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The wait is over for Round Rock ISD to have a complete board. On Thursday night trustees named Steve Math as the final candidate to fill Place 6, left vacant initially by Paul Tisch in May and then by Stuart Selvaggi in August. Since Selvaggi’s resignation the board has reopened the application process and interviewed four candidates at last week’s trustee meeting. Those four candidates, Kristine Parker, John Grey, Jen Henderson and Steve Math, were told they would be waiting one additional week for a final decision after trustees Suzi David and Edward Hanna were missing for portions of the evening. view article arw

Looking ahead, the Ector County Independent School Board of Trustees wants to set a meeting in December or January to talk about next steps for a bond issue and tax ratification election, which were rejected by voters Nov. 7. Results showed 61.81 percent of people voted against the bond and 38.19 percent voted for it, or 4,442 against and 2,744 in support. view article arw

Bennie Washington is among the dozens of Dallas County Schools drivers who have questions about their futures.  “A lot of us want to know what’s going on.” They attended the first meeting of the committee who will oversee dissolving the bus agency. Right after the new board voted Alan King as CEO, he delivered the bad news.  “Our current financial situation is pretty bleak.” view article arw

For those keeping score of Fort Worth school board politics, there are now two versions of an ethics policy, two committees tasked with drafting a new set of guidelines and a new attorney representing trustees. On Tuesday, the Fort Worth school district trustees moved to create a Special Policy Committee that is charged with creating a new ethics policy by Dec. 12. The new committee is made of the same trustees and staff who are on the existing Board Policy Committee. That committee, which created the policy that was approved by the board in April — then rescinded in August — has a meeting scheduled for Thursday. view article arw

Ernest Partin made an emotional exit from the Boyd ISD School Board Monday night. The longtime school board president read his resignation letter to his fellow trustees and thanked each for their support and work. Partin, 47, resigned as he begins treatment in his battle against colon cancer. “It’s been an honor serving this district for 13 years,” Partin said. “I can’t tell you how saddened I am by this.” view article arw

The Denison Independent School District’s board of trustees approved this year’s individual campus improvement plans for each of the district’s schools at Tuesday night’s board meeting. CIP’s are designed to aid schools in adhering to the districtwide improvement plan as well as address specific needs and challenges for each individual campus. DISD Superintendent Henry Scott said the process revolves around setting goals and plans to achieve them. view article arw

A specially created committee is now tasked with drafting a new ethics and conflict-of-interest policy for Fort Worth school trustees by Dec. 12, after a unanimous vote Tuesday that followed a somewhat contentious discussion that delved into the Texas Opens Meetings Act and Robert’s Rules of Order.  The Fort Worth school district’s on-and-off-again ethics policy was officially sent to a newly created board policy committee made up of the existing committee members. That move came after attempts by Trustee Ashley Paz to expunge an Aug. 15 vote that rescinded the previous 4-month-old ethics and conflict-of-interest policy. view article arw

A planned elementary school may have a name as soon as next month, Belton Independent School District trustees said Monday. The board of trustees discussed potential names for the new school, which will be located on Poison Oak Road in West Temple. “We’re planning to start construction in the spring, on our new elementary school, so that we can get it ready in time for the 2019-2020 school year,” Superintendent Susan Kincannon said. view article arw

Katy ISD’s board of trustees took a moment Monday to addressed the facilities bond that passed Nov. 8 with about 65 percent of the vote. Trustees thanked administrators and the bond committee for publicity efforts and public information sessions held prior to the bond election. “I think that the community felt more educated on what they were voting for and the numbers showed,” trustee Courtney Doyle said. See what else the board heard in Monday’s agenda: view article arw

The Spring ISD board of trustees approved several reports Tuesday night, including the lengthy annual financial report and its Targeted Improvement Plan to address areas in which it fell short of state expectations. view article arw

The Conroe ISD board of trustees met Tuesday evening to discuss and take possible action on various agenda items. All board members were present with the exception of Scott Kidd, Position 5. Here are three takeaways from the Nov. 14 meeting: view article arw

At Monday’s Lewisville ISD board meeting, trustees discussed changing the current policy of ranking every student academically by GPA to only ranking the top 10 percent of each class and giving students who are not in the top 10 percent a choice to opt in or opt out of being ranked. Chief Schools Officer Joseph Coburn presented trustees with a potential timeline to implement the new policy. The timeline presented is as follows: view article arw

