• Mission Statement

    The Gadsden Independent School District will ensure that all students will learn by putting education first. The district will provide quality educational opportunities conducive to learning that will facilitate students' individual goals.

    Gadsden Independent School District
Maria Saenz
District 3 Board President
(575) 571-6598

NORTH GADSDEN -Ms. Saenz represents the northern region of Gadsden which includes the Chamberino, La Mesa, San Miguel and Vado which include La Mesa On-Track Pre-K Center, Mesquite Elementary (K-6), North Valley Elementary and Vado Elementary (K-6) all feeder schools to Gadsden Middle School and Gadsden High School.


Craig Ford  
District 5 Board Vice-President  
Cell: (915) 525-2747


Chaparral Area - Mr. Ford represents the east region of Gadsden which includes Chaparral Elementary (K-6), Desert Trail Elementary (K-6), Sunrise (K-6), Chaparral Middle School (7-8), and Chaparral High School (9-12).


  1. Raise and maintain high expectations for all students and create/maintain a culture of individual responsibility/accountability that applies to every element within the District.
  2. Maintain and improve efforts to increase parental involvement and community relations.
  3. Meet the educational needs and develop the interest of the students by ensuring their proficiency in academics, in both written and oral communication skills, providing them with accurate and timely academic advisement and giving them the support and services they need to be career and college ready .
  4. Ensure fiscal accountability, maintain timely report requirements, and make sure that the finances and resources of the district support the district goals and provide adequate infrastructure needs.
  5. Expand and support programs to improve the district's graduation rate.
  6. Encourage all campus administrators to hold teachers accountable for implementing instructional programs with fidelity and establish an outcomes-based review process for programs and curriculum development.
  7. Promote open communication within the district.


  1. The board will sustain the integrity of the Districts Initiative.
  2. The board will support the establishment of dual language programs.
  3. The board will analyze increase the amount of instructional time.
  4. The board will develop methods to provide and promote effective communications.
  5. The board will provide the necessary support to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement.