BJJH awarded Gear Up grant

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

San Diego - The San Diego school board adopted the proposed tax rate Monday evening with no objections or individuals speaking during the public hearing.

The tax rate adopted at the special meeting was $1.38357, a decrease from last year's tax rate of $1.72860 and less than the effective tax rate of $1.38553.

This year's approved rate consists of the maintenance and operations of $1.04 and the interest and sinking fund of $.34357. The interest and sinking fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction or equipment.

School officials said the bonds and the tax rate necessary to pay for the bonds were approved by the voters of the district.

No one spoke at the public hearing portion of the meeting and the school board members approved the tax rate. Less than a dozen people attended the special meeting Monday.

Also during the Monday special meeting, the board congratulated Bernarda Jaime Jr. High School for qualifying for a Gear Up III grant that was applied for last year. The grant is geared towards seventh-grade students, school officials said.

The grant is sponsored by Texas A&M International-Laredo and will work with seventh-grade students from the rural areas in Duval including San Diego ISD, Benavides ISD, Jim Hogg, Carrizo Springs and Cotulla.

In all, 930 seventh-grade students will be monitored to partner with the university in efforts to improve their academic achievement in math.

The program will consist of parent training, summer programs at the university and preparations for the ACT and SAT college entrance exams.

"They will get exposed to the campus over the summer," said Samuel Bueno, Bernarda Jaime Jr. High principal. "The program is going to follow them all the way through their senior year and into their college level."