back-to-school

Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Teachers and administrators at West ISD are nervously optimistic about this week’s start of a new school year four months after a massive fertilizer plant explosion leveled much of the town and left West ISD a hollow shell.

The new school may only be a series of portable buildings, but the faculty are proud to be back.

Dr. Jan Hungate is one of the chief administrators for West ISD and said sections of town are still unrecognizable, partially because of the blast, and partially because of new growth.

SAISD

In the first segment:

Next Monday is the first day back for most public schools, including those at San Antonio Independent School District. SAISD heads into the new year with a new superintendent, a new set of curriculum requirements, a possible new deal with UIW, and likely a new set of challenges.

SAISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez joins us to talk about back-to-school excitement.

In the second segment:

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Ahead of the start of classes on Aug. 26, San Antonio City Council members are hosting community-wide back-to-school fairs in each of their districts.

At the same time, the city's budget is closing in on adoption and deep cuts will have to be made. Mayor Julián Castro is recommending a cut to member discretionary funds, which are known as City Council Project Funds and are used for community events like the back-to-school fairs.

Currently each district gets more than $61,000.