A community discussion on education in district 2 was held at the Carver Library Friday evening. Those in attendance had an opportunity to weigh in on the challenges, opportunities, and hopes about education on the eastside. The community discussion was led by Jose Macias Jr., representing the eastside as the District 2 Trustee on the Alamo Colleges District Board.
Photo: ACCD, D2 Trustee Jose Macias (center) during community discussion
Trustee Macias stated on his Facebook page that the event was created to “begin a community discussion regarding D2 priorities and the need for educational attainment on the Eastside.” The agenda included discussion on the Alamo Promise and workforce development initiatives on the eastside.”
The event was big on community input and questions. “This is the first of many conversations that I plan to host throughout the district designed to garner greater community input in moving district 2 forward.” Macias stated.
Everyone who had a question or comment was given an opportunity to take the floor and address Trustee Macias. Mrs. Lenora Walker expressed the need to support formally incarcerated individuals. “We need to give them opportunities to succeed out of prison” Walker stated.
Attendee Kathy Powell shared with the audience that in her experience, starting the work of creating a college going culture must “start at the elementary level to empower children.”
Jason Mims expressed concerns regarding the distribution of Pell Grants now that the Alamo Promise will begin next fall. Mims asked, “Where are the funds that qualified Pell Grant recipients once used now that going to college is tuition free?” Mr. Macias pledged to “Confirm how that distribution will be allocated and report back.”
Trustee Macias discussed the importance of Alamo Promise and that the Alamo Colleges must remain focused on building collaborations with area school districts. Macias stressed, “The era of Colleges and School Districts acting in silos must be overhauled into stronger cooperatives.”