Victoria Independent School District, Texas
|Victoria Independent School District|
|Victoria County, Texas|
|Number of schools:||24|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Tami Keeling|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Victoria ISD
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtVictoria County, Texas. The county seat of Victoria County is Victoria. The county's population was 86,793 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Victoria County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment and median income. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 16.7 percent of Victoria County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. Victoria County had a median income of $50,097 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Victoria County was 16.8 percent in 2010 compared to a 17.4 percent rate for the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Victoria County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||6.9||12.3|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.8||1.0|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.1||0.1|
|Two or More Races||1.3||1.7|
|Hispanic or Latino||44.5||38.2|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.
The superintendent of Victoria Independent School District is Robert Jaklich, who was appointed to the position in July 2012. He had previously been serving as the superintendent of Harlandale Independent School District since 2008. He had also been a longtime educator and administrator in the district, serving there since 1997.
Controversy over Harlandale departure
In 2012, Jaklich resigned from Harlandale ISD following reports that two then board members, Velma Ybarra and Jesse Alaniz, had given him the lowest possible ranking on an evaluation. Ybarra later released a statement that this was due to "high pregnancy rates and what she said were expected to be low test scores on the state's new STAAR test." According to trustee Tomás Uresti, a supporter of Jaklich, he had limited support from the majority on the board, the pressure from which led him to resign from Harlandale. Following his resignation, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro spoke out publicly in dismay over the actions of Harlandale's board members. On his Facebook page, Castro stated that, "certain Harlandale trustees made a huge mistake in driving out Superintendent Robert Jaklich" and that he "[wondered] if they realized how badly they have shortchanged Harlandale's students.”
The Victoria ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected by district to three-year terms.
|Victoria ISD Board of Trustees|
|Member||Role||District #||Term Ends|
|Tami Keeling||President||District 5||2017|
|Bernard Klimist||Vice President||District 6||2016|
|Kevin VanHook||Secretary||District 1||2016|
|Estella De Los Santos||Trustee||District 4||2015|
|Michael DiSanto||Trustee||District 7||2016|
|Ross Mansker||Trustee||District 2||2015|
|L.J. 'Lou' Svetlik||Trustee||District 3||2017|
School board elections
Members of the Victoria ISD Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Two seats were scheduled to be up for election on May 10, 2014, however the district canceled this election since both incumbents were running unopposed. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015.
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. 
—Victoria Independent School District's website, (2011), 
The table below displays the budget for Victoria Independent School District:
|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|
According to the salary schedule released prior to the 2013-2014 academic year, teachers in Victoria ISD earned salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement.
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Victoria ISD
Victoria Independent School District serves 14,402 students, as of 2011-2012 enrollment data. Victoria Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Victoria Independent School District operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Victoria Independent School District Schools|
|Aloe Elementary School|
|Cade Middle School|
|Chandler Elementary School|
|Crain Elementary School|
|DeLeon Elementary School|
|Dudley Elementary School|
|F.W. Gross Montessori Elementary School|
|Guadalupe Elementary School|
|Hopkins Elementary School|
|Howell Middle School|
|Mission Valley Elementary School|
|O'Connor Elementary School|
|Patti Welder Middle School|
|Rowland Elementary School|
|Schorlemmer Elementary School|
|Shields Elementary School|
|Smith Elementary School|
|Stroman Middle School|
|Torres Elementary School|
|Vickers Elementary School|
|Victoria East High School|
|Victoria West High School|
|William Wood Elementary School|
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.
Victoria Independent School District received an Improvement Required 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:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||542||1,000||54||50|
- School board elections portal
- Victoria Independent School District elections (2014)
- Texas school districts
- List of school districts in Texas
- Victoria Independent School District, "Business Office," accessed December 12, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Victoria County," accessed March 12, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- My San Antonio, "Mayor slams Harlandale school board for superintendent departure," June 6, 2012
- My San Antonio, "Jaklich leaving Harlandale post for Victoria," June 1, 2012
- Victoria Independent School District, "Board of Trustees," accessed June 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Victoria Independent School District, "Public Participation," May 19, 2011
- Victoria Independent School District, "2013-2014 Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed June 26, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- Victoria Independent School District, "Home," accessed June 26, 2014 (timed out)
- Victoria Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014