San Elizario ISD Celebrates School Board Recognition Month This January
San Elizario, TX - The San Elizario Independent School District will join 1,024 school districts throughout Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Dr. Meza-Chavez announced January 4, 2021.
“Our school board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district as elected leaders. Their goal is always focused on improving the lives of children in San Elizario ISD,” Meza-Chavez said. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thank you for all they do.”
Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The San Elizario ISD board is responsible for an annual budget of $ 38.7 million, 3201 students, 582 employees, and 6 campuses.
The San Elizario ISD has a lot to be proud of. Their collaborative work stepped up for the San Elizario Community to help nourish, stay healthy, provided technology and financial information through the following initiatives:
- San Elizario ISD established a food pantry through a partnership with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger which continues to be an ongoing effort to provide sustenance for families in need. Food pantry distribution days are held every 3rd Monday of the month.
- San Elizario ISD established a curbside meal option with the assistance of the Child Nutrition Department and the guidance of the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Child Nutrition Department continues to provide ongoing nourishment for all the students enrolled in the San Elizario ISD.
- San Elizario ISD established a drive-thru COVID-19 testing through a partnership with The Centro de San Vicente which continues to be an ongoing effort to provide testing for community members. Testing dates are scheduled for every Thursday. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
- San Elizario ISD established Rapid COVID-19 Testing through a partnership with the Texas Department Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Testing is available at all campuses and district offices to students and teachers by appointment.
- San Elizario ISD established free COVID-19 testing through collaboration from the Texas Military Department of Mobile Testing Teams.
- San Elizario ISD established a Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic through the partnership with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.
- San Elizario ISD actively engaged in the Apart We Stand Together media campaign with the COVID-19 Support: Public Health Resources from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to bring awareness to the community of the safety precautions to mitigate COVID-19.
- San Elizario ISD actively promoted the CDC guidelines (use of face coverings, social distancing and hand washing) that help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- San Elizario ISD committed to assist students and families with devices and internet connection via distribution of hotspots during the pandemic to provide instructional continuity for online learning.
- San Elizario ISD committed resources to provide faculty, staff, students and families ongoing remote technical support.
- San Elizario ISD partnered with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) via Operation Connectivity in collaboration with the El Paso County to continue providing internet connection via hotspots and devices for students.
- San Elizario ISD actively promoted the completion of the US Census so that an equitable amount of funds be allocated to San Elizario, TX. US Census personnel assisted community members to complete the census survey during several curbside distributions and SEISD food pantry distributions.
- San Elizario ISD continued to partner with Project Bravo to provide financial assistance to families experiencing financial hardship.
- San Elizario ISD promoted the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer that allowed eligible families to receive additional financial support per child.
- San Elizario ISD partnered with the El Paso County Relief Assistance Fund so that those families experiencing financial hardship apply to receive $500 in cash.
Collectively, the San Elizario ISD has approximately 38 years of service. Board members serving the San Elizario Independent School District are:
Sandra Licon, Board President (2016) – I serve as a SEISD Board of Trustees because I have a deep-rooted passion to ensure that I work hard for each and every child so they can have the necessary resources (academically, athletically, emotionally and socially) to thrive in our school district and are prepared for the world once they leave the nest.”
Fernie Madrid, Secretary (1992) - “I serve on the SEISD Board because I want to assist and ensure our kids are set up for success after high school, giving them the resources to do it and allowing all students to be successful in life.”
Eduardo Chavez, Trustee (2019) – “I serve as a SEISD Board Trustee because I want to help provide better opportunities for our students and community.”
Michelle Garcia, Trustee (2019) “I serve as a SEISD Board of Trustee because as a mother and life-long resident of my community, it is important to me that we provide our students with every opportunity to be successful.”
Myrna Hernandez, Trustee (2019) – “I serve as a SEISD Board of Trustee because there is no greater joy than to be able to humbly and passionately serve, advocate, and contribute to the success of each and every one of our amazing students.”
Rebecca Romero, Trustee (2017) – “I serve with pride as a SEISD Board of Trustee to give support and help the children in San Elizario and all of those involved with our schools.”
“While our appreciation is always present for our Board of Trustees throughout the year, the month of January is set aside to highlight and celebrate the hard work they engage in. The San Elizario ISD Board of Trustees are a key component in helping our San Eli Eagles soar!” Superintendent Dr. Meza-Chavez said.