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Lavaca County's Ezzell, Sweet Home and Vysehrad districts fare well on accountability ratings

By ALLISON MILES
Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:08 a.m.


For three Lavaca County pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school districts, last year's hard work paid off.

The Ezzell, Sweet Home and Vysehrad districts met the necessary standards in all three categories - student achievement, student progress and closing performance gaps - according to ratings the Texas Education Agency released Thursday.

Vysehrad School District

That success was no surprise to Jason Appelt, superintendent for the Vysehrad district. Based on the work he saw through the year and judging by the scores he saw earlier, he said he expected good things.

He credited the district's teachers and staff, students and involved parents for those results.

"We're small and family oriented, and it's a really good place to be," he said.

Ezzell School District

Johnnie Thornton Jr., Ezzell district's superintendent, said he was pleased with Thursday's results, especially considering the new system.

"We were going into it blind, not knowing how they were going to rate things," he explained.

He said he looks forward to further improvements in the coming year and to teaching people about the district.

"If they don't know where we're at, we'd love for them to come find us," Thornton said.

Sweet Home School District

The combination of teachers, board members, parents and students all working together was key to the Sweet Home district's success, Superintendent Randy Meyer said.

"It's a whole different world when everybody's working together and sharing the same vision," he said. "We're not striving to barely meet the minimum. We set higher standards for ourselves than the state has."

All in all, he said, he's happy.

"It always feels good when our kids do well, but we don't need a test to tell us that," he said.

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