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    The BISD is one of five finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. Shown are, from left, H-E-B Promo Picks Manager Chuck Barnard, BISD School Board President Andy Pickens, H-E-B Community Coordinator Chelsea Thompson, and BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

BISD finalist for $100,000 H-E-B honor

The Burleson Independent School District is in the race to be the best in Texas.

H-E-B named BISD as a top-five candidate in the large school districts category for this year’s Excellence in Education Award.

The award is the largest monetary program for Texas educators and schools.

“It is a tremendous honor and testament to the vision of our board of trustees and the great work of our educators who serve our students,” Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson said.

Retailer H-E-B partnered with Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 to establish the award to recognize and support education in Texas public schools.

The award has doled out more than $10 million in funding over the years.

BISD received $5,000 for being in the top-five spot.

The winner in the category will receive $100,000 in cash prizes as a testimonial to the institution’s service to its students and community, according to an H-E-B press release.

“As a district, we continuously evolve to meet the needs of today’s learners by tapping into students’ passions and interests to increase student engagement and ownership of their learning,” Jimerson said. “This combination is proving successful, as BISD students are preparing for jobs of the future and for those they will define.”

A team of judges, after careful research and physical visits to each finalists’ district, will determine the winner.

The final award ceremony will take place on May 5 in Austin.

The four other contenders aiming for the big prize alongside BISD are Austin ISD, Socorro ISD, Klein ISD and United ISD in Laredo.

“We attribute the success of Burleson ISD and our students to multiple factors,” Jimerson said. “We know that the integration of student voice and choice, the variety of options for families to customize education, and our vision of innovation, progress, and transformation, play a critical role in our success.”

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