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Section A: General News


Floresville ISD’s Bays endures baptism by fire


Floresville ISD’s Bays endures baptism by fire
Sherri Bays


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Wilson County News
April 30, 2014
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FLORESVILLE -- Three personnel-related scandals -- one that made national news -- and a bomb threat are perhaps the toughest initiation for a school-district superintendent’s first month on the job. But Dr. Sherri Lynn Bays of the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) has remained cool, despite a baptism by fire.

“I keep my mind focused on the kids,” Bays said during an April 17 interview.

Keeping the students at the forefront is Bays’ top goal, as illustrated by a placard in her office, strategically placed in her line of sight, which reads, “Does this decision benefit the kids?”

Behind her desk is a sign, visible to those visiting her office, which reads, “Does what I’m asking for benefit the kids?”

Bays officially took the reins as Floresville ISD’s superintendent March 31. She previously served as the district’s assistant superintendent before holding the district’s top post for nearly a year in an interim capacity. In looking toward the future, Bays said the district is revamping its bilingual education program, as research has shown that the most effective way to deliver services is a dual-language, two-way model.

Students whose first language is English would be in classes with non-English speakers, starting with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, where 90 percent of the class would be taught in Spanish.

This model has been used in the Comal and Alamo Heights ISDs, where Bays said it has been successful. Locally, the East Central ISD employs this model.

“We’re preparing kids for a future we don’t know about,” she said. “We don’t know what it holds.”

The future also is uncertain when it comes to the Eagle Ford shale’s impact on the district. The change in Floresville ISD’s enrollment has been negligible -- it stood at 3,802 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students as of April 17. This is a net gain of just one student since the 2009-10 school year, as the current oil and natural gas industry has not brought many families to Floresville. Bays noted the surge in rental rates and real estate prices, which could be a detriment in this regard.

The area’s ongoing petrochemical boom is creating a need for skilled workers, which Floresville ISD is attempting to address through a recent meeting with a representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. Bays hopes the district can bring classes to Floresville High School that can prepare students for these types of jobs.

Employment training was part of the focus of Floresville ISD’s partnership with Alamo Colleges, which since has lost steam. Bays confirmed that approximately two months ago, the San Antonio-based system closed its offices in Floresville due to the lack of community response for adult classes.

However, the district continues to offer dual-credit classes to high school students.

“None of the services to our high school students are compromised,” Bays said.

More about Alamo Colleges’ decision will follow in a future issue of the Wilson County News.

Bays and her husband of 18 years, Tim -- an arson investigator for the city of San Antonio -- live in Floresville. They are the parents of Shelby, a 10th- grader at Floresville High School, and a grown son, Ryan Vasquez, a plant manager for Commercial Metals in Victoria.

Bays earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in December from Lamar University. Her doctoral thesis is titled, “An Examination of Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Student Behavior Following an Intentional Approach to Character Education.”
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 7, 2014 9:47am
 
Bob Pritts.....I already answered your question. Remember "All I know is what I read in the newspaper" which indicates that all my knowledge is derived from research. You indicate in your comments that I refuse ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
May 7, 2014 9:15am
 
Grouch, Whatever gave you the idea that I was or am seeking your affirmation on any subject? I was just answering your question ... "BTW. I'm still awaiting the revelation of your large knowledge base and expertise ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 7, 2014 7:49am
 
Mr Pritts.....Windmills in your brain are resulting in your spinning my words again. I cannot find any specific criticism of your expertise in the subject of this blog initiated by me. Perhaps your command of languages will ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 7, 2014 5:35am
 
Bob Pritts.....Your expertise is exceeded only by your modesty. I never realized that my affirmation of your self declared expertise on any subject was personally important to you. Don't fret, the striving for recognition ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
May 6, 2014 7:44pm
 
Grouch, "Your most noteworthy accomplishment was marrying well". Can't disagree with you there and I still love her to death! I believe if you told her the same thing she may just very well agree with you. ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 6, 2014 5:31pm
 
Mr Pritts.....Your most noteworthy accomplishment was marrying well. :-)

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
May 6, 2014 5:01pm
 
Grouch, You said, "BTW, I am still awaitng the revelation of your large knowledge base and expertise in the area of dual language immersion". Well, I married a young lady 49 years ago this month who is an American ... More ›

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 6, 2014 4:49pm
 
Be Careful....Good man. Restores my confidence in military retirees. Thanks for maintaining the standards expected.

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
May 6, 2014 2:11pm
 
Prairie, I am going to have to say I cannot find the quote as I have referenced. I know I read it. I have read numerous studies on the dual way program but I guess my old age doesn't allow me to find this particular quote in ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 6, 2014 1:41pm
 
Mr Pritts....Your self testimony indicates that you are an educated individual and certainly have the ability to comprehend the written word. That's all that I am asking. BTW, I am still awaiting the revelation of your ... More ›

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