After the long summer, we all welcome cooler temperatures at NYOS. The whitetop, field and playground don’t feel quite so stifling now that autumn has arrived.
We celebrated a true legislative win for charter schools this summer. In August, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 21. The school finance bill included up to $60 million for charter school facilities financing - for the FIRST TIME EVER!! We expect it will make up about $150 of the $1,400 difference that currently exists between funding for a NYOS student versus funding for an AISD student. The funding is available starting in the 2018-2019 school year. NYOS can use the funds to pay rent, utilities and loan payments for land and buildings. It’s a baby step but we are all thrilled about the win.
NYOS also celebrated two promotions within the administrative team. Please help me to congratulate Joey Thompson on his promotion to Director of Operations. Joey oversees IT, Maintenance, Food Services and compliance. We also promoted Hweilu Chen to Director of Finance. Hweilu oversees Accounting, Human Resources, Student Data, Development and Community Outreach.
In addition to working through NYOS organizational changes and the start of the school year, I spent lots of time at the Capitol this summer advocating for facilities funding and charter schools. You can see a little bit of this work here. Thank you to those of you who wrote letters or emails, participated in a rally or visited an elected official. Your work paid off in a historic win for facilities financing!
This fall, work with the Texas Charter Schools Association keeps me busy. I serve as the Member Council Chair and a Board member of TCSA. I am also helping the TCSA find a replacement for outgoing Executive Director David Dunn.
Don’t forget that NYOS Football, Cheer, Cross Country, Basketball and Volleyball are all now practicing and playing hard. You can support our athletes by attending games and meets. Be sure to wear your navy blue and silver NYOS swag. Go Jags!
J. Kathleen Zimmermann
NYOS Charter School