HCISD selected as Large School District finalist in the 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program


H-E-B recently released the names of the finalists for large and small school districts, early childhood education facilities, and public school boards for its 2015 Excellence in Education Awards.

The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District was among those announced as finalists in the Large School District (5A and 6A) category of the grocery chain’s awards.

“We are honored and humbled to be named as a finalist in the Large School District category of the H-E-B Excellence Awards,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “This recognition further affirms that we are headed in the right direction with our district-wide initiatives. Additionally, it is a reflection of the dedication of our entire HCISD community and their collective efforts to advance our schools each day.”

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards celebrates public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for the H-E-B Excellence Awards,” said Board of Trustees President Greg Powers. “To be one of eight school districts in the entire state of Texas, exemplifies the quality of education we are providing our students at HCISD. This award is not only a reminder but a motivation to continue our goal of providing academic excellence for our students to enable them to successfully compete in a global environment.”

Each finalist in the large district and early childhood categories will receive $5,000, and the two finalists in the small district category will receive $2,500.

In addition to being named as a finalist in the Large School District category, HCISD’s Board of Trustees were honored for their excellence in leadership and were recognized as an Outstanding School Board in the state of Texas as well. With this designation, H-E-B will award the board $5,000, and is eligible to receive up to $25,000 in the form of a grant for HCISD.

A panel of judges will select winners through district visits and meetings with administrators, faculty, parents, and community members. Their focus will be to give prominence to the best practices in the state.

The winning large district will receive an award of $100,000, and the winning small district will receive $50,000. An early childhood facility will receive $25,000, and one or more school boards will receive up to a total of $25,000.

This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on May 2, 2015 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Austin. Winners will be recognized with cash prizes ranging from $2,500 to $100,000 for teachers, principals, school boards, early childhood centers, and school districts.

Each year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards presents more than $800,000 in cash prizes to deserving teachers, principals, school districts and early childhood facilities and school boards, making it the largest monetary award program for educators in the state.

Forty teacher and principal finalists will be announced late February and March with surprise campus and classroom visits throughout Texas.


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