6th Annual State of the School Address held at Sugar Land Marriott
By Karen Daniels
At this year’s 6th annual State of the School luncheon held last Friday at the Sugar Land Marriott, Lamar-Consolidated, Fort Bend ISD, and SMSD, spoke about the issues, accomplishments, and future that face each of their districts. And although Stafford MSD presented last, they certainly weren’t least. Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt spoke with pride and contagious enthusiasm about the District’s progress.
With the near completion of the 49.9 million dollar bond there was a lot to brag about. The new high school and college and career center will change lives and give direction to many students. Currently there are 12 programs that provide certification to the graduating student. Programs like engineering, health and medicine, culinary arts, and veterinary services. A new library, the Margaret Havens Library and Media Center, has extended hours to benefit the residents of Stafford. The primary and elementary schools offer a dual language program of Vietnamese and Chinese. SMSD has an average of 22/1 student-teacher ratio and have met the highest possible standards set by the Texas Education Agency. Door-to-door bus service is provided to all students with extended hours to encourage involvement in afterschool programs. And last year’s seniors received collectively 2.6 million in college scholarships.
Stafford MSD is the only municipality run district in the State of Texas. There are perks with a partnership with the city. Did you know that the City of Stafford sponsors swimming lessons to all 4th graders and SAT prep courses to juniors? Additionally, the City of Stafford has the 4th lowest tax rates in the Houston area and there are no city property taxes.
There are some hard facts that face SMSD, and Dr. Hindt did not sugar coat these realities. Almost 70% of the students at SMSD are economically challenged and the District has been labeled “At Risk” by the federal government. To which Dr. Hindt elaborated by saying that their “Students are ‘at risk’ for being great, phenomenal, and exceptional.”
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