Victoria Independent School District, Texas

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Victoria Independent School District
Victoria County, Texas
Victoria ISD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Robert Jaklich
Enrollment:14,402 students
Number of schools:24
Budget: $106.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tami Keeling
Board members:7
Term length:3
Victoria Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves Victoria County. It is the 80th-largest school district in Texas, serving 14,402 students in 24 schools with an operating budget of $106.5 million.[1]

About the district

Victoria Independent School District is located in Victoria County, Texas
Victoria Independent School District is located in Victoria County, Texas. The county seat of Victoria County is Victoria. The county's population was 86,793 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Victoria County (%) Texas (%)
White 89.6 80.6
Black or African American 6.9 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 1.3 4.2
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.[3]

Superintendent

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.”[4][5]

School board

The Victoria ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected by district to three-year terms.[6]

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

See also: Victoria Independent School District elections (2014)

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. [7]

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

Budget

Victoria Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[1]

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
2013-2014 $75,991,827 71.4% $3,466,489 3.3% $25,340,266 23.8% $0 0% $1,651,962 1.6% $106,450,544
Averages: $75,991,827 71% $3,466,489 3% $25,340,266 24% $0 0% $1,651,962 2% $106,450,544

Teacher salaries

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.[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 41,600 57,627
MA 42,600 58,627
Doctorate 43,600 59,627

Schools in Victoria ISD

Enrollment

Victoria Independent School District serves 14,402 students, as of 2011-2012 enrollment data. Victoria Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[10]

District schools

Victoria Independent School District operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Victoria Independent School District Schools
School Name
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
Hope 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

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.

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:[12]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 19,987 30,145 66 50
Student Progress 1,273 3,800 34 21
Closing Performance Gaps 542 1,000 54 50
Postsecondary Readiness 705.3 900 78 75

Contact information

Victoria ISD logo.jpg
Victoria School Board
102 Profit Drive
Victoria, TX 77901
Phone: (361) 576-3131

See also

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