NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - At this very moment, the Nacogdoches Independent School District is achieving its goal of involving more parents in education. School open houses begin tonight.
In addition, there are other ways to help out. Earlier today, McMichael Middle School students were tweaking science projects in preparation for tonight's open house. Their role is to encourage parental involvement.
"Like all these projects are helping people learn more things about different things in the community and the earth," Kaylee Johnson said.
NISD leaders are attempting to learn from their community as well. Unfortunately, information is slow to arrive from an online parent engagement and satisfaction survey.
"So far we have only 457 or so responses out of approximately 6500 students, so again, this is something that we really want feedback from our parents," Dr. Fred Hayes, Nacogdoches ISD's superintendent, said.
District leaders say open houses and surveys are great ways to let them know what they're doing right or wrong with tax dollars.
"I think people can see tax dollars that are being spent on what they want them to be spent on," Hayes said. "And if they're not, then at least they say, 'At least I was there. I saw what was going on; this is where the money will be better spent.'"
Hayes is encouraging the Texas Legislature to start now in replacing an unfair, inequitable and unconstitutional school finance plan.
"We realize school finance is a very difficult situation, but we want it to be equitable, and we want it to be efficient," Hayes said.
School funding and student performance are just a couple of educational issues expected to be addressed at an upcoming town hall meeting. Hayes and Sate Representative Travis Clardy want taxpayers to fully understand how these issues affect their schools.
The town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the district Support Center on South Shawnee.
A link to the online parent survey can be found at The Parent Engagement and Satisfaction link on the district's homepage and is offered in both English and Spanish. It ends tomorrow at midnight.