H-E-B announced eight school districts, five early childhood facilities and five public school boards have been selected for the retailer's 17th annual 2018 Excellence in Education Awards program.

In the Large School Districts category McAllen ISD was one of five finalists along with Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Harlingen CISD and Tomball ISD.

Harlingen CISD was also a finalist in Public School Boards.

To determine overall statewide winners a panel of judges visits each district, early childhood facility and school board, tours campuses and talks with administration, staff, parents and community members.

Winners will be announce at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony May 5 in Houston. The winning large district will receive $100,000. If selected one or more school boards will receive up to a total $25,000.

Forty teacher and principal finalists will be announced in February and March.

H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas.