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Calhoun rated exemplary

By JJ VELASQUEZ
July 30, 2010 at 2:30 a.m.


PORT LAVACA - Calhoun County has never, in Superintendent Larry Nichols's 10-year tenure, reached exemplary status - until this year.

Calhoun County School District received the exemplary rating after being rated as recognized last year.

"We're very proud of our results," said Nichols, who is expected to leave the district in August to become superintendent in Galveston. "We improved in every category. We're very pleased for our staff and students."

Calhoun High School received a recognized rating, the same rating it received in 2009.

Seadrift School jumped from recognized to exemplary.

Jackson-Roosevelt Elementary retained its recognized tag, even though the school has been in construction for three years. Some teachers had to move twice in the school year, he said.

Nichols did not point to a specific program that helped them achieve exemplary status.

"We don't have any magic-bullet programs," he said. "It's just a matter of working hard, having high expectations and working smart."

Although he may be leaving soon, he said the district has the framework in place to repeat its exemplary results next year.

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