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Niche just released its 2023 Best Schools K-12 School & District Rankings, and for the ninth year in a row, South Texas Independent School District (STISD) and its campuses ranked among the best in the state and nation. 

With an A+ overall grade, STISD ranked 2nd in Texas (out of 1,018 school districts ranked) and 38th in the nation (out of 10,751 districts ranked) in the Best School Districts rankings.

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Today the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2022 state accountability ratings for school districts and charter schools throughout the state, which included scaled scores and the first A-F ratings assigned since before the pandemic.

Like 2019, the district as a whole and all campuses received As for their overall letter ratings.

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Superintendent Dr. Tony Lara

Dr. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., STISD Superintendent, has been selected as the Region One 2022 Regional Superintendent of the Year. As a regional winner, Dr. Lara will represent the Region One area in the statewide Superintendent of the Year Award Program. Under the direction of the Texas Association of School Boards, the Superintendent of the Year Program recognizes exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership.

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The Texas General Land Office's Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Programs (HARP) is still seeking applicants within Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties whose homes were damaged by flooding in 2018 and 2019. The program assists residents with home repairs or full reconstruction, as well as repayment of eligible out-of-pocket repair costs up to $50,000.

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