Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Parting Tribute for Mr. Baiza ...

In May, I offered this tribute to educator Randy Baiza, as he departed Midland for a job with the Andrews ISD. Now comes word, another accolade may be coming his way.

Last month, I cited this report in the MRT, that Baiza has been in education some 23 years - 13 of those in Midland, including a decade at Washington Math & Science Institute (a district-wide magnet school), where he was principal.

Now comes another tribute, of sorts ... this report from the MRT's Ruth Campbell notes that Midland ISD is expected to have two exemplary campuses this year in state accountability ratings, according to predictions from district staff. Official state accountability ratings are expected July 31.

If those projections hold up, one of those exemplary campuses would be Washington Math & Science, where Mr. Baiza served as principal until the end of the 2008-2009 school year. And this would be Washington's second designation as an exemplary campus, having achieved this status two years ago (and just missing it last year).

Congratulations to Mr. Baiza, and to the faculty and staff - and, most of all, the students - at Washington Math & Science!


Anonymous said...

Bravo! My daughter teaches at Washington and my grandchildren were blessed with a wonderful education and learning enviornment there. Mr Baiza is so loved and respected by both teachers and parents. MISD'S loss is Andrews ISD's gain. I can't believe our Administration allowed this wonderful Administrator to get away. I wish him all the best. It was a great priviledge to know you.

Jeff said...

Anonymous, I agree with you 101%

I had wanted to write a magazine article about the 'magnet school' concept in Midland-Odessa, which would have included Mr. Baiza and Washington Magnet. Unfortunately, the Midland ISD central office refused to partcipate ... I sold the article, but it focused on representatives of a national association of magnet school educators, and the Ector County ISD and Reagan Magnet (another great school).

I still regret not being able to include Washington Magnet in that article.