ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – At the October meeting of the Abilene ISD school board, an update on ESL programs indicated that program administrators are adjusting operations to accommodate students who are Afghan refugees.
Executive Director of Federal Programs and District Planning, Dr Karen Munoz, explained that her department had contacted the International Rescue Committee (IRC) based in Abilene. During these conversations, it was reported that next spring more than 100 Afghan refugees would be resettled in Abilene, including school-aged children.
“They said we should receive 115 in Abilene, and that the target number as of January 1 for any other refugees could be up to 250 more in Abilene,” Dr Munoz said.
In anticipation of the upcoming arrival of these students, Dr Munoz explained that Dari, the Afghan dialect of Persian, would be incorporated into the district’s familiarity perimeter for teachers entering the ESL program.
The AISD Impact Awards also took place during the meeting, highlighting the exemplary work of the district employees.
The recipients included fine arts teacher Riley Scroggins, deaf educator / performer Kim Gress and the entire AISD Transportation Auto Workshop.
Several donations of $ 500 to several Abilene campuses were also made. Instead of the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) annual school supplies distribution, which was canceled due to COVID, its president Jack Guzman handed over the financial gifts to elementary school principals in Ortiz , Purcell, Stafford and Martinez.
“Hopefully next year we can have our back to school party again,” Guzman said.