Superintendent's Message

Lytle ISD is a relationship focused environment that serves as a launching point for students to realize their potential.
We instill character, confidence and respect.
We foster curiosity.
We equip to achieve.
We expect excellence.                                               

It’s an exciting time to be a part of what’s happening in Lytle ISD. We have been blessed to be at the forefront of a movement for the betterment of education for our students. The community support of our efforts has been humbling. Community participation in our efforts to determine what kind of education we want for our children helps guide our decisions every day. Voting in favor of two bonds and a tax rollback election has helped put the district in a position to provide our students the best learning opportunities available.

That same community support has helped us achieve several accolades as well. We have been featured in both the Bragging Rights issue of Texas School Business and the Texas Association of School Boards 2011 Annual Report. Without community support, it’s not likely the Lytle ISD’s trustees would have been recognized as the 2011 Regional Honor Board. It was a community member that nominated the district as for the HEB Excellence in Education Award. Once we were named a finalist, HEB sent several education experts to the district to see what was going on and to visit with staff, parents, community members and students. Their conclusion - Lytle ISD: HEB Small District of the Year. These acknowledgements of our community efforts will help guide our next steps as we help lead the transformation of our schools to ensure the best possible education for each and every student within the district.

Lytle ISD has recently become a member of the Standard-Bearer School District Network. Partnering with the Schlechty Center, our goal is to help transform our schools from places focused on compliance to places focused on engagement. The Lytle ISD Board is one of more than 800 of the 1100 Texas school districts that have adopted a resolution opposing high-stakes testing as the only assessment that matters in federal and state accountability. This resolution suggests that such testing has become, in the words of former Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott, “a perversion of its original intent”.  The vision for the district generated by the board, agrees with the additional sentiment expressed in the resolution that “the system of the past will not prepare our students to lead in the future…”.

Because of the district’s successes and its commitment to providing “a launching point for students to realize their potential”, the district was asked to tell our story of transformation. More than 200 board members and superintendents from across the state came to see our presentation, Small District – Big Changes at the Texas Association of School Boards Convention in Austin. Also as a result of our efforts, I have been selected to serve as one of 39 superintendents to participate in the Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Institute. According to a Texas Association of School Administrators, this program is designed to develop and sustain leaders “to expand their leadership beyond the local level and work together to define the future of education in our state.”

The district has also been selected as one of eight districts to participate in the Texas TIF Project. This group of districts received a $40.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is operating in partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Association of School Boards. As a piece of our participation, Lytle will play a leadership role in the development of a new teacher appraisal system for the state while providing our teachers extra opportunities to enrich and enhance their teaching skills and provide our students the best learning available.

The reason these efforts are critical is that each of our children have special gifts and talents. If we are to “expect excellence”, each student’s gift needs to be nurtured. Without such nurturing, we are less likely to “foster curiosity”. Each gift we are able to help flourish allows us to “equip to achieve” which benefits the entire Lytle community. By believing in our children’s future and the adults in our school community, we will “instill character, confidence and respect” in our students. Our futures all depend on working together to achieve our vision.

Today, like all the others, is a great day to be a Pirate,          

Lytle ISD is a relationship focused environment that serves as a launching point for students to realize their potential.
We instill character, confidence and respect.
We foster curiosity.
We equip to achieve.
We expect excellence.                                               

Posted on October 15, 2012 and filed under Announcements, Good News.