Repost! - The Texas Commission on School Finance met yesterday to hear a report from a sub committee, Outcomes Working Group, as well as reports from Leo Lopez, TEA Chief School Finance Officer, and John McGeady, Assistant Director, Legislative Budget Board. 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.

 

28 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 Victoria ISD; Dr. Quintin Shepherd; Superintendent of Linn-Mar Community School District; Search by JG Consulting 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

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.

Equity Center:  Legislative Update: Texas Commission on Public School Finance

July 1105:04 AM
 

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met Tuesday morning to hear discussions from the TEA and Legislative Budget Board on public education funding sources and trends, including the varying, and somewhat controversial, measurements of the state and local share of overall funding.  

Recommendations From Outcomes Working Group

July 0909:09 AM
 

July 3, 2018- 9:30 a.m  Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E1.026  Agenda   

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.

Dallas ISD Police Chief: New Way To Communicate Can Make Schools Safer

July 1308:42 AM
 

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – When school starts next month, police officers in the largest school district in North Texas will have a new tool to keep each other, students, and teachers safe. For the first time ever, Dallas ISD police officers can now communicate directly with Dallas police officers over their portable and car radios. view article  arw

San Benito, Southwest Key enter agreement

July 1308:41 AM
 

The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District will educate undocumented immigrant children held 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. view article  arw

Nominees Announced for 2018 Superintendent of the Year Award

July 1308:41 AM
 

(Austin)—Regional winners of the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award have been announced. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. Regional superintendents of the year nominated by regional selection committees are the following:

Secret Service rolls out new ways to identify and stop student attackers

July 1308:40 AM
 

The Secret Service – known for protecting the president – is now using their expertise to protect schools in the wake of a spate of deadly mass shootings. The new guidelines on enhancing school safety are based on research from the U.S. Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center. Lina Alathari, the author of the operational guide, told ABC News that although guns were used the majority of the time in the crimes studied, the report also includes attacks carried out using a "lethal weapon," such as a knife, gun or explosives. After the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, the Secret Service approached the Department of Education and offered to use the same methods they use to study assassins to study school shooters. view article  arw

Dallas ISD Teaches Parents About Special Education Programs

July 1308:40 AM
 

Making the best decision to choose the correct program for children with special needs could be tough, especially when it’s time to find the resources available for their education. The Dallas Independent School District has created a variety of programs with the goal of helping kids in the classroom. “We collaborate with schools to help kids with special needs to have success in the classrooms,” said Sylvia Bogacha, Dallas ISD supervisor of special education. view article  arw

Texas schools that want to arm their employees have two choices

July 1308:40 AM
 

Following a deadly mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbott rolled out a 40-page plan to keep schools safe. Proposals ranged from beefing up existing mental health screening programs to encouraging voluntary use of gun locks at home, but one component seemed to divide lawmakers, districts and Texas schools: arming school employees. If Texas schools want to arm their staffs, they have two options. One is the Marshal Program, which Abbott proposed using state funds to help schools implement. It allows local school boards to authorize employees to carry a handgun on campus, but they must be specially trained and licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Under the program, armed school personnel can't carry firearms around students. view article  arw

Trustees discuss superintendent search process

July 1308:40 AM
 

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees decided to contact four companies that submitted proposals to search for a new superintendent to present their pitches. Superintendent Tom Crowe announced his retirement in May, effective Dec. 22. Last month, trustees sent a request for proposal to potential search firms and received four responses. view article  arw

Official: 911 issues delayed response to school massacre

July 1308:40 AM
 

Read and consider this article in the school safety debate. - js - SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — In the crucial first minutes after a gunman began shooting students and staff at a Florida high school, law enforcement's response was hampered by quirks in the local 911 system that caused many calls from inside the school to be transferred, the chairman of a commission investigating the massacre said. view article  arw

Ben Bolt:  BBPB ISD Lone Finalist for Superintendent

July 1308:40 AM
 

BEN BOLT – Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Mike A. Barrera as the lone finalist for the superintendent position at its July 3 meeting. Dr. Barrera is an able administrator, former classroom teacher, and tested leader. He is currently the Assistant Superintendent for District Operations at McAllen Independent School District. view article  arw

