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Updated with additional information! - js - This incident of the deaths of two people on a burning school bus first caught my attention yesterday, when I saw it in the morning news.  Only two people were on the bus (driver and one student) and both died. The driver was a 74 year old male, the student was a 16 year old female.   Klindt’s (the student’s) mother called 911. The girl’s sister tried to break out windows on the bus. The fire occurred as the bus was backing out of the farm’s driveway . . . The bus ended up in the ditch on the opposite side of the road When firefighters from Oakland, Carson and Macedonia arrived, they found the bus fully engulfed in flames. Klindt and Hendricks weren’t able to get off the bus. The bus had front and rear-door exits as well as two exit hatches on the roof. It’s unclear if there were additional window exits. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Dr. Tonya Knowlton, current High School Principal of Harleton ISD, has been named New Super of Lexington ISD.

Chris Skinner, current Principal of Teague ISD, has been named New Super of Teague ISD .

James Hopper, current Superintendent of ​Anahuac ISD, has been named New Super of Venus ISD.

Chris Wigington, current Superintendent for Big Spring ISD, has been named New Super of Bushland ISD.

 

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Vacant Hardin ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Vacant Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Executive Director; Search By: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Vacant La Vernia ISD; Search By: Walsh Gallegos & Education Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
Vacant Hays CISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Rocksprings ISD; Search By: Rocksprings ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant City View ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Cedar Hill ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Paradise ISD ; Search By: Paradise ISD School Board and Robert Criswell InfoINFO
Vacant Lorenzo ISD; Search By: Region 17 ESCINFO
Vacant Lumberton ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant North Lamar ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services with Letha Hopkins and Randy Hancock InfoINFO
Vacant Olton ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Fredericksburg ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Sharyland ISD; Search By: Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano L.L.P InfoINFO
Vacant Perryton ISD; Search By: Region 16 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Temple ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
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 Valley Mills ISD ; Mike Kelly; Middle School Principal of China Spring ISD; Search By: Valley Mills ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Tarkington ISD ; Dr. Marc Keith; Assistant Superintendent of Port Neches- Groves ISD; Search By: Tarkington ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Groesbeck ISD; James Cowley; Superintendent of Calhoun County ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Huntsville ISD; Scott Sheppard; Assistant Superintendent School Administration Secondary Principals of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Search By: DRV Education Search Services infoINFO
New Super San Benito CISD; Search By: JG Consulting - James GuerraINFO
New Super Hutto ISD ; Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas; Assistant Superintendent of Fredericksburg ISD; Search By: JG Consulting INFO
New Super Nocona ISD; Dr. David Waters; Assistant Superintendent, Llano ISD Search By: Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super La Feria ISD; Cathy Lee Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum at Judson ISD; search by Walsh Gallegos & Educational Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Hamlin ISD - Dr. Randy Burks , interim superintendent ,Hamlin ISD; Search By Region 14 ESC & Ronnie Kincaid infoINFO
New Super Lexington ISD; Dr. Tonya Knowlton; Principal; Harleton High School Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Teague ISD; Chris Skinner; Principal of Teague ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
New Super Venus ISD ; James Hopper, Superintendent of Anahuac ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Bushland ISD; Chris Wigington, Superintendent of Big Spring ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Comfort ISD; Tanya Monroe; Superintendent of Brownfield ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO

Groesbeck ISD Names Lone Finalist

December 1508:29 AM
 

Groesbeck ISD Board of Trustees named James Cowley as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Cowley currently serves as superintendent in Calhoun County ISD.

Huntsville ISD Names Lone Finalist

December 1508:29 AM
 

Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees named Scott Sheppard as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Scott Sheppard currently serves as Assistant Superintendent School Administration Secondary Principals in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.  

Commissioner Morath waives grade 5 and 8 student retesting, retention requirements for Harvey students

December 1505:56 AM
 

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced that he is removing the requirement to conduct grade placement committees and any related June 2018 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) retests in fifth and eighth-grade for districts within the Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Harvey.

