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MARBLE FALLS — A few extra pairs of eyes will be on the Marble Falls Independent School District on Jan. 23, but it’s a good thing.

H-E-B announced that MFISD is a finalist for the Texas-based grocery chain’s Excellence in Education District Award. It’s one of only three districts chosen as a small district finalist. The other two are Angelton ISD and Lancaster ISD. The five districts named as large district finalists are Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, Fort Bend ISD, McAllen ISD, Tomball ISD, and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD.

The small school district winner will receive $50,000; the large district winner will receive $100,000.

“I hope our teachers and staff are very excited to learn that their efforts to help our students learn is recognized both at home and around Texas,” MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said. “We are pleased to welcome a panel of Excellence in Education judges, who will visit MFISD on Tuesday, Jan. 23, to personally observe how we love and inspire our students to live extraordinary lives.”

H-E-B started the Excellence in Education Awards in 2002 to honor public school professionals “for their dedication and commitment.” The honor is only open to Texas public school districts.

After a district is nominated, it submits a written application, which is screened and scored by a team of professional readers, according to the H-E-B website. A panel of judges made up of educators, administrators, and community leaders select the district finalists.

During the visit, the judges will look to see how MFISD implements educational initiatives, including preparing students for college and other post-secondary educational and job-preparatory opportunities; ensuring student equity across the district; using accountability measures other than test scores; encouraging career exploration; developing leadership across the district; addressing student and community engagement; and encouraging active, classroom participation.

The winners will be announced May 6 at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

This isn’t the first time H-E-B has set its sights on a Highland Lakes school district. In 2015, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District won the H-E-B Excellence in Education honor in the small district category.

Go to for more information on the award and other ways H-E-B supports communities.