"It’s just not acceptable", said our new superintendent Dr. Carlos Rios at the July Monthly Membership meeting. The capacity crowd appeared very impressed and interested in the vision for the upcoming school year. Dr. Rios noted a focus on building programs for those on a college path and to help prepare others for a career.
Dr. Rios expressed his disappointment that when compared to our neighbors; Eagle Pass and Uvalde, Del Rio actually had a lower graduation rate on a recommended plan, which is the college going culture. Dr. Rios also expressed concern on the reserve balance in the school district fund balance. He noted that key to economic development and growth of a community is improving the school district.
Some of those reserve funds can be used for a fine arts building, housing a dual credits "magnet" type school, and establishing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) magnet middle school. Dr. Rios vision was impressive and very well received by the capacity crowd at the Grand Ballroom of the Ramada Inn. Dr. Rios closed by stating that while these are high goals, they are all achievable goals that will begin with this school year. Dr. Rios is a native of Del Rio, although he lived some of his childhood in Cd. Acuña, Dr. Rios attended local schools and graduated from Del Rio High School.
He also attended and graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Political Science. He later enlisted in the Navy before returning to Del Rio as an educator at Del Rio High School under Principal Pat Dugan. Dr. Rios also holds a Master’s in Education and a Doctorate. DRHCC also welcomed new members: Friends of the Val Verde County Library and Brown Financial with Membership plaques.