The Socorro Independent School District has reached its highest level of student population, enrolling its 46,000th student on September 22nd.
“We are excited to welcome new students to Team SISD every day. Reaching 46,000 students is a milestone to be proud of and shows that parents and community members recognize that Team SISD is the right choice for endless opportunities for all students,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “It is testament to the hard work and commitment that we maintain to treat and educate every child as if they are our own.”
Reuben Ray Fish, a sixth-grader at Paso del Norte School, was the 46,000th student to enroll in SISD.
“I feel so lucky to be the 46,000 student in the district,” Fish said. “I’m proud to come to this district because they want everyone to be successful in life. Everyone also is very nice and it’s a cool school.”
Team SISD’s enrollment has increased by more than 700 students, compared to the enrollment number at this time last year. The district has more than doubled its student population in the last 20 years. In 1996, the district’s enrollment was 20,114.
Team SISD has been managing the rapid growth and balancing enrollment in the district with the completion of Bond 2011 projects, creating Pre-K hubs throughout the district, and utilizing every campus and facility efficiently and effectively.
The voter-approved $297.4 million bond was finalized one year ahead of schedule and under budget. Through Bond 2011, Team SISD added three new elementary schools, a new middle school and completed two high schools. With excellent management from the district’s facilities and planning team, Bond 2011 was completed with an overall savings of $37.4 million.
The surplus allowed upgrades to air conditioning systems and other improvements at four middle schools. In addition, the savings will allow Team SISD to build a new elementary school in the Pebble Hills community without burdening taxpayers. The district will invest some $20 million from the bond surplus to build the new school.
“We will continue to manage the rapid growth in the district by maximizing our Bond 2011 savings and effectively using all of our existing facilities to offer our students a high-quality and equitable education,” Espinoza said. “Team SISD is dedicated to giving every child the education they deserve to be prepared for college, careers and life.”
For the 46,000th student in Team SISD, he and his family are eager to take advantage of the programs and resources available to succeed academically.
“This school looks great and I’m happy to have my child here,” said Kevin Nearents, Rueben’s father. “I would love for him to get into the programs that are available here, and receive the best education he can get.”
As enrollment numbers increase, the second-largest school district in the region is proud to offer unique programs and endless opportunities that will ensure every student in Team SISD succeeds.