EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Migrant Neighborhood Recruitment Program reported an increase in the number of migratory students identified during their recent recruitment efforts compared to the previous year.

The Migrant Neighborhood Recruitment Program successfully identified 70 qualifying students in February 2018 compared to 22 qualifying students in February 2017.

“We have a responsibility as educators to identify our migrant students,” Edinburg CISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez said. “The reason we have this responsibility is that we are provided funds to provide services for these students.”

Some of the programs available to the migrant students, include assistance with obtaining concurrent enrollment and dual credit courses, participation in Advanced Placement classes, and support with taking entrance exams.

“We want to make sure that we inform the migrant parents and families about the services that we have available,” Gutiérrez said. “Once we identify them, we have a system where we can track them. We can keep up with the families when they move and keep up with the children where they go to school.”

For two weeks, the migrant recruiters go door-to-door throughout Edinburg CISD neighborhoods to identify migratory students to encourage them to participate in the program.

“We knock on the parents’ home and ask them if anybody in the family has done any kind of work in the field or if they know anybody who has,” said Toni Ramos, a migrant recruiter from Monte Cristo Elementary School.

For more information on the ECISD Migrant Education Program, call 289-2300 and ask for Rolando Vargas at extension 2106 or Debra Ramirez at extension 2105.