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State of the District 2019

State of the District 2019

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2019 State of the District Video

News coverage:

SAISD Superintendent: District 'On Course' For Future Progress, The Rivard Report, Feb. 13, 2019

  • Mariachi
    The Irving Dual Language Academy Mariachi group, comprised of 8th graders, entertained guests as they arrived.
  • Sanchez
    San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Diane S. Sanchez welcomed the crowd.
  • Pledge
    Second graders from Irving Dual Language Academy led the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish and English.
  • Supt Martinez (2)
    Superintendent Pedro Martinez delivers his fourth State of the District address.
  • Supt Martinez
    It is a full house for the 2019 SAISD State of the District address.
  • Q and A
    San Antonio Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Richard Perez leads a Q&A session with Superintendent Martinez.

On Feb. 13, 2019, San Antonio ISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez addressed a crowd at historic Pearl Stable, celebrating District victories and recognizing challenges in his 2019 State of the District Address.  More than 300 education, business, and government leaders gave their full attention to Martinez, who has been leading the District since 2015.

“Pedro has such a strong, thoughtful, and far-reaching vision, which we have needed,” said Richard Perez, president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited and want to continue to be an advocate to the District.”

The 2019 State of the District Address was co-hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the SAISD Foundation. In his fourth address to the community, Martinez highlighted the District’s investments such as the expansion of dual language programs and International Baccalaureate schools, expanded fine arts and sports offerings, and the provision of 24/7 internet access – in home and at school – to four middle schools through the Verizon Innovative learning.  

“It was an excellent presentation,” said Mario Barrera, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce executive board member and trustee. “I think the focus on the dual language, the AP and dual credit classes - the number of options that SAISD parents now have for their children is wonderful. That simply didn’t exist years ago.”

Martinez also spoke to the $450 million worth of improvements that are happening under Bond 2016, and the benefits that SAISD students will begin to see starting over the next few months.

“With your help, we were able to pass Bond 2016, and now all those projects are hitting the ground,” said Martinez. “For the first time we are making a clear statement: our buildings should not reflect the poverty of our children or our neighborhoods. With your support, we will be completely remodeling all of our comprehensive high schools and setting a standard.”

Martinez updated the crowd that the District is on target to be rated a “B” by the Texas Education Agency by 2020.

“The results we are seeing now, even this year, are coming in stronger than last year,” said Martinez. “We are going from one of the lowest performing districts in the state to one of the fastest improving.”

Martinez opened up the floor for questions, and a number of those in attendance spoke up. One of those attendees was Cristina Noriega, a parent who has two children attending SAISD schools.

“After hearing the presentation, I am completely encouraged,” said Noriega. “It is amazing how much has been accomplished in a short amount of time. I think the data speaks for itself. I feel incredibly encouraged and I will do whatever I can to support what is happening and to have honest, open and productive discussions because we are going in the right direction and we can’t lose sight of that.”