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Principal Contreras Honored at Oct. 24 School Board Meeting

Supt. Ruben Cervantes, left, presents Principal Carlos A. Contreras with a plaque at an Oct. 24 school board meeting.

It was an emotional moment at last week's Dell City ISD school board meeting, when Principal Carlos A. Contreras rose to be recognized for his contributions to the Dell City School community.


Contreras received a plaque from Supt. Ruben Cervantes at the Oct. 24 meeting, inscribed with a message of appreciation for Contreras' “dedication, support and commitment to the students, parents and staff of Dell City ISD.” Cervantes noted that he and Contreras had joined the district at the same time – just in advance of the 2018-2019 school year – and that they have been finding their footing together. Cervantes said he has been grateful to make that journey side-by-side with Contreras.


“He's working really hard,” Cervantes said, “and I'm just really glad that he's here.”


October is National Principals Month, and Cervantes said he wanted to take the opportunity to recognize Contreras' efforts. He highlighted the new measures Contreras has implemented to improve the quality of instruction at the school – including “instructional rounds,” in which teachers visit one another's classrooms and learn from one other, and a rigorous schedule of professional development for Dell City School faculty. Cervantes said those measures are paving the way for improved student outcomes.


Contreras was initially at a loss for words, but later in the meeting, he told school board he feels “blessed” to be working in Dell City. He said he's thankful to have the support of Cervantes and the school board in the work he does.


“All those projects that I want to do, he says yes,” Contreras said of Cervantes, “and in turn you approve those things, and I want to thank you for the support.


“It's not work,” he said. “It really has been a big pleasure, and a blessing, to be here and to be able to do those things.”


Contreras also praised the faculty – and expressed confidence that the efforts of teachers and administrators are bearing fruit.


“We are working hard,” he said. “We are working harder than last year, and I think we are working smarter than last year as well. I think you should be proud of the crew that you helped assemble.”