HISD Parent Advisory Committee discusses new opportunities for students

HISD Parent Advisory Committee discusses new opportunities for students
Posted on 01/28/2020

Student opportunities and increasing family engagement were the big topics during the Harlandale ISD Parent Advisory Committee meeting held at the Sosa Parent Education Center on Jan. 24.

The group of dedicated parents were encouraged to attend and participate in upcoming district family events such as the Family Symposium, financial literacy classes, and wellness classes taking place in the next couple of months.

HISD Family and Adult Education Coordinator Sylvia Servin kicked off the meeting by introducing the newly appointed Superintendent Gerardo Soto, who had the opportunity to interact with the parents and answer their questions.

The attendees then learned important information regarding the 2020 Census, presented by Bexar County Partnership Specialist Veronica Yunes. Parents were interested to learn how they are able to respond to the census online, their responses are confidential and how the census data determines how more than $650 billion are spent supporting state, county and community’s vital programs.

Lastly, parents were able to hear from guest speaker Dr. Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College, who shared the importance of creating new opportunities for students at Harlandale ISD. He talked about the benefits of the AlamoPROMISE free tuition program, one of the partnerships between HISD and Palo Alto College, and encouraged parents and staff to motivate students to complete the pledge by the deadline on Feb. 14, 2020.

“Palo Alto College is in your backyard, and I know many of the students have potential. The Harlandale family is strong, and we’re going to partner and do some amazing things together,” he told them.

He encouraged parents to learn more about the AlamoPROMISE program and the opportunities it offers students at HISD, which includes covering 100 perfect tuition at no cost to families.

Dr. Garza also talked about the growth happening at Palo Alto College, which includes plans for a new facility, new scholarship opportunities and new programs available to students such as dental hygiene, robotics and cyber security.  

“We’re looking for ways to work together and provide students to have choices and options to go to college,” he concluded.

The next Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled for Feb. 20. For more information, please contact Sylvia Servin at (210) 989-4453.


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