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BISD heads back to school

August 21, 2018

The Brownsville Independent School District welcomed students to the first day of classes at 58 schools across the city on Monday, with Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas riding along with JT Canales Elementary School students on the way to their campus at 1811 International Blvd.

This is the third year Zendejas has accompanied students on the first day of school. She said she enjoys engaging with students, and the excitement of the first day of school.

“I am super excited to begin this school year on a high note,” she said, referring to BISD’s academic achievement ratings released last week. “This year we have expanded the choice schools with a focus on technology.”

Zendejas said the district will continue to address the facility needs of its campuses, as well as monitor safety and security measures. The district last week activated 24 new police and security officers.

BISD serves more than 45,000 students at its campuses, which include seven early college high schools, 11 middle schools, 37 elementary schools and three alternative schools.

The district’s transportation department transports approximately 14,000 students to and from school every day, and its Food and Nutrition Services Department serves some 64,000 breakfast and lunchtime meals.

Zendejas said she especially appreciated the excitement and enthusiasm she witnessed Monday morning among incoming students at JT Canales Elementary School, “and our stakeholders, their parents.”

glong@brownsvilleherald.com

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