Superintendent

Superintendent Message

Superintendent Message, Dr. Cade Smith
Update for May 10, 2022
05/10/2022
Dear NBISD Community:

New Braunfels has become a destination for many, and with that comes challenges that we are constantly working to address. As we gain more families in our community, the need for more schools is inevitable. The plan to address growth and our aging facilities has always been at the forefront for our administration, and that is why we have had a bond election every few years to address the growing needs of our district.

With this in mind, I wanted to share with you some information regarding a plan I recommended to the Board of Trustees last night to address growth and aging facilities; the plan was approved by the Board.  

In this plan, the new elementary school included in the 2018 bond would be built on the east side of the district in the Legend Pond subdivision. Carl Schurz and Seele Elementary Schools would then receive a remodel using funding from our district’s fund balance and not be combined.

The 2018 bond was planned more than 4 years ago, and as you can imagine, the needs and enrollment projections were based on the data available at that time. As we worked through another school year with what we expect to be a record high year for growth, we have had to make some adjustments to our facilities plans as the patterns of growth have changed.

In my presentation, I share the updated enrollment projections and highlight the areas of concern that include several schools being overcapacity in the immediate future. This recommendation was made to get ahead of the growth and allow us to keep students out of portable buildings as much as possible.  You will still see some portables installed temporarily at Klein Road, Voss Farms, and Veramendi Elementary this summer. This is what we have to do in the interim until we can get more classroom spaces built.

I encourage you to view the presentation and learn more about the updated plan we have for growth and to address aging facilities. The entire presentation I shared with the Board is linked below as part of this communication. CLICK HERE to view the presentation. 

For families in the Seele and Carl Schurz attendance zones, we will have more information over the coming months as our plan is further developed.

All my thanks to each of you for your continued patience and grace as we always aim to make our district the Pride of New Braunfels. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Truly,
Cade

 

Estimada comunidad de NBISD:

New Braunfels se ha convertido en un destino para muchos, y eso conlleva desafíos que trabajamos constantemente para abordar. A medida que ganamos más familias en nuestra comunidad, la necesidad de más escuelas es inevitable. El plan para abordar el crecimiento y el envejecimiento de nuestras instalaciones siempre ha estado a la vanguardia de nuestra administración, y es por eso que hemos tenido una elección de bonos cada pocos años para abordar las crecientes necesidades de nuestro distrito.

Con esto en mente, quería compartir con ustedes información sobre un plan que le recomendé a la Junta Directiva anoche para abordar el crecimiento y el envejecimiento de las instalaciones; el plan fue aprobado por la Junta.

En este plan, la nueva escuela primaria incluida en el bono de 2018 se construiría en el lado este del distrito en la subdivisión Legend Pond. Las escuelas primarias Carl Schurz y Seele luego recibirían una remodelación utilizando fondos del saldo de fondos de nuestro distrito y no se combinarían.

El bono 2018 se planificó hace más de 4 años y, como se puede imaginar, las necesidades y las proyecciones de inscripción se basaron en los datos disponibles en ese momento. Mientras trabajábamos en otro año escolar con lo que esperamos sea un año récord de crecimiento, tuvimos que hacer algunos ajustes en los planes de nuestras instalaciones a medida que cambiaron los patrones de crecimiento.

En mi presentación, comparto las proyecciones de inscripción actualizadas y destaco las áreas de preocupación que incluyen varias escuelas con exceso de capacidad en el futuro inmediato. Esta recomendación se hizo para adelantarnos al crecimiento y permitirnos mantener a los estudiantes fuera de los edificios portátiles tanto como sea posible. Todavía verá algunos portátiles instalados temporalmente en Klein Road, Voss Farms y Veramendi Elementary este verano. Esto es lo que tenemos que hacer en el ínterin hasta que podamos construir más espacios para las aulas.

Los animo a ver la presentación y obtener más información sobre el plan actualizado que tenemos para el crecimiento y para abordar las instalaciones obsoletas. La presentación completa que compartí con la Junta está vinculada a continuación como parte de esta comunicación. HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para ver la presentación.

Para las familias en las zonas de asistencia de Seele y Carl Schurz, tendremos más información en los próximos meses a medida que nuestro plan se desarrolle más.

Todo mi agradecimiento a cada uno de ustedes por su continua paciencia y gracia, ya que nuestro objetivo siempre es hacer de nuestro distrito el Orgullo de New Braunfels. Como siempre, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta.

