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December 11th, 2009
Austin Chamber names Shafer superintendent of the year

1pshaferPatty Shafer was honored as Superintendent of the Year by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.


San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer was recently named Superintendent of the Year by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

The honor was announced on Dec. 8 by KEYE-TV anchor Ron Oliveira at the chamber’s State of Education Luncheon before a throng of more than 600 political, business and educational leaders at the Frank Erwin Center.

San Marcos CISD received awards for increases in college and workforce readiness and for the increase in the direct-to-college enrollment. The awards were presented by State Senator Florence Shapiro, State Representative Donna Howard, and Commissioner of High Education Raymond Paredes.

When giving the award to Shafer, presenters said, “Along with her partner at the San Marcos Chamber, Phyllis Snodgrass, Dr. Shafer has plunged into the region’s college readiness and enrollment efforts.”

Through a strategic partnership with 11 regional chambers of commerce and nine school districts to produce Community Education Progress Reports, the Austin chamber annually reports the progress of local school districts in high school graduation, college readiness and college enrollment. The awards Shafer and San Marcos CISD received were partially based on these reports.

The cited examples of SMCISD’s improving educational standards included the fact that 80 percent of the San Marcos CISD Class of 2009 submitted the Apply Texas application online, that San Marcos doubled its submission of student applications for financial aid (FAFSA) in one year and that San Marcos CISD had the largest one-year increase in college and workplace readiness rates in the region (from 27 percent ready in both English and Math in 2007 to 39 percent college-ready in both subjects in 2008). Additionally, San Marcos CISD was number one in the region in direct-to-college enrollment increases (from 36 percent in 2007 to 44 percent in 2008).

Shafer said partnership and collaboration are the keys to increase college readiness and enrollment.

“Our faculty work alongside the students to meet the challenge of being ready for college-level work,” Shafer said.  “Members of the SMCISD faculty, staff, and administration work in conjunction with partners from Texas State University, Austin Community College, and the San Marcos Chamber to make sure that students complete applications for admission and financial aid.  These awards are indicators of teamwork on the part of the entire community.”

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  1. Dr. Shafer,

    Congratulations on being recognized as Superintendent of the Year by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. The efforts by you, the Board of Trustees, your administrative and academic staff and those who provide the operational support for our district are to be commended. These efforts along with the on-going collaboration with Texas State and the business community under the direction of Phyllis Snodgrass and the Education Committee at the Chamber of Commerce are now paying dividends for the youth within our community. While we all know there is much left to do, congratulations and keep up the great work.

  2. Yes, most people have no idea how fortunate we are to have Dr. Shafer as superintendent of our school district! There are very few superintendent’s this good in Texas, let’s hope we can hang onto her for a LONG time!

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