June 2022- BoardBits

This e-newsletter highlights important news from the June 21 meeting of the STISD Board of Directors, as well as other recent and upcoming district and campus happenings.

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Board and administration recognize retirees who dedicated 25 years or more to the district

During the June 21 board meeting, the STISD Board of Directors and administration recognized retirees from the 2021-2022 school year who dedicated 25 years or more to the district. Congratulations to the following retirees:

  • Noe Dominguez - 25 years - Bus Driver/Custodian at Science Academy
  • Irene Z. Marquez - 35 years - PEIMS Support Specialist for the district
  • Alberto Mendoza - 28 years - Bus Driver/Custodian at Science Academy
  • Elisa Monteagudo - 27 years - Campus Secretary at Preparatory Academy
  • Jose Luis Palacios - 30 years - Automotive Technology Teacher at Science Academy
  • Lee Puckett - 27 years - Coach/Teacher at Preparatory Academy and Health Professions
  • Norma B. Sanchez - 32 years - Campus Secretary at Health Professions

Thank you for your many years of dedicated service to STISD. We appreciate you, and we wish you the best in this next chapter of your life.

Superintendent and board vice president present retiree with award at board meeting
Superintendent and board vice president present retiree with award at board meeting
Superintendent and board vice president present retiree with award at board meeting
Families of retirees with 25 years or more with district recognized at board meeting
Superintendent and board vice president present retiree with award at board meeting
Superintendent and board vice president present retiree with award at board meeting
Superintendent and board vice president present retiree with award at board meeting
Superintendent and board vice president present retiree with award at board meeting


Region One ESC Selects Regional Superintendent of the Year: STISD Superintendent Receives Top Honor

Dr. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., STISD Superintendent, has been selected as the Region One 2022 Regional Superintendent of the Year. As a regional winner, Dr. Lara will represent the Region One area in the statewide Superintendent of the Year Award Program. Under the direction of the Texas Association of School Boards, the Superintendent of the Year Program recognizes exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership.

Click here to read full story.

Superintendent Dr. Tony Lara


Board receives report on STAAR EOC Results

The STISD Board of Directors received a report on the 2022 STAAR EOC results during the June 21 board meeting.

The report looked at the Spring 2022 results for STISD middle and high school students who took EOC exams in the last spring administration. The results for grades 6-8 will be presented at the next board meeting, as they were not released with enough time prior to the board meeting.

Dr. Nereyda Trevino shared a comparison of the district with the state and region for all subjects tested, and the district outperformed the state and region in all subjects - Algebra, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History. She also presented comparisons of results for 2021 versus 2022 for each subject for All Students, Special Education, and Emergent Bilingual.

Dr. Trevino attributes the successful results seen this year to the hard work of teachers, students and administrators across the district, HB4545 supports, which included more intentional tutoring, and more differentiated instruction in professional development.

Click here to access the full report, which is available in the STAAR & EOC section of Accountability & Needs Assessment page on the district website.



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Board approves Student Code of Conduct with Student Dress Code + Backpack Guidelines

Plan ahead: There are changes to the dress code and backpack guidelines for 2022-2023.


STISD Board of Directors approves 2022-2023 District & Campus Improvement Plans

The STISD Board of Directors approved the District Improvement Plan and Campus Improvement Plans for the 2022-2023 School Year. The district and campus plans align to focus on the following seven goals:

Goal 1: By June 2023, student mastery achievement will increase by 10%
Goal 2: By June 2023, special education students will increase their STAAR performance by 5%.
Goal 3: Develop a comprehensive district attendance plan to ensure overall district compliance with federal and state accountability guidelines.
Goal 4: Engage families and the community to support student achievement and enhance district goals.
Goal 5: Recruit, develop, and retain highly qualified teachers and staff and to increase the percentage of teachers with more than five years of experience.
Goal 6: Promote district and campuses to increase student enrollment by 5%.
Goal 7: Develop a district and campus Technology plan to meet the needs of instruction.

The approved District & Campus Improvement Plans are available within the District and Campus Improvement Plans & Goals section in Accountability & Needs Assessment.


Construction Updates

  • New Rising Scholars Academy Campus: The architect completed the construction documents and sent them for the first advertisement. The second will run next week, and there will be a pre-bid meeting a couple of days later.
  • New Health Professions Gymnasium: The architect and district have a rendition of the facility that takes into account the district and campus needs.

  • 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

Photo of Central Admin construction progress in interior
Photo of Central Admin construction progress in interior
Photo of Central Admin construction progress on exterior
Photo of Central Admin construction progress in interior


Other Board Actions

  • The Board approved a Resolution calling for South Texas ISD Board of Directors Elections, Nov. 8, 2022.
  • The Board accepted the resignation of Board member Irma Perez Treviño, who has served for 22 years representing the Cameron County Precinct 4.
  • The stipend for the 2022-2023 Athletic Coordinator was approved.
  • Dr. Lara and his staff are working on putting together three different options for Employee Longevity Incentives for the board to review at one of the next couple of meetings.


Welcome to South Texas ISD! Meet our new administrators + Curriculum & Instruction staff


Dr. Cynthia Chairez
South Texas ISD World Scholars

Sandra Torres

Sandra Torres
Data Analytics Director

Vanessa Rivera

Vanessa Rivera
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Director

Andres Ayala

Andres Ayala
Social Studies Coordinator

Niranda Flores

Niranda Flores
Bilingual Coordinator

Lacy Holocker

Lacy Holocker
Science Coordinator

Tell your friends & family: STISD is hiring!

Know friends and family who are looking to work in education? STISD is hiring!

Positions available for:

  • Administrators - Principal (San Benito) + Assistant Principals (Edinburg, Mercedes, and San Benito)
  • Teachers: Business Education, English/ESL, Math, Science, Technology Applications, Literacy Instructional Coach
  • Counselor (Edinburg)
  • ELL/ELA Coordinator (Mercedes)
  • Bookkeeper/Purchasing Clerk (Mercedes)
  • Special Education Classroom Aide
  • Bus Drivers
  • Plumber
  • and more!

Minimum teacher salary at STISD is $56,000, beginning in the 2022-2023 School Year!

Photo Galleries: STISD Summer Camps

June Student in Frame: Medical Professions' Ricardo Ramos

Medical Professions incoming senior Ricardo Ramos sits in the campus
Medical Professions student standing in hallway of campus, with campus and district logos included in graphic


Alumni Spotlight: Leishia Chee, Health Professions Class of 2011

Leishia Chee graduated South Texas ISD Health Professions in 2011 before opening Tresor Bouquets in 2021 in McAllen. She hopes to become a mentor for others who want to pursue their own businesses in the future.

Health Professions alumna Leishia Chee holds bouquet of roses at her floral business

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