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‘Highest salary of any school district’: Southside ISD set for a record-breaking school year

More mother and father are enrolling their kids within the district than ever earlier than. On high of that, Southside ISD is setting the bar with beginning trainer pay.

SAN ANTONIO — It’s set to be a record-breaking year in South Bexar County.

More mother and father are enrolling their kids in Southside ISD than ever earlier than.

KENS 5 witnessed the lengthy strains at registration Wednesday and realized what’s behind the expansion.

“Southside ISD is at a level it’s never been before,” stated Randy Escamilla, Public Relations for Southside ISD.

Classes start Thursday, August 11 at Southside ISD. Students instructed us they can not wait.

“To learn, to get my grades up, go to college, get a job. All that stuff!” stated rising tenth grader, Colin Long.

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“I’m gonna be in middle school, and not elementary anymore!” stated Carlos Paul Samudio.

Mariah Samudio says she’s a bit nervous for this year, however excited nonetheless. “I’ll be going into fifth grade!” she stated, smiling.

To ring within the new school year, Southside ISD placed on a Back to School Bash. 5,000 households have been estimated to attend.

“They’re here to get haircuts, snow cones, school supplies, hot dogs, vaccines and register for school,” stated Escamilla.

By the time school begins, Southside ISD will surpass the 6,000 scholar mark.

“There are families coming back to our school district who are homeschooling their children,” stated Escamilla. “We have families who sent their children to charter schools. They’re coming back.”

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Houses are popping up across the south aspect, bringing in new households.

There’s even a wait listing for Pre-Okay and kinder, Southside ISD board members instructed us.

Bre Griffin enrolled her kindergartner, Brooklynn, and 4th grader, Brayden, from Tyler, TX.

“[I’m] Excited!” stated Brooklyn. 

“I’m kind of nervous,” stated Brayden, who was then hugged by his little sister in assist.

Griffin says she’s excited to be half of a historic year.

“They said they were nervous. I think I’m more nervous than them!” she stated.

To her, it means extra friendship alternatives for her kids.

“That’s what they’re worried about since we’re from somewhere else,” Griffin defined. “They’re very friendly, so I think they’ll make a lot of friends.”

Southside ISD can also be setting the bar with new trainer pay, beginning at $59,035. The district says that is helped them keep away from a trainer scarcity, with solely three to 4 vacancies to-date.

There’s additionally a chance of a $3,000 bonus for staff on the finish of the year.

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“We are starting our new teachers at the highest salary of any school district in San Antonio,” stated Escamilla.

Highly fascinating lecturers embrace: Bilingual candidates and people with their Special Education, Math and Science certifications.

August 12, Southside ISD may even discover out the place they rank in phrases of educational efficiency. They have been as soon as one of the bottom performing districts within the metropolis, however district leaders anticipate they will be on the other finish of the spectrum this year.

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