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Spring ISD board of trustees Tuesday night approved a November election and discussed plans for a veterans memorial at the site of a stadium that will break ground in September. The board approved calling a trustee election Nov. 6 to fill three-year board seats for Position 6 and Position 7. The positions are currently filled by Don Davis and Jana Gonzales, respectively. The deadline for candidates to file is Aug. 20. view article arw

At its July 9 meeting, the Klein ISD board of trustees called for a trustee election Nov. 6 for three seats with terms expiring this year. The terms for positions 3, 4 and 5, held respectively by Bill Pilkington, Steve J. Szymczak and Ronnie K. Anderson, will expire this year. The board unanimously approved the measure. The first day for candidates to file for the positions was July 21, and the last day is Aug. 20, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office.  view article arw

Consumer Justice continues to fight for answers about the investigation into spending at Grand Prairie ISD. The 2018-19 school year is about to begin, but huge questions loom over how millions of dollars were spent in the last few years. The controversy began in 2017 after questions were raised about spending at the home where the superintendent lives. view article arw

The Lamar CISD Board of Trustees is one of only five school boards from across Texas selected as Honor School Boards as part of the 2018 Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards. Each year, the program recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for commitment and service that has made a positive impact on Texas public school students. The five Honor Boards were selected by a committee of Texas school superintendents, chaired by Coahoma ISD superintendent Amy Jacobs, whose school board was named the Outstanding School Board for 2017. view article arw

A Colorado school district will transition from a five-day week to a four-day week beginning in August. Brighton-based School District 27J announced Monday the four-day week will entice quality teachers and allow for the allocation of resources to items more critical to the district's "primary purpose." view article arw

For years, Vermilion Parish public schools have been ranked some of the best in Louisiana. The district has been A-rated, with overall scores over 106, for the past two years. Many of its schools have made national lists of the best public educational institutions.  Despite the academic success, the relationship between Superintendent Jerome Puyau and several Vermilion Parish School Board members has been fraught with tension and strife. view article arw

In less than 10 minutes Monday night, Longview ISD held a graduation ceremony for five Early Graduation High School students before trustees unanimously approved a voluntary desegregation order that will provide “more options” for students starting with the 2019-20 year. The graduating students’ future plans ranged from entering the workforce to attending LeTourneau University for engineering, principal Kristi Means said. view article arw

Jaime Resendez can’t explain how he escaped the dead-end street on which so many of his former southeast Dallas classmates crashed — but he understands just how lucky he is. Today, Resendez is a Dallas ISD trustee overseeing the education of thousands of at-risk students, kids just like he was who need a lot of hard work and a little luck to pull away from circumstances that are stacked against them. Now, as students prepare to return to classrooms for the new school year, Resendez recalled what summers were like when he was a young teen: “It wasn’t ‘what book are you reading?’ but ‘what house are you going to break into?’” Even for those like him who stayed on the right side of the law, racial tension and gang fights made life miserable. view article arw

Longview ISD trustees will consider approving proposals relating to the district’s 2018-19 unemployment compensation and property insurance coverage when they meet Monday night. view article arw

Tracy Scott Miller is serving his second term on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. The Highland Village resident has a lot of insight when it comes to education, as well as life in other parts of the world thanks to his job that takes him around the globe. view article arw

Sabine ISD trustees will consider the order for the November board election when they meet Monday. Trustees Paul Franklin, Rusty Taylor and Patty Pickle are up for re-election.  view article arw

The school year will begin without a school zone or a plan to install one outside of Longview ISD’s East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, even though district trustees continue to say it is needed. Because the school has little pedestrian traffic around it, local and state transportation officials determined this past year that the Montessori campus didn’t meet certain criteria for a school zone. view article arw

