During its Sept. 12 agenda review session, the FBISD board of trustees unanimously approved Yady Blessinger as director of early childhood and Christine Jaime as the director of transportation.
Blessinger is appointed to the role after serving as the assistant director of the department since 2019, according to a Sept. 12 news release. The appointment comes as FBISD faces growth in its pre-K program, which increased from 1,352 students in 2018 to 2,188 students in the 2022-23 school year.
With experience also serving FBISD as a bilingual specialist for English as a second language and as assistant principal at Armstrong and Arizona Fleming elementary schools, Blessinger will head a department that provides programmatic structure and ongoing support to teachers, administrators, parents, and the community on best practices in early childhood education, according to the district website. Aside from FBISD’s pre-K program, the department also oversees the Ridgemont Early Literacy Center, which serves pre-K-first grade children in the Willowridge High School feeder pattern.
Meanwhile, Jaime takes the helm of the district’s transportation services with experience working in Lamar CISD as a special needs transportation manager and in Friendswood ISD as an assistant director of transportation.
As head of the department, Jaime will oversee bus routes as well as fleet maintenance, which covers more than 470 school buses traveling more than 5 million miles each year, according to the district website.