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Incoming Nacogdoches ISD superintendent focused on improving accountability ratings

Sandra Dowdy, now named superintendent lone finalist, will continue to tackle ‘improvement required’ accountability rating from the TEA.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Sandra Dowdy, now named superintendent lone finalist, will continue to tackle ‘improvement required’ accountability rating from the TEA. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Carpenter Elementary is one of three campuses with the troubling rating. Performance improvements are needed soon to avoid a campus restructuring. (Source: KTRE Staff) Carpenter Elementary is one of three campuses with the troubling rating. Performance improvements are needed soon to avoid a campus restructuring. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Nacogdoches ISD interim superintendent Sandra Dowdy now knows she is likely to get the job following a state mandated three-week waiting period.

The lone finalist was selected by the NISD school board from 45 applicants. Their names will remain confidential. 

At this hour, Dowdy continues the biggest challenge that's been facing her and board members for over a year.  In a special session meeting, they're now discussing what plan to take if accountability ratings don't improve. Dowdy discussed the latest proposal on the table East Texas News.

Dowdy's title is likely to change. What remains is a critical goal to remove the district and several Nacogdoches schools off the state's 'improvement required' list. The educator of 41 years says she's using her experience of helping troubled districts, which likely got her the job, to meet the challenge. 

"I have been down the road with having to change issues with personnel as well as curriculum, so I've been down the same road,” Dowdy said. “You've got to change and make sure the curriculum is appropriate and you've got to change the personnel to match what you need for the classroom."

No matter how unpopular the change might be. Carpenter Elementary students could be shifted to new campuses and their teachers may have to reapply for jobs.

Carpenter Elementary’s performance on STAAR testing, which began Tuesday, will likely determine if this campus will remain intact.

"Plan B is we would have to shuffle that campus in some way, and TEA is going to give us option,” Dowdy said. “We don't know all those options yet."

The president of a school board which will obtain three new members this year attempts to remain optimistic.

"I feel like there is a lot of open dialogue that's going on and there seems there is a huge amount of positives that I feel between our administration and the people at TEA,” said Steve Green, the NISD School Board president.

Dowdy requests patience and trust from the community. And to the staff she says...
 
"I'm so impressed with how they have built a team together to do whatever it takes to get this district out of IR,” Dowdy said.

Dowdy said the biggest obstacle is time to improve enough to get off the Improvement Required list by next year's deadline.

STAAR testing continues through this week. It resumes in May. Results will come back by mid-June.

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