 88th-largest school district in Texas, serving 12,459 students in 16 schools with an operating budget of $132 million.[1]

About the district

Southwest Independent School District is located in Bexar County, Texas
Southwest Independent School District is located in Bexar County, Texas. The county seat of Bexar County is San Antonio. The county's population was 1,714,773 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Bexar County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas slightly in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 25.9 percent of Bexar County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. Bexar County had a median income of $49,141 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Bexar County was 17.8 percent in 2010 compared to a 17.4 percent rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Bexar County (%) Texas (%)
White 85.6 80.6
Black or African American 8.1 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 2.7 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 59.1 38.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]


The superintendent of Southwest Independent School District is Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, who was appointed to the position in May 2010. He began his career in 1989 as a teacher and coach at McNair Middle School in Southwest ISD. He has since held the positions of assistant principal, principal and various other administrative roles, including assistant superintendent for Southwest ISD.[5]

School board

The Southwest School Board consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.[6]

Southwest School Board
Member Role Term Ends
Mike C. Frazier President 2017
Sylvester Vasquez, Jr. Vice President 2016
Ida Sudolcan Secretary 2016
James Sullivan, Jr. Assistant Secretary 2015
Florinda Bernal Member 2015
Keith Byrom Member 2015
Yolanda Garza-Lopez Member 2017

School board elections

See also: Southwest Independent School District elections (2015)

Members of the Southwest school board are elected to three-year terms. Two seats were up for election on May 10, 2014; Board President Mike C. Frazier and member Yolanda Garza-Lopez were re-elected to the board. Three seats are scheduled for election on May 9, 2015. Two seats will be up for election in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:

As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. [7]

—Southwest Independent School District's website, (2011) [8]


The table below displays the budget for Southwest Independent School District:[1][9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $77,022,177 66.7% $19,406,886 16.8% $12,353,044 10.7% $5,614,469 4.9% $1,092,291 0.9% $115,488,867
2012-2013 $79,642,429 65.7% $21,272,330 17.6% $12,941,489 10.7% $6,389,617 5.3% $953,827 0.8% $121,199,692
2013-2014 $70,797,731 53.6% $20,282,774 15.4% $15,482,233 11.7% $13,593,377 10.3% $11,871,402 9% $132,027,517
Averages: $75,820,779 62% $20,320,663.33 17% $13,592,255.33 11% $8,532,487.67 7% $4,639,173.33 4% $122,905,358.67

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Southwest Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. Based on the 2013-2014 pay scale, teachers with no experience and a bachelor's degree start out earning a salary of $49,305 and earn up to $65,255 with 31 years or more experience. Teachers with no experience and a master's degree start out earning a salary of $50,305 and earn up to $68,825 with 31 years or more experience. An additional $1000 is added to the master's degree pay scale for those with a doctorate degree.[10]

Schools in Southwest ISD


Southwest Independent School District serves 12,459 students, as of 2011-2012 enrollment data. Southwest Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[11]

District schools

Southwest Independent School District operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Southwest Independent School District Schools
School Name
Big Country Elementary School
Bob Hope Elementary School
Elm Creek Elementary School
Hidden Cove Elementary School
Indian Creek Elementary School
Kriewald Road Elementary School
McAuliffe Middle School
McNair Middle School
Medio Creek Elementary School
Scobee Middle School
Sky Harbour Elementary School
Southwest Academy
Southwest Elementary School
Southwest High School
Spicewood Park Elementary School
Sun Valley Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Southwest Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 81 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[13]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 17,799 28,185 63 50
Student Progress 1,020 3,400 30 21
Closing Performance Gaps 940 1,500 63 50
Postsecondary Readiness 671.6 800 84 75

Contact information

Southwest ISD District Logo.jpg
Southwest School Board
11914 Dragon Lane
San Antonio, TX 78252
Phone: (210) 622-4300

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Texas Education Agency, "Select District for Financial (Budget 2014) Report," accessed December 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bexar County," accessed March 12, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  5. Southwest Independent School District, "Superintendent," accessed June 24, 2014
  6. Southwest Independent School District, "Southwest ISD School Board," accessed June 24, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Southwest Independent School District, "Public Participation," May 23, 2011
  9. Southwest Independent School District, "Southwest Independent School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 3, 2013
  10. Southwest Independent School District, "Teacher Salary Pay Scale," accessed June 24, 2014
  11. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
  12. Southwest Independent School District, "Southwest ISD Schools," accessed June 24, 2014
  13. Southwest Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014