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Joe’s Commentary: Two Choices

July 1609:00 AM
 

After the Santa Fe shooting, school safety immediately became the top priority for Texas Public Schools.  With this sudden focus on safety, everyone felt they had to create initiatives in local school districts that made a loud statement saying to parents that the safety of their children is their highest priority. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Steve Clugston, current Superintendent of Callisburg ISD, has been named New Super of Pine ISD.

Cade Smith, current Exec. Director of Campus Operation & Leadership of Georgetown ISD, has been named New Super of Brock ISD.

David Russell, current Principal of Central Heights ISD, has been named New Super of Central Heights ISD.

Carl Scarbrough, current Assistant Superintendent of San Antonio ISD, has been named New Super of Alice ISD.

 

27 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Waller ISD; Search by: Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. ​InfoINFO
Vacant Texas Association of Rural Schools Executive Director; Search by: The Texas Association of Rural Schools (TARS) Executive Committee InfoINFO
Vacant Plainview ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant West Sabine ISD; Search by: West Sabine ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Gainesville ISD; Search by: Education Solutions and Services infoINFO
Vacant Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo infoINFO
Vacant Santa Maria ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo InfoINFO
Vacant Wolfe City ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Vacant Dickinson ISD; Search by: Dickinson ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Robstown ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
Vacant Friona ISD; Search By: Region 16 and Robin Fulce InfoINFO
Vacant Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
Vacant Desoto ISD; Search by: JG Consulting InfoINFO
Vacant Mt. Vernon ISD; Search by: Education Solutions and Services infoINFO
Vacant Balmorhea ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Granbury ISD; Search By: Granbury ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Kennedale ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Flatonia ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Post ISD - , Superintendent,Roby CISD; Mr. Heath Dickson, Superintendent of Roby ISD, Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Rusk ISD; Mr. Grey Burton, Associate Superintendent of Nacogdoches ISD, Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Kemp ISD; Dr. Lisa A. Gonzales, Superintendent of Odem-Edroy ISD, Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Anna ISD; Michael Comeaux; Superintendent of Post ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Midway ISD; Randel Beaver; Retired superintendent from Archer City ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESC infoINFO
Lone Finalist Port Neches-Groves ISD; Dr. Mike Gonzales; Elementary Principal of Beaumont ISD; Search By: Port Neches-Groves ISD and Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Creel INFO
Lone Finalist Red Lick ISD;  Brandon Dennard; Assistant Superintendent of North Lamar ISD; Search By Red Lick ISD School BoardINFO
Lone Finalist Tarkington ISD ; Dr. Marc Keith; Assistant Superintendent of Port Neches- Groves ISD; Search By: Tarkington ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist North Lamar ISD; Dr. Jason Adams; Superintendent in Kerens ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services with Letha Hopkins and Randy HancockINFO
Lone Finalist Lorenzo ISD; Kayla Morrison; Former Asst. Superintendent of Roosevelt ISD; Search By Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Seymour ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC and  Seymour ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Glasscock County ISD; Scott Bicknell; Elementary Principal of Glasscock County; Search by Glasscock County ISD School BoardINFO
Lone Finalist Cedars International Academy; Mr. Varghese Panachakunnil; Federal Programs Administrator of ​Pearsall ISD; Search by Dr. Mark Diaz, current Superintendent of Cedars International Academy, will be conducting the search for his replacement. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Reagan County ISD; Bobby Fryar; Superintendent of Veribest ISD; Search by Reagan County ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Brownfield ISD; Chris Smith; Assistant Superintendent of Slaton ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Temple ISD; Dr. Bobby Ott; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction from Temple ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Sharyland ISD; Maria Vidaurri; Superintendent of Robstown ISD; Search By Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano L.L.PINFO
Lone Finalist Aledo ISD; Susan K. Bohn; Superintendent of Lockhart ISD; Search by Preston Educational ConsultingINFO
Lone Finalist Perryton ISD; Dr. Timothy Little; Superintendent of Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD; Search by Region 16 ESC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Tulia ISD; Tim Glover; Superintendent of Luling ISD; Search by: Tulia ISD School Board InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Aldine ISD - Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent,Lufkin ISD; Search By: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Presidio ISD; Ray Vasquez; Assistant Superintendent of Brownfield ISD; Search by: Dr. Doug Karr InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Region 14 Executive Director; Shane Fields; Superintendent of Albany ISD; Search by Region 14 Service CenterINFO
Lone Finalist White Deer ISD; Dane Richardson; Elementary Principal of Wellington ISD; Search by: Region 16 ESC infoINFO
Lone Finalist Crosby ISD; Scott Davis; Superintendent of Rusk ISD; Search by: JG Consulting InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Kerens ISD; Martin Brumit; High Schoo Principal of Malakoff ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Coleman ISD; Brandon McDowell; Superintendent of Loraine ISD; Search by: Education Solution and Services InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Dodd City ISD; Dr. Jon Hill; Secondary Principal of Danbury ISD; Search by: Education Solution and ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Quanah ISD; Melissa Sulak, Assistant Superintendent of Venus ISD, Search by: Region 9 ESC infoINFO
Lone Finalist Union Grove ISD; Kelly Moore, High School Principal of Hawkins ISD, Search by: Union Grove ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Irion County ISD; Brian Gray, Superintendent of Union Grove ISD

