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Superintendent's Letter: Welcome to the 2008-2009 school year! (Aug 2008)

Whether you are a newcomer or a returning citizen and student of FISD, we welcome you to a new and exciting school year. The 2007-2008 school year was an exceptional year in FISD; each year our students and staff members amaze and impress us with their successes and accomplishments.

Growth continues to be a part of  FISD and this year we are dedicating five new schools, along with a new service center and a new transportation annex, bringing our total number of campuses to 43 – 27 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 4 high schools and three special program schools. We are opening two middle schools named for Sue Stafford and Richard Scoggins. Two elementary schools are opening and are named for Polly Tadlock and Edris Elliott. A Career and Technical Education Center is opening, as well, and we are very excited about these many opportunities that will be available to students. In 2009, we will open our fifth high school – Heritage High School; our 28th elementary school, William and Abbie Allen Elementary; and an Early Childhood School.

As we look toward greeting more than 30,000 students this fall, we anticipate this as being one of the best years in FISD history. We continue to believe that the most important thing we do as a school district is to hire the best teachers and staff members possible to be with your children each and every day. More than 4,100 employees will make up the FISD team this year and all are looking forward to greeting your students!

This fall we will be busy with growth issues, such as drawing the attendance zones for Heritage High School and the new elementary school opening next year, but we assure you that our greatest focus remains on your children’s academic achievement.  The district has dedicated a great deal of time and resources to making sure that we are strengthening our curriculum, particularly in the areas of math and science; that we are providing adequate support and resources to our staff, particularly our newest teachers, to ensure their confidence and success; that we are assessing students quickly as they enter our schools to better meet their individual learning needs.

The biggest key to the overall success of our students and our district, however, is in our ability to work in partnership with our parents and the community. We hope that you feel welcome in our schools and that you will take advantage of opportunities to become involved, to learn more about your school district and to be a part of the many things that are taking place.

To learn more about the successes of last year that we hope to build on this year, the new schools that are opening this fall or to find key information about your school and your district, please visit our website at

Again, welcome and welcome back!


Rick Reedy

Superintendent of Schools