The summer break has come to an end for students, teachers and staff across San Antonio as classes for all public schools resumed Monday morning.
Thousands of students are waking up a bit earlier to get ready for the first day of school and that includes new students who will be the first to attend the inaugural Pre-K 4 SA classes.
Last November, San Antonio voters approved a 1/8-cent increase in the city's sales tax to help fund the program.
An estimated 700 Pre-K students will attend classes at two education centers, one near Brooks City Base in the 2500 block of SE Military Drive and the other on the Northwest Side in the 3600 block of Medical Drive.
Two additional centers will open in the program’s second year. At full enrollment, the model education centers will educate 2,000 children per year with high quality Pre-K programs, according to the city's website. A total of 88 teachers and 88 assistants are part of the program.
The Northside ISD got larger this summer by adding three new schools and 1,000 more teachers. The increased teaching staff is needed to accommodate the growing student population which is close to the 100,000 mark. The new schools include:
- Kay Franklin Elementary School is located at 9180 Silver Spot off Shaenfield Road. The school's mascot is the Colts.
- Dr. John M. Folks Middle School is located at 9855 Swayback Ranch off Shaenfield Road. Their mascot is the Stallions.
- Dr. Sara B. McAndrew Elementary School is located at 26615 Toutant Beauregard off Scenic Loop near the Boerne city limits. Their mascot is the Highlanders.
Northside ISD is the fourth largest school district in the state and has a staff of close to 13,000. NISD cafeterias are expected to prepare 20 million meals this school year.
South San High School is new and improved as it opens a brand new educational building to students and faculty on Monday.
The new state-of-the-art building is part of a $58 million bond referendum that was approved by voters in May 2010.
The 3-story facility will connect to parts of the old building and add 100,000 square feet of space.
The building can accommodate up to 3,000 students, and has a planetarium-type facility and a culinary department.
Another major change at South San ISD includes a new interim superintendent. In July, the school board selected Mourette Hodge to fill the job when Rebecca Robinson resigned the position.
Hodge was in charge of the district's Head Start Program. The district has not announce when the search for a permanent superintendent will begin.
One school not beginning class Monday is Basis Charter School located off Floyd Curl in the Medical Center area.
Administrators sent a letter to parents last week informing them about the delay.
Classes will not start until Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day, because their building is still under construction.