SAISD to lease city facilities to continue adult education programs-updated

SAISD to lease city facilities to continue adult education programs

Following the approval by the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees on Dec. 9, 2013, the District has moved forward to execute lease agreements with the City of San Antonio for the Bob & Jeanne Billa and Margarita Huantes Community Learning Centers, in order to continue to hold adult education classes within these areas of our community. The District will also open its Bowie facility, on 439 Arbor Place, for classes to serve those adults who would have gone to the City’s St. Mary’s and Willie Velasquez Learning Centers.
Under the lease agreement with the City of San Antonio, SAISD will cover the cost of maintenance and utilities for the two centers, with rent to the city of $1 per center for the six month lease with the potential for renewal.
“We recognize the importance of providing a quality education for students of all ages, and have committed District funds to continue to serve the adult community,” said Dr. Sylvester Perez, superintendent of SAISD. “These programs not only benefit these adults, but their children – our PK-12 students – and our overall community as well.”San Antonio ISD serves approximately 4,000 adult students a year at a number of locations throughout the District.  Approximately 2,500 of those students each year have attended classes at four of the City’s Community & Family Learning Centers located within the District boundaries, which are among seven centers the City is closing this month (note that the Willie Velasquez Center will continue to be used by the City but for other purposes.) 
SAISD will continue to offer the same high-quality programs at no cost to the community for: Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language, TANF, and English Literacy and Civics.
“We are committed to providing the programs to help ensure adults in our community have the skills necessary to function effectively in their personal and family lives, in the workplace, and in the community,” said Rebecca Atchley, SAISD director of Adult and Community Education.  “We will continue to plan and implement our best practices to ensure that every student in our program has been given the best educational opportunities.”
SAISD will hold registration and testing for new students at these facilities January 6-17, 2014, with orientation and classes starting the week of January 21. Day and evening classes will be held, starting at 8:30 a.m., Monday – Thursday, with possibly a few classes to be held on Fridays. The District is in the process of finalizing the class schedules.
For more information community members may contact the SAISD Adult and Community Education office at 210-299-1102.

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