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By Yelena Serrato /FHS Correspondent—
FLOYDADA—Following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement about Texas schools closing, the Floydada ISD school board of trustees met on April 20 to discuss the remainder of the school year through distance learning.
Teachers will continue communicating and teaching their students through Google Classroom, and the meal service program, which has helped feed roughly 580 students through meal delivery at their home at no cost, will also remain.
“It was a tough transition at first, but having our technology really helped us,” said Superintendent Dr. Gilbert Trevino. “Moving forward we now know what we are doing. It is a great opportunity for teachers to utilize Google Classroom and use it for kids who are out for various events. We can continue using this as an avenue to educate our kids in the future as well.”
Although the 2019-20 academic school year did not go as many students hoped for, they sure are in for a surprise next school year. Students will not only be introduced to a new school building and field but with new and exciting opportunities.
FISD is preparing to transition into a collegiate school district, which means students will be able to obtain an associate’s degree, and Floydada will be able to diversify the certificates offered such as the opportunity to graduate as a certified mechanic, welder and drone operator.
The certifications available will be based on student interests. Students can take advantage of all this at no cost to them or their parents. For students who plan to purse a post-secondary education, an opportunity like this will help shed two years off their education. As for students who plan to join the workforce right out of high school, a certification in any of the given categories will help them find a job easier and quicker.
When asked what his goal and vision is moving forward as a collegiate school district Trevino said, “The main thing is to be able to offer more. We will be able to open up doors where kids can graduate our system with an associate’s degree and they would not have to leave Floydada to earn a bachelor’s degree because of our partnership with Texas Tech University. West Texas A&M is very interested in coming in and setting up something in our community where the kids would go there. We have a lot of kids who are not able to leave Floydada, so they would be able to transition within the community to work on their bachelor’s degree. The main thing is this has to stimulate within the community, and it has the potential to do that. I want to create more opportunities for kids and bring more people to the community.”
During these difficult times, it is nice to know that exciting things are coming for the children in our community and for the community itself. To quote Dr. Trevino, “It is a huge thing for our district”. We all are looking forward to it.