Funds are low and dollars are being stretched at schools across Texoma, but Newcastle Superintendent Gordon Grubbs says sacrifices are the key to academic success.
"We're a family, we're a team. We choose to be here and we just do whatever it takes to make sure that our kids are successful," said Grubbs.
Their goal of success has been made a reality with this years FAST report awarding the ISD four and a half stars out of five. An improvement from last years three and a half star rating.
"I was really thrilled to see that we had improved again,"said Grubbs.
An improvement that Grubbs says was only achieved through strategic planning and a lot of sacrifice, both from the school and the Newcastle community.
"Every morning I'm up and driving the bus at 6 o'clock. I drive a bus in the morning, I drive a bus in the afternoon right now because we couldn't afford another school bus driver," added Grubbs.
Grubbs isn't the only staff member who takes responsibilities outside of his job description. The school's principle also doubles as the Athletic Director and the football coach. The community has also joined in to support its school by voting in favor of a 47 cent tax increase with the money going towards a much needed school renovation. But even with all of the help, times have been tough. The ISD says that just this year their funding was cut by 10%.
"It's really hard to do the same things you've always done knowing that your losing $172,000," he said.
This school hasn't let budget cuts drag them down. Newcastle is looking to make more improvements for next school year.
"Our students know what to expect. They know that we have high expectations for them," Grubbs concluded.