Texas Education Agency will not take over Hearne ISD

HEARNE, Tex. (KBTX) -- The Texas Education Agency has announced it will not take over the Hearne Independent School District.

The decision came in a letter from TEA Commissioner Mike Morath that they will not replace the Hearne school board following a second review of the district’s appeal of the initial decision.

In the letter, Morath also noted that the TEA would not be reversing the decision to lower the district’s accreditation status for 2015-2016.

The letter states that the initial decision to take over the district came after a special investigation which found that the board of trustees and the superintendent “failed to work together to provide educational leadership for the district.”

Morath said that after considering all of the information presented to the agency, he will lower the district's 2015-2016 accreditation to "Accredited-Warned" and move the current district monitor up to a conservator role.

The lowered accreditation and conservator decisions are not subject to review by the district.

In a press release sent Wednesday afternoon, Hearne Superintendent Adrain Johnson said he commended the commissioner on his willingness to listen.

"There is still much to do to increase achievement for students in our district and it is only through working together that we will be able to realize the greatest impact in the best interest of our students," Johnson said.