The Socorro Independent School District is a finalist for the second year in a row for the H-E-B Excellence in Education District Award. The district is once again the only school district from West Texas to be named a finalist in the award program that was opened last year to school districts across Texas and outside of H-E-B markets.

“I applaud Team SISD for our continued high quality educational performance. I attribute everyone’s commitment to academic excellence in our school district for this prestigious recognition,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “We have an incredible team of students, teachers, staff and community, who together have worked tirelessly to improve academic achievement. Our success in the classroom is reflected in this recognition and it is a true honor to be acknowledged by others across the state for our outstanding teaching and learning.”

The 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education awards program spotlights best practices and celebrates the passion and creativity of Texas public school educators. It is one of the largest monetary award programs for educators in the state.

As a finalist, SISD will receive $5,000 that it will invest again in Operation Future Ready and WIN Academy initiatives. A panel of H-E-B Excellence in Education judges will visit SISD to tour two campuses, have an informal meeting with the superintendent, and lunch with representatives from the school district.

After visiting the five finalist districts, H-E-B will announce the winner on May 7. The large school district winner will receive $100,000.

Eight school districts and five early childhood facilities in Texas have been selected as finalists for the retailer’s 16th annual award program.

Since the program’s inception, H-E-B has awarded more than $8.5 million in funding to benefit outstanding Texas public schools. This year, H-E-B will award a total of $85,000 to the finalists and school boards, who will go on to compete for even greater cash prizes at the statewide level.

H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas.

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