As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, SISD is planning to open a full-time virtual academy for students in third to 12th grades for the 2021-22 school year, pending full funding for the Texas Legislature. While the new school would be similar to the remote learning option SISD offered in the 2020-21 school year, the Virtual Learning Academy would offer a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction while allowing students to stay connected with their zoned campus through virtual clubs and in-person extracurricular activities.
In addition to Smith's new role, district officials also filled several key leadership positions within the district through promotions. According to the post, James Golden will serve as principal of Spring High School, while LeFredrick Smith will serve as principal of Ponderosa Elementary School. Additionally, Sylvia Wood will serve as the district's chief communications officer, while Diaka Melendez will serve as executive director of curriculum for SISD.