Sinceramente,
Cade


Update for May 2, 2022
05/03/2022

Dear NBISD Students, Staff, Parents, and Community Members,

This past Saturday evening, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Banquet was held in Austin recognizing educators and school districts across our state. A couple of months ago, our very own Lone Star Early Childhood Center was named a finalist in the early childhood facilities category. In their category, Lone Star was up against 4 other prestigious campuses and walked away with the top honor!  Not only did they receive the notoriety as the best Early Childhood Campus in the state, but they were also awarded $25,000. We are beyond ecstatic for everyone at Lone Star for their work and this accomplishment. Please help me in congratulating Lone Star Early Childhood Center on this exceptional achievement!

Thank you so much for those of you who filled out our parent survey.  We received more than 2,000 responses these past two weeks and will now get to work sorting through all of the information you provided. We’ll break down your data and feedback, make an action plan to address your top concerns, and report that back to you on how we aim to improve. Your partnership and voice are critical to our success as an organization and we are here to serve you. 

Our work surrounding Carl Schurz Elementary and Seele Elementary is drawing to a close. The third-party facility studies are in, and we should have a recommendation as we move into next week. Look for communication from us very shortly about what direction we will go.

Finally, this week marks Teacher Appreciation Week. The work our teachers do day in and day out to serve this community is exceptionally rewarding.  From early morning to late nights, weekdays to weekends, these men and women pour their hearts into our students here in New Braunfels. Our mission in NBISD is “Every Student. Every Day,” and I cannot praise our teachers enough for the job they have been called to do. If you find a moment this week, please reach out to one of your child’s teachers and thank them for their service. Without them, NBISD would not exist.  

As always, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you.  

My best,
Cade


Estimados estudiantes, personal, padres y miembros de la comunidad de NBISD,


El pasado sábado por la noche, se llevó a cabo el Banquete de Premios a la Excelencia en Educación de HEB en Austin, en reconocimiento a los educadores y distritos escolares de todo nuestro estado. Hace un par de meses, nuestro propio Lone Star Early Childhood Center fue nombrado finalista en la categoría de instalaciones para la primera infancia. ¡En su categoría, Lone Star se enfrentó a otros 4 campus prestigiosos y se llevó el máximo honor! No solo recibieron la notoriedad como el mejor Campus de Primera Infancia del estado, sino que también recibieron $25,000. Estamos más que extasiados por todos en Lone Star por su trabajo y este logro. ¡Ayúdenme a felicitar al Centro de Primera Infancia Lone Star por este logro excepcional!


Muchas gracias a aquellos de ustedes que completaron nuestra encuesta para padres. Recibimos más de 2000 respuestas en las últimas dos semanas y ahora nos pondremos a trabajar para clasificar toda la información que proporcionó. Desglosaremos sus datos y comentarios, haremos un plan de acción para abordar sus principales inquietudes y le informaremos sobre cómo pretendemos mejorar. Su asociación y voz son fundamentales para nuestro éxito como organización y estamos aquí para servirle.


Nuestro trabajo en torno a las escuelas primarias Carl Schurz y Seele está llegando a su fin. Los estudios de instalaciones de terceros están listos y deberíamos tener una recomendación a medida que avanzamos en la próxima semana. Esté atento a nuestra comunicación muy pronto sobre en qué dirección iremos.


Finalmente, esta semana marca la Semana de Agradecimiento a los Maestros. El trabajo que hacen nuestros maestros día tras día para servir a esta comunidad es excepcionalmente gratificante. Desde temprano en la mañana hasta tarde en la noche, de lunes a viernes a fines de semana, estos hombres y mujeres vierten su corazón en nuestros estudiantes aquí en New Braunfels. Nuestra misión en NBISD es “Cada estudiante. Todos los días”, y no puedo elogiar lo suficiente a nuestros maestros por el trabajo que han sido llamados a hacer. Si encuentra un momento esta semana, comuníquese con uno de los maestros de su hijo y agradézcales por su servicio. Sin ellos, NBISD no existiría.

Como siempre, gracias por permitirnos la oportunidad de servirle.

 

Sinceramente,

Cade

 

Update for April 14, 2022
04/14/2022

Dear NBISD Parents/Guardians,

As we move throughout the school year, our team has been working on a strategic plan that will guide us through the next 3-5 years as we pursue our vision of Engage, Empower, Learn and our mission of Every Student, Every Day.

