Members of the Becker community, Principal Betty Jenkins, and Vice Principal Lakesha Drinks met with AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and Chief Academic Officer Ramona Treviño on Feb. 1 to discuss Becker’s proposals for achieving optimal utilization of their campus, address misperceptions about their facility, and offer “out of the box” solutions to the AISD budget crisis. Top of their list: Grow the Two-Way Dual Language Program! Lots of possible options were discussed.
The Becker community stands in solidarity and strength: Becker Elementary is a growing success story. The vision of AISD to implement Dual Language at Becker has achieved the intended result: enrollment has increased to the extent that our campus is projected to fill to capacity by 2014. Alternatively, Becker’s unique capability and willingness to offer a PreK-6 or PreK-8 education is also projected to fill the campus to capacity before the inaugural class of Dual Language students graduate. Additionally, with modest and sensible revisions to attendance boundaries for the six South-Central Elementary Schools, all six schools could be at near 100% capacity by 2014, avoiding millions of dollars in increased capital costs to build new schools in the area. Becker offers multiple proposals that lead to solutions for our South-Central elementary schools; Becker is poised to play a strong role in the educational future of our children in AISD.