Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | September 2021

PEOPLE Greg Smith Fast Growth School Coalition executive director The Fast Growth School Coalition in Austin advocates for investment in Texas’ fastest-growing school districts. A fast-growing school district, such as Fort Bend ISD, is defined as a district with enrollment of at least 2,500 students during the previous school year and enrollment growth over the last five years of at least 10%, or a net increase of 3,500 or more students, according to Fast Growth School Coalition. Greg Smith became executive director of the Fast Growth School Coalition in December. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

BY ALLY BOLENDER

WHAT IS A FAST- GROWING DISTRICT? A fast-growing school district is defined by these characteristics: 2,500 students enrolled during the previous school year

plus

10%

enrollment growth over the last five years

or

DID FAST-GROWING DISTRICTS SEE A SLOWDOWN IN ENROLL- MENT OR GROWTH BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC? We do know that across the state there was a slowdown in growth, and we had some kids that did not return to school. The state as a whole saw a decline in enrollment. However, we are anticipating 266,000 students to come back to school. That includes new growth as well as former growth of students that took a gap year. Traditionally, the students that did not show up were in the pre-K or kindergarten area.

HOWDID FAST-GROWTH DISTRICTS EXPERIENCE LEARNING LOSS? There were obviously some

Students that were online did not perform as well as those students who performed in person. [Districts] that had more students attend in person are probably a step ahead of those who had predominantly kids at home and have fewer gaps to make up as a result. HAVE FAST-GROWING DISTRICTS SEEN CHALLENGES IN THE PAST YEARWITHACQUIRING AND MAINTAINING EMPLOYEES? Oh, you bet. I think COVID[-19] has added another variable to retention and so districts have to be creative on how they retain employees. Teachers and

3,500

net increase of students

SOURCE: FAST GROWTH SCHOOL COALITION/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

setbacks with virtual learning, and I do not think that virtual learning was set up for kindergarten through 12th graders to learn six, seven hours a day online. That’s a lot to ask for kids; that’s a lot to ask for parents and certainly a lot to ask for teachers that might be doing hybrid courses. I think there is a lot of unfinished learning to go, despite all the things that we’ve done and that all the districts have done.

staff who were close to retiring, rather than making a lot of changes with virtual learning, checked out. I think if you look across the state, you probably had an above-average [number] of retirees or people that left the profession because of what was expected.

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