Throughout the development of our plan, one of the priorities that we have landed on is our service to and partnership with you, our parents.  In order to continuously improve our service to you, we need your voice.  

Below, you will find a parent survey that will ask for your feedback on district-related questions as well as campus-based questions that your child(ren) attends. Our goal is to capture your voice and create an action plan to serve you better.  

Please take a moment to give us your voice and feedback so that we can continue to strive toward being the Pride of New Braunfels.  The survey is currently open and will stay open through Friday, April 29th.  

SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GLTLX5W


A very Happy Easter to you and your families; I hope this weekend brings all of you joy, happiness, and relaxation.

Truly,
Cade

 

Estimados padres y guardianes de NBISD,

A medida que avanzamos a lo largo del año escolar, nuestro equipo ha estado trabajando en un plan estratégico que nos guiará durante los próximos 3 a 5 años mientras perseguimos nuestra visión de Engage, Empower, Learn y nuestra misión de Every Student, Every Day.

A lo largo del desarrollo de nuestro plan, una de las prioridades en las que hemos aterrizado es nuestro servicio y asociación con ustedes, nuestros padres. Para poder mejorar continuamente el servicio que le brindamos, necesitamos su voz.

A continuación, encontrará una encuesta para padres que le pedirá su opinión sobre las preguntas relacionadas con el distrito, así como las preguntas basadas en el campus a las que asiste su(s) hijo(s). Nuestro objetivo es capturar su voz y crear un plan de acción para brindarle un mejor servicio.

Tómese un momento para darnos su opinión y comentarios para que podamos seguir esforzándonos por ser el Orgullo de New Braunfels. La encuesta está actualmente abierta y permanecerá abierta hasta el viernes 29 de abril.

 

ENLACE DE LA ENCUESTA: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GLTLX5W


Muy Felices Pascuas para ustedes y sus familias; Espero que este fin de semana les traiga a todos alegría, felicidad y relajación.

Realmente,
Cade


Update for March 10, 2022
03/10/2022
Dear NBISD Community,

With Spring Break around the corner and potentially some warmer weather, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with a brief update regarding our school district.   

High Schools

With the passage of the 2021 bond in November, we are officially moving forward with Long Creek High School (LCHS) as the second high school in NBISD. There are quite a few steps to take before opening the doors. Many people have asked, “when does the transition to two high schools officially occur?” We continue to aim for August of 2024 to start the transition. At the start of that 2024-25 school year, our current 9th Grade Center will become LCHS and have its first 10th-grade class in the building. Also, during that school year, NBHS will have its first 9th-grade class in its hallways.  

In preparation for that transition, we have some decisions that we have to make. Our first decision is to determine the line that will divide the two high schools. Our team has begun looking at possible attendance zones for the two high schools and will bring those options to the board for discussion and feedback later this spring. Once that determination has been made, the mascot and colors of LCHS will need to be decided. We will get your thoughts on the mascot and colors at that time, as well as visit with the future LCHS students. We look forward to working with you through this important process.

District Leadership


In the spring, we review our staffing needs for the upcoming school year. Not only are we looking at staffing based on projected growth enrollments, but there will also be some additions to our district-level staff to help support our students, staff, and community.

One position you will see new to NBISD is a Director of Counseling. This position will work with all of our campus counselors and Communities in Schools staff to support and lead the work they do each and every day. In addition, this position will be responsible for increasing the overall health and well-being of our students and staff as well as developing models of support in times of crisis, loss, and grief. 

Two other positions are being added to support our extra-curricular programs. First, a Director of Fine Arts will be hired to lead all of our performing and visual arts in NBISD. Second, an Assistant Director of Athletics will be hired to help support all of our athletic programs. While our core work in public education is our students' academic education, we fully understand and recognize the value and importance of extra and co-curricular activities. These two leadership positions will help support and guide our students, coaches, directors, and sponsors in continuing to represent NBISD at a high level.  

Finally, an opportunity for you to share your feedback on how NBISD is doing to serve you and our students is on the horizon. We are currently developing a parent/community survey and plan to send it out at the beginning of April. Your feedback is essential and will help us determine our strengths, opportunities for improvement, and other general themes. We’ll take all of that information, create a plan, and share how we intend to work toward serving you at the level you expect.  

I hope you enjoy Spring Break and the time with your families.  As always, thank you for allowing us into the lives of your children.

