In 2010, Premont Independent District was at a low point in academic standing. The Texas Education Agency gave rated the district's education program and placed them on probation.
Since then, the district has worked closely with teachers and Texas A&M University-Kingsville to get their teaching standards up to par. Premont has managed to stay out of probation status from 2011 to 2014. Although they were out of probation, their status was warned.
At a school board meeting on Tuesday, Interim Superintendent Eric Ramos announced the accreditation status of the district which is on probation again.
"This is heart-breaking and hard to know, but I want you to that it's not the same like last time," Ramos said.
"The environment and work ethic is so different than how it was four years ago. I can stand here today and tell you that we're getting out of this hole."
Ramos said with the new status, monitors will be put in place and the Educator Excellence Innovation (EEIP) Program will be working to put Premont's education status where it needs to be.
The EIP issued a grant to Premont ISD when they first were placed on probation. The grant is 1 Million annually and geared toward the quality of teaching, Ramos stated. The grant project will be available through Aug. 2016.
To prove that the ISD is working and will continue to grow, representatives from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Ed-Point spoke to the board.
Dr. Cheryl McMair and Dr. Gerri Maxwell talked about the overview of the grant what it can do for Premont.
Dr. Linda Villareal and Dr. Sonia Perez from Ed-Point explained Critical Success Factors and what they can do to progress and work together to reach goals.
Board Member Israel Yzaguirre spoke to the teachers in attendance and thanked them.
"You have been working hard and working against the odds. We've been doing better but good things always have hiccups," Yzaguirre said. "This is a good thing because it's a wake up call. I know we can do this."
Another issue that needs to be fixed included facilities that did not pass inspection was the the cafeteria.
"The roof is in really bad shape. It's a health and safety issue for our students and it's important we get this fixed," Ramos said.
The cost of repairs of the cafeteria was estimated at $168,000.
Electricity in the schools need to be rewired as well since they are out-dated and running up the bills. Ramos estimated $125,000 for that project.
"In the long run, we will be saving money if we replace the old system," he said.
Lastly, two of the handicap ramps in the facility are not assessable according toTexas Education Association because they are too steep, Ramos said. A local business estimated $19,000 for that project, but Ramos said he is still looking for more bids.
Principals from the schools also gave reports on attendance, upcoming events and benchmarking schedules.