Secret Service guides schools on assessing student threat

July 1308:38 AM
 

The U.S. Secret Service offered help Thursday to school districts struggling with how to recognize students at risk of becoming the next school shooter. Five months after an expelled student was charged with opening fire at his former Parkland, Florida, high school, killing 17 people, guidance being distributed nationwide focuses not just on identifying troubled students, but assessing their risk of becoming violent. It's meant to be part of the comprehensive safety plans that schools follow to secure their buildings and respond to emergencies. 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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Local property taxes won’t stay with some local schools

July 1308:36 AM
 

Three local school districts could send at least half a million dollars of property tax money back to the state this year. Thanks to a funding mechanism known as recapture, Argyle, Lake Dallas and Pilot Point ISDs are projected to surrender a combined $529,143 of their local tax revenue to the state in an attempt to equalize wealth between school districts. The three schools are among the 217 Texas districts that will send back $2.69 billion in property taxes, according to The Dallas Morning News. To calculate recapture payments, state officials divide property tax values within a district by the average daily attendance of its students.  view article  arw

Voter registration deadline nears for Magnolia ISD Tax Ratification Election

July 1308:35 AM
 

The Magnolia ISD board of trustees unanimously voted May 21 to call a Tax Ratification Election for Aug. 14 to provide additional funding for campus safety, employee salaries and student programs. Early voting begins July 30 for the election with voter registration ending Monday, July 16. In addition to registering to vote for the Aug. 14 election, here are a few things to note about MISD’s election. view article  arw

Marlin ISD board of managers had no comment on the superintendent’s contract

July 1308:35 AM
 

After an executive decision, the Marlin Independent School District Board had no announcements or comments about the superintendent's contract on Wednesday. The Marlin ISD Board of Managers called for a special meeting to discuss the superintendent's contract. The district has been on the state's improvement required list for six years, longer than any other district on the list. It had its accreditation temporarily revoked by the state, but has a year to improve. view article  arw

Assigning a letter grade is a poor way to evaluate education

July 1308:33 AM
 

Evaluating public school districts, individual schools, teachers and principals is valuable and important. It also is difficult to do so in any sort of objective, apples-to-apples manner which attempts to compare one district, school, teacher, or principal to another. Done well, the accountability process instead would focus on providing identification of concerns as well as mentoring and professional support in a constructive, non-punitive manner. Done poorly, the process becomes a destructive, misleading label which destroys morale and provides unwarranted justification for weakening an institution that has played an undeniably vital role in creating the greatest nation on earth. view article  arw

FAMILY SEPARATIONS UPDATE

July 1308:30 AM
 

Federal officials said Thursday they had reunited all “eligible” immigrant children with their parents — 57 of the identified 103 “tender age” kids. But lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union charged they have no way to confirm those numbers at all in a court filing Thursday — and they recounted a number of anecdotes where federal officials mishandled reunifications: view article  arw

Dallas ISD Needs 150 School Bus Drivers

July 1308:30 AM
 

Just over a month before the start of the launch of its first school bus service, the Dallas Independent School District still needed 150 more drivers as a two day hiring fair began Thursday. The new service is the result of voters deciding to close troubled bus agency Dallas County Schools last year after NBC 5 Investigates reports on safety problems and management scandals. view article  arw

Palestine ISD considers arming teachers

July 1308:25 AM
 

After meeting with local public safety experts Thursday, Palestine Independent School District Safety Coordinator William Stewart said the district will consider arming teachers and staff under the state's guardian and marshal programs. Acknowledging the programs were controversial, Stewart said he will continue to gather information from the community before making a recommendation to the School Board. He said Westwood has a guardian program. view article  arw

Georgetown ISD nearing completion of ‘secure entrances’

July 1308:25 AM
 

Georgetown ISD is getting closer to making all its campuses safer this upcoming school year. The district is installing what it calls "secure entrances" at every school. "Safety and security is a huge priority for our school board,” said Bryan Hallmark, assistant superintendent of operations and school leadership. “Our community and our district staff." view article  arw

Students at Galveston ISD will receive free breakfast and lunch for 2018-2019 school year

July 1308:25 AM
 

Students in a Texas school district will be receiving free meals for the 2018-2019 school year. Galveston ISD announced Thursday morning that thanks to the Department of Agriculture's Community Provision program, the district would provide breakfast and lunch for students at no charge.  view article  arw