Truly,
Cade


 

Estimada comunidad de NBISD,

 

Con las vacaciones de primavera a la vuelta de la esquina y posiblemente un clima más cálido, quería aprovechar la oportunidad para brindarles una breve actualización sobre nuestro distrito escolar.

 

Escuela Secundaria

 

Con la aprobación del bono 2021 en noviembre, avanzamos oficialmente con Long Creek High School (LCHS) como la segunda escuela secundaria en NBISD. Hay bastantes pasos a seguir antes de abrir las puertas. Mucha gente ha preguntado, "¿cuándo ocurre oficialmente la transición a dos escuelas secundarias?" Seguimos apuntando a agosto de 2024 para iniciar la transición. Al comienzo de ese año escolar 2024-25, nuestro actual Centro de 9º grado se convertirá en LCHS y tendrá su primera clase de 10º grado en el edificio. Además, durante ese año escolar, NBHS tendrá su primera clase de noveno grado en sus pasillos.

 

En preparación para esa transición, tenemos que tomar algunas decisiones. Nuestra primera decisión es determinar la línea que dividirá las dos escuelas secundarias. Nuestro equipo ha comenzado a buscar posibles zonas de asistencia para las dos escuelas secundarias y traerá esas opciones a la junta para su discusión y comentarios más adelante esta primavera. Una vez que se haya hecho esa determinación, será necesario decidir la mascota y los colores de LCHS. Recibiremos sus opiniones sobre la mascota y los colores en ese momento, así como también visitaremos a los futuros estudiantes de LCHS. Esperamos trabajar con usted a través de este importante proceso.

 

Liderazgo del distrito

 

En la primavera, revisamos nuestras necesidades de personal para el próximo año escolar. No solo estamos considerando la dotación de personal en función del crecimiento proyectado de inscripciones, sino que también habrá algunas adiciones a nuestro personal a nivel de distrito para ayudar a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad.

 

Un puesto que verá nuevo en NBISD es el de Director de Consejería. Este puesto trabajará con todos los consejeros de nuestro campus y el personal de Communities in Schools para apoyar y dirigir el trabajo que realizan todos los días. Además, este puesto será responsable de aumentar la salud y el bienestar general de nuestros estudiantes y personal, así como de desarrollar modelos de apoyo en tiempos de crisis, pérdida y duelo.

 

Se agregarán otros dos puestos para apoyar nuestros programas extracurriculares. Primero, se contratará a un Director de Bellas Artes para dirigir todas nuestras artes escénicas y visuales en NBISD. En segundo lugar, se contratará a un subdirector de atletismo para ayudar a respaldar todos nuestros programas deportivos. Si bien nuestro trabajo central en la educación pública es la educación académica de nuestros estudiantes, comprendemos y reconocemos completamente el valor y la importancia de las actividades extracurriculares y cocurriculares. Estas dos posiciones de liderazgo ayudarán a apoyar y guiar a nuestros estudiantes, entrenadores, directores y patrocinadores para que continúen representando a NBISD a un alto nivel.

 

Finalmente, se vislumbra una oportunidad para que comparta sus comentarios sobre cómo NBISD lo está haciendo para servirle a usted y a nuestros estudiantes. Actualmente estamos desarrollando una encuesta para padres/comunidad y planeamos enviarla a principios de abril. Sus comentarios son esenciales y nos ayudarán a determinar nuestras fortalezas, oportunidades de mejora y otros temas generales. Tomaremos toda esa información, crearemos un plan y compartiremos cómo pretendemos trabajar para servirle al nivel que espera.

 

Espero que disfruten las vacaciones de primavera y el tiempo con sus familias. Como siempre, gracias por permitirnos entrar en la vida de sus hijos.

 

Atentamente,
Cade


Update for February 23, 2022
02/23/2022

Dear NBISD Staff, Parents, and Community Members, 

I hope this email finds you well as we embark on some cold weather. I am writing to address a few items related to enrollment growth and our bond projects. 

This winter, we contracted with an outside company to complete a facilities study of Carl Schurz and Seele elementaries to gauge their life expectancy. These studies are currently in the final stages of completion, and we expect the results very soon.

Last month, we also shared with you the results from the demographic study recently conducted by a third party which provides us with a glimpse into the next 10 years of our student population growth. 

Since that third-party study, one item we have been re-examining is the new elementary school, proposed in the 2018 bond, that would combine Carl Schurz Elementary and Seele Elementary at the old Ninth Grade Center site’s location on Guenther Avenue.  

