News from Dr. Cruz: State of the District

Sept. 30, 2014

Team AISD,

Next week, in the annual State of the District address, I will let our community know all the ways I am #AISDproud! We have so much to celebrate. Working together, we have achieved higher graduation rates, better performance under a new state accountability system and steady increases in attendance over the past four years.

Our district is on a steady path upwards. But these gains don’t just happen. It takes dedication, perseverance and strategic planning to reach our goal of ensuring that every student graduates well-prepared for the future.

Our district, working closely with our community partners, is about to embark on a five-year strategic plan for 2015–20.

A strategic plan is a road map to lead us from where we are now to where we want to be in five years. It is a tool to help us do a better job – to focus our energy, to ensure that we are working toward the same goals and to assess and adjust our direction in response to a changing environment.

In an organization of our size and scope, with an annual budget of more than $1 billion, more than 12,000 employees and schools and other facilities throughout the city, a strategic plan can guide decisions and help us stay on course.

The strategic plan will be molded on campuses, in community meetings and among the administration and our Board of Trustees. We all have a stake in ensuring that the final document reflects our community’s goals, values and vision for the future. In the words of sociologist Dr. Bertrice Berry: “When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.” 

Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Interim Superintendent