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LOS FRESNOS CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Rich in Resources
Despite budget cuts, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District in Texas puts to good use its faculty’s passion for educating.
he situation was looking dire for the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District (LFCISD) when the economy took a turn for the worse at the end of 2008. The district, which already was cash-strapped as it serves a student body that is 86 percent economically disadvantaged children, was forced to cut its annual budget by 5 percent by the Texas government. Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar realized sacrifices would have to be made, but he was determined to preserve what he feels is LFCISD’s most precious asset – the faculty.
facility improvement projects and eliminated perfect attendance incentives for its staff, as well. As difficult as it was, LFCISD managed to maintain its faculty through these non-headcount cost reductions. For Salazar, that alone was a victory because it meant the students’ learning environment was minimally impacted. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t sacrifice instruction,” he says. “Everything we do centers around instruction, so every little bit we could save helped.” LFCISD consists of nine elementary schools, three middle schools and a ninth-grade tech academy.
“The best resource we have is our staff,” Salazar says. “We have wonderful people that have a clear understanding of the unique needs of our children.” So, to avoid making any layoffs, the district cut spending in a variety of other areas. Salazar says LFCISD reduced its travel spending by bringing in outside staff development consultants to the district’s facilities. It also delayed a number of
When a student body has as many challenges as the LFCISD has, it makes a district’s job that much more daunting. Salazar says the problems his district’s students face include a lack of readiness in early childhood development,
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