Among finalists

Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B announced in a press release Tuesday that it had selected the Greenville Independent School District’s Board of Trustees as one of five finalists for its Excellence in Education Award.

Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B announced in a press release Tuesday that it had selected the Greenville Independent School District’s Board of Trustees as one of five finalists for its Excellence in Education Award.

“This is a tremendous honor for our school board and for our district,” GISD School Board President John Kelso said in a press release from the district. “It speaks to GISD’s commitment to building a culture of excellence for our students and our community.”

The district’s school board was selected for the award after filling out an online application and were scored by judges in four different areas:

• Designing and communicating a bold vision

• Identifying, assessing and prioritizing community needs

• Addressing and working through challenges

• Using creative methods for community engagement

The other four school boards who were selected as finalists for H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Award for 2020 serve the Community, Elgin, Mission and Canyon independent school districts.

In addition to Community, other nearby school districts who were selected as finalists – albeit in different categories – were Mesquite and Dallas ISD, who are both finalists for overall district awards for excellence, and McKinney ISD, who is a finalist in H-E-B’s early childhood education facility category.

As a finalist for the award, Greenville will receive an in-person visit from the judges on March 24. During their visit, the judges plan to interview the trustees, GISD administrators and members of the community.

Also as a finalist, GISD will receive a $2,500 grant to be used at the board’s discretion.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.

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