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Superintendent Meet-and-Greet Series

NBISD Superintendent Meet-and-Greet Series

The NBISD Superintendent Meet-and-Greet series will include opportunities for the community to meet and welcome NBISD's new superintendent, Dr. Cade Smith. The events are come-and-go events that will include light refreshments.


The following events have been scheduled.


Monday, July 26

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

NBISD Administration Center Boardroom

1000 N. Walnut Avenue


Thursday, August 5

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Miller Building Das Patio

400 W. San Antonio Street




If more events are added, they will be posted on this page. For questions, email info@nbisd.org or call 830-643-5761.

Free meals to be offered to all NBISD students

Healthy meals will be offered to every student on every school day at no cost in the New Braunfels ISD for the 2021-22 school year. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer free meals to all students this upcoming year.


Applications and eligibility requirements are not required for students to receive free meals this year. Income eligibility requirements likely will resume during the 2022-23 school year. As such, NBISD will process household applications during the 2021-2022 school year to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year, while the 2022-23 applications are being processed. Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.


Starting on July 26, 2021, NBISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about the 2022-23 eligibility benefits and actions households will need to take in order to apply. Applications also are available at 566 Butcher St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, or you may apply online at: http://nbisd.schoollunchapp.com.


Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels 
Categorical or Automatic Eligibility
Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Program Participant 
Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster 
Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start 


Income Eligibility
For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must complete the free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Melissa Thomas, Admin. Assistant to the Food Service Director, 830-627-6743. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:
Names of all household members
Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for 
“No Social Security number” 
Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct


Categorical or Program Eligibility
New Braunfels ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. New Braunfels ISD  will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should have should contact Melissa Thomas, Admin. Assistant to the Food Service Director 830-627-6743.
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Melissa Thomas by email at, melissathomas@nbisd.org


Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used to determine eligibility. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

Determining Eligibility
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Melissa Thomas, Admin. Assistant to the Director of Food Service 830-627-6743 will review applications and determine eligibility. Households or guardians dissatisfied with the Reviewing Official’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the Reviewing Official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Dr. Clint Mclain, 1000 N. Walnut St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, cmclain@nbisd.org


Unexpected Circumstances
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the attached current income eligibility guidelines.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint,  and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


NBISD names new Executive Directors to leadership team
NBISD welcomes new district leadership team members Ingia Saxton, NBISD Executive Director of Secondary Schools Dr. Jennifer Garcia-Edwardsen, NBISD Executive Director of Elementary Schools


The NBISD Superintendent has announced the hiring of two new administrators to join the district leadership team. Dr. Jennifer Garcia-Edwardsen has been selected as the Executive Director of Elementary Schools with a start date of July 1. Ingia Saxton has been named the Executive Director of Secondary Schools with a start date of July 12.

Dr. Jennifer Garcia Edwardsen has been an educator for the past 14 years serving as a teacher, campus administrator, and district leader. She most recently held the position of Deputy Academic Officer and Area Superintendent for Hays CISD (2018-2021). Before working in Hays CISD, she worked for Del Valle ISD as the Principal at Baty Elementary (2014-2018), Assistant Principal at Del Valle Middle School (2012-2014), and an elementary teacher for the first five years of her career (2007-2012).

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work and serve the community my family lives in,” said Dr. Garcia-Edwardsen. “I am eager to get to know our students, staff, and community members!”

Dr. Garcia-Edwardsen earned her Doctorate in School Improvement and Masters of Education from Texas State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from The University of Texas at Austin. She has her certification as a Superintendent, Principal, and K-8 Teacher Generalist. She is also a Registered Texas School Business Administrator (RTSBA) and holds a State of Texas Mediation Certificate.

She has been a member of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Board, Region 13 Advisory Council, and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).

Her honors include being named the Del Valle Elementary Teacher of the Year and Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2011, an H-E-B Excellence in Education Finalist in the Emerging Leader Category (2011), an H-E-B Excellence in Education Semifinalist in the Principal Category in 2018, and to Austin’s Under 40 Recipient in the Youth and Education Category in 2020.

Dr. Garcia-Edwardsen and her husband reside in New Braunfels with their two young children. 

Ingia Saxton has been an educator for the past 20 years serving as a teacher, counselor, campus administrator, and district administrator. She most recently served as the Director of District and Administrative Services for Brock ISD (2020-2021). She also served as the Principal for Brock Junior High and Brock Intermediate (2015-2020) and as a counselor at Brock Junior High (2012-2015). She worked in Joshua ISD as a teacher, counselor, and assistant principal at the elementary level (2001-2008) and at Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD as a counselor at the junior high level (2008-2012).

“I am blessed to get the opportunity to be a part of the NBISD family,” said Saxton. “I look forward to working alongside fantastic school leaders, staff, students, and community members as I step into this role for the district.” 

Saxton is in the process of earning her Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas Christian University. She earned her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Tarleton State University and her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The University of North Texas. She has her certification as a Principal, School Counselor, Teacher Generalist 1-4, Teacher Self-Contained 1-8, and English as a Second Language (PK-12). 

She has been a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA),  Texas Association of Secondary Principals (TASSP), and Texas Elementary School Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

She and her husband, John, have one daughter, Morgan, a 2021 graduate of Brock High School. 

Both individuals will support, develop, challenge, and grow principal leadership for excellent student experiences through coaching, professional learning, collaboration, and supervision. They will provide leadership in developing, achieving, evaluating, and maintaining the organization, procedures, policies, programs, and services to the students.

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