ECISD News Release

Edinburg CISD educators were challenged by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rene Gutierrez, at the Aug. 18th general assembly of all campus staff to make the 2009-2010 school district an “Exemplary” year by working together to help students achieve success.

“This is an exciting time for Edinburg CISD. We are celebrating our 100th year of providing free public education to this community,” Gutierrez said. “Since its inception as a school system in May 1909, Edinburg CISD has been the “Premier Pacesetter” in education in the Valley. Those visionaries before us, worked together to create an educational foundation for children then, now, and in the future.”

“For 10 decades now, Edinburg CISD has been building on success after success as it academically prepares students to go out and make their mark on the world,” Gutierrez said. “Academic excellence has been our banner and will continue to be our Number One priority as we go forward.”

Gutierrez said, “We enter the 2009-2010 school year with 15 Exemplary and 14 Recognized elementary and secondary campuses, respectively, and our schools have met the federal standards of Adequate Yearly Progress.”

“Edinburg CISD schools stand out among the rest in the Valley, the state, and the nation. Edinburg High School and Edinburg North High School are College Board Inspiration Award high schools. Johnny G. Economedes High School is a “State Recognized” High School. Our high schools are among the best in the nation. Our elementary schools are recognized by the state and federal agencies,” Dr. Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said, “These accomplishments and dozens more by our schools are ‘No Coincidence.’ They are proof that teaching and learning is going on in Edinburg CISD schools.”

“We must use these achievements along with teamwork as the stimulus to build a “Culture of Excellence” for our students,” Gutierrez said. “We must believe that every student is capable of learning and excelling, and to that end we must push forward and never give up on any child regardless of who he is, where he comes from, or what disadvantages have beset his life.”

Gutierrez said, “Every child is a life. Every child counts. Every child matters. Every child deserves our best effort.”

“My goal for Edinburg CISD is that we can work together to take this district forward to become the first 5A Exemplary school district in South Texas,” he said.

“As Edinburg CISD celebrates a century of educating the students in this community, we must both honor the past and look to the future,” said Dr. Gutierrez.

“Our theme for this celebration is: ‘A Legacy of Learning: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” said Dr. Gutierrez. “Edinburg CISD’s rich history and successes came because those before us allowed creative energy to flourish. Their vision for greatness has become the Banner to lead us into the next century.”

“As we enter this 100th year, our district will embark in a year-long emphasis of what we do TODAY will make a difference in what our children will do to make TOMORROW better for us and for those who come behind them,” said Dr. Gutierrez.

“To that end, we must provide every child the best education possible.”