Hearne ISD says accreditation review is 'paused'

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Hearne, Tex. (KBTX) Hearne ISD says they're waiting on the Texas Education Agency to gain accreditation status back.

Superintendent Adrain Johnson says the process is currently on pause, but the communication between the district and state continues.

“We’ve been working closely with the TEA to help improve,” Johnson said. “We’re committed to our community and students. They deserve 110%.”

In February, the Texas Education Agency revoked Hearne ISD’s accreditation status. The district asked the state to review that decision.

Johnson says this past school year’s performance scores are improving compared to years past. He said he understands the TEA protocol, but is hopeful for the future of the district.

"We're gonna be here next year, we're going to be accredited in one of the formats they give you for accreditation,” Johnson said. “We want teachers and prospective teachers to know they can come to work here and plan on coming back here and coming to work here.”

Johnson says partnerships with the Hearne Education Foundation, Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M, and others are helping the district succeed.

“They are, not only are they providing guidance, but also opportunities,” Johnson said.

The district’s slogan for the 2018-2019 school year was, "This is our year."

Johnson says the upcoming school year's theme is better.

"Now we're saying, 'the best is yet to come,'" Johnson said. "We're just so committed to the students and the community."