The Bexar County Education Coalition, a group comprised of many area school districts, recently came together in a high-level meeting hosted by ISD Southside Superintendent Rolando Ramirez . The meeting served as a fact-finding mission for State Representative John Lujan. Somerset ISD Superintendent Dr. Saul Hinojosa, Harlandale ISD Superintendent Gerald Soto, Edgewood ISD Executive Director Olga Moucoulis, and San Antonio ISD Director , Hillary Lilly, joined Superintendent Ramirez of Southside. The superintendents informed Rep. Lujan that they needed the Texas Education Agency to approve full funding for the districts’ school attendance this school year. Leaders said the current average daily attendance (ADA) funding model penalizes public school districts. The COVID omicron variant, they said, has significantly affected students coming to school. Rep. Lujan advised superintendents that he has a direct line with Education Commissioner Mike Morath and will discuss the matter with him. Additionally, Rep. Lujan said he agrees with school districts on the importance of:
- bringing a HEB to the Southside ISD.
- creation of a cybersecurity center for students on the south side of San Antonio.
- establish better and cheaper internet connectivity in South Bexar County.
Harlandale ISD board chair Norma Cavazos and Southside ISD board member Maggie Morales also joined the superintendents in expressing their desire to improve services.