North Zulch receives highest accountability rating


NORTH ZULCH — North Zulch ISD received an “A” rating for “Superior Achievement” under the state’s School FIRST financial accountability rating system. This is the highest rating offered by the state of Texas.

“We are very pleased with the School FIRST rating we received by the state,” said North Zulch ISD Superintendent Alan Andrus at the regular meeting on Thursday. “This shows that our district is making the most out of taxpayer dollars. It shows that NZISD’s schools are accountable for student learning as well as receiving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”

The Texas Education Agency assigned four financial accountability ratings to all of the state’s school districts, “A” for “Superior Achievement” being the highest. This was followed by “B” for “Above-Standard Achievement”, “C” for “Standard Achievement” or “F” for “Substandard Achievement.”

NZISD Principal Rick Panter also outlined the school’s plan to continually improve the district’s education process with his presentation of targeted elements. He focused on specific subjects and tools the school will use to keep bettering the system and its educators.

Laura Redden of the Region 6 Education Service Center was also in attendance for the targeted elements presentation, which she helped put together. Redden also commended NZISD on the strides they’ve made to improve the system under current leadership. She recognized the hard work the district’s teachers gave at special conferences over the summer in order to better their abilities and their school.

The district will have another chance to receive praise when they welcome Region 6 back for a review of their teachers on Monday.

“I’m really excited more than anything to see what happens at the review,” said Andrus. “Our teachers have been working tirelessly and are doing a great job. It’s a good opportunity to showcase what we’ve been doing for Region 6.”

The board also recognized an employee, a teacher and students of the month at the meeting and presented them with a sheet recognizing their achievements. The teacher of the month was presented to P.E. instructor David Graves and aide Lindsey Gafford was recognized for employee of the month. The student of the month for the Elementary level was Luke Brown. Kamryn Crocker was named student of the month for Junior High and Peyton Wiseman for High School.

The board decided to table the proposal for selecting a bid to re-roof the High School gym as well as an action of addendum to the Acceptable Usage Policy.