NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Teachers and staff are already at work in preparation for the first day of school on Monday. Tuesday, the Nacogdoches Independent School District set goals. The say they are inspired by the ones they teach: the students.
The Nacogdoches High School competition gym held a cheering crowd.
Over 900 school district employees were there making a commitment.
"I Am Nacogdoches" is the 2014-2015 theme. Administrators are reminding teachers they shape lives, careers and a community. Former students shared accomplishments, struggles and even constructive criticism.
"We are going to talk a little bit with these students about what the impact NISD has had on them," said Superintendent Fred Hayes.
Hayes had a sitdown conversation with three NHS graduates. The Texas A&M cadet had advice to teachers.
"Just letting kids know they have a future away from high school," said Paul Theiss.
The future teacher spoke of the valuable life lesson she learned in high school.
"It's not OK to be perfect," said Hannah Soward, a graduate and future teacher. "We're all going to learn from our mistakes. And these are lessons I've carried on to my adult life."
And the university honor student whose college entrance exam scores were too low twice gives credit to NISD teachers for teaching her to never give up.
"Thank you so very much for what you have done for us and we really appreciate it," said Brook Taylor Johnson.
Just about every school district strives to help students succeed in life, but here in Nacogdoches ISD there's one more goal on the list and that is to change its perception.
Poor academic ratings plague the district. It's a reflection on the community. Hayes is asking both to take ownership of the problems and work together to correct them. He says the result will be students who are successful in school and in life.