Search by: Irion County ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Donna ISD; Dr. Hafedh Azaiez; Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools in Spring ISD; Search by: JG Consulting InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Judson ISD; Jeanette Ball; Superintendent of Uvalde CISD; Search by:  Walsh Gallegos Trevińo Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Mission CISD; Dr. Carol Perez, Superintendent of Kingsville ISD, Search by: McShan Consulting Firm infoINFO
Lone Finalist New Boston ISD; Brian Bobbitt; Superintendent of Malta ISD; Search by: New Boston ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Fort Sam Houston ISD; Gary Bates, Superintendent of Goodrich ISD, Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevińo Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Bandera ISD; Dr. Jerry D. Hollingsworth, Associate Superintendent of Educational Operations at Burleson ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos, Trevino, Russo, Kyle and Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Cisco ISD; Dr. Ryan Stelle, Assistant Superintendent of Brookshire Royal ISD; Search by: Region 14 ESC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Dalhart ISD; Dr. Joe Alcorta, Human Resource Director of Abilene ISD; Search by: Dalhart ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
New Super Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Executive Director; Dr. Kevin Brown; Superintendent of Alamo Heights ISD; Search by Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
New Super Valley Mills ISD ; Mike Kelly; Middle School Principal of China Spring ISD; Search By: Valley Mills ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Olton ISD; Kevin McCasland; Principal of Seminole ISD; Search by Region 17 ESCINFO
New Super Anna ISD Principal; Shelly Anderson; Associate Principal; Sherman ISD  Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc. InfoINFO
New Super Fannindel ISD; Thomas Bradley; Search by: Fannindel ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Pine Tree ISD; Steve Clugston; Superintendent of ​Callisburg ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
New Super Brock ISD - Cade Smith, Exec. Director of Campus Operation & Leadership,Georgetown ISD; Search by: Former School Board President, Bill C. Cooper InfoINFO
New Super Central Heights ISD; David Russell; Principal of Central Heights ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
New Super Alice ISD; Carl Scarbrough; Assistant Superintendent of San Antonio ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
New Super Lake Worth ISD; Dr. Rose Mary Hargett-Neshyba; Superintendent of New Boston ISD; Search by: Bob E Griggs and AssociatesINFO
New Super Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD; John Chapman; Superintendent of Ennis ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
New Super Hunt ISD; Luci Harmon; District Principal of Nueces Canyon CISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Sinton ISD; Michael “Chad” Jones; Superintendent of Iola ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
New Super Lipan ISD; Dr. Ralph Carter;Superindent of Jessieville School District; Search by: Mike Vinyard, Search Consultant InfoINFO
New Super Anahuac ISD; Mr. Dennis Wagner, Principal of Barbers Hill Middle School South, Search by:  Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. InfoINFO
New Super Edgewood ISD; Eduardo Hernandez, Chief of Schools/Chief Academic Officer of Duncanville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Vega ISD; Mr. Jody Johnson, Superintendent of Texline ISD, Search by: Vega ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Lockhart ISD; Mark Estrada; Assistant Superintendent of  Curriculum and Instruction of Lockhart ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Rocksprings ISD; Daron Worrell; Middle School Principal of Sonora ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESC InfoINFO
New Super Veribest ISD; Mr. Ryder Appleton,Director of Career and Technical Education- Curriculum & Instruction of Abilene ISD, Search by: Region 15 ESCINFO

