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Deadline approaches: Vision Academy gives community inside look at district’s operations
Posted 08 - 02 - 2013

Click here to download the Vision Academy Participation Form.

Deadline approaching to apply for NISD Vision Academy

The August 7 deadline is nearing for community members to apply for the Nacogdoches Independent School District Vision Academy leadership program for the 2013-14 school year.

The year-long program uses hands-on activities and tours to take residents behind-the-scenes and to learn how the district operates.

NISD is recruiting community members to join the inaugural class meeting in September.  This program is a free, in-depth 8- to 9-month program. A two-hour session will be held each month with a graduation ceremony wrapping up the academy in May.

Primary goals of the Vision Academy are to:

·        -  Engage the community in an open-dialogue format where members receive an in-depth perspective of NISD through campus tours, presentations and discussions of how the district operates;

·         - Further encourage participation in the district; and

·         - Demonstrate the work being performed on the campuses and by support staff focused on the safety, wellbeing and education of 6,400-plus students.

This hands-on discovery program allows community members who live or work in the school district to learn first-hand how the district is addressing challenges.

NISD is extremely excited to provide citizens this opportunity to discover how the district operates. Citizens also will learn how NISD makes decisions, how tax dollars are budgeted and spent and how the curriculum is developed.

Each monthly session addresses a different area of the district’s operations. The first will be an opportunity to meet fellow team members and administrators. In subsequent sessions, participants will learn about budgeting, finance, safety and security, student nutrition, long-range planning and much more.

At each meeting, participants will break into teams and participate in roundtable discussions and have the opportunity to explore issues in-depth and later report back to the whole team.


Participants will not sit still – the program is designed to be interactive, hands-on and an open forum for communication. Tours and demonstrations are just parts of the whole experience.

Most importantly, the leadership program is an opportunity to foster new connections. Creating and strengthening relationships is a unique benefit of this program.

The deadline to apply for the inaugural class is August 7. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the leadership program inventory. This will help determine which areas most interest the class.

After filling out the form, submit it to NISD Communications Coordinator Rayanne Schmid at or drop it off at the District Support Center, 420 S. Shawnee. For additional questions, call 936-569-5000, ext. 8845.














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