The purpose of studying this project is a result of the rapidly increasing student population growth on the east side of our district, specifically in the Klein Road and Voss Farms zones. In our latest demographer’s report, you’ll see that both of these campuses are projected to be over capacity next school year and will continue to grow beyond capacity even when the eight additional classrooms are added as part of the 2021 Bond

We have also found that quite a bit of land is currently being developed in these zones that were not accounted for in our demographer’s report, which pushes our projected student growth further ahead. Our next proposed bond could potentially be in 2024 and would bring the possibility of a fourth new elementary school in this area that could open in 2026 if passed.  

As we study every aspect of our decision-making process, we have issued a stop-work order on the new elementary school combining Carl Schurz and Seele. The stop-work order does not cancel the building of this campus; it just stops the construction from moving forward for a short time. The only reason to make this move is to buy ourselves a bit more time to complete all of our data. 

We issued this order after the demolition of the Ninth Grade Center and before any construction started on the new elementary. As soon as we have all of our information compiled, we will decide to either move forward with building the elementary to combine Carl Schurz and Seele or build an elementary school on the east side to help relieve overcrowded campuses and limit our use of portable buildings. 

We certainly want to be a district that does what we say we will do; however, in a fast-growth community, we also have to be mindful of the adjusting patterns and rate of growth that evolves. Our whole intent is to ensure we are making well-thought-out facility decisions that are in the absolute best interest of building capacities, life expectancy, and your tax dollars.  

We are hopeful to have some further information as we get closer to spring break and will share those facts with you once we receive them. Until then, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

My very best,
Cade


 

Estimado personal, padres y miembros de la comunidad de NBISD,

 

Espero que este correo electrónico lo encuentre bien ya que nos embarcamos en un clima frío. Le escribo para abordar algunos elementos relacionados con el crecimiento de la inscripción y nuestros proyectos de bonos.

 

Este invierno, contratamos a una empresa externa para completar un estudio de las instalaciones de las escuelas primarias Carl Schurz y Seele para medir su expectativa de vida. Estos estudios se encuentran actualmente en las etapas finales de finalización, y esperamos los resultados muy pronto.

 

El mes pasado, también compartimos con ustedes los resultados de la estudio demografico realizado recientemente por un tercero que nos da una idea de los próximos 10 años del crecimiento de nuestra población estudiantil.

 

Desde ese estudio de terceros, un elemento que hemos estado reexaminando es la nueva escuela primaria, propuesta en el bono 2018 , que combinaría la escuela primaria Carl Schurz y la escuela primaria Seele en la antigua ubicación del Ninth Grade Center en Guenther Avenue.

 

El propósito de estudiar este proyecto es el resultado del rápido crecimiento de la población estudiantil en el lado este de nuestro distrito, específicamente en las zonas de Klein Road y Voss Farms. En nuestro último informe de demógrafo, verá que se prevé que ambos planteles superen su capacidad el próximo año escolar y seguirán creciendo más allá de su capacidad incluso cuando se agreguen los ocho salones de clase adicionales como parte de la Bono 2021.

 

También hemos descubierto que actualmente se está desarrollando bastante terreno en estas zonas que no se tomó en cuenta en nuestro informe demográfico, lo que impulsa nuestro crecimiento estudiantil proyectado más adelante. Nuestro próximo bono propuesto podría ser potencialmente en 2024 y traería la posibilidad de una cuarta escuela primaria nueva en esta área que podría abrir en 2026 si se aprueba.

 

Mientras estudiamos todos los aspectos de nuestro proceso de toma de decisiones, hemos emitido una orden de suspensión de obras en la nueva escuela primaria que combina Carl Schurz y Seele. La orden de suspensión de trabajos no cancela la construcción de este campus; simplemente evita que la construcción avance por un corto tiempo. La única razón para hacer este movimiento es ganarnos un poco más de tiempo para completar todos nuestros datos.

 

Emitimos esta orden después de la demolición del Centro de Noveno Grado y antes de que comenzara la construcción de la nueva escuela primaria. Tan pronto como tengamos toda nuestra información recopilada, decidiremos seguir adelante con la construcción de la escuela primaria para combinar Carl Schurz y Seele o construir una escuela primaria en el lado este para ayudar a aliviar los campus superpoblados y limitar nuestro uso de edificios portátiles.