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 6:00 PM the Board of Trustees of the Bonham School District will hold a Regular Meeting at the Bonham ISD Administration Center, 1005 Chestnut Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda which is attached to and made a part of this Notice. view article arw

Following a two hour closed session to debate a trustee appointment and an hour and a half of questioning four candidates to fill the Round Rock ISD board vacancy, trustees again decided to delay naming a sole candidate for the position. On Thursday, trustees Diane Cox, Chad Chadwell, Mason Moses and Nikki Gonzales interviewed four candidates: Kristine Parker, John Grey, Jennifer Henderson and Steve Math. Trustee Suzi David arrived following the interviews when the board was in closed session due to a delayed flight and Trustee Edward Hanna was away on a business trip. view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District trustees appointed a parent and PTA officer to the board to fill the District 7 seat, officials announced Thursday. Mickey Loweree will replace former trustee Dori Fenenbock, who resigned in August in order to run for the congressional seat currently held by Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke is running for U.S. Senate against the incumbent Ted Cruz. view article arw

Houston ISD chairwoman Wanda Adams and Trustees Anne Sung and Holly Flynn Vilaseca won reelection Tuesday night, while Sue Deigaard captured the open District V seat. Two other board seats will be decided by runoff elections. With all precincts reporting, Adams had received more than twice as many votes as challengers Karla Brown and Gerry W. Monroe combined. Sung handily defeated local attorney John Luman in District VII. view article arw

Gatesville High School Senior Ryan Coggins was not elected to the district's school board on Tuesday. Coggins, only 18, was one of 13 candidates who ran for three open seats on the Board of Trustees. There was recently some confusion about the number of candidates because a fourteenth candidate left the race, but her name remained on the ballot. view article arw

Community Impact Newspaper hosted a candidates’ forum for the Klein ISD board of trustees race in October, but Spring ISD did not hold an election this year because the candidate for the open seat on the SISD board of trustees ran unopposed. We want our readers to get to know their representatives in local school and governmental bodies, so we shared our candidate questionnaire with SISD’s newest trustee, Winford O. Adams Jr. Here is how he responded to our questions. view article arw

The incumbent board president for Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District cruised to to re-election to a sixth term, holding a comfortable lead late Tuesday evening. In Guadalupe County, where the bulk of voters in his Place 5 district live, Gary Inmon had 2,227 votes, more than 57 percent, with all 34 voting boxes counted in Bexar County and all 11 precincts reported in Bexar County. The school district straddles both counties. view article arw

New blood on Gatesville ISD board

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Three incumbents on the Gatesville Independent School District School Board faced 10 challengers in Tuesday’s elections. Those incumbents — Stephen Norris, M.D., Lis Appleman and Deborah Crosby Ford — were unseated. With all precincts reporting, the unofficial winners are John Westbrook, former teacher, assistant principal and Gatesville High School principal; Rob Erwin, who previously served on the GISD board; and David Fincher, local businessman. view article arw

With 93.4 percent of precincts reported in the Klein ISD board of trustees position 2 election, Doug James is projected to win with 1,357, or 37.9 percent of the votes. James could not be reached for a comment on Tuesday night. In second place, Vijay Patel has 19.7 percent of the votes, while Seth Batiste has 14.9 percent of the votes, Sangita Mallik has 12.4 percent of the votes and Dillan Dimas has 8.1 percent of the votes. view article arw

Bryan and College Station school board incumbents maintained their seats in Tuesday's election, while the Place 7 slot in College Station will be taken by a newcomer who served on the boundary adjustment committee when the district rezoned last fall.  College Station Place 6 incumbent Michael Schaefer edged Jacquelyn Huff to maintain his seat, winning by 64 votes. He received 2,567 votes -- 51 percent -- to her 2,503.  In Bryan, incumbent Julie Harlin will stay in the Single Member District 2 seat, beating first-time candidate Diektrich Morgan 190 to 110. view article arw

Round Rock school district trustees will interview four candidates Thursday night to fill a board seat following two separate resignations. John Grey, Jennifer Henderson, Steve Math and Kristine Parker will answer questions during a board meeting 6 p.m. Thursday in the Round Rock High School lecture hall. The interviews could follow with a decision on appointing the vacant seat, according to a district news release. view article arw

