Varnett’s East campus among seven regional charter schools recognized by state

The state’s education chief recognized the Varnett Public School East and six other Region 4 charter schools for raising their state accountability scores from a C-F to an A.

Mr. Mike Morath, the state’s Commissioner of Education and head of the Texas Education Agency, recognized the schools during a recent superintendents’ meeting. All other campuses recognized were public schools.

The Region 4 Education Center serves a seven-county area composed of 47 public school districts and 40 public charter schools, representing more than 1.2 million students, according to its website.

“I am so proud of the East campus's work ethic, determination and the collaboration between parents, staff and students to achieve the "A" rating,” said Ms. Gayle Voltz, the East campus director.

“Thanks to all who contributed to our success: custodians, transportation, food service, academics, administration, student services, and communications. We are the team that will continue to 'Rise and Strive’ for the occasion.”

The accountability ratings were based on the results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests administered to students in grades three through eight late last school year. The East campus teaches students from kindergarten through sixth grade.

“Having the Varnett Public School recognized, and specifically our East campus, was a triumphant moment,” said Dr. Brandie Buford, the district's Director of Accountability and Testing. “There is no question regarding how much campus director Ms.Voltz, her personnel and parents have invested and continue to invest in the East campus students and the community.”

The Varnett Public School district earned a B rating overall as did the Southwest and Northeast campuses.

Here’s the complete breakdown per district and each campus:

Congratulations to the East campus for a job well done!