 

Ciertamente queremos ser un distrito que haga lo que decimos que haremos; sin embargo, en una comunidad de rápido crecimiento, también debemos tener en cuenta los patrones de ajuste y la tasa de crecimiento que evoluciona. Toda nuestra intención es asegurarnos de que estamos tomando decisiones bien pensadas sobre las instalaciones que sean absolutamente beneficiosas para el desarrollo de capacidades, la esperanza de vida y el dinero de sus impuestos.

 

Esperamos tener más información a medida que nos acerquemos a las vacaciones de primavera y compartiremos esos datos con usted una vez que los recibamos. Hasta entonces, no dude en comunicarse si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.

 

Sinceramente,
Cade


Update for January 12, 2022
01/12/2022
Dear NBISD Staff, Parents, and Community,

As we move into the second semester of the year, it has been refreshing to see all of our students back in our hallways and classrooms. I hope the new year is off to a great start and that you and your families are healthy.

One aspect we’ve worked on this year is telling our story. We believe there are so many things worth showcasing in our district, and we want everyone to know all the great happenings in NBISD. With that, we are so proud to announce to you that one of our campuses has made the finals for a major state award!  

I am thrilled to inform you that our very own Lone Star Early Childhood Center has been named one of five finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Early Childhood Award. This is a tremendous honor for the students, staff, and entire team at Lone Star and our district and community. The final award winner will be selected later this spring. We congratulate and wish them the best of luck in the finals.  

I would like to recognize a group of seven volunteers that serve our community as members of the School Board. We have had a lot of hard decisions and faced several challenges in the past few years, and they have been there every step of the way. We are fortunate to have each of them serving as trustees. January is Board Appreciation Month so, please join me in thanking them for their hard work.

It’s no secret that New Braunfels is a fast-growing community. Of course, what comes with that is a fast-growing school district. This past fall, our district partnered with a Texas public schools demographics firm to get the most up-to-date growth projections for the next decade. The demographer presented the report at the December Board Meeting, and it is now available to view on our website. CLICK HERE to view the demographer’s report. I have also created a video to guide you through many aspects of the report. CLICK HERE to view the video. 

Student population increases always add challenges to a school district, and fast growth only magnifies those challenges. Our team is working to address the growth and provide the best possible solutions at the level you expect in New Braunfels. We’ll keep you informed on our direction as we continuously work to stay ahead of the curve.

We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2022.

Truly,
Cade

Update for November 3, 2021
11/03/2021
Dear NBISD Community,

My sincerest appreciation to all of you for your involvement throughout this 2021 Bond season.  We are so grateful for all the men and women that invest so much time into this work and for those of you that engaged in conversations with us, asked incredible questions, and voted. As many of you have seen, two of the three NBISD Bond propositions have passed. Now that we have your approval on those propositions (totaling $327,900,000), we will get to work putting your voice into action.

Some of the first steps in moving a passed bond forward are more or less behind the scenes.  An architectural firm will be selected, our bonds will go to a bond sale to get the lowest interest rate we can obtain, and the design and bidding of our new facilities will take place.  

The first items of the bond that you will begin to physically see movement on will be the replacement of 6 elementary playgrounds (County Line, Klein Road, Lamar, Lone Star, Memorial, and Walnut Springs) and the addition of 9 elementary playground shade structures (County Line, Klein Road, Lamar, Lone Star, Memorial, Veramendi, Voss Farms, Walnut Springs, and Elementary #11 when complete). This project is slated to be completed during the 2022-23 school year.

Along with the playground upgrades, the expansion of the Ninth Grade Center into the district’s second high school will be first with designing, bidding, and preparing for construction. Breaking ground on Long Creek High School is projected to take place a little over a year from now, with an opening in the 2024-25 school year when it will officially transition from a Ninth Grade Center to a 4-year comprehensive high school.

Also, during this time, we will need to finalize a few more things as we work to become a two-high school district. Boundary/zoning lines will need to be officially approved, colors chosen, and a mascot selected. While these items seem somewhat simplistic, we fully understand the importance of this work as these decisions will set the direction for our district and community for lifetimes.  

Thank you for entrusting us with your tax dollars as we aim to design and build facilities that will last throughout this century. We’ll get to work humbly knowing that we serve you and strive to achieve our organizational core belief of being the Pride of New Braunfels.  