State reconsiders schools’ accountability rules in wake of hurricane

December 1505:29 AM
 

Fifth- and eighth-graders in Hurricane Harvey-affected areas who don't pass the state tests will not be forced to repeat the grade level this school year, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath announced Thursday.Morath stopped short of waiving school and district ratings within the federal disaster area, an exemption sought by superintendents and educators across Southeast Texas. In a letter to school districts, he wrote that the TEA is collecting data so it can make decisions on accountability rules in the spring. view article  arw

Spurger ISD: No school Friday due to flu

December 1505:25 AM
 

Spurger ISD announced today that district campuses will be closed Friday, Dec. 15 due to the number of students and staff with the flu and flu-like symptoms. view article  arw

TEA waives some STAAR test rules in Harvey-affected counties

December 1505:22 AM
 

Fifth and eighth grade students in Southeast Texas school districts who fail their math and reading STAAR tests twice will still be able to move to the next grade this year, under a waiver announced by the Texas Education Agency Thursday.  Commissioner Mike Morath announced that districts and charter schools in Harvey-affected counties will have local authority to promote students to the next grade, even if they don't pass state standardized tests the first two times. view article  arw

Preventive Law: Interlocal Agreements – Purchasing Cooperatives

December 0408:31 AM
 

Interlocal agreements received a publicity boost earlier this year due to the Texas Attorney General’s ruling that a school district may not operate a transportation system (for taking students to and from school) outside its boundaries unless it enters into an “interlocal contract as provided by Chapter 791, Government Code.” Interlocal agreements are a common occurrence for school districts. They are the primary way in which districts formalize arrangements with other local government entities.  

2017 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

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Texas Education Agency waives some testing requirements for Harvey-affected students

December 1508:40 AM
 

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath is not changing state standardized test dates for students affected by Hurricane Harvey, but he is waiving some requirements for certain students, his agency said Thursday. Students across the state will be still required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, as scheduled in March and May. But after pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott, Morath sent a letter to Harvey-affected school districts today saying students who fail required standardized state tests in fifth and eighth grade twice can graduate, as long as their local districts officials agree they are ready. view article  arw

Garrison cancels class over flu

December 1508:40 AM
 

Garrison ISD has canceled all class for today and Friday because of an outbreak of flu-like symptoms among students. view article  arw

Area school officials: Scope of computer breach still unclear

December 1508:40 AM
 

More than a week after several East Texas school districts were notified of a computer security breach that exposed personal information, officials say they still don't know how many of their students have been affected.  The Texas Department of Agriculture notified nine area districts that students in their schools had personal information, such as names, Social Security numbers and home addresses, compromised by an October hack.  "They told us it was about 700 (students) total in all of the school districts they listed, and at that time they didn't have a list of who from each district was affected or how many students from each district," Gladewater ISD Superintendent Sedric Clark said. "I haven't received anything from them since." view article  arw

Victoria VISD begins search for new superintendent

December 1508:39 AM
 

Victoria school board members Thursday approved Superintendent Robert Jaklich's retirement and began the process of hiring a firm to find his replacement. Board members met in a closed session for about 90 minutes before announcing their unanimous approval of Jaklich's departure Aug. 31. view article  arw

Trustees to possibly name finalist for Huntsville ISD superintendent

December 1508:39 AM
 

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees is hoping to turn things around after a rough start to the 2017-2018 school year by potentially naming a lone finalist for the superintendent position during a specially called meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hawkins Administration Building. After reviewing more than 50 potential candidates for the position, trustees have narrowed the list down to the final three contenders and have begun second-round interviews with each applicant to ensure they pick the best one for Huntsville ISD.  view article  arw

Two school districts voice concern over financial impact of charter schools

December 1508:38 AM
 

CORINTH — Denton and Lake Dallas ISDs joined forces Thursday evening to talk about a potential loss of funding as charter schools continue to grow in Texas.  During a joint meeting with the Corinth City Council, both districts said they stand to lose millions in revenue if charter schools keep opening up. According to Bill Gumbert, the financial adviser for Denton and Lake Dallas ISDs, charter school enrollment is increasing an average of 13 percent each year. Data from the Texas Education Agency shows 14 charter schools currently situated in Denton County. view article  arw

Waco ISD pursuing in-district charter partnership with Prosper Waco to save 5 schools

December 1508:38 AM
 

Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson plans to recommend that Waco Independent School District form an in-district charter system with the local nonprofit Prosper Waco come Jan. 25 in an effort to stave off the possibility of closure for five of the district’s struggling campuses, he announced at Thursday night’s board meeting. News also came Thursday that the district is one of seven on a preliminary list of recipients for a $450,000 Texas Education Agency grant that would help the district through the planning process for the potential partnership. view article  arw

