Dr. DesMontes Stewart, Superintendent
Dear Gainesville ISD Community,
Let me first start by welcoming you back for the 2022 – 2023 school year. On August 17, 2022 we opened our doors to over 3,000 eager young minds who are ready for a great academic school year. For some, it is their first day in kindergarten and for others it is the last first day of their K-12 journey. No matter where they fall on the educational continuum here in GISD, it is our divine commitment to you to provide an enriching environment that is challenging, supportive, motivational and safe.
Over the last few years, our teachers have been hard at work educating, molding and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. Despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, a nationwide teacher-staff shortage and the pressures of meeting state accountability measures, our staff continues to rise to the challenge and have been nothing short of amazing during these uncertain times. As a result of the efforts of these dedicated individuals, we have achieved an academic rating of a “B” (84) from the Texas Education Agency. This is a +14-point difference from just 4 years ago when we received an academic rating of a “C” (70). While we are proud of this academic accomplishment, we are not satisfied. I can’t say enough how proud I am of our faculty, staff and students.
Here in GISD, we offer all of the opportunities and amenities of a large district while maintaining a personal and small-town feel. From dual credit courses to industry level certifications, our students are provided with opportunities to not only gain hands-on experience, but to also receive college level credit all while completing the requirements for their high school diploma. These are just a few of the things that make us special. These are the things that make us GISD.
As we enter the 2022 - 2023 school year, we will continue to utilize our strategic plan to drive our initiatives both inside and outside of the classroom. With an increased emphasis on early childhood literacy and improving student outcomes, teacher recruitment and retention, student/parent connectedness and equity, we feel that these district priorities will help us meet the growing needs of our GISD community.
Lastly, we believe the team approach of teachers and families supporting students is key to success. All of our campuses welcome and encourage parental involvement. Last year we had a steady group of volunteers who helped our schools and their presence played a huge role in the success of our faculty, staff and students. I welcome you to join hands with us as we continue the work of shaping the minds of our future leaders and making a lasting impact upon our community.
It is an exciting time to be at GISD, and it is my great honor to serve as your superintendent. Thank you for your continued support as we strive to provide ALL students with an excellent educational experience. Words cannot express how fortunate I feel to be part of such a wonderful school district and community. IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A LEOPARD!!!!!!!
Let’s have an outstanding year,
DesMontes Stewart, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools