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San Marcos CISD’s Shafer honored by Austin Chamber


San Marcos CISD Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer was named Superintendent of the Year by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce at its State of Education luncheon this week.

Patty Shafer

The announcement was made before a crowd of more than 600 education, political and business leaders at the Frank Erwin Center.

“Our faculty work alongside the students to meet the challenge of being ready for college-level work. 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,” Shafer said.

The chamber noted college preparedness progress in the San Marcos school district, citing examples that include:

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