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In just one week Superintendents and School Boards will hold their collective breath in anticipation of the results of their bond elections. Will it be the result they dreaded? Or will the measure fail? That’s just a joke. Yes, of course, Superintendents and School Boards prefer the win to the loss, but if there were any game where the prize was the chance to make a 70 million dollar high school fit in a fifty million dollar budget and double your workload it would probably be named “What did I do?”

As Pearland seniors celebrate graduation this week, 18-year-old Democrat Mike Floyd is preparing for his first term in elected office.  In early May, the Dawson High School senior beat two-term incumbent Rusty DeBorde for a seat on Pearland ISD’s school board. DeBorde had served as school board president for four years and earned an endorsement from Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson.  view article arw

The Dallas school district is hoping to free itself from state regulations that it says do very little if anything to improve education. The idea will be in the spotlight for Thursday night’s school board meeting. There is a proposal to have Dallas ISD designated as a “District of Innovation.” That means the district would not have to follow certain state regulations and give it the kind of flexibility given to charter schools, for example in hiring teachers. view article arw

Trustees with Port Neches-Groves Independent School District are looking at ways to sweeten the pot for custodians. Trustees will hold a called meeting at noon Tuesday at the administration building, 620 Ave. C, in Port Neches where they will consider increasing the hourly starting pay rate for custodians from $8.51 per hour to $9.50 per hour. They will also consider offering additional summer work days to encourage current and future custodians a broader annual salary, which could assist in alleviating the custodian vacancy issues, according to information from the district. view article arw

Eagle Pass ISD administration and employees are pushing for voter participation as the Tax Ratification Election comes closer. At the Chamber of Commerce Community Breakfast on Wednesday, May 24, C.C. Winn High School Principal Jesus Diaz-Wever, Eagle Pass Junior High Vice Principal Yolanda Ramon, and Deputy Superintendent for Business and Finance Ismael Mijares stressed the importance of the election. “Saturday will be the chance for everyone in Eagle Pass to do something for these students,” said Ramon. “Our students deserve it. This is for them, we ask you to please remember that when you’re voting.” view article arw

The Pearland ISD trustees appointed new officers to the board during the May 23 meeting following two trustee re-elections and the election of a new trustee. After each trustee election cycle, the board appoints officers to fill the roles of president, vice president and secretary. Rebecca Decker retained her positions as president. Decker will preside over all meetings, appoint committees after consultation with the board, call special meetings and sign all legal documents required by law. view article arw

The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees elected two board members to serve as president and vice president at tonight’s meeting. Curtis Rippee will serve as president and Amy Dankel will serve as vice president. view article arw

BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - After a Big Spring ISD Trustee was arrested Sunday morning, Big Spring ISD Superintendent has released the following statement:  “Big Spring ISD Trustee, Chad Wash, advised me that he was arrested early Sunday morning as a result of party at his house that was thrown by his child, who had recently returned home from college.   view article arw

Voters overwhelmingly chose Stacy Kelly and Tom Sharpe to fill two open Highland Park ISD Board of Trustee seats. In the three-person Place 6 race, Kelly captured almost 59 percent of the votes, according to final unofficial returns. Meg Bakich was a distant second with 26 percent, while Chris Murzin finished third with a little more than 15 percent. A total of 5,247 voted in the contest. “I was very excited and thrilled by the response,” said Kelly, who was quick to praise her opponents. view article arw

Marshall ISD school board trustees Mrs. Charles Wilson and Chase Palmer were sworn in to new terms in office during the regular May board meeting held Monday in the Pat Smith-Gasperson Board Room. Wilson and Palmer were unopposed incumbents during this spring's school board election. Recently-elected District 4 trustee Ted Huffhines was out of town on a previously scheduled vacation and will be sworn in to office before the June board meeting. Wilson has served on the MISD school board since first being elected to the board in 1990, which gives her 27 years of experience on the board. She represents stakeholders in MISD District 1. view article arw

 Former Dallas trustee Mike Morath is a popular guy. He’s seen as sharp, energetic and strategic. That’s a big reason lawmakers have filed bills that would give the state’s education commissioner significantly more power. The position would have more authority on a variety of measures — from determining how to implement the new A-F accountability system for schools to creating a grant program for him to dole out as he sees fit. view article arw

