The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 27, 1986 · Page 17
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April 27, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 17

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Small Texas school district receives big Sunday, April J7, DILLEY (AP) - In this desertlike region of South Texas lies what the top educator in the state might describe as an oasis of a school district. State Education Commissioner W.N. Kirby visited Diliey's three schools recently and said, "I have never seen a more positive attitude." Dilley Superintendent Steve Jones was seated among his peers, presumably aglow with pride, at a recent statewide education meeting in Austin as Kirby lavished praise on the Dilley district. "I have never seen school teachers that believed more in themselves and believed more in their students than I saw in that district," said Kirby. "And I can tell you that it was specifically because of the leadership of that superintendent and because of the work that he did in that school with the parents, with the students, and with the faculty — and I guarantee it has made a significant difference. "They were not having major problems with no pass, no play. They are not among the wealthiest of districts; in fact, if we were to look at their property value, they come out in the bottom third," Kirby said. "Certainly their student population is a high-percentage minority student. And yet if we look at their llth grade TEAMS test we find that they scored above the state average in terms of achievement. "If you walk on the campuses you are going to find buildings that are old, but buildings that are well kept. You did not find trash all around and you didn't find buildings all run down and all junked up because they didn't allow that to happen. They don't have a lot of money to spend on buildings and they don't have new buildings. But their buildings are clean and the buildings are well kept because their attitude was a 'can-do* attitude. COLIN KELLY KAUFMAN Nomination sought by Kaufman Colin Kelly Kaufman is seeking the Democratic nomination for Place 2 justice on the Texas Supreme Court. Kaufman. 39, of San Antonio has been a professor at St. Mary's University Law School since 1978. He previously was on the faculty of VVashburn University Law School in Kansas and at Harvard. He holds a doctorate and master's degree in law from Harvard and a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas. He is revision editor and author of "Corbin on Contracts." During a recent campaign stop in Baytown, Kaufman noted the Supreme Court is an appellate court, not a trial court. Supreme court justices need experience in legal writing, not as judges, according to Kaufman. Kaufman said he has probably had more experience in legal writing over the past eight years than all of his opponents combined. Kaufman and his wife, Sharon, have a daughter, Kelly Kay. The family attends Oak Meadow United Methodist Church in San Antonio. SUPPORT MAY 14-17, 1986 "What I want to tell you U that what we all need to develop is just that — and that's a 'can-do' attitude." Kirby visited at the invitation of Pete Morales of the State Board of Education. The Associated Press, guided by Superintendent Jones, traced Kirby's steps to see what had impressed the commissioner. Dilley, for Texans heading south to Laredo, is a gas stop along Interstate 35. It is mesquite and wildflower country. The land is sandy, red and flat. Temperatures in the summer get as high as 117 degrees. The population is 2,579. Jones' office is in a one-story white frame building a block from the high school. Jones, 37, worked at schools in Pilot Point, Lake Dallas, Spring Branch, Hitchcock and Maypearl before coming to Dilley two years ago. "Here I felt like there was an opportunity to make a difference," he said. • The Dilley Independent School District has approximately 900 students, 500 at the elementary level and 200 each in the middle and high schools. "We have a lot of poverty here, a lot of economically disadvantaged people. Certainly we don't have an overabundance of wealth but what we have is adequate," said Jones. The economy is based on farming, oil and gas and small businesses, and the school tax rate is a low $1.12 per $100, said Jones. Teachers make $1,200 above the state base, which Jones says is standard. But the teacher- pupil ratio is low, under 1 to 20, which makes a teacher's life better. Jones said he includes teachers from the beginning in new projects. "You've got to have the cooperation of the teachers because when the door closes, it's just them and the kids," he said. The student population is 75 percent Hispanic, an ethnic group which Pedro Ruiz Garza, president of ah Hispanic market research firm in Austin, says is characterized by high dropout rates and poor scholastic performance. But on the pre-graduation test taken by Diliey's llth graders, 89 percent showed a mastery of mathematics and 91 percent a mastery of language arts. Among 12 area school districts, Dilley ranked second in language and tied for third in math. "We told the parents we expected their children to do well. We told the students we expected them to pass," said Jones. "If you tell children you expect them to do well, they'll do a lot better than you think. You've got to be positive about it." With Jones' comment that "the most important person on each campus is, of course, the principal" the tour was on. First stop: Dilley High School, home of the Wolves. The numerous open parking spaces indicated that most of the students don't have enough money to buy cars. Principal David Deaver showed off the vocational homemaking lab, computer center, and a classroom for students with remedial needs. Deaver said 60 percent of the school's athletes are on the honor roll and only one varsity player fell victim to the state's no pass, no play rule which bars from extracurricular activities any student who fails a class. He said study hall is held three nights a week the final three weeks of each six-week grading period, and anyone with a grade below 80 is encouraged to attend. Posters and photographs at each school highlight student performances. "We're very deliberate with it. We want recognition for the students," said Jones. A plaque with the names of winners of the annual spelling bee hangs on the wall of Principal Albert Burton's middle • school. Teachers talked excitedly about student projects and piled written materials on visitors. Sixth grade students with learning problems stay in the same room with the same teacher all day. It works minor miracles, claimed teacher Connie Dorsel. She said three of the 12 students had improved enough to make the honor roll. At the elementary school, Principal Marilyn Smyth touted the bilingual program and a special class for advanced students. She said several students whose first language is Spanish did especially well in English spelling contests as well as making the honor roll. "We don't want the student to just be English-dominant," Jones said. "We want the student to come out of our bilingual education program proficient in English." Jones was reminded of Commissioner Kirby's remark about ^the cleanliness of the Dilley schools. "I think it enhances the learning environment to have your restrooms clean, cafeteria well kept, all grounds pretty much kept in order, buildings painted," he said. "When things are kept in top shape, it speaks well for the school." A Visit to teacher Berta Carter's third-grade classroom concluded the visit. Ms. Carter likes teaching well enough that she's been doing it for 50 years. "She hasn't slowed down a dime, either, "said Jones. "What makes us special may be that we really do have a can- do spirit," Jones said. "We think we can deliver what we say we will deliver. We're emphasizing education, we're emphasizing achievement. We > want 'ti> students to be involved IB *>ifif school, to participate in all the activities, with academics as a priority. '•'•-•• "Teachers have a great im-' pact and influence on children*''. lives, and public education is the- future. Public education is the greatest hope this nation has ..... the most important thing we~ have going, the real world, it: really is." Mario's Italian Restaurant and Flying Pizza Luncheon Special! Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Manicotti, Lasagna, Canelloni or Spaghetti & meatballs, with garlic bread...your choice... only 2118 N. 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