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“Welcome Back” One Last Time

It was the first day of school for about a half million Houston area students, including 200-thousand in the HISD. It also marked the last first day of school visits for Dr. Abe Saavedra, the outgoing Houston school superintendent. Pat Hernandez has more.

Dr. Saavedra celebrated the first day of school much like he has the last five years he has headed the state’s largest school district. He ate breakfast with 1st year students at one school and congratulated the faculty at another for improving its scholastic standings. At Jack Yates HS in southeast Houston, Dr. Saavedra toured the improved school of communications and was impressed with the enthusiasm.

“Enrollment is up, much more parent involvement. There’s no doubt in my mind that, given another two or three years, Yates High School will have over two thousand kids and, we’ll be back up completely. A lot of support from the regional office, the community, the board member Miss Harris, all that new communications equipment. Let me tell you, it’s gonna take off. Yates is gonna be a contender.”

Yates principal Ronald Mumphrey says he knows what caught the eye of the superintendent.

Teacher Omar Peters and Dr. Abe Saavedra

“He was fascinated by the computers, and even more when the kid could explain to him, what the hardware and the software were gonna do. I think that really was a plus for him.”

For Saavedra, the first day of school is a time to celebrate, even though it is the last time he’s doing it as HISD superintendent.

“We’ve had a great run the last several years. We have some great teachers, great principals, administrators. Everyone has done really well and, the district has moved, and is ready for a new leader.”

Six new charter schools and two new campuses opened in the HISD. It also welcomed a thousand new teachers and 35 new principals.

PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News

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