My best,
Cade

Update from October 15, 2021
10/15/2021
October is National Principals Month, and our campus leadership teams are well deserving of a moment of praise.  Every day, they are tasked with leading a campus and pursuing our mission to provide engagement, empowerment, and learning.  Like all jobs, there are great days and tougher ones, and this team of leaders continues to walk through the doors and serve our community, students, and staff.  If you get a moment in the next few days and feel so inclined, please shoot them an email and simply thank them for their leadership.  

Lone Star - Heather Salas
Carl Schurz - Duane Trujillo
County Line - Danielle Taylor
Klein Road - Marisela Lopez
Lamar - Chris Russell
Memorial - Nicole Haecker
Seele - Miriam Blanton
Veramendi - Leah Droddy
Voss Farms - Melinda Villarreal
Walnut Springs - Leigh Bailey
New Braunfels Middle School - Greg Hughes
Oak Run Middle School - Jessica White
Ninth Grade Center - Angelia Watson
New Braunfels High School - Chris Smith
School of Choice - Jerry Clark


The 2018 Bond Project has entered into its final stages. As we work through this year and into the summer, you’ll begin to see the old ninth-grade center demolished and a new elementary school constructed. This elementary school will combine Carl Schurz and Seele Elementary Schools and will open in August of 2023.  So what happens to Carl Schurz and Seele? Carl Schurz is part of the current 2021 Bond Project to be renovated into a campus that will house various student programs such as our School of Choice and our Discipline Center.  As for Seele, a study is currently being conducted regarding the feasibility of the facility, and we will consider options once we receive that report later this fall.

Also, moving forward from the 2018 Bond are renovations to quite a few of our aging campuses.  Oak Run, Lamar, Lone Star, Walnut Springs, County Line, and Memorial are all scheduled to get an interior renovation such as paint, new flooring, and casework. New paving is planned for the Transportation Center, Memorial, County Line, Walnut Springs, Lamar, and Lone Star. These are certainly a welcomed “freshen up” to all of these campuses and facilities.   

The 2021 Bond is in the final stages as we lead up to election day on November 2nd.  Presentations are still taking place around New Braunfels, as well as a virtual presentation you can view on our website. Early voting begins on Monday, October 18th, and you can do that right here at our Administrative Center on 1000 N. Walnut. For a complete list of polling locations, CLICK HERE.

Finally, Homecoming takes place tonight at Unicorn Stadium. As a long-standing Texas football tradition, mums, garters, cowbells, and all the pageantry will be on display for this once-in-a-year Friday night.  We look forward to welcoming those of you returning to Unicorn Stadium for the first time in a long time, as well as celebrating with those that continue to show up every Friday night.

Enjoy tonight, the weekend to come, and some cooler weather ahead.

Truly,
Cade

Update from Sept. 3, 2021
09/03/2021
Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,

I would like to thank you for a great start to the 2021-22 school year. At the beginning of every school year, we are met with unforeseen challenges and obstacles to address, and we cannot tell you how grateful we are for your feedback and support through these first few weeks. We sincerely appreciate your continued partnership as we work together to educate all of our students here in NBISD.

Over the past two weeks, we continue to enroll students into NBISD. Today, our district enrollment sits at 9,603 students.  Here is the total enrollment for each of our campuses:


Lone Star 257
Carl Schurz 354
County Line 373
Klein Road 702
Lamar 360
Memorial         311
Seele 289
Veramendi 878
Voss Farms 710
Walnut Springs 318
NBMS 1275
ORMS 945
NBHS - 9th 745
NBHS 2007
SOC 79


As our district continues to grow, decisions have to be made to address the growth. Many of you have heard about the bond election in November that was created by a Facilities Planning Committee and called by the Board of Trustees. The bond calls for various projects to address capacity issues, updating our older facilities, and a variety of other high-need projects. The projects include funding to expand growing campuses like Klein Road and Voss Farms, build a new elementary school to relieve Veramendi and Lamar, and complete the future Long Creek High School to address our growing high school population.  

This bond will also give a few of our older facilities some attention, including the repurposing of Carl Schurz, Phase 1 of the on-site replacement of New Braunfels High School, playground upgrades at our elementary school, and a new press box at Unicorn Stadium. A total of $348 million in projects has been called that could result in a 1.5 cent tax rate increase. You can find all the details of the bond here: nbisdbond.com

You will soon begin to see opportunities to attend (in-person and virtual) presentations regarding the bond. Once those are set, we will communicate them to you. In the meantime, if you have questions regarding the bond, please do not hesitate to contact us at news@nbisd.org.  

