Education IS Better Out Here!

Cordillera Ranch boasts that “Life is Better OUT Here.” As a community offering resort-style living, sprawling acreage and an innovative, multi-club concept brimming with outdoor activities, today more than ever it epitomizes a lifestyle outside the mainstream.

But that appreciation for open space, solitude, nature and getting back to a simpler lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice, especially when it comes to education. When families search for their next home, the school district is always important. And yet another benefit of living at Cordillera Ranch is that the entire community sits within the Boerne Independent School District boundaries. Consisting of 12 campuses and serving more than 9,600 students in Kendall County and parts of Bexar County, the Boerne ISD is known for its academic excellence and ranks among the most highly regarded school districts in the state of Texas.

The Texas Education Agency has bestowed its coveted “A” rating to Boerne ISD for the past two school years. The district was also named to the AP District Honor Roll by the U.S. College Board and received a Best Communities for Music Education designation.

The school district can now chalk up another prestigious honor to its incredible resume — on May 5, Texas-based grocer H-E-B bestowed its Excellence in Education Award in the Best Small School District to the Boerne ISD.

“We are humbled and honored to be named the Best Small School District in Texas,” Boerne ISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Price said in a news release. “We are a reflection of our community. We live in the best community, which helps us to be the best school district.”

Created in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and thank them for their dedication and commitment. The District Award recognizes school districts based on commitment to student achievement through innovative programs, parent / community involvement, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators. This year, H-E-B handed out $430,000 in cash awards and grants to eight educators, two school districts, an early childhood agency and a public school board. 

Boerne ISD submitted an in-depth application, and H-E-B judges visited campuses throughout the school year before the district was named a finalist in the Small School District category with Fabens ISD and George West ISD. For its accomplishment, Boerne ISD will receive a $50,000 prize that will be used by the Boerne Education Foundation for student learning, and will be recognized as part of Excellence in Education’s 20th Anniversary Awards weekend in May 2021.

“To earn an award of this magnitude is a team and community effort,” Price says. “We are grateful to our Board of Trustees, principals, teachers, staff, students, parents, business partners and the community.”

“Cordillera Ranch’s location within the Boerne ISD boundaries has attracted many families with school-aged children into becoming full-time residents,” adds Charlie Hill, President and CEO of DH Investments which is the developer of Cordillera Ranch. “We are extremely excited for the Boerne Independent School District, and congratulate them for this remarkable honor. We thoroughly enjoy working with the district and commend them for their outstanding work with the children of our community and the great city of Boerne.”

Spotlight on Boerne ISD Staff

Each year, Boerne ISD names a District Teacher of the Year, selected from one of 12 campuses in the district. For the 2019-20 school year, Janna Clements from Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School was the honored recipient, also receiving a $10,000 check generously donated by Toyota of Boerne who provides the sponsorship annually. Mrs. Clements currently teaches 6th-grade World Cultures and 7th-grade Texas History, and for lucky Cordillera Ranch middle schoolers, Voss Middle School is their designated campus.

Boerne ISD recently announced Shane Wilson as the new Principal at Boerne High School — one of the two high schools in the district. A familiar face at BHS, Mr. Wilson has served as the Assistant Principal there since 2016 and brings over 20 years of experience as an educator. Cordillera Ranch falls within the Boerne High School attendance zone.

Boerne High School also welcomes Bridget Thomason as the new Assistant Principal. She comes to Boerne ISD after serving in Northside ISD in San Antonio since 1999, most recently in an administrative role at Stevens High School.

At Voss Middle School, Lisa Reeh was appointed new Assistant Principal. Mrs. Reeh has been a member of the Boerne ISD family since 2014, including spending last school year as a seventh grade English Language Arts and Reading teacher at Voss Middle School.

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