BROWNWOOD, Texas - $50,000 could be coming to Brownwood ISD.
The district is a finalist in H-E-B's 2013 Excellence in Education Award.
They're one of 100 3-A and smaller school districts nominated in Texas.
Just for being a finalist, Brownwood ISD was awarded $2,500.
"It's great to be a Brownwood Lion today," said Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe.
Once nominated, "We had to fill out, at that point, seven essays. We did this with roughly a week to go in the nomination process. We were nominated apparently extremely late," said Blincoe.
There's another reason Brownwood ISD barely made the cut.
"You have to be within, I think, 60 miles of an H-E-B, and we're 59.5 to Stephenville's H-E-B," said Blincoe.
Friday, a panel of judges visited Brownwood High School and Middle School. They interviewed teachers, students, even parents.
"They look for community involvement. They look for things more than just teaching to a test," said Blincoe.
Blincoe said Brownwood ISD will give KIPP Academy and Hillsboro, the other two finalists, a run for their money.
"It's just one of those days when you get done, you go, 'That's a good day,'" said Blincoe.
The winner will be awarded during a ceremony in Austin on May 3.
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