Elementary students on the near Eastside are getting access to free books during summer vacation thanks to a roaming book mobile.
In the lobby of Herff Elementary -- a dual-language school -- sit 1,500 books in different boxes marked by grade level and language. Principal Tracy Smith is trying an experiment to get these books in the hands children in the neighborhood over the summer.
"This is the maiden voyage – maiden voyage of the Herff Book Mobile," Smith said.
The San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees has voted 5-0 to name interim superintendent Sylvester Perez as the lone finalist for the full-time position.
Perez was not initially in the running for the permanent position, but eventually changed his mind. He is the former superintendent of Midland ISD and has been serving in the interim since Robert Duron left in Feb. 2012.
He said his focus will be to ensure students are at the proper reading level:
Nearly 300 Edison High School students got hands-on experience with triage and search-and-rescue on Monday morning. A simulated school bus "explosion" was part of a four-hour training exercise at the Public Safety Magnet school. The students played the role of first responders.
It's a scenario that no one wants to see happen: An I.E.D. explodes on an SAISD school bus, injuring several dozen students--followed by a second blast a few minutes later.
The Cleto Rodriguez Elementary School library is receiving a complete renovation and makeover with the addition of new books.
Volunteers were hard at work piecing together new tables and bookshelves and thanks to The Heart of America Foundation and Capital One 6,000 books are being donated.
"We’ll be painting the walls, we’ve added inspiration quotes, we’ve shelved books, we’re also providing financial literacy in all the classrooms ," Monica Shortino, a community relations manager with Capital One.
The lone finalist for the superintendent position at San Antonio Independent School District is under fire for his previous record, which includes a tax lien, a suspended license and charging money to a district credit card.
Manuel Isquierdo does not come to SAISD with a clean financial record, but he did have explanations for each of his accusations.
San Antonio Independent School District has named Manuel Isquierdo, who is currently the superintendent of Sunnyside Unified School District in Tuscon, Ariz., as the finalist for the superintendent position.
It’s been more than a year, but trustees finally made the decision at a special board meeting on Monday night. Isquierdo was the only one of three candidates called back for a second interview.
8-year-old Miranda Garcia is playing a guessing game with her classmates. She’s a normal 3rd grader, except that when school's in session, she’s at home due to a chronic illness.
Like most kids with her kind of condition, she can’t attend school, and has a teacher visit several times a week, but the robot allows her to view into the classroom, see the teacher and interact with her class.
Her classmates see her through a video screen in the vertical robot on wheels and Garcia controls the robot from laptop at home using the Wi-Fi in the school to connect to the device.