Garland ISD’s new Superintendent, Dr. Rick López, revealed his 90-day entry plan at the Jan. 23 Board of Trustees regular meeting. He will hit the ground listening and learning, and then he will focus on team building, collaboration and data analysis. The result will be a strategic action plan that is focused on teaching and learning. López also laid out his introductory goals, which include a collaborative and positive working relationship with the board, forums to solicit feedback from and build relationships with all stakeholders, a districtwide leadership focus on instructional improvements and enhancements, and a deeper understanding of the safety, climate and discipline needs of the district.
Trustees approved the academic calendar for 2018-19 with the school year beginning Aug. 20. Students and staff will be off Nov. 19-23 for Thanksgiving Break, Dec. 24-Jan. 4 for Winter Break and March 11-15 for Spring Break. The last day of class next year will take place May 30. All important dates can be viewed on the school year calendar web page.
Trustees approved a new course for 2018-19 as well. Next year, an Asian American Studies class will be offered at every high school. It will teach the history of Asians in the United States from the mid-19th Century to the beginning of the 21st Century, exploring immigration, community formation, the lives of workers, the influence of global politics and economics, and struggles for equality and justice.
Recognizing the accomplishments of students and staff, the board presented Dahlia Royal and Anthony Cruz Evidence of Excellence awards. Royal, a PE teacher at Lyles Middle School, was recently named the Middle School PE Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. Cruz, a sophomore at Garland High School, heroically helped save his neighbors during a house fire in the fall.
New administrative appointments include Dr. Brent Ringo who will become the district’s new Chief Financial Officer. He comes to GISD from Highland Park ISD, succeeding Interim Deborah Cabrera.