Jacksonville ISD Board of Trustees held a regular meeting May 15 and swore-in new board members Dean Dublin and Michael Traylor. The Board of Trustees also voted to add gray pants to the dress code and alter the grading periods from six to nine weeks. “We would like to move from a six week grading period to nine weeks,” Lisa Cox, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Student Services, said. “The biggest concern that we had with working with a six week grading period was that sometimes a period was only five weeks.” During the 2016-17 school year, there have been two five-week grading periods. view article arw

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, May 22, 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, TX 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

Round Rock ISD’s board of trustees will hold a workshop on a yet-to-be-determined date to decide how to move forward after the district’s $572.09 million was rejected by voters May 6, board president Diane Cox said Thursday. All three propositions in RRISD’s bond election package failed during the election. The propositions included funding for a slew of proposed projects, including a new $150 million high school on Pearson Ranch Road in Austin and $22 million that would go toward the construction of an indoor aquatic center, which was proposed to be developed in partnership with the city of Round Rock. view article arw

Bullying is a problem that requires school districts to have policies in place to help protect a student or students who are prone to a bully. In the last 10 years the problem of students being bullied has gained more attention. According to the American Psychological Association more than 40 percent of school age children experience bullying at some point. To help students report bullying, the Amarillo Independent School District implemented measures on its campuses that help ensure privacy when someone comes forward to report a possible case. “We have a bully box or a bully locker on our campuses,” said Tracey Morman, director of Guidance & Counseling for AISD. “It’s a way for students to report that type of thing. We also have an online bullying form that either students or parents can fill out on our main AISD web page.” view article arw

Beaumont ISD's board of managers rejected Bevil Oaks' residents request to leave the district Tuesday night, leaving the city one short of the necessary two approvals to join Hardin-Jefferson ISD and setting up a lengthy appeals process. H-JISD voted to allow the city to join their district Monday night, but Beaumont's board cited a different interpretation of the Texas Education Code and claimed they were not legally able to release the property. "I'm disappointed, but not surprised," said Becky Ford, mayor of Bevil Oaks. She said she wasn't optimistic about BISD's decision before the meeting, based on "past history." view article arw

AUSTIN — The longtime leader of the embattled Dallas County Schools bus agency stepped down as board president Wednesday amid reports about questionable land deals.  Larry Duncan said after a difficult six months, Dallas County Schools can rebound under new leadership — including interim superintendent Leatha Mullins and trustee Gloria Levario, who will replace him as president. Duncan will remain on the board. view article arw

After a swearing-in ceremony to welcome the newly elected trustees to the McAllen school board, it was down to the business of reorganizing the board. Succeeding former board President Sam Saldivar is Tony Forina, the former board secretary who is in the second year of his first term. “This is a task of love, and contrary of the words that are out there about a divided board, about a division,” said Forina after taking the center spot at the board table. “I don’t see that, because our mission is strictly putting the students, the teachers and McAllen ISD first.” view article arw

In the May 6 election for Katy ISD board of trustees position 5, challenger William "Bill" Lacy unofficially defeated incumbent Henry Dibrell 2,451 votes to 1,593 votes. Position 3 and position 4 incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle both defeated their challengers. The victories were scheduled to become official during a canvassing of votes at a board meeting this week. The meeting occured after print deadline. Lacy, a local real estate loan officer, had the most votes of any candidate elected to the board. This will be Lacy's first time serving on the board. He recently discussed his election victory with the Houston Chronicle. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. view article arw

 During the monthly Katy ISD Work Study meeting, William “Bill” Lacy was welcomed as the newest member of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees. Lacy along with incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle took the Oath of Office and were officially sworn in during a Special Board meeting held ahead of the Work Study. view article arw

Plano ISD school board trustees and community supporters welcomed Angela Powell and Greg Myer Tuesday night as they were officially sworn in as PISD trustees. But before Powell and Myer were welcomed, the board bid farewell to former Place 6 trustee Marilyn Hinton. Hinton served on the board for seven years before retiring after two terms. The board gave her a heartfelt send-off filled with support, thanks and well wishes. view article arw

Through a District of Innovation designation, a district will be exempt from certain sections of the Texas Education Code that inhibit the goals of the district as outlined in its locally adopted innovation plan. A local plan will remain in effect for a period of five years once adopted. This would begin with the 2017-18 school year and concluded at the end of the 2021-22 school year. view article arw

Hardin-Jefferson ISD's board of trustees on Monday night gave Bevil Oaks residents the answer they wanted for decades when they voted almost unanimously to annex the city, setting up a critical vote by the Beaumont ISD board of managers tonight.  Residents of the small city north of Texas 105, who petitioned to leave Beaumont ISD earlier this month, applauded the board, and a few wiped tears away after the vote. view article arw

