Superintendent

Superintendent Message

Superintendent Message, Dr. Cade Smith
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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