Dallas ISD Holds Hiring Fair Ahead Of New School Year

July 1308:25 AM
 

Dallas ISD needs 150 bus drivers in addition to bus monitors. view article  arw

Northside ISD holds job fairs to fill auxiliary positions

July 1308:25 AM
 

There will be two Northside ISD job fairs to look out for next week: Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19.  "We are currently looking to add some amazing people in our custodial, child nutrition and transportation departments," said Mark Rustan, director of human resources at Northside ISD. view article  arw

New Braunfels ISD adds bond projects, proposes first tax increase in more than a decade

July 1308:25 AM
 

At its June 25 budget meeting the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees amended its proposed bond package that will be decided on by voters in November. The board added almost $11 million in bond projects, which, if passed, will go toward new computers, school buses, and security and safety measures. The total proposed bond amount now sits at $118.3 million. view article  arw

White Oak ISD “feeling the crunch” to finish bond project

July 1308:25 AM
 

Despite “feeling the crunch,” construction crews are making significant progress on the White Oak ISD bond project, the superintendent said during a board meeting Thursday. The $19 million bond project includes a new high school science wing, athletic field house, school roofs and primary, intermediate and middle school air handler systems. view article  arw

SETX districts may start monitoring students’ social media for threats

July 1308:25 AM
 

Amid a heightened awareness of school safety issues in the wake of shootings this spring, local districts could spend thousands of dollars next year to identify and receive instant alerts of potential threats made on social media. They're considering joining together to pay for a Vermont-based company, Social Sentinel, to screen public posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for language that indicates possible threats. Region 5 superintendents met Wednesday at the Education Service Center to discuss the program, which sends a notification to designated administrators when a possible threat is identified. view article  arw

New Waco ISD Tech Summit shows off blended learning possibilities

July 1308:25 AM
 

A small robot, about a cubic inch in size, glowed brightly as it rolled around desks and expanded minds during Waco Independent School District’s inaugural Tech Summit on Thursday. Dozens of teachers attended the event at University High School to learn new classroom tools and earn professional development hours. “We’re pretty happy with the (attendance) number since it’s our first go-round,” professional development director Patrick Uptmore said. view article  arw

Hutto ISD to implement ‘flexible’ schedule option at River Horse Academy

July 1308:20 AM
 

Responding to an apparent need for alternative attendance options, the Hutto ISD board of trustees on Thursday night approved implementation of the Optional Flexible School Day Program at the River Horse Academy beginning in the fall. The Optional Flexible School Day Program is a state-approved plan that allows districts to provide “flexible hours and days of attendance for students,” according to the Texas Education Agency website. The Optional Flexible School Day Program is available for students in grades 9-12. view article  arw

Town hall set up to decide how money is spent for Santa Fe High School shooting victims

July 1308:15 AM
 

Friday marks eight weeks since the Santa Fe High School shooting in which 10 people were killed and many other injured after a student opened fired in the school’s art wing. Since then, people from across the world have donated money to help the victims. On Thursday, there was a town hall meeting to help decide how those donations should be distributed. view article  arw

Suspect arrested in North Mesquite High School burglary

July 1308:15 AM
 

Last night at about 6:15 p.m., Mesquite Police officers responded to a call in the 1900 block of South Parkway in Mesquite, of an individual believed to be the subject involved in the burglary and vandalizing of North Mesquite High School.  view article  arw

Police investigate break-in at Gainesville ISD facility

July 1308:15 AM
 

Thousands of dollars worth of items are reportedly still missing after a break-in earlier this week at the Gainesville Independent School District bus barn on Radio Hill Road, according to school officials. Interim Superintendent Larry Smith said the potential burglary suspects came onto the school district’s property at about 10 p.m. Tuesday after they cut a hole through a fence on “property south of our property.” From there, Smith said two holes were cut into the district’s perimeter fence — one “just big enough for a person to go through” and one about “10 feet wide for a truck to fit through.” view article  arw

Rally to help prevent teen suicide

July 1308:15 AM
 

When 14 Brazoria County teenagers attempted suicide within a span of six weeks, Brenda George knew something was wrong. “I really said, ‘I’m way too busy,’” said George, pastor of New Birth Church in Freeport. “But God said, ‘No, you cannot be too busy, because these children need a voice.’” view article  arw