H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards


Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and its leadership continue to make an impression at the state level as a shining model for excellence.

This January, H-E-B released the names of the finalists for large and small school districts, early childhood education facilities, and public school boards for its 2018 Excellence in Education Awards.

HCISD was among those announced as finalists in the Large School District category, and HCISD’s Board of Trustees was named as one of five school board finalists. This is the second time the district has made finalist and the third time the board was recognized as part of the program.

“We are honored and humbled to be named as a finalist in the Large School District category of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, and we are super proud to have our Board of Trustees also selected as a finalist,” said Superintendent Art Cavazos. “This accomplishment speaks to the remarkable things that can happen when we work together for student success and is an honor for us all to take pride in. It’s all about creating choices and opportunities for our students.”

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The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards celebrate public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

“We are honored to be recognized in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards as it represents our collective efforts as a school district in providing educational excellence,” said Board President George McShan. “In all my years on the board, I have watched our district grow and continue to carry the torch of quality education for our students. I am proud of the legacy we have built and am excited for what the future holds for Harlingen.”

Each finalist in the large district and early childhood categories will receive $5,000, with $2,500 for finalists in the small district category.

A panel of judges will select winners through district visits and meetings with administrators, faculty, parents, and community members. Their focus will be to give prominence to the best practices in the state.

The winning large district will receive an award of $100,000, and the winning small district will receive $50,000. An early childhood facility will receive $25,000, and if a school board is selected to receive a special judges award, they can receive up to $25,000 in the form of a grant to the school district they represent.

The statewide School Board winner, if one is selected, will receive $25,000 in the form of a grant to the school district they represent.

This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held May 6 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston.

Each year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards present more than $800,000 in cash prizes to deserving teachers, principals, school districts and early childhood facilities and school boards, making it the largest monetary award program for educators in the state.