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Errors trigger problems with state's list of school district compliance

By Carolina Astrain
Dec. 23, 2012 at 6:23 a.m.


UPDATED LIST OF DISTRICTS IN COMPLIANCE

These are campuses that were removed from a non-compliant safety standards list released by the attorney general of Texas.

• Anahuac ISD

• Beaumont ISD

• Beeville ISD

• Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD

• Bushland ISD

• Cayuga ISD

• Claude ISD

• Coldsprings-Oakhurst ISD

• Cooper ISD

• Crandall ISD

• Cushing ISD

• Darrouzett ISD

• Denver City ISD

• Dodd City ISD

• Edinburg CISD

• Frankston ISD

• Grandfalls-Royalty ISD

• Gregory-Portland ISD

• Hooks ISD

• Huckabay ISD

• Irion County ISD

• Italy ISD

• Kennedale ISD

• Kennard ISD

• Laneville ISD

• Lapoynor ISD

• La Vernia ISD

• Leonard ISD

• Levelland ISD

• Marathon ISD

• Martinsville ISD

• May ISD

• Melissa ISD

• Milford ISD

• Miller Grove ISD

• Morgan ISD

• Pewitt CISD

• Pleasanton ISD

• River Road ISD

• Riviera ISD

• Roby CISD

• Rochelle ISD

• Roscoe ISD

• Rotan ISD

• Schleicher ISD

• Shiner ISD

• Sidney ISD

• Stafford MSD

• Timpson ISD

• Tioga ISD

• Union Hill ISD

• Valley View ISD

• Van Vleck ISD

• Westhoff ISD

• Wharton ISD

• Wildorado ISD

• Woden ISD

• Zavalla ISD

SOURCE: TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

Clerical errors and uncompleted applications caused confusion at three Crossroads area school districts.

State Attorney General Greg Abbott released last week a list of districts that were non-compliant with the Texas School Safety Standards, including Shiner, Westhoff and Wharton.

"I'm not sure why," said Westhoff superintendent David Kennedy. "I just got a letter a few days ago saying we were in compliance."

Wharton superintendent Kay Shoppa said she spent the better part of the week trying to sort out the matter.

On the district's website, Shoppa posted a letter to parents saying it is in fact in compliance with the state's security needs.

"It was an error because we filled out part of the application wrong," Shoppa said. "There were about three different questions on the survey that were similar to each other but slightly different."

Shoppa said she learned last week that the mistake had been corrected and the district was no longer on the list of non-compliant schools.

"We regret that this one number was wrong," Shoppa said. "School safety is at the top of our priorities."

Wharton school district has one school resource officer who serves all four campuses in the district.

Shiner schools superintendent Trey Lawrence also said the matter had been cleared with the state.

Shiner was left off the list because Lawrence was not aware of the survey required for the safety audit's submission.

The district's audit was carried out by the Texas Association of School Boards, Lawrence said.

Three days after the preliminary report was released, Abbott's office sent out an updated list of districts that are in compliance, which put the three area districts back at ease.

The list of 78 school districts not in compliance with school safety standards decreased to 20.

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