From the superintendent: Everyone counts!

Published 11:25 pm Friday, March 6, 2020

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Dr. Rickie R. Harris

As you may know, we endorse John Maxwell’s philosophy that “One is too small a number to achieve greatness,” with that, we are soliciting your support on two major endeavors.

First, we have entered the STAAR testing crunch preparation time.  All of our campuses are making every effort to prepare our students to be successful on upcoming state exams. Campuses are providing tutorial opportunities for our students which includes, Saturday school, after school, and in-school remediation in preparation for the STAAR exams. We are asking that you make every effort to make sure your child participates in these enhancement opportunities. 

Secondly, this is the year of the U.S. Census. WOCCISD pledges to do our part to aid our district and community by committing to educate our students about the importance of the 2020 Census. 

The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, our students and younger children such as:

-Special Education
-Head Start
-After-school programs
-Classroom technology
-Food Assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches
-Maternal and child health programs

At our schools, we have integrated lessons about the census into our Social Studies lesson plans so that our students are better informed about the importance of counting everyone in their home. At baseball and softball games, you may see a PSA about the importance of the 2020 Census to our community; additionally, on social media, we are sharing videos and information. 

You can get involved by having one member of the household fill out a Census form this spring. Your efforts today will impact schools, students, and communities for the next ten years.  2020 is the first year you will have the option to fill out the census online, by phone or by mail. It is important to us that you respond either way. 

We all have a role in shaping the future of our country. For more information on how the census helps in our schools and community visit

We believe in John Maxwell’s philosophy that “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” Go Mustangs!


Dr. Rickie R. Harris is the Superintendent at West Orange – Cove CISD