HISD announces collaboration with Texas A&M-SA to create new opportunities for students

Harlandale ISD is proud to announce a new collaboration with Texas A&M University–San Antonio (TAMUSA) and six other south Bexar County ISDs to address common challenges and create new opportunities for nearly 70,000 students across South Bexar County.

The innovative partnership called ASPIRE, which stands for A&M-SA & South Bexar County ISDs Partnership to Impact Regional Equity and Excellence, includes East Central, Edgewood, Harlandale, Somerset, South San Antonio, Southside, and Southwest ISDs.

Harlandale ISD Interim Superintendent Samantha Gallegos was one of the district leaders who signed the ASPIRE agreement during a press conference at TAMUSA on Nov. 22. During the event, it was also announced that ASPIRE will be supported by a $1 million gift from the Charles C. Butt Foundation.

"This collaboration is the first of its kind in San Antonio and potentially in the state,” Gallegos said. “This allows all seven South Side school districts to solve specific challenges we are all facing using a collaborative process. Our collective efforts have the potential to impact thousands of students. We all benefit from working together."

The effort will focus on three common in-demand needs across the seven districts including creating new academic programs to focus on serving those with special needs, along with targeted teacher preparation and teacher retention; design and operate district lab schools inside the districts; and develop targeted programming with university resources customized to our regional needs to enhance college readiness.

“The timing is right for this first-of-its-kind partnership,” TAMUSA President Cynthia Teniente-Matson said. “Together, we are primed to share knowledge about our regional, socio-demographic similarities and to leverage our assets to improve academic advancement, career readiness, and social mobility for current and future generations.”


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