Superintendent said low rating can be traced to dropouts and other areas

Michael Chartier, The Premont Journal

Premont High School is Academically Unacceptable, according to the Texas Education Agency.

"We're looking at the scores, kid's names…the snapshot to find out if everything has been turned in correctly to the state," Superintendent David Garza said.

Garza is referring to data he hopes may turn into an appeal. Garza believes the Academically Unacceptable rating comes from special education and the dropout rate.

According to the TEA 2007 Campus Accountability Data Tables for Premont High School, only about 55 percent of all students met the state standards for math and science.

Garza said the district will attack this problem the same way they resolved the Premont Junior High's Academically Unacceptable rating and a final report should be ready by the Aug. 22 school board meeting (6:30), which is open to the public.

"We're going to have some type of plan so that it doesn't happen again," Garza said about the high school's first Unacceptable rating during his six-year tenure as superintendent.

While the TEA deemed the high school Academically Unacceptable, Garza did point out that the high school also received the Governor's Excellence Award this past year, which acknowledges the teachers and staff for meeting certain goals and expectations.

As for the Unacceptable Rating, Garza said there are no repercussions directly, however, there are state required actions that must take place, including principal workshops.

He also noted that dropouts will not be an issue next year, thanks to local support in the judicial system to prosecute truancy.

As for the stigma attached to the Unacceptable rating, even if for a small segment of the campus, Garza said the district has to adhere to the state policy.

"We will attack our problems and address them (soon)," Garza concluded.