Leon County voters back Oakwood school district tax swap

July 1608:41 AM
 

Voters in the Oakwood school district in Leon County overwhelmingly approved a "tax swap" during a special tax ratification election, or TRE, on Saturday. According to officials, the process involves moving pennies from the interest and sinking side to the maintenance and operations side. By transferring the pennies, the district will be able to generate additional state funding without increasing the tax burden. The total tax rate remains $1.2444, but $70,000 to $80,000 in additional funds is expected to be generated. view article  arw

Irvin named Quinlan ISD Superintendent

July 1608:40 AM
 

Jeff Irvin was named the lone finalist in Quinlan ISD’s search for a new superintendent on July 9 after having served as the district’s assistant superintendent since 2016.  At the meeting Irvin was named the sole finalist, he said he feels blessed to have the opportunity to continue serving the district. He will officially begin his role on July 30. “Each and every day I will work extremely hard to achieve the vision and mission of the district for every child. I am committed to maintaining the reputation of our school district as an exceptional place for a child to receive an education,” Irvin said.  view article  arw

Template Update from Omar Garcia: Summary of Finance

July 1205:07 AM
 

Omar Garcia with BOK Financial Securities has a new release (Release 4 dated 07/9/2018) that is now available for download.  This new release makes changes the Effective M&O Tax Rate calculations and makes adjustments to the EDA and NIFA weights (see Notes tab).  As always, please stay tuned for any new developments.

Preventive Law: Updates from the Feds: FERPA Surveillance Video

July 0208:35 AM
 

In April, the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) issued new guidance concerning FERPA and video surveillance. It answers some of the ongoing questions that districts have wrestled with as video surveillance has become more prevalent.

Weslaco ISD flood damage nears $14M; Roosevelt students to be rezoned

July 1608:42 AM
 

WESLACO — School district officials here have estimated $13.7 million in repairs needed as a result of last month’s flooding. The Weslaco school district board of trustees held a special meeting Thursday morning for an update on the June 20 floods that left the district short 89 school buses and required the closure of one elementary school, among many other damages to schools and district property. Officials are now working to rezone students and rush purchase orders to comply with the soon-to-be-needed transportation demands. view article  arw

Candidate filings start Saturday for November school board elections

July 1608:41 AM
 

Several East Texas school board elections have been set for Nov. 6, and filing for candidates officially starts Saturday. One local candidate, though, isn’t waiting until then to announce his intentions. Pine Tree ISD has called a special election Nov. 6 for its Place 6 position, to replace trustee Amy Brown, who resigned in June. Longview insurance agency owner Mike Smith announced his candidacy for the vacant Pine Tree seat Thursday night via Facebook. Smith thanked supporters and wrote that he, along with his parents, his wife and two sons graduated from Pine Tree High School. view article  arw

School district to teach migrant kids

July 1608:41 AM
 

SAN BENITO — The school district will educate undocumented immigrant children held here in a federally-funded shelter. The school board has entered into an agreement with Southwest Key Programs to provide educational services to children housed in the shelter at the former site of the Dolly Vinsant Memorial Hospital.  The agreement is similar to the Harlingen school district’s 2013 contract with Southwest Key, an Austin-based nonprofit organization housing undocumented immigrant children who were without parents or guardians when detained. view article  arw

