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City of Socorro nabs Hogg Foundation Communities Count Grant

On Tuesday, the City of Socorro was named one of twenty-eight organizations awarded funds by the Hogg Foundation to support direct, local, on-the-ground complete count efforts for the 2020 Census; with the #FightForYourFuture and #LuchaPorTuFuturo Campaigns.

The goal is to encourage participation in the 2020 Census so that every person in Texas is counted. The City of Socorro is receiving $56,144 for its ability to demonstrate a strategic focus and commitment at targeting “Hard To Count” populations and communities.

In the previous 2010 Census Socorro was noted as much as 25% unresponsive.

“As important as the 2020 Census is, this initiative has implications that go beyond,” said Crystal Viagran, assistant director of finance and operations for the Hogg Foundation and project lead for the Texas Communities Count initiative.

“By encouraging new forms of community collaboration and civic engagement, this initiative accomplishes a key aspect of well-being: supporting the ability of communities to take control of their own destiny.”

The Hogg Foundation awarded $2.1 million for the Texas Communities Count initiative.

The initiative supports complete count efforts in Texas for the 2020 U.S. Census. The primary focus is to aid collaborative approaches that will reach traditionally hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities and geographic areas throughout the state.

The City of Socorro along with the Rio Grande Council of Governments, the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless, and Project Vida were recognized during a Press Conference hosted by Cardwell Collaborative and the Medical Center for the Americas held Tuesday.

Gallery of #FightForYourFuture and #LuchaPorTuFuturo Campaign events.

City of Socorro’s Heritage Celebration set for Friday and Saturday

The City of Socorro will be hosting a two-day event in conjunction and support of National Preservation Month.

On Friday, the city will be hosting an official grand opening of the public art show at the Rio Vista Community Center located at 901 North Rio Vista Road, from 6PM to 8PM. The public is welcome to attend, as the opening will feature a Q&A with the showcased artists, free refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The artists vary in age, skill set, and artistic medium.

The following day the City of Socorro, along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting a community action day to promote, preserve, and protect the Rio Vista Community Center from 9AM to 12PM.

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the lot, build outdoor trash & recycling receptacles. The public will also witness a demonstration of adobe brick building, the effects of water erosion, and the significance of the Rio Vista Poor Farm.

Volunteers are asked to call the center at (915) 860-8615 to register as lunch will be provided. This is an all ages event.

For any questions please call the Rio Vista Community Center at (915) 860- 8615 or Public Relations Director- Victor Reta (915) 319-0125.

City of Socorro to ticket drivers who ignore bus stop-arms

Starting Tuesday, January 5th, drivers in the City of Socorro who pass Socorro Independent School District school buses that are stopped with the stop-arm displayed will be ticketed for the offense.

In line with SISD’s initiative to make streets safer for students with the use of cameras on school buses, the City of Socorro has approved the ticketing and fines to be issued to drivers who ignore bus stop-arms.

Every SISD school bus has been equipped with a camera system to catch bus stop-arm violators. The violation is a minimum $300 citation. Currently, SISD is working on agreements for ticketing and fines with the City of El Paso and Horizon City.

“This state-of-the art bus surveillance system will ensure we keep our streets safe for children and adults. We are doing everything possible to create a secure learning environment throughout the entire day and before and after school,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “We greatly appreciate the collaboration of local law enforcement and governments in our school and neighborhood safety efforts.”

Team SISD tested the bus camera system on 10 of the district’s school buses in the 2014 spring semester. The SISD Board of Trustees approved the contract for the districtwide state-of-the-art camera system at the December 2014 board meeting and then approved a resolution in support of the districtwide camera system at the January 2015 board meeting.

SISD transports about 12,000 students daily to and from schools districtwide.

Author: Socorro ISD

City of Socorro approves ticketing bus stop-arm violators caught on SISD bus cameras

In line with the Socorro Independent School District’s initiative to make streets safer for students with the use of cameras on school buses, the City of Socorro has approved ticketing and fines to be issued to drivers who ignore bus stop-arms.

Every SISD school bus has been equipped with a camera system to catch bus stop-arm violators. Effective January 5, 2016, drivers in the City of Socorro who pass the bus stop-arms will be ticketed for the offense. They will be issued a $300 citation. Currently, SISD is working on agreements for ticketing and fines with the City of El Paso and Horizon City.

“Our top priority is to keep all students and staff safe in Team SISD,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “We greatly appreciate the collaboration of local law enforcement and governments in our safety efforts at our schools and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Team SISD tested the bus camera system on 10 of the district’s school buses in the 2014 spring semester. The SISD Board of Trustees approved the contract for the districtwide state-of-the-art camera system at the December 2014 board meeting and then approved a resolution in support of the districtwide camera system at the January 2015 board meeting.

SISD transports about 12,000 students daily to and from schools districtwide.

“This state-of-the art bus surveillance system will ensure we keep our streets safe for children and adults. We are doing everything possible to create a safe and secure learning environment throughout the entire day and before and after school,” Espinoza said.

A national news story released earlier this year reported the Department of Transportation says 23 million children ride a school bus every day and according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Information Services, vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day, even though passing one with its lights flashing is illegal in all 50 states.

Author: Socorro ISD

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