NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches school tax dollars are stretched farther thanks to the ability to meet some long range business goals. It's just one of several accomplishments since a Strategic Plan was written in 2011.
During Monday's three-year update, disappointments were acknowledged.
NISD staff, faculty and Nacogdoches community members had a lot to discuss as team members of NISD's Strategic Plan.
"The Strategic Plan covers all areas from instruction to business, money management, to community relations, as well as facilities and transportation," said Ronnie Knox, Nacogdoches ISD's associate superintendent for business and operations.
And each area has its own set of goals.
"This is an annual review to check the updates and check the status of where are we with each of the plans," said Colby Wilbanks, Nacogdoches ISD's general counsel.
Superintendent Dr Fred Hayes said he knows set goals often lead to frustration.
"Biggest disappointment basically is we've not seen the results quicker," Hayes said.
Hayes wants to improve academic issues facing 6500 students. The district leader said they're caused by a multitude of reasons, including a lack of academic and emotional engagement for children. Hayes called upon the community to fill the void.
"Because that's one thing we've been missing in Nacogdoches is we've not had enough community involvement and now we've had some, those people who are involved, continue to be involved," Hayes said.
But community support didn't go far enough with last year's failure of a $58.78 million school bond election. Another bond issue is certain to come. Before it happens, district planners are wanting to gain the support of 10,000 parents and over 30,000 taxpayers. The strategic plan is to find …
"A feeling like we matter in the community and the people care about what's going on here," Hayes said.
NISD hasn't had a tax increase for the last six years according to administration. Bond repayment or as the district refers to it, debt service balance, is lower. Some bonds were paid off early.