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Dear Parents and Friends,

It has been a great honor to serve as your HISD School Board Trustee for the past four years and together we have achieved great results for District IX. I am deeply committed to our schools and educational excellence. Since serving on the board, and during the last year as board president, District IX (and HISD as a whole) has seen tremendous success.

When I began this journey four years ago, my goals were to improve student academic performance, lower dropout rates, assist English language learners, and much more. During my term, we’ve reduced the number of under-performing schools from over 100 down to 27. Last year, 90% of District IX schools met academic standard, which was the highest percentage achieved in the last five years since the new accountability system was implemented in 2012-2013. In addition, over the past four years I’ve worked tirelessly to decrease the dropout rate and am proud to report success in District IX schools overall. While serving on the board, not only did the dropout rate decrease, but also at Worthing High School the graduation rate increased by 10% in 2016. As well, during my term on the board, I led the way for dual language programs in both Law Elementary School and Anderson Elementary School.

While serving on the board, I also worked to restore the Fine Arts Magnet Programs, Beauty and Barber Magnet Programs, and CTE programs at many District IX schools. In addition, I fought to allocate $9.2 million for the new fine arts building at Westbury High School, $5.2 million for a new swimming pool at Madison High School, $3.2 million for Parker Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, and much more. I’m proud to say that in addition to these accomplishments, we also improved student discipline policies and given raises to teachers, bus drivers and custodians this school year.

I have been blessed to serve the Houston community for 17 years now and consider it an honor to serve our children. I have a strong track record of serving my community and am running for re-election for HISD District IX School Board Trustee because children still need a voice and trusted advocate. I thank you for the privilege of serving you and your families on the school board and hope that I can continue to count on you support.

Sincerely,

Wanda Adams, President
HISD School Board
Incumbent Trustee District IX

 

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