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9. Statutory/Program Requirements
1. Applicants are required to evaluate community needs and resources and describe the results, including the
resources available in the community, and how the program strategies and activities proposed to be carried out in
the center(s) will address the identified needs of students and their families. In alignment with the information
a. Describe the needs assessment process, center-level needs assessment process, multiple sources of data used,
and stakeholder feedback that occurred for this grant application.
b. Describe the results including the student population deemed “most in need” for each campus proposed to be
served and provide the estimated number of students that meet the need-based criteria, including the percent of
eligible students at the campus that the program plans to serve.
c. Describe the plan for how the center will continually assess and recruit the students most in need and how the
plan addresses the needs of working families.
SFDRCISD conducted a multi-faceted assessment of our students and community to determine the best course of action
and resources to support our needs. In our most recent study of each identified learning center, we have identified at least
150 students whose reading levels are at least two grade levels below the average and current target; and at least 2.5 grade
levels below average and the current target in math. The community of Del Rio lies in a rural area on the Texas border. In
essence, the town lacks many outside resources; thus, the community struggles to cope. To further examine our
community's needs, SFDRCISD used parent surveys, City of Del Rio census data, the TAPR report, and TDS PEIMS data. The
reports collectively concluded that the community lacks substantial and effective after-school and summer programs for
Del Rio students. Del Rio's community would benefit greatly if SFDRCISD were to establish a sustainable CCLC program for
families. HB3 establishes a requirement for school districts to focus on reading and math. SFDRCISD has established specific
goals for learning and improving students' outcomes in grades 3-8 in reading and math, STEM programs, and improving
graduation rates for the 85% of Hispanic students below grade level and economically disadvantaged. In reviewing the
support available, we determined that the highest interest of students connected with the most available resources. These
available resources are the District's fine arts, athletics, CTE programs. Additionally, the students expressed interest in city of
Del Rio organizations such as Council for the Arts, Boys & Girls club and City swimming pools. However, most of the
programs are tuition-based and often unattainable to the average family in Del Rio, where the poverty rate is 23%, which is
an exponentially high rate compared to the state's 13.9%. Further analysis reveals that over 39.7% of our residents rent
their home rather than own one, attributing to a stark 11.3% mobility rate across our schools. These rates have consistently
negatively impacted student attendance and have significantly impacted academic performance and graduation rates. The
Texas ACE grant would afford families in this community the access needed for continuous support for our children and
their families during the most critical and essential time in their education. In response to these findings, SFDRCISD is
committed to examining and providing interventions that could assist families financially beyond what is currently
available. A survey was launched to parents and students in grades PK-8 to assess family needs. Of those who responded,
77% stated that academic support for reading in math was its greatest need (our district state report shows we are 10%
below the state average). In line with these deficits are the long term effects which impact our high school graduation rates.
To date, our district has fallen behind the state graduation rate by 6%. Historically, Hispanic students in our community only
have a 62% graduation rate. To create a paradigm shift in our community, perennial recruitment and successful
implementation of the SFDRCISD's CCLC program would encourage continued participation and college and career
readiness. Each of the ten centers would implement select research-based programs to enhance math and reading to
ensure our students are college, military, and career-ready. The programs would support STEM development. This would
enable new extracurricular activities, leading to increased participation and higher graduation rates. These learning centers
will respond to our diverse population of students with social and learning needs. SFDRCISD aims to support students
within our Hispanic and at-risk populations through recruitment and strategic planning. This process will be ongoing and
based on data, consisting of review of grades, grade level performance in reading/math, attendance, behavior and at-risk
for retention or not graduating. SFDRCISD will increase access to technology resources allowing students an opportunity to
enhance their STEM skills, leading to other interests in current and future CTE programs or organizations and a more
rounded and successful high school experience. Transportation will be provided to participants to and from centers to
assist working families, along with snacks, fees and other associated costs.