Mrs. Winkley was passionate about the impact that public schools have on establishing a sense of community throughout San Antonio. She mentioned programs for children and adults, provided by the schools, for the entire NEISD community. While there is not one correct solution for increasing the budget or enrollment, the community can support their neighborhood schools and public education through participation. Forms of participation include attending athletic events and performances, volunteering, enrolling into public schools, and voting.
Mrs. Winkley stated that public schools are ”generating a society that is going to be pretty awesome, but even greater than that, they help build communities.” In addition, various groups who participate and help fuel schools are critical to their success. She goes on to say that, “Grandparents are not just on the spectator side, but the volunteer side as well.” She notes that grandparents attend board meetings and express concerns, supporting her view that involvement is multigenerational. NEISD recognizes grandparents through a program called the Grandparents Card. The card allows grandparents living within the NEISD boundary-free entrance into sporting events.
Trustee, Sandy Hughey who enthusiastically talked about teachers and added, “Teachers are involved in their students’ success. They want to see their students overcome challenges and succeed at every level by being part of their students’ progress.” She also added, “Students’ success generates teachers’ success. That’s why teachers have a high degree of involvement with their students in relation to academics.” She also mentioned that their involvement “also promotes strong communities.”
We want to thank Board Trustees Sandy Winkley and Sandy Hughey for their time and all the insight they provided us.