Hearne ISD fights negative perception surrounding district

HEARNE, Tex. (KBTX) - Its no secret to Hearne ISD Superintendent Adrian Johnson that his district has struggled in recent years.

Hearne's head man since February, Johnson hopes the TEA gives him and the current school board a second chance to fix the issues the district faces.

"What we're doing and what the students are producing is making progress on the state accountability system but also making progress on just their ability to learn," Johnson said.

Johnson says that he's confident the TEA will see that the district has put systems in place for improvement not only at the campus level but at the board level.

Last month, the TEA made the decision to take over the district, relieving Johnson and the school board of their duties. Hearne ISD sent in a formal request for a review of that ruling on Monday and now awaits a decision from the state.

Regardless of the state's ruling, Hearne Elementary Principal Latisha Crockett said her campus will not stop making progress.

"Teachers care, we love our jobs and we do what is best for kids," Crockett said. "We are excited about what we're doing here."