I cannot believe the 2021-2022 school year has come to a close. I often reflect on how the school year began and how it ended and I can’t help but think of one word: grateful. I’m grateful for our educators. We know the challenges you have faced, both in and out of the classroom, and your resilience continues to push us to do more to support you. We are grateful for our support staff that are often both the first and last in our buildings. We could not do what we do without you. We are grateful for our parents and community members that continue to stand in the gap for us as we’ve prepared for the difficult times ahead. And lastly-we are grateful for the 24,000 students that call GCCISD home. Without you, there is no us.


The district continues to experience major growth; which is a great thing! So much so, that it was inevitable we would need to open new schools to service neighborhoods in both the Baytown and Highlands areas. The doors of our newest junior school, E.F. Green, opened on the first day of class in August 2021. The board unanimously approved the naming of the district’s Early Learning Academy Central location in honor of Sheila Cason Liles during their February 2022 Board meeting. Liles was a Baytown native and a graduate of Lee High School. An experienced educator with a passion for early childhood education, she received many accolades during her tenure in the district; including being named the first principal for B.P. Hopper Primary School in 1980. After 22 years in the district, she retired in 1991, but the impact she left on those she both worked with and taught lives on. The Jessie Lee Pumphrey Elementary School, named for another long-term educator and campus leader, will also open in August 2022 as well as the new San Jacinto Elementary School replacement campus.


We could not have done any of what we have done over the years without the support of our Board of Trustees, the GCCISD Education Foundation and our Partners in Education. Having the continuous support of our internal and external stakeholders is integral to the success of our students and staff and continues to be an important part of the fabric of Goose Creek CISD.


The district’s goal of providing pre-k options for our families will begin in the 2022-2023 school year. Aside from the Liles location, the Early Learning Pre-K Academy will be housed at two of our newest campuses: Jessie Lee Pumphrey and San Jacinto Elementary Schools; both set to open in August 2022. The dual language pre-k academy will be hosted at Alamo, Ashbel Smith and Harlem Elementary Schools and the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Pre-K academy will be hosted at Austin and Walker Elementary Schools. We are also excited to open the district’s new Robotics Center in August 2022. The facility, located directly across from Stuart Career Technical High School, will serve as a hub for the district’s award-winning robotics teams and it is my hope, that the program continues to grow for years to come.


The 2021-2022 school year was transformative, in more ways than one, and I cannot wait to see what the 2022-2023 school year brings.


Have a safe and enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!