Students in 47 counties will get STAAR reprieve because of Harvey

December 1508:37 AM
 

Students in 47 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey won’t be held back a grade if they fail state standardized tests this school year.  Typically, students in the fifth and eighth grades must pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. Mike Morath, head of the Texas Education Agency, told school districts on Thursdaythat students in school districts in the counties in the presidential disaster declaration will be waived of that requirement.  The counties include Bastrop, Caldwell, Comal, Lee, and Fayette. view article  arw

Mineola ISD releases statement on former employee accused of improper relationship with student

December 1508:33 AM
 

An East Texas man was arrested Thursday after an allegation of an improper relationship with a Mineola high school student. Todd Karch, of Lindale, was arrested and charged with soliciting a minor online,  just after 7 a.m. this morning at the Wood County Sheriff's Office on a warrant out of the Mineola Police Department.  view article  arw

Beaumont ISD still trying to control leaks and mold at Central

December 1508:33 AM
 

Beaumont ISD's decision on the future of Central High School hinges on cost estimates and insurance payments for the Old Town campus, where leaks and mold continue to be an ongoing issue, Superintendent John Frossard said Thursday. "We're spending money on water mitigation so that we don't compound mold and water issues," Frossard said, "but every time it rains, we have more problems." The district has not released cost estimates for the work that has been done at the campus since it closed due to leaks and mold on Sept. 22, but manager A.B. Bernard said BISD is "spending a ton of money" trying to salvage the building. view article  arw

White Oak ISD canceling classes Thursday, Friday due to illness

December 1508:33 AM
 

White Oak ISD will not have classes Thursday or Friday because a growing number of students were becoming sick with flu- and strep-like symptoms, Superintendent Mike Gilbert said. "We were looking at an escalating problem," Gilbert said, adding that the district hopes taking two days off before a weekend will give students a chance to recover.   view article  arw

Boundary changes considered for Tyler ISD high schools, middle schools

December 1508:32 AM
 

Big changes could be coming to the Tyler Independent School District. The school board is looking at the possibility of redrawing boundary lines for its high schools and middle schools for the 2018-2019 school year. It's been almost 50 years since TISD has seen boundary changes at the high school level. School Board Vice President Wade Washmon says with the lifting of a federal desegregation order last year, now is the time to realign. view article  arw

Houston ISD OKs plan to demolish, rebuild schools damaged by Harvey

December 1508:31 AM
 

Four Houston elementary schools ravaged by Hurricane Harvey will be rebuilt under a $126-million plan approved Thursday - and those schools will also be among those supported by a $4.7 million grant from oil giant Aramco Services that will provide technology, tutoring and other resources to students displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  Students at Braeburn, Kolter, Mitchell and Scarborough elementary schools will return to new, elevated campuses by 2020 on the same sites as the current facilities, according to a plan approved Thursday. view article  arw

Insurance broker testifies in former San Antonio ISD trustee’s bribery trial

December 1508:31 AM
 

Sam Mullen, co-owner and chief financial officer of the now-defunct insurance brokerage firm, cultivated cozy relationships with key San Antonio Independent School District trustees to keep earning commissions from high-dollar insurance contracts, he testified Thursday in the federal bribery trial of former trustee Olga Hernandez. Of all the board members, Mullen said, his company spent the most time and money on Hernandez and her husband, inviting the couple to use complimentary plane tickets and hotel rooms Mullen and his ex-wife had received for casino vacations, picking up their check time after time at expensive restaurants and giving Hernandez jewelry and campaign contributions. view article  arw

Leander ISD’s no-call on snow day draws fire

December 1508:30 AM
 

As a rare downpour of fluffy white snow fell throughout Texas, Ryan was one of several Leander ISD employees who drove the 200-square miles of the district roadways to personally survey weather conditions before making a final decision about any cancellation or delay for Friday Dec. 8. About 25 area school districts, including Austin ISD, made the call early, cancelling schools and notifying parents as early as 10 p.m. that night.  view article  arw

Lufkin Board of Trustees given results of Academic Performance Report Thursday

December 1508:30 AM
 

Barbara Lazarine, executive director of primary and elementary education for Lufkin ISD, presented an overview of the Texas Academic Performance Report results to Board of Trustees Thursday. Lynn Torres, deputy superintendent for Lufkin ISD, discussed what these results mean for the school system. “Those distinctions mean that we exceeded and outperformed our comparers in group and, if you understand, we are rated based upon the 25-40 districts that we compare to, so you have the same demographic, you have the same poverty, you have the same things like that,” Torres said. “And so when you’re awarded a distinction, it means you rose to the top of your comparison group, so we’re very, very proud of that.” view article  arw

Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School

December 1508:30 AM
 

It's no secret that we've had a rough fall and winter with natural disasters. Even as we write this, fires burn in Southern California, adding to the previous wildfires in the northern part of the state that burned over 245,000 acres in October. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey devastated communities across Florida and Texas, while touching communities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas and Louisiana. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were devastated by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria. view article  arw

Temple ISD Trustees seek community involvement in superintendent search

December 1508:29 AM
 

The Temple Independent School District is asking for the community’s involvement in its superintendent search. The district’s Board of Trustees employed the Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services to assist with the hunt for a new superintendent. view article  arw

Troup:  TISD superintendent Bird to retire in 2018

December 1508:29 AM
 

The board of trustees for the Troup Independent School District met in executive session to discuss one item. Superintendent Stuart Bird had submitted a letter of retirement. The board accepted the letter and Bird’s retirement becomes effective June 30, 2018.  During the open conference, the board discussed smart bus technology at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Dec. 11. view article  arw

Pine Tree ISD superintendent to retire at end of school year

December 1508:29 AM
 

Pine Tree ISD Superintendent TJ Farler says she will retire from the district at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  Farler is in her seventh year as superintendent of the district and is completing her 40th year in public education.  The Pine Tree board of trustees is set to formally accept Farler’s resignation at the Jan. 8 regular meeting, which will allow trustees to develop a “generous” timeline to seek a new superintendent, school officials said. view article  arw

Big Changes In Security At Argyle ISD In 5 Years Since Sandy Hook Massacre

December 1508:25 AM
 

Argyle High School has changed over the past five years. Only one of four doors at the campus entrance is unlocked.  But once you walk in, a school staffer must provide clearance for all visitors, while sitting behind a sliding security glass. The added layer of campus access is part of a school district security plan that also includes loaded handguns. “Our staffers have their weapons on them all the time,” Argyle ISD Police Chief Paul Cairney said Thursday.On the four campuses that make the Argyle ISD, appointed and trained staffers are designated armed employees. view article  arw

Paducah ISD Releases Statement Regarding Threats to a Campus

December 1508:25 AM
 

Paducah ISD has released a statement in regards to an investigation into threats made to a PISD campus. PISD Superintendent Gary Waitman said in a statement: view article  arw

Communities In Schools celebrates after budget fight

December 1508:25 AM
 

Communities In Schools on Thursday celebrated 31 years of bringing social services to students in Brazoria County and other Southeast Texas schools, but a recent budget crisis almost ended the program as school leaders know it, Executive Director Bob Garcia said. “In the time I have been associated with CIS, we have faced two extreme crisis situations that would have ended our programs,” Garcia said. view article  arw

Spring ISD gets a first look at new police building, $38M stadium funded by 2016 bond

December 1508:25 AM
 

Two major facilities projects funded by the $330 million Spring ISD bond referendum in 2016 are expected to begin work in early 2018. Two architectural firms presented floor plans and renderings to the SISD board of trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday night, outlining the projects to renovate a building for the SISD Police Department and to build a new districtwide stadium. The board also heard a presentation from an organization that helps low-income students attend college, and the board held a public hearing on SISD’s annual financial accountability rating. view article  arw

Gonzalez: McAllen ISD focusing on customer service

December 1508:25 AM
 

Customer service. It isn’t just for businesses anymore. One of our points of focus in McAllen ISD this year has been on improving our customer service. If you look at our system, we are one of the biggest businesses in town. We have a $280 million budget. We’re very big on human capital and, most importantly, we educate the community’s children. So, from a business standpoint, we have to make sure that we’re doing a good job in serving our students, our parents and our community so that we can attract students, keep the best and the brightest teachers and continue to be a driving force in this competitive arena that we now call education. view article  arw

Harvey-displaced Houston ISD campuses receive $4.7 million gift

December 1508:25 AM
 

Mid-morning at Mitchell Elementary on Thursday, there was an uncharacteristic stillness on the playground and only a few vehicles in the parking lot. The buzz of learning was elsewhere for the students, faculty and staff assigned to this far southeast Houston campus because there's mold and debris inside. view article  arw