Executive Director's Corner

 
June 2019
 

Hello everyone,


Welcome to our new NYOS Charter School website! We hope you find it useful and easy to navigate to important information. We welcome your feedback.


Much has been happening at NYOS Charter School lately. I compiled a few important updates below.


Property

I am excited to share some details about important projects at NYOS. As you know, we purchased the property next door at Lamar to construct new facilities. The goal was to create a permanent home for our PreK-3rd graders and put everyone together on one campus. The NYOS School Board and I hired a project manager and architect in the 18-19 school year to get the project started. We have spent countless hours educating our partners on what is important to NYOS and our unique educational model. The preliminary drawings show facilities that will not only serve but uplift NYOS instruction and extracurriculars across all grades. Plus, there will be plenty of parking for all AND a much improved pickup and dropoff queue!


As you might guess, constructing facilities in Austin is expensive. In order to build and maintain a new campus, we must add approximately 800 more students over the next 6 years. If construction proceeds as expected, in the summer of 2021 we will add approximately 300 new students by adding sections to each of Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades. Note that NYOS would add sections, not change the student/teacher ratio. Right now, most classes have 18 students per teacher. All of the plans keep that ratio intact. We recognize that small class sizes are the reason that many of you joined the NYOS family so we want to preserve those.


Recent Accolades

NYOS won a silver award from US News and World Report high school rankings with a score of 95.5 out of 100.

Children at Risk ranked NYOS in the Top 10 Secondary campuses in Central Texas for the 9th straight year.

NYOS also won Austin Family Magazine's Reader's Favorite Award for Best Austin Charter School (again)!  

     

New Campus Administrators

NYOS welcomes Will Jaramillo as the new Secondary Principal for 6-12th grades. Will joins us from Round Rock High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Edwards University and his Masters in Education from Harvard University. Will also speaks fluent Spanish. Will started working with NYOS in the spring and joined us full-time in June.


We also welcome Samantha Gladwell to her new role as Elementary Assistant Principal. Samantha joined NYOS as a teacher in 2012. She was promoted through various roles during her time with NYOS. Samantha earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and her Masters degree from Lamar University.


Legislation

Governor Greg Abbott recently signed into law House Bill 3. HB3 provides additional funding for public schools across Texas, including charter schools. State estimates show NYOS receiving between $400-$600 more per student for the 2019-2020 school year. Much of the increase will go to raising teacher salaries. We are thankful to the state legislators for recognizing the need to improve teacher compensation and for giving public schools the funds to do so.


Advocacy work by charter leaders like me, charter parents, and the Texas Charter Schools Association helped us to defeat a number of anti-charter bills this session. Thank you very much to those of you who sent an email, visited in person or testified on behalf of charter schools. It takes every voice to keep NYOS and Texas charter schools thriving.     


Thanks for reading, everyone!


Kathleen Zimmermann

Executive Director

NYOS Charter School