TEA removes conservator from Natalia ISD

The Texas Education Agency has released Natalia ISD from the oversight of conservator Dr. Sharon Doughty.

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Jeff Cottrill, TEA Deputy Commissioner of Governance & Accountability, announced the move in a letter addressed to Superintendent Dr. Hensley Cone and School Board President Eric Smith dated September 6.
“Based on the financial and academic accountability ratings assigned to the district, effective immediately, I am removing the appointed conservator,” Cottrill wrote. “Please note that the removal of the conservator does not relieve Natalia ISD and its board of trustees of the responsibility to, at all times, operate the school district in compliance with all applicable statutes and rules.”
The district recently received a 2019 accountability rating of C, as well as a financial accountability rating of B, which is above standard.
“I think this is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment our administration, staff, Board, and students put forth when the TEA came in,” Smith said. “We are headed in the right direction and continue to raise our academic bar higher.”
Doughty was installed as a monitor in April 2018 after NISD received academic accountability ratings of Improvement Required in 2016 and 2017, and an F in 2018. She was then elevated to the position of conservator in July 2018.
“We will not get complacent, but work harder,” Smith said.
By Marly Davis
Staff Writer

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