Commission learning what caused and didn’t cause massacre

July 1608:40 AM
 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre is learning about what happened before, during and after the shooting, but perhaps even more importantly what didn't happen.  Suspect Nikolas Cruz had an extensive school disciplinary and mental health record and may have received much leniency, but his diversion into a Broward County schools program for problem students didn't make it possible for him to buy a gun. view article  arw

Central Texas suspensions of young students raise concerns

July 1608:39 AM
 

A year after Texas lawmakers prohibited schools from suspending most young students, some Central Texas districts are still using the practice, including one that reported a surprisingly high 571 suspensions in the 2017-18 school year. Starting last fall, school officials could no longer suspend students in prekindergarten through second grade except in a few narrow cases — if a student brings a gun to school, commits a violent offense or is involved with drugs or alcohol. view article  arw

Analysis: Completing reunifications without putting families back together

July 1608:37 AM
 

The first report card is in on the federal government’s efforts to reunite the families it separated at the United States’ border with Mexico.   It’s not encouraging. view article  arw

Decatur School Board to consider change

July 1608:35 AM
 

Decatur ISD trustees will consider the reorganization of board officers Monday in their first meeting since recording the 4-3 vote to keep superintendent Judi Whitis on the job last month. School Board President Wade Watson and Vice President Matt Joiner cast dissenting votes at the June 18 meeting along with trustee Marsha Hafer. Watson said the reorganization discussion was placed on the agenda at the request of another trustee. view article  arw

Gilmer ISD trustees plan workshop on new high school

July 1608:35 AM
 

Gilmer ISD trustees will conduct a workshop Monday night on construction of a new high school that voters approved in May as part of a $32.25 million bond package. The workshop follows a 6 p.m. regular meeting in the district administration building, 500 S. Trinity Road. Trustees previously hired Thacker-Davis Architects to guide the multi-year construction project, which includes a new career and technology center. The board expects contractors to begin asbestos abatement at the existing high school in June 2019. view article  arw

Texas bikini bars fight seven-figure ‘pole tax’ bills, saying they aren’t strip clubs

July 1608:32 AM
 

AUSTIN — Baring a little too much skin can be costly in Texas. Dozens of “bikini bars” from Houston to San Antonio are suing the state after the Texas Comptroller accused them of skirting the so-called pole tax on nude entertainment and slapped them with seven-figure fees, according to the lawsuits.The fight focuses on the state definition of nude, which includes any part of the buttocks or a woman’s breast below the top of the areola. view article  arw

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Construction Trainings

June - July 2018

Construction Procurement
Episode I: A Bid to Survivie - The Rise of the Procurist

 

If you only attend one construction procurement training this year, this is the one to choose. Whether you are new to construction procurement or it’s been a while since your last project, you will get the foundation you need to succeed. Ask around, if you come to this training you will be ready to go when the board says it’s time to build. 

 

Training Dates

7/16/18  |  9:30 am - 2:30 pm  |  Austin, TX

 

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Design Phase
Episode II: The Best Laid Plans

 

This session teaches how to handle negotiations, communications, and pressure when dealing with designers, contractors, and even the board; unique problems and features of the available methods of delivery; and what your architect and construction manager should deliver during the design phase.

 

Training Dates

7/17/18  |  9:30 am - 2:30 pm  |  Austin, TX

 

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Construction Phase and Beyond
Episode III: Operation Build

 

In this, the third of our three-part series, learn how to get what you paid for. That means knowing what you paid for in terms of the responsibilities of the design pro’s and construction team. It means knowing how to document unsatisfactory performance, knowing when to pay the money, and how not to pay more than you owe. Termination, warranties, construction claims, change orders, time extensions, final payment, and bond claims are all essential concepts we cover in this training.

 

Learn how to get what you paid for, handle designer/contractor turf wars, change orders, and delays. Learn document failures to meet contractual obligations, end relationships or try to save floundering projects. Learn bond claim essentials and strategies to avoid disputes and construction defects.

 

Training Dates

7/18/18  |  9:30 am - 2:30 pm  |  Austin, TX

 

For more information and to register online click here.