Because of an error on the agenda for Wednesday’s Ector County Independent School District special board meeting, only three trustees heard a presentation from superintendent search firm Hazard, Young, Attea Associates.  No action was taken.  “It was improperly posted, so the seven of us could not meet together because we have to follow those codes and ordinances set down by the state of Texas. … Because we did put a name and that’s not the name that showed up, we couldn’t have seven trustees together. We couldn’t have four trustees together. That’s why just three of us sat here because to do otherwise would have been breaking state law,” Board President Doyle Woodall said. view article arw

The title isn't just a name — but a shift in gears in making the educational process more innovative. The Brownsville Independent School District is joining other Valley school districts in the "District of Innovation" program. Each district that is part of the program must apply for specific type of ideas and methods. view article arw

The New Caney ISD board of trustees called for a November election for three trustee positions at its July 16 board meeting. They are: Position 3, which is currently occupied by Alan Moreau Jr., who was first elected in 2009; Position 4, which is currently occupied by Chris Wootton, who was first elected in 2015; and Position 5, which is currently occupied by Chad Turner, who was first elected in 2012. view article arw

It took a four-hour closed session, but the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees approved 13 of the 15 proposed security measures Monday night. The new districtwide security plan will be implemented immediately. The approved measures include: view article arw

A decision on whether to change the name of one or both of Tyler’s high schools was the first action item on the agenda for the TISD Board of Trustees scheduled for tonight at 6. During the meeting, each board member shared their opinion about whether there should be a vote on whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee or John Tyler high schools. Only Aaron Martinez and Rev. Fritz Hager spoke in favor of bringing a possible name change to a vote. Then, when the board finished speaking and board member Aaron D. Martinez made a motion to bring to a vote whether or not to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School, board members Rev. view article arw

6:46: Aaron Martinez made a motion to change the name of Robert E. Lee. No one has seconded to the motion, meaning the motion fails. The name change of Robert E. Lee failed to get a second motion, meaning the name stays the same. view article arw

Lewisville, Highland Village and Flower Mound as well as Lewisville ISD have monthly meetings. Each meeting provides a forum during which members of the public can speak for a limited amount of time to address issues or topics. view article arw

A decision by the San Antonio Independent School District board to give campus principals more authority and flexibility in setting staff work hours has become a source of controversy with educators on the eve of a new school year.  The school board voted 6-1 on Wednesday to amend the district’s work schedule policy, allowing the superintendent and principals to determine daily time schedules for all employees. Trustee James Howard cast the lone dissenting vote. view article arw

I have been a trustee on the GCCISD school board just over three years now. I decided to run for the board position in my area when the superintendent at that time was unpopular for his methods and vision.  The communities of GCCISD were in turmoil over the decisions being made without any community input or transparency. The concerned citizens voiced those issues to the board and made clear their desire to go a different direction. After hearing the will of the community and the district, the board released the superintendent.  view article arw

The biennial elections for four of the seven positions on the Crosby ISD board of trustees are up for grabs in November’s general election. Members of the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees serve four year terms. Applications are open, allowing interested parties to get their name on the ballot. The four positions are District 1 (currently filled by Tanya Eagleton), District 2 (currently filled by Cathi Hughes), District 3 (currently filled by John Lindsey, and an at-large position (currently held by John Swinney). view article arw

The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees has been named as one of five school boards across Texas as a finalist for Outstanding School Board in the 2018 Texas Association of School Administrators School Board Awards.The program recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for commitment and service that have made a positive impact on Texas public schools, according to a news release. The GCISD board was named an Honor School Board along with four other boards: Brenham, Community, Lamar and Medina Valley ISDs. These boards will be interviewed at the TASA convention in Austin, and the winner of the Outstanding School Board will be named during the convention on Sept. 29. view article arw

Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 hosted a luncheon honoring 41 regional nominees and the Region 12 teachers, superintendent and school board of the year winners Wednesday, August 1. The West ISD Board of Trustees was named the 2018 School Board of the Year. The recognition will put the board in the running to receive 2018 Texas Honor Board recognition. “We commend the West ISD school board for their outstanding leadership and dedication to providing a quality education for every student in their district,” said Dr. Jerry Maze, executive director of ESC Region 12.   view article arw

