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J.J. LeBlanc was given an Anchor Award. Photo by Tony FarkasJ.J. LeBlanc was given an Anchor Award. Photo by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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SHEPHERD — All indications from the state show the Shepherd ISD is on sound financial footing.

At its regular meeting on Thursday, the Board of Managers held a public hearing on the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas scores for 2021, and Assistant Superintendent DeAnna Clavell said that on most indicators, the district held top marks.

The district got max scores on solvency, and overall, was rated superior for its finances.

In a separate matter, the board discussed revisions of student outcome goals and campus and district improvement goals.

Superintendent Jason Hewitt said the district would need to hire experts to help the district assess and modify the goals, as well as create an operating policy for the board.

Hewitt said that the policies would be needed to help the board of managers transition to a regular board of trustees while continuing the good work the board has done.

In other business, the board:

•approved the quarterly financial update;

•approved policy revisions for the library, and discussed new website information about libraries on all campuses; and

•approved an interlocal agreement with San Jacinto County for road maintenance.

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