Edgewood ISD making progress after state intervention

Edgewood ISD leaders are touting significant progress district-wide since the Texas Education Agency stepped in and made changes in 2016.

SAN ANTONIO - It's been more than a year since a Texas Education Agency investigation found what it called a systemic breakdown in the Edgewood ISD's school board's ability to govern the district.

The elected board was ousted and replaced with appointed managers.

Edgewood ISD leaders say there is now a renewed focus district-wide on students.

One example is giving them more opportunities.

EISD recently moved the STEM Academy to the old Edgewood High School and added more programs to it. So now, in addition to science, technology, engineering and math, students are learning more about art."

A more noticeable change is at both of Edgewood's high schools.

Kennedy and Memorial High Schools are now early college high schools.

"So now the freshmen who have come in have the opportunity to graduate already having college credits. We know that's a big help for our students and families financially," Keyhla Calderon-Lugo, Edgewood ISD spokesperson said.

The district says a new superintendent, Dr. Emilio Castro, and the TEA board of managers assigned to the district have helped spark the innovation.

"For the first time in over 7, 8 years, almost a decade none of our campuses are improvement required campuses and that's something that we are really, really proud of," Calderon-Lugo said.

Not everyone is fan of the TEA's role at Edgewood.

State Senator Jose Menendez wrote the state education commissioner, Mike Morath after Morath replaced appointed board manager Amanda Gonzalez.

In his letter to the commissioner, Senator Menendez questioned whether Gonzalez was replaced because she was more vocal and brought up concerns.

Gonzalez told KENS 5 she was never given a reason for being removed.

The TEA wouldn't give us a reason either.

In a written statement sent to KENS 5, DeEtta Culberson with the Texas Education Agency said, "The Commissioner of Education is solely responsible for appointing the members of the board of managers in a district. That authority is with the Commissioner throughout the term of the appointed board. The Commissioner has thanked Ms. Gonzalez for her service on this board."

District leaders say they won't let this distract them from their purpose.

"We're seeing great momentum at Edgewood ISD, we are really pleased with the successes that we've had and seen this past year," Calderon-Lugo said.

Edgewood ISD still an elected board of trustees but they have no power as long as the TEA board is still in place.

Culberson told KENS 5 there is no time set for the return of that elected board, just yet.

 

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