School districts in Far West Texas met the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) accountability rating standards this year, including Presidio ISD, which also received academic distinctions and achievements.
Superintendent Dennis McEntire said the district’s success is a group effort.
“The credit for performance of the district is too often given to administrators and programming,” said McEntire. “If things are going well in a school, it is a result of the time and effort put in by teachers, students and parents.”
He added that these dedicated teachers, engaged students and supportive parents make things go well if they focus on the positives.
Lucy Rede Franco Middle School received some distinction designations, which are awarded for outstanding academic performance, including academic achievement in social studies and postsecondary readiness. Presidio Elementary received academic achievement in science, top 25 percent closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.
McEntire said the district has to adjust options, programs and opportunities to fit the community needs. In Presidio, that’s continuing education beyond high school. PISD has done with this through the T-STEM Academy and early college high school.
“First generation, at-risk college-going students have to have support systems in place and a financial incentive that works with a low income population,” said McEntire.