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Two Texas chancellors among the country’s best paid public-university executives

July 1608:30 AM
 

The chancellors of Texas’ largest university systems were among the top five highest-paid public university leaders last year, according to a national survey conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The former chancellor of the University of Texas System, Bill McRaven, and John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, earned a respective $1,500,140 and $1,285,147 in combined base pay, bonuses and other financial benefits in the 2017 fiscal year. view article  arw

San Angelo ISD seeks public feedback about failed bond

July 1608:30 AM
 

San Angelo ISD is asking for public feedback on how to move forward after a push for a $148.9 million bond election narrowly failed in May. The district's Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee will be guided by a survey the district is sharing, www.surveymonkey.com/r/SAISDBondSurvey. The survey will close July 22 to be reviewed by the committee's first meeting July 24 and provide a recommendation to the school board in August. view article  arw

Judson ISD expected to approve new superintendent

July 1608:29 AM
 

The Judson Independent School District could have a new superintendent on Monday. The district's board of trustees is expected to approve lone finalist, Dr. Jeanette Ball, as the district's new leader during a special board meeting on Monday night. view article  arw

Jarrell superintendent wins regional award

July 1608:29 AM
 

Superintendent of the Year Bill Chapman loves his job for the challenges he faces. Chapman, who leads the Jarrell Independent School District, was named Superintendent of the Year for Region 13, and he will go on to be considered for Superintendent of the Year for the state of Texas. He was nominated for the honor by the district’s board of trustees. “If we could send Dr. Chapman to each school district in Texas, every student would have the best educational experience a parent or community could ask for,” Board President Michael Cosimeno said in the nominating letter. “All in all, he exceeds the criteria to be selected as Superintendent of the Year.” view article  arw

With school funding on their minds, four Dallas ISD trustees take rare step of playing favorites in Texas House race

July 1608:28 AM
 

With Dallas ISD poised to send millions of property tax revenue back to the state, and looming budget woes likely if the Legislature doesn’t address public school funding in a substantive way, four DISD trustees have taken an unusual step of raising their voices in a partisan Texas House race. view article  arw

Upshur commissioners set to approve school resource officers for county ISDs

July 1608:25 AM
 

Upshur County commissioners are set to approve mutual aid agreements Monday to place sheriff’s deputies with school districts in the county as school resource officers. view article  arw

Area school districts show mixed results on STAAR test results

July 1608:25 AM
 

Preliminary STAAR results released by the Texas Education Agency show wins and losses for area districts. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams are administered in grades three through eight for math and reading; grades four and seven for writing; grades five and eight for science; and grade eight for social studies. Students in grades five and eight must pass STAAR reading and math tests before going to the next grade under the Student Success Initiative, unless a committee decides that the students are likely to perform at grade level with additional instruction, such as summer school or remedial classes. view article  arw

Hays CISD approves new principal hires

July 1608:25 AM
 

On Thursday, the Hays CISD board of trustees approved the hiring of two new principals during a special called meeting. Simon Middle School in Kyle will be led by Charli Lennon, who hails from the Austin area and was most recently an assistant principal at Klein Cain High in the Houston area. view article  arw

Trent I.S.D. opening up enrollment to Abilene and Wylie students

July 1608:25 AM
 

Trent I.S.D. is ready to make some Abilene kids fellow Gorillas. The district is now taking applications for its first open enrollment; open to any Abilene or Wylie kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. Trent is even planning to send buses to Abilene everyday to take kids to and from school. view article  arw

Waxahachie ISD trustees renege on graduation policy, approve raises for auxiliary employees

July 1608:25 AM
 

A local policy amendment related to graduation and approved in June was reversed by the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees on Monday. The trustees also heard an update on districtwide drug testing, approved pay-scale increases for paraprofessionals, and considered a motion to allow students of WISD employees to attend the revamped Turner Pre-Kindergarten. The graduation policy was previously approved in a 6-1 vote last month. It would have allowed the superintendent “discretion” on a case-by-case basis when evaluating students who had not quite met state or local graduation standards to walk the stage during the annual commencement. view article  arw

