Fellow Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) member and Splendora ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Burke, shared how the District is thriving during these challenging times.  Splendora ISD was one of the few school districts in Montgomery County that began both in-person and onsite learning in August. The District now has about 93% of its students learning onsite. And while it has had its challenges - lack of computer devices, Internet accessibility, and a new learning management system - the District has stayed focused on two main things: the relationships they build and the lessons they design.

Splendora ISD is one of only two Texas school districts that have earned the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase District designation.  The District has built an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected even during a pandemic. The District is also amping up its Chromebook inventory and speaking to local and county officials about Internet accessibility. Its teachers are working hard to learn new ways of teaching both in the classroom and remotely.

Additionally, the Splendora community is growing. As many as 10,000 homes are in some stage of planning or development for the foreseeable future, and the Splendora ISD Board of Trustees will be considering calling for a bond election next year. 

As a token of appreciation for speaking, the RCEMC will donate the book, Fifty Cents and a Dream, Young Booker T. Washington, to Timber Lakes Elementary in Dr. Burke’s honor.