Keeping a promise he made months ago to Union Hill ISD Superintendent, Sharon Richardson, Mr. Williams added the school district to his list before visiting Tyler ISD and Bullard ISD Friday afternoon. Williams discussed the district receiving the highest rating of “Met Standard” as well as their high achievement in the four Index Performance Standards and all System Safeguards. Of the approximately 3,600 campuses across Texas, Sharon A. Richardson Elementary was among the 759 schools that earned the distinction in all three areas.
Superintendent Sharon A Richardson stated, “Union Hill ISD Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Student Body were extremely honored to have Commissioner Michael Williams at our school district during his recent statewide visits of schools in Texas. Commissioner Williams toured our Elementary and High School campuses, observing effective classroom instruction and programs offered to students of our district Pre-K through grade 12. Guided tours of all facilities were conducted by Student Council Members.” Superintendent Richardson commended Commissioner Williams for his efforts to visit and learn more about all school districts in the state.
In addition to Commissioner Williams, State Representative David Simpson toured the campus, viewing active classrooms and teaching techniques. “You see administrators and teachers hard at work teaching, and students eagerly learning,” said Williams. “Unfortunately, in education we do not tell our story but we are making improvements. We have higher graduation rates than ever before, higher NAPE, ACT and SAT scores. It is important for me to get out and tell our story. My #1 job has to be focused on closing the racial achievement gap; and although we are improving, we have a good way to go.”
Richardson invited Upshur County Superintendents from Big Sandy ISD, Pittsburg ISD, New Diana ISD, and Union Grove ISD to attend the Q & A session with Commissioner Williams. The meeting closed with Commissioner William’s remarks on House Bill 5 and school funding.