August 2, 2022- BoardBits

This e-newsletter highlights important news from the August 2 meeting of the STISD Board of Directors, as well as other recent and upcoming district and campus happenings.

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Region One ESC recognizes Dr. Lara as Regional Superintendent of the Year for 2022

Dr. Daniel P. King, Executive Director of the Region One Education Service Center, attended the Aug. 2 board meeting to congratulate Dr. Tony Lara, Superintendent of STISD, for being named the 2022 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region One.

As a regional winner, Dr. Lara will represent Region One in the statewide Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) Award Program. Under the direction of the Texas Association of School Boards, the SOTY Program recognizes exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership.

Dr. King shared congratulations on behalf of the region and presented Dr. Lara with a crystal plaque.

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Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Tony Lara
Superintendent Dr. Tony Lara during Regional Superintendent of the Year recognition presentation
Dr. Tony Lara's family during presentation
Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Tony Lara


Board approves school breakfast and lunch prices for 2022-2023

Each school year, each STISD family must complete and submit an application for free and reduced-price meals, and be approved, to qualify for these rates. Below are the prices for school breakfast and lunch for 2022-2023, as approved by the Board during the Aug. 2 meeting.


  • Full price: $1.65
  • Reduced price: $.30


  • Full price: $3.35
  • Reduced price: $.40 


Parents are highly encouraged to complete their application through the Meal Benefits/FRAM component within the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

For instructions on how to apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals or how to make a deposit for your child's meals through the Parent Portal, click here.


Construction Updates

  • New Rising Scholars Academy Campus: The Board voted to reject the submissions for RFP 23-010 Rising Scholars Academy, Olmito, Texas.
  • New Health Professions Gymnasium: The project is still in the design phase. Renditions were shown to the Board during the update presentation.

  • New Central Administration & Professional Development Building Renovation Project: Construction continues on the interior and exterior of the building. See photos below.

Photos: Construction Progress of New Central Administration + Professional Development Building

Central Administration Building exterior construction progress
Central Administration Building interior construction progress
Central Administration Building interior construction progress
Central Administration Building interior construction progress


Other Board Actions

  • The preliminary general fund budget for 2022-2023 was presented to the Board during a budget workshop on Aug. 2. The Board approved publishing the Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Budget & Proposed Tax Rate, and determine the proposed tax rate to be published. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on August 23, 2022.
  • The Board approved RFP 23-012 Instructional Supplies and Technology Products; RFP 23-013 Maintenance Building & Repair Services; RFP 23-014 Employee Uniforms; and RFP 23-015 Security Guards.
  • The Board approved budget amendments and requisitions for additional safety and security updates to the campuses.


Welcome to South Texas ISD! Meet our new middle school administrators

Principal at South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy

Marco Zamora
South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy, Edinburg

Rising Scholars Academy Principal


Photo Galleries: 2022-2023 District Professional Development + First Day of School


July Student in Frame: World Scholars' Faith Jackson

World Scholars Student in Frame Faith Jackson
World Scholars Student in Frame Faith Jackson


STISD Board of Directors approved increased pay and benefits for 2022-2023

STISD Employee Compensation Plan for 2022-23


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STISD First Day of School - 2022-2023

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Alumni Spotlights

Frank Acevedo, Health Professions Class of 1991

Kevin Eastin, Science Academy Class of 2015

Billy Shelton, Science Academy Class of 2011


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