This year, the district received the rating of recognized — an improvement from last year’s academically acceptable rating.
“We are very pleased with that,” said Superintendent Tucker Rackley. “During the past five years, we have gone from a rating of academically unacceptable to recognized.”
That low rating several years ago was appealed by Rackley.
“I appealed that and the appeal was granted and our final rating that year became academically acceptable,” he said adding that the lower rating does not appear on the official list.
The high school, or secondary school, received a recognized rating while the elementary received an exemplary rating.
The overall rating is making Rackley smile.
“Of the 19 categories that the state measured, Pettus ISD is exemplary in 16 of those areas and recognized in three,” he said. “If you have anything that is not exemplary, then you get recognized.
“We are very pleased and very proud of our students and especially proud of our staff.”
Rackley also praised the school board for its continued support.
“This begins with a school board that backs the administration in holding the teachers accountable and the administration holding the teachers accountable,” he said.
This rising rating is something Rackley is confident will continue.
“I feel like we have changed the philosophy of the school district,” he said.
“The greatest thing for me was seeing the parents hold the students accountable for doing their part.”
And this success within the district is having an impact on the community.
“I believe our students are truly enjoying the success,” he said. “I think it is a great source of pride for our community and it should be a great source of pride for our kids.”
Also in the county:
• Pawnee received a district rating of recognized. Its elementary/ junior high received the same rating.
• St. Mary’s Academy Charter School again received an overall rating of exemplary, as did the campus.
“We are excited. We are thrilled our kids work as hard as we do,” Principal Stan Simonson said.
And like Rackley, Simonson knows there is always room to improve.
“We work on a continuous improvement model,” he said. “We had a pretty good number of our kids get commended. We would like that to be higher.
“Our goal is for them to do quite well when they move on and do well when they go onto college.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.