Dell City ISD is now seeking to hire a school counselor. A full-time position, the counselor's job will be to help meet the social and emotional needs of students, as well as to communicate with parents and to help students plan and prepare for post-graduation – whether that be college, a career or the military.
“The primary thing is the emotional well-being of the kids,” Principal Carlos Contreras said. “Students need someone they can feel able to talk to. The counselor can also talk with students about careers, college, the military.”
The counselor will assist students in preparing for standardized college-admissions tests – the ACT and SAT – and with applying for scholarships and colleges. Edgar Alvarez, the school's secondary science teacher, has filled that role since he joined the district two years ago. Contreras said his help has been invaluable – but that a full-time counselor will have more time to devote to this work.
Contreras said the district hopes to hire an individual certified in counseling, but is also willing to hire an individual who would pursue certification while working in the position.