According to the SISD District Demographics Update 2017-2018, Seguin ISD student enrollment has essentially been flat since 2009. The district has averaged a negative 0.2% annual growth rate since 2012. Pre-K and Middle School enrollment has been up a combined 149 students over the past two years. Elementary enrollment (K-5) has seen a net decline of 209 students since 2015 while high school enrollment has been generally flat. TEA reports that in 2016-2017, 353 students living in Seguin ISD were enrolled in another district and/or charter school. From 2011-2015, the district averaged 235 transfer-outs per year with a minimal number of transfers-in. In 2016-2017, there were 32 transfers-in.

According to the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), the number of Seguin ISD teachers has been on the decline. In 2011, the district reported 526 teachers as compared to 465 during the 2017-2018 school year. This is a net loss of 61 teachers.

Many of these teachers were lost during years when state funding decreased. Some districts kept their same number of teachers; others built their way up and restored the number of teachers; while others like Seguin ISD have not increased their number of teachers.

When comparing the percentage of teachers employed by Seguin ISD to that of the state, you will find that for the past five years, this district’s rate is approximately 3% to 5% lower than that of the state. Seguin ISD taxpayers value their teachers and employees as evidenced by the passing of the 2016 Tax Ratification Election (TRE). The district stated that this TRE would seek additional revenue for teacher and employee pay raises.

According to TAPR, the number of Central Office administrators had been flat for many years (prior to 2014-2015) and was consistently lower than that of the state. This trend was reversed starting in 2014 when the number of Central Office administrators has been increasing thru the present with one exception. The exception occurred during the 2016-2017 year when the number of Central Office administrators decreased. The 2018-2019 numbers will be known later this year when the TAPR is published or earlier thru a Public Information Act (PIA) request.

As a result of my PIA request, I obtained the 2018-2019 Central Office administrators’ data. Below, you will find some of that data. The information contains the title, number of years in education, daily rate and annual salary.

The cabinet: superintendent: 16, $894, $210,960; associate superintendent: 25, $623, $140,761; chief financial officer: 21, $580, $131,034; assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction: 21, $578, $130,561; assistant superintendent of human resources: 28, $558, $126,000; executive director of student services: 12, $487, $109,969; executive director of communications: 19, $456, $103,021.

Some curriculum and instruction, human resources and technology positions are as follows: director of special education: 22, $471, $106,458; school improvement officer: 12, $452, $102,075; elementary director: 17, $420, $94,860; director state compliance: 22, $403, $91,085; secondary education director: 14, $375, $84,660; coordinator SCE: 15, $364, $82,155; director professional learning: 15, $352, $79,560; math coordinator: 23, $347, $78,520; science coordinator: 31, $338, $76,420; coordinator SCE: 13, $322, $72,821; behavior coordinator: 10, $336, $75,449; coordinator SCE: 17, $321, $72,653; comp coordinator: 18, $319, $72,086; director technology: 14, $416, $93,982; director technology: 26, $386, $87,335; director whole child initiative: 20, $347, $78,439.

The total yearly salaries paid to those listed above has been rounded to the nearest dollar and is approximately $2,373,484. Complete PIA information has been posted on www.facebook.com/ItTakesAVillageSeguin.

In conclusion and from my perspective, the data indicates that while the student enrollment has experienced flat growth, the number of teachers has decreased and the number of Central Office administrators has increased. In my opinion, the focus should be our teachers who are our most valuable assets. They are the silent heroes who grow, encourage and educate all students on a daily basis.

Vickie De La Rosa is a retired educator who lives in Seguin.

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