Key Issues Report

Pre K 4 SA
Pre-K 4 SA’s third program year began Monday, August 24 with 1,741 enrolled students within our four education centers.  This enrollment is slightly over the 1,700 students planned within year three of the program’s eight-year business model.  There are over 1,000 students who are on the wait-list for this school year.  Next year, the program will serve 2,000 students within our four education centers.

Extended Pool Season
Four regional pools (Heritage, Southside Lions, LBJ and Woodlawn) will be open on an extended schedule through the end of September. The pools will offer swim on Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  as well as Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Additionally, lap swimming opportunities will be available on  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The four pools will be open over the Labor Day weekend and holiday, Saturday – Monday from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Preservation Day SA in Government Hill
On Saturday, August 8, the Office of Historic Preservation held a volunteer work day in the Government Hill District. OHP staff, youth volunteers, and neighborhood volunteers completed scraping and painting four historic homes located on Mason and E. Carson streets. Preservation work days provide a service learning opportunity to volunteers and exemplify the Core Value of Teamwork.

Public Health Accreditation Board Site Visit
The Public Health Accreditation Board assesses local health departments against set nationally recognized, evidenced-based standards.  National accreditation improves public health by advancing the quality and performance of tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments. In addition to enhancing the capacity to improve the health outcomes identified in their community health improvement plans (CHIP), accredited health departments describe quality improvement and other initiatives to better serve their communities.  Metro Health is scheduled for a site visit December 11-12, 2015. At this time, San Antonio is on track for recognition as the 3rd Texas city to earn PHAB accreditation status.  The assessment team comprised of three trained Public Health professionals will: 1) verify the accuracy of documentation submitted by the health department, 2) seek answers to questions regarding conformity with the standards and measures, 3) provide an opportunity for discussion and further explanation, 4) compose the site visit report with recommendations.

Tuberculosis Testing at Haven for Hope
As part of Metro Health’s 1115 Tuberculosis Waiver project, clinic staff recently established a new partnership to test individuals staying at Haven for Hope’s Prospect Courtyard. Part of the goal for the TB Waiver project is to identify cases of early infection in order to treat and prevent the onset of active TB disease. In addition, medications used to treat patients identified as having an early infection will be placed on a new short course 3 month therapy versus the 9-month regimen which will improve patient compliance and health. The TB Waiver project is funded through a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

San Antonio Public Library
Latino Americans – 500 years of History

The San Antonio Public Library has been awarded a competitive Latino Americans: 500 years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association. As part of the grant, the library will provide public programming – public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances- about Latino history and culture. The library will also screen episodes from the six-part documentary film “Latino Americans” created for PBS. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award
The City of San Antonio will be awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. The NPI recognizes organizational excellence in procurement based upon standardized criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. This will be the 18th consecutive year the City of San Antonio has received the award.

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