Dr. Carlos Rios was born to Virginia Esperanza Rios on December 13, 1966 in Del Rio, TX. Upon graduation from Del Rio High School in 1985 he enrolled at Angelo State University. Two years later upon the insistence of his lifelong friends, Juan Jose Aguirre and Robert Luna, he transferred to Texas A&M University in College Station where he earned a baccalaureate degree in Political Science and History. After graduating from Texas A&M he reported to the Navy Education and Training Center in New Port Rhode Island where he earned and accepted a commission in the United States Navy. While in the United States Navy Ensign Rios was stationed and trained at the Navy Education and Training Center in San Diego, California. After completing his Surface Warfare Officer training he served on the USS Nitro as an Engineering Officer and later a Deck Officer. Among his many port calls, he recalls Scotland, Spain, and Cuba as the most memorable.
After an honorable discharge from the United States Navy, Carlos Rios returned to his hometown of Del Rio, Texas where he entered the field of education and soon after met and married Ana Maria Arredondo. Carlos and Ana now have four children; Corina Leah, Carlos Orlando, Victoria Iliana and Emma Irene. In 1995, Carlos returned to College Station, TX, with his wife Ana to teach high school students, coach basketball, and attend Texas A&M University where he earned a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration and eventually a Doctorate in Educational Administration. Dr. Rios has served as the principal of Saegert Middle School in Seguin, TX, Travis High School in Austin, TX, and Del Rio Middle School in Del Rio, TX. Thereafter he served as the Executive Director of Academic Compliance & Accountability in the Laredo Independent School District and then Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with the Seguin I.S.D. He became the ninth San Felipe Del Rio CISD Superintendent on May 6, 2013.
“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
October 29, 2018
I hope each and every one of you is still feeling the energy of the start of the school year. With a few exceptions, this has been a wonderful school year. We already know that in the very near future some very exciting things await the District and our community. For example, our Boys Cross Country team has once again qualified for the State Cross Country Meet. This is the fourteenth consecutive year that DRHS has had some representation at the State Meet. Awesomeness!!!
This coming semester, our Robotics program will host a statewide Robotics competition at our Del Rio High School. Mr. Gonzalez, CTE Director, has informed us that the Del Rio event is now full and closed. Forty-two teams have signed up, with two teams coming from New Mexico. Mr. Gonzalez is 100% convinced that it is our team’s (TriKz R 4 Kidz) recognition that has brought so many teams. This will absolutely be one of the most competitive events in Texas; and the spotlight will be on our District and community. Beyond Thankful to everyone who has participated with our students in this venture!!!
Then, at the end of the school year, we will celebrate the first ever graduating class from Blended Academy and Early College High School. For the first time since consolidation, our community will have more than one Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Together, we are creating opportunities upon opportunities for our students and our community.
Next, I want to address the proposition (Tax Ratification Election) that is currently before the voters. In advance, everyone should know that placing anything before the voters is always a last resort. Elections usually bring about miscommunications, wrong information and are often emotional. However, current funding limitations by the State have forced our hand in the direction of finding alternate funding sources to operate our schools. I believe the video from Raise Your Hand Texas (linked below) does a great job in explaining the need to find alternate funding.
It is also important to note that the Val Verde County Appraisal District initially provided certified values to our Board of Trustees which included over stated utility values. Since then, the over statement has been corrected. However, the updated appraisal values reflect a loss of general fund revenue. The reduction of $56,102,350 in assessed utility value will reduce the 2018-2019 local tax revenue budget by $640,589 and will also reduce the state funding by $292,322 for a total loss of revenue of $932,911.
Also related to the TRE, I want to address and respond to some misinformation which has been communicated. First, I should make clear that our Board of Trustees have clearly indicated that any additional monies obtained from a TRE will serve to strengthen our District’s position in providing future general pay increases, employee benefits and additional security measures for our schools. Second, I want to correct some miscommunication delivered by some of our own employees. It has erroneously been communicated that additional monies obtained from the TRE will be spent at the discretion of administration and have no accountability. This is entirely false. Any additional monies obtained are subject to all budgeting safeguards which include Board approval before they are spent.
Finally, I want to encourage each of you to vote and communicate the facts related to this proposition, rather than assumptions or outright gossip. Our District has come a long way in promoting student achievement and transparency. Let’s keep working together to build a better tomorrow for our students, our employees and our community at large.
In closing, I want to thank each of you who has engaged in delivering our Del Rio Cares initiative. Today, more than ever, we know that we can never rest when it comes to communicating to our students how much we love them and believe in their future.
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