The percentage of Midlanders voting in special elections on Election Day has dropped, going back to 2003. Should the trend continue Tuesday, it likely will have an impact on the outcome of the road bond election. The numbers from the Midland County Elections Office show a greater percentage of Midlanders take advantage of the early voting period. In 2003, when Midland ISD held a bond election, the percentage of those actually voting on Election Day was 41.4 percent. view article arw

In Tuesday’s elections, a high schooler running for Gatesville Independent School District’s school board fell short of his goal, while two revenue-driving measures passed in Connally and Mart ISDs, increasing the tax rate for both districts.  Ryan Coggins, 18, and 12 other candidates were vying for three at-large school board seats. Each seat is a 3-year term, and 4,494 votes were cast during the race. Coggins, the youngest school board candidate in Gatesville ISD history, didn’t win in his first time running for a public office, but several challengers beat out the three incumbents in the race.  view article arw

The Riverside Middle School cafeteria filled with parents and administrators ready to enter into an open and honest dialogue with the district’s board of trustees. The first of two town halls to be held in November, the meeting this past week served as a way for the board to receive input from the community on ongoing projects. It was the first town hall meeting in the district’s history, something board president Michael Vargas has wanted to do for some time. view article arw

Late money in the Houston ISD races

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A political action committee mostly funded by the nation’s largest teachers’ union has received $225,000 to spend on supporting four candidates for the Houston ISD school board election and a city ballot measure, campaign finance reports show. Houston United for Strong Public Schools plans to spend in support of three incumbent candidates — Wanda Adams, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca and Anne Sung — and newcomer Elizabeth Santos ahead of Tuesday’s election, records show. The PAC doesn’t plan to spend on candidates in two other Houston ISD board races. view article arw

The Temple school board wants to improve its understanding of legislative issues, classroom instruction, testing and school finances, and help parents become more involved and advocate for their children. Those were some of the goals established in a workshop during the board’s recent retreat at Temple Bible Church. “It looked to me like what we need to work on most is on what’s happening at the classroom level,” trustee Shannon Myers said during the discussion. view article arw

A Trophy Club man who resigned this week from a Fort Worth-area school board had planned to visit Mexico to have sex with a 16-year-old girl and swapped child pornography with an online group that included a purported pastor, according to his arrest warrant affidavit. view article arw

Two incumbents face opposition in the Nov. 7 election for the Copperas Cove Independent School District board. Incumbent Bob Weiss will face off against Jeff Gorres in an unexpired term for Place 5 on the school board. The position expires November 2019. John Gallen will face incumbent Jim Copeland for a three-year term in Place 6. view article arw

TROPHY CLUB Former Northwest school district Trustee Mel Fuller was a member of group that shared nude photos of young people, and he received child porn from a man who claimed to be a pastor, according to an affidavit.  Fuller also admitted to federal agents that he recently downloaded pictures of a family friend’s young daughter from Facebook and planned to abuse her, according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday. view article arw

A board member for Northwest ISD in Fort Worth resigned after he was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of possession of child pornography. Mel Fuller, 52, was jailed after Trophy Club police received a tip about the distribution of child pornography from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. view article arw

A political action committee mostly funded by the nation's largest teachers' union has received $225,000 to spend on supporting four candidates for the Houston ISD school board election and a city ballot measure, campaign finance reports show. Houston United for Strong Public Schools plans to spend in support of three incumbent candidates -- Wanda Adams, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca and Anne Sung -- and newcomer Elizabeth Santos ahead of Tuesday's election, records show. The PAC doesn't plan to spend on candidates in two other Houston ISD board races. view article arw

A Northwest ISD school board member is facing possession of child pornography charges. Mel Fuller was arrested by Trophy Club police on Tuesday. Investigators say a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest. Fuller was elected as the Place 7 trustee in 2008. view article arw

A South San Antonio Independent School District board member abruptly resigned Tuesday, surprising the district’s staff and its state-appointed conservator. Linda Longoria’s resignation from the board’s District 3 seat is effective immediately, district spokeswoman Jocelyn Durand said. Elected last November to the seat previously held by her son, Carlos Longoria, she had served less than a year of her term, which expires in November 2020. Longoria did not respond to requests for comment. Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra notified board members and district staff of the resignation in an email, but officials said they could not provide a copy of the resignation letter Wednesday because Saavedra was out of the office. Board President Angelina Osteguin would not release the letter, Durand said. view article arw