From the COVID front, our district dashboard was released at the beginning of the week. We are working to fine tune our reporting protocols and will continue to make improvements to our dashboard as the semester progresses.  

One change you may have noticed at the beginning of this school year is our increased presence on social media. For those of you that have Facebook and Instagram accounts, campus accounts have been created to share campus-specific updates, photos, events, and celebrations. Having a social media presence is our way of showcasing all of the great things happening around NBISD. For your quick reference, a list of each campus’ social media pages CLICK HERE. One more communication addition: a page has been created regarding updates I am providing our community. Two updates have been added thus far, and I’ll continue to update these once or twice a month. We’ll also add these superintendent-specific updates to our district social media page and newsletter, but in the meantime, you can read those updates CLICK HERE.

I hope this 3-day weekend brings enjoyment and rest for each of you and your family.  We’ll see everyone back at school on Tuesday. Enjoy the weekend!

Truly,
Cade

Update for August 27, 2021
08/27/2021

The 2021-22 school year is underway, and we are off to a great start.  Not only did we open a brand new campus in New Braunfels Middle School, but we also transitioned our Ninth Grade Center to a new location and broke ground on the last project of our 2018 bond; the new elementary campus for Carl Schurz and Seele.  


Over the past years, NBISD has done an exceptional job of staying ahead of the fast growth with their facility planning, and that certainly was on display this week. Our growth continues as we enter this new school year. A total of 9,483 students are enrolled in our school district after one week which is an increase of 258 from this same point last year. Families continue to choose New Braunfels, and we are thankful for their trust.  


Leading up to the start of the year, our team spent quite a bit of time working on a unified approach in all that we do within our organization. In that work, we believe that starting with an aligned core purpose is paramount to any future success we hope to achieve. The vision of NBISD remains the same: Every Student. Every Day.


However, one item that we have modified is our mission statement to simple reflect:  

Engage. Empower. Learn.


We have also developed organization Core Beliefs we hope to instill in each of our students as we work hard to role model each adult. Three Core Beliefs have been established with behaviors that we strive to exhibit, leading to a result. Below are our beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes:



NBISD CORE BELIEFS

Rooted in history, building a legacy, and growing toward the future

Belief

Behaviors

Outcome


Passion for Growth

Embrace challenges

Adapt and adjust

Get better every day

Be the Best Version of You


Power of the Team

Invest time to listen, care, and connect

Make each other better

Think we not me


Stronger Together


Pride of New Braunfels

Everyone matters

High expectations

Act with purpose

Ready for Tomorrow


We hope that working in this direction will allow us to springboard off the success that New Braunfels ISD has had as we move forward. Again, welcome to the start of the new school year, and it is with sincere appreciation to each of you for entrusting us with your most prized possession.  


My very best,
Cade


Update for July 19, 2021
07/19/2021
Greetings!

First, please allow me to express how grateful I am to have the opportunity to serve each one of you in this exceptional district.  Since coming to New Braunfels, the welcome our family has experienced has been incredibly humbling. So, again, a sincere “thank you” for allowing us to be a member of this remarkable community.  


For our district to serve our community at the level you deserve, it is no secret that exceptional two-way communication is a must. Therefore, not only do we need to provide opportunities to hear from you, but we also need to keep you up to date on everything happening in New Braunfels ISD.  This message is our first attempt to provide you specific information personally, and it is more or less an ongoing State of the District.  


Right now, most certainly, the burning question surrounding our district is simply:  “What does this upcoming school year look like?”  From remote learning to virus prevention protocols, everyone wants to and deserves to know how we intend to keep each individual as safe as possible while providing the best education possible to our students.  Our team has been and continues to work diligently on our back-to-school guidelines and procedures. We aim for a release date for this information to all students, parents, and community members by August 1st.  Look for that information in the next few weeks.


While I have met many of you during my first month here, there is a vast amount of you I have not yet had the opportunity to meet.  Over the next few weeks, you will begin to see opportunities for us to come together and say hello.  We’re working on dates ranging from early mornings to lunches to late afternoons and evenings that we hope to send out very soon.  Our first event will be on July 26th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center. I hope to see as many of you as possible during the next few weeks.


I hope the summer months are off to a good start and continue to march in that direction.


Truly,
Cade  
 

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