Tyler ISD optimistic after STAAR and benchmark tests show steady growth

July 1608:25 AM
 

As Tyler ISD prepares to be ranked according to the state’s new accountability system, the district is optimistic it will make the grade. Results from the new system, expected to be released in August, will rate districts on an A-F scale, a move state lawmakers hope will simplify a complicated accountability program and make it easier for the general public to understand. The previous system was implemented in 2013 and the A-F standard marks the fourth state accountability system since 2003, with each  measuring performance slightly differently.  view article  arw

Hallsville ISD new administration due for completion in December

July 1608:25 AM
 

Hallsville ISD’s new administration building, under construction in the old primary school building on Willow Street in Hallsville, is set for completion in December. Asbestos abatement for the almost-35,000-square-foot building is complete and demolition, and renovation has begun to turn the old Hallsville ISD primary school building’s classrooms into office space and meeting rooms, Hallsville ISD Maintenance Supervisor Ben Avedikian said Wednesday. view article  arw

Marshall ISD set to open Little Mav Academy dayschool

July 1608:25 AM
 

Marshall ISD is now taking applications for its new dayschool that will provide care and curriculum for the children of district employees and students, beginning this school year. Lil Mav Academy will be located in the new wing of the district’s former South Marshall Elementary School building, located at 1600 Meadow Street in Marshall. The dayschool will provide child care services for district employees and students at a competitive rate, as well as providing curriculum instruction for those children. view article  arw

New Summerfield ISD to receive 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant

July 1608:25 AM
 

New Summerfield ISD has been awarded by the Texas Education Agency the 2018-2019 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 10, Year 1 grant. Over a two year period the district may be eligible for up to $1.2 million in funding. The district had been a recipient of the Cycle 8 grant over the past four years and had recently reapplied for the highly competitive grant. The district will use the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) blueprint. Through ACE the district will be able to provide before and after-school activities to students ranging from targeted intervention and academic assistance to enrichment activities based on student’s interest.  view article  arw

Longview ISD board set to approve 2018-19 tax rate

July 1608:25 AM
 

The Longview ISD board of trustees is set to approve the district’s property tax rate for 2018-19 during Monday’s meeting.​ view article  arw

Los Fresnos Superintendent gets his start at Texas State Technical College

July 1608:25 AM
 

It all started in 1987 at Texas State Technical Institute, now Texas State Technical College, for Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar. Fresh out of high school, the Brownsville native enrolled in what is now Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics, to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an architect. “For as long as I can remember I wanted to be an architect,” said Salazar. “And I was finally in college, I felt accomplished. This is was my shot to pull my family out of poverty.” view article  arw

Bridgeport ISD, police discuss SRO

July 1608:25 AM
 

Bridgeport ISD is hashing out plans with the city and the Bridgeport Police to hire an additional school resource officer. Superintendent Brandon Peavey said during Monday’s board meeting that he expects to bring in an officer before the school year starts. “It looks like we’ve worked out some of the details for the second SRO position,” Peavey said. “The city has to bring the final recommendation to the city council, but that’s something that we will have the ability to do. view article  arw

Editorial: Education done right is better than just doing it cheaply

July 1608:20 AM
 

The education system for special needs students in Texas is a mess. Don’t take our word for it. The Texas Education Agency knows it and a federal investigation proved it. That investigation showed the state was effectively rewarding school districts for denying special education service to students who could benefit from it. view article  arw

San Angelo ISD’s May Bond Election Failed by 2 Votes; Now They Want Another Shot

July 1608:20 AM
 

San Angelo Independent School District officials are already working on the next version of a bond election after the last one failed by two votes. view article  arw

Texas Panhandle Schools That Want To Arm Teachers Have Two Choices

July 1608:15 AM
 

In the wake of last year’s mass shooting at Texas’s Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbott released a plan to obviate future shooting by releasing a 40-page plan to keep schools safe. In his plan, the governor suggested that arming school employees would help Texas schools prevent another massacre. As The Fort Woth Star-Telegram notes, if schools in the panhandle hope to arm their on-campus staff, they have two options. view article  arw