In a first for the Socorro Independent School District (SISD) and the El Paso region, SISD won a major award in the prestigious statewide 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education awards program. Socorro ISD was honored with the large school district award this weekend.
“This is an outstanding validation of Team SISD’s hard work, unity, and commitment to student success,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza. “Everyone in Team SISD contributed to winning this incredible award. Thank you to our board members, teachers, administrators, support staff, students and parents for working together to Achieve Success as a Team! We are honored that our daily work is being acknowledged as best practices across the state.”
Socorro ISD is the first and only school district from West Texas to win the prestigious award. SISD had been recognized as a district award finalist two times before.
The awards program opened in 2016 to school districts across Texas outside of H-E-B markets.
At the awards ceremony, the SISD Board of Trustees was recognized for being a finalist in the school board/leadership category for outstanding academic progress in the district, identifying and acting on community needs, and using innovative methods for community engagement.
This was the first time the board was named a finalist in the HEB awards program. They had been a semi-finalist two times before.
“We are so proud to be the top school district in the state through this awesome awards program,” said SISD Board President Cynthia Najera. “For our work also to be recognized as finalist in the school board category is humbling. Everyone in Team SISD works together to ensure we are providing the best education for our students and the best learning environment for everyone in our community. Thank you to HEB for the recognition and to all students, staff and supporters for helping us earn this incredible award.”
Team SISD received $100,000 for being named the large school district winner.
As finalists for the award, SISD and the Board of Trustees already received $5,000 each, which is being invested in the district’s Operation Future Ready/WINning programs.
Team SISD was named the winner at the awards ceremony May 5 in Austin.