NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING FOR:
STUDENT ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM, INC. dba:
• Gateway Academy Charter District, Laredo, TX
• Mid Valley Academy Charter District, McAllen, Mercedes and San Benito, TX
• Paso del Norte Academy Charter District, El Paso, TX
• South Plains Academy Charter District, Lubbock, TX
Notice is hereby given that an Open Public Meeting for the Student Alternatives Program, Inc. dba: Gateway Academy Charter District, Mid-Valley Academy Charter District, Paso Del Norte Academy Charter District, and South Plains Academy Charter District will be held on:
Saturday, November 12, 2016 beginning at 8:30AM at the Courtyard San Antonio: SeaWorld/Westover Hills, 11605 TX-151, San Antonio, TX 78251.
This public meeting will be held to comply with the requirements given in Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §109.1005, in which Charter Districts are required to report information and financial accountability ratings to parents and taxpayers by implementing specific reporting procedures, including:
Within two months after receipt of its final Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) ratings for 2016, each Charter District must announce and hold a public meeting to distribute a financial management report that explains the Charter District’s rating and its performance under each of the indicators used in Texas Education Agency’s [TEA] analysis for the current year and each of the indicators used in TEA’s analysis for the prior year.
This notice is being posted at each of the charter campuses, the Central Office of the Student Alternatives Program, Inc., located at 1218 S. Presa Street, San Antonio, Texas 78210 and on the Student Alternatives Program, Inc. official website [www.sapiacademies.org].
WHO WE ARE!
I have a story that happened to me recently, and wanted to share it with you all because I think you might benefit from it:
So Monday, I went to get my haircut. Same place, and with a stylist who has fixed me up before. She notices my tie and asks if I had just gotten off of work. I said yes, and she asked me where I work at. I braced myself to explain about charter schools and the antique store with the bowling pin like I usually have to. "I teach at South Plains Academy." Not only did she know the place, but she is a graduate of SPA from many years back. She pauses. "Yeah, that place saved my life." At this point, she shares a story of how she was troubled as a teenager and actually was found by an administrator in the bathroom with blood everywhere. She had tried to commit suicide on campus. They helped her, got her credits straight, and got her on a path to graduate. She now holds a steady job and has beautiful children. It hit me like a ton of bricks. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. We are there for our kids and help them academically, help them graduate, but most importantly, we help them become stable adults who can mature into good people when no other place will afford them that chance.
I know things are tough. Expectations are high, schedules need to be met, the honeymoon with the kids is over and they are showing their true selves, and the Fair has been in town. This is the long haul with no natural breaks or days off. Keep going. Keep caring. Keep pouring yourself into the students. We only see the seeds, and sometimes never the fruit. But we are changing the world by changing lives. They need us. And we need them. Our future depends on it. Even last night, at the Tech game (Guns UP!), I ran into no less than 7 students working. They have jobs, they have goals, and they have a chance. Let's keep fostering that until chance becomes hope and hope becomes reality.
I am proud to be a part of SPA as your humble and dedicated co-worker. I love this staff, you are all amazing!
South Plains Academy Charter HS Teacher