The Highland Park Independent School District is now accepting applications to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees. Applications are due by August 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. The Board expects to fill the vacancies in September. The two open terms do not expire until May 2021, therefore the five current members of the Board of Trustees will appoint two individuals from the pool of applicants. The appointees will fill the positions until the next regular trustee election is held in May 2019. Voters will then cast their ballots to elect a trustee to fill the position from May until the term expiration in May 2021. view article arw

The Gladewater ISD board of trustees will consider filling a board vacancy Monday morning. This past month, trustees formally accepted the resignation of Jon Rowe. view article arw

Both Brownwood and May Independent School District’s boards of trustees could look much different following the November general election. A majority of seats for both boards are available and candidates have just two weeks before the candidate filing deadline. view article arw

All Victoria school district teachers and administrators will receive a $1,500 stipend for the 2018-19 school year. The stipend was approved in lieu of salary increases in a 6-1 vote by the district’s board at a special meeting Thursday. Board member Bret Baldwin opposed. Classified and paraprofessional personnel will receive a stipend that is equal to 3 percent of their positions’ midpoint pay grade amount. view article arw

In many school districts, a school board meeting is a form of performance art. Most I have attended are big public relations shows trumpeting a district's strengths and glossing over weaknesses.  Districts bring in kids (bands, sports teams, academic stars) to honor, which lures parents in to watch. As soon as that's over, the big crowd departs. If they'd stayed, they probably wouldn't learn much anyway. view article arw

The West ISD board of trustees was chosen by a Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) committee as the 2018 Region 12 School Board of the Year. As the Region 12 School Board of the Year, the West ISD board will be in the running to be named a 2018 Texas Honor Board, one of which is chosen as Texas’ Outstanding School Board. “We commend the WISD school board for their outstanding leadership and dedication to providing a quality education for every student in their district,” said Dr. Jerry Maze, executive director of Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12.  view article arw

Two Houston ISD trustees called Thursday for teachers to receive a modest salary increase in the upcoming school year, responding to the district administration’s proposal this week to freeze educator pay amid a period of budget cuts. The call from trustees Elizabeth Santos and Sergio Lira, former educators who were elected to the school board this year, sets the stage for a potential split at HISD’s Aug. 9 school board meeting, when trustees are scheduled to vote on the district’s proposal for teacher salaries in 2018-19. view article arw

Houston ISD Trustee Elizabeth Santos said she expects to announce a plan Thursday for reversing the district's proposed teacher salary freeze, which caught many educators off-guard this week. Santos, who taught at Northside High School before getting elected to HISD's school board in December, is scheduled to pitch her plan at a 12:30 p.m. press conference. Under a proposal announced Monday, HISD administrators said they are recommending the district's returning teachers receive the same salary in 2018-19 as they earned in 2017-18. view article arw

Stafford Municipal School District trustees will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss its next steps after the City of Stafford said it no longer would fund resource officers in its schools. Stafford city council voted 6-1 at its July 25 meeting to discontinue paying $186,000 to station three officers at Stafford MSD schools. City Attorney Leah Hayes told council members that the city no longer could fund the positions because a change in state law now prevents government agencies from giving away services funded by taxpayer dollars to another entity. view article arw

The phone survey to gather public opinion on a potential tax ratification election for the Greenville Independent School District has produced a total of 229 responses, fewer than what was originally planned as the goal for the study. The Herald-Banner on July 22 reported that the school district had hired Baselice and Associates, an Austin-based analytics firm, to conduct a survey to gather the public’s thoughts on a potential tax ratification election, also known as a tax rate “swap and drop.” (To read a detailed explanation of a tax rate swap and drop, visit https://bit.ly/2mYQgYL) view article arw

Amarillo ISD receives eight applications for the open position on the Board of Trustees. The seat was vacated by James Allen. The remaining board members will decide who will fill the remaining term, which expires in 2021.  view article arw