George West I. S. D.
In the Fall, we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of George West ISD. There have been many changes in the way we have educated the students of this community over the past century. Since 1913, we have gone from slates and chalk to interactive wireless white boards. We have gone from volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica for research to surfing the web and “Googling” for information. We have gone from a one-room school house to sharing teachers with other districts via electronic distance learning and online classes. Our students can now graduate as seniors with 30 or more college hours through dual credit courses.
Looking back, one can see much to be proud of in our heritage. Our schools have always been blessed with great community support. Because of a supportive community, students today now attend a state-of-the art high school completed right at 100 years after the first class was held. Our community believes in the students of George West.
I think most would agree that the school district in George West has always had a pretty solid reputation. Through the years, our district has won many academic accolades, and our extra-curricular programs often shine above our competitors. We have been fortunate to have many great educators in George West who have had a significant impact on the lives of our young people. I am grateful for these dedicated individuals.
Our positive reputation is also due to families in this community and their children we are fortunate to educate. For the most part, our students continue to say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am”, and they continue to hold the door open for adults. They are respectful. Just last year, a restaurant contact shared that students from many schools had been in his restaurant one day. He stated that George West students were by far the best behaved of them all. That makes us proud. Our students are our greatest assets.
Our role now is to ensure that the legacy continues. We are mindful that our day to day operations and decisions become the history of George West ISD. It is an honor that I do not take for granted.
Mr. Sparks' office is located in the George West ISD administration building at 913 Houston Street.