Staff Letter (2022-05-26)
To the Alief ISD Team,
I am not sure when each of you might read this message, if at all, but I wanted to share with you how much I appreciate each one of you for everything you have done to make the 2021-2022 school year meaningful for our students and staff. The Alief ISD Board and I are grateful beyond words for what Alief ISD staff members have done this year to help us continue our mission of keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing. We are in awe!
I am aware that each of you not only took on the responsibility of your job but also the responsibilities for other roles that were unable to be filled. I know doing this day after day was physically tiresome, mentally draining and at times, very frustrating, to say the least. But despite all these factors, you showed up each day with the attitude that there was meaningful and important work to be done and you were not going to let our students or parents down. Whether you realize it or not, we are all in a profession and in positions where we have multiple audience (students, staff, parents, community members, etc.) depending on us to not only “show up” but to perform at a high level, every day. Education and healthcare are the only two professions with that kind of responsibility. The Board and I THANK YOU for taking on all these responsibilities and doing so like a true professional.
I realize everyone is wondering what we are thinking regarding compensation and salary plans for the 2022-2023 school year. Please know I have shared with the Board that we will be bringing information to them for consideration during the June Board meeting. I apologize for this decision taking a little longer than normal but there are multiple factors impacting this issue that require a little more time. As soon as a decision is made, I will be sharing with all staff through various communication sources.
In our own way, we are all processing the unthinkable and unimaginable actions that took place in Uvalde ISD this week. Regardless of the role we play in education, our minds will naturally and constantly move from one set of thoughts to another set of thoughts over and over. If you are a parent or grandparent, the first thing we tend to think of is our own children or grandchildren and “what if”. It is a most natural reaction. If you are a teacher or work in a school, you obviously begin thinking about your own personal and campus safety. If you are in a leadership or support role you begin thinking about what we are doing or should be doing or could be doing to better protect our students and staff. Regardless, if you find yourself struggling to process everything that has happened and think you might benefit from some form of assistance, please visit www.aliefisd.net/mentalhealthmoment to help guide you.
For those of you that will be completing your work this week, please enjoy your break. I hope you can find the kind of rest, relaxation and life-balance you need in your life. If your role requires continuous work into the summer, please find time to rest and relax. For those that will be returning to Alief ISD in 2022-2023, thank you for your loyalty and commitment to the mission of Alief. If you are retiring, thank you for your service to education and I hope your retirement years are as meaningful as your working years were. If you are leaving Alief for another district or another role, thank you for serving our students and community. It is greatly appreciated.
To everyone, stay safe every day, take care of yourself every day, be nice to each other every day and hug your kids every day. And yes, hug your pets, they like it too.
See you around,