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letter from the superintendent - August 2014



Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your children had a restful summer and great first week of school.

This year, the district will serve more than 68,000 students, and we look forward to another successful school year. In March of 2015, we mark the 60th anniversary of North East ISD. It is a tremendous milestone and something to be very proud of as we look back at how much we have grown over the years.

Today, we have more than 68 campuses, including our newest school, “Tex” Hill Middle School. This campus was a project of the 2011 bond and will serve our students for many years to come. It also gives a little more growing room to nearby middle schools, which had been needed for several years.

There are many other new builds and upgrades happening across the district currently. It’s exciting to see where we are headed, but I know that it can also be a challenge when it comes to maneuvering the construction.

We ask for your patience and understanding during this time period. Luckily, NEISD is very experienced when it comes to active construction and renovations at facilities that are in use. Safety always comes first. Just as we celebrate Hill’s grand opening, we will soon celebrate all of our new classrooms, facility additions and technology upgrades. Thank you for hanging in there with us.

Speaking of safety, I want to remind everyone of the importance of driver safety as well. I know first hand how it is to be busy and always on the go. But it is important that cell phones don’t get used when driving through school zones and that speed limits are always observed. Many of our students often bike and walk to school, and we want to ensure they always arrive at school and home safely.

Finally, I want to share some good news with you that all of us at NEISD are so excited about. Our district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year Irene Kistler has advanced all the way to the Texas Teacher of the Year competition. She is now one of three secondary Teacher of the Year nominees, and was selected from among 135,000 educators. She is the librarian at Ed White Middle School, and this is the first time a librarian has advanced to this level. We are so proud of her and are keeping our fingers crossed as the final judging takes place next month.

Thank you so much for your time. I plan on sending you monthly messages such as these to update you what’s happening in our district throughout the whole school year.



Brian G. Gottardy, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Posted on August 29, 2014