The College Station school board continued to review staffing and budgeting priorities for the 2017-18 school year during its meeting Tuesday.  During a workshop, the board was presented with a second draft of revenue and expenditure numbers. Initial numbers presented in March showed an overall deficit budget of $5,413,101, but Tuesday's numbers show a deficit of $3,616,722 view article arw

Following years of Hearne schools spending more money than the district brings in, officials expect to again end this fiscal year with less money than they started with. Jay Davis, the school district's business manager, said the district -- faced with incomplete records -- carried over mistakes from last year's budget into the current fiscal year. The mistakes, he said, were uncovered in a December audit by a third-party accountant. Last week, the Hearne school board approved a budget amendment to reflect the current spending forecast, which amounts to a $2 million shortfall. The amendment brings the district's total annual expenditures to $10.2 million. view article arw

A second election will be held next month for a seat on Silsbee ISD's board of trustees, the district announced Monday.  Kathy Merritt and Derrell Ferguson will be on the ballot on June 10 for the Place 1 seat. They tied with 218 votes each in the May 6 election, ahead of Michael Joe Langley, Sr.'s 212 votes and Ina Graham Martin's 87. view article arw

Belton ISD is taking steps to advance the district’s long-range facilities plan. The school board held their first meeting Monday since voters approved funding for a new high school, a new elementary school and two other projects. In the meeting, trustees voted to certify the results of the May 6 bond election which voters authorized the district to issue up to $149.7 million of bonds with 1,916 votes cast in favor of the proposition and 1,520 against it, officials said. District officials expect to sell the bonds in two phases with the first $100 million sold this summer. A financial advisor has begun preparing for the sale and trustees could expect to set the parameters for it in July. School board members also authorized the purchase of more than 19 acres to expand the high school site to the west with a price of more than $400,000. view article arw

The Frisco ISD School Board heard a summary of the proposed 2017-18 budget during its meeting on Monday. No action was taken. More than 50 budget recommendations were outlined in April to trim spending and generate additional revenue to address funding challenges. The recommendations were the result of months of work by employees, trustees, parents and citizens who shared ideas and input on possible solutions. Monday’s presentation included discussion of the remaining budget timeline, as well as a look at proposed budgets for both the maintenance and operations (M&O) fund, which pays for day-to-day expenses such as staff salaries, as well as the interest and sinking (I&S) fund, which pays off debt from issuing bonds to build new schools and fund other projects. view article arw

Frisco ISD voters in Collin and Denton counties decided on Saturday that no new faces will appear on the board of Trustees. Anne McCausland kept her seat in Place 4, earning about 55 percent of the vote  (8,014 votes). Jeff Snowden trailed with 36 percent (5,404 votes) and Asanga Jayatilaka received with 9 percent of the votes (1,374 votes).  “I was hopeful that the community would vote to allow me to continue to serve the district, so I was very excited that that’s what the community’s decision was,” McCausland said.  Debbie Gillespie won Place 5 with 53 percent of the vote (7,863 votes), defeating Bryan Powell (4,504 votes) and Grace Wang (2,548 votes) who earned 30 and 17 percent, respectively. Both McCausland and Gillespie have served on the board since 2011.  view article arw

The Jacksonville ISD Board of Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday for a closed session to discuss hiring, termination/retirement or transfer and legal matters, student discipline and real property. Following the closed session, the regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the JISD Administration Building, 800 College Avenue. During the regular meeting, the trustees plan to take any action needed on items discussed during the closed session, as well as canvass the JISD Board election results and swear-in trustees. view article arw

Voters on Saturday re-elected two longstanding board members and added two new faces to the Plano ISD school board. On May 16, school board president Missy Bender will formally welcome Greg Myer and Angela Powell as PISD school board members and congratulate incumbents Nancy Humphrey and Tammy Richards for their continued success. “I have had the privilege of representing the students and families of Plano ISD for the past eleven years and understand the profound commitment this volunteer position requires,” Bender said. “I appreciate Angela's and Greg's willingness to join with us in serving our community.” Richards will be returning to the board in Place 1. view article arw

Two new trustees will be administered the oath of office at El Campo ISD’s board meeting Monday. Anthony Dorotik will take the place of incumbent Tommy Turner in Position 6, and Kevin Wied will take over Position 7 in place of Adam Gusman, who did not run for reelection. view article arw

During the public forum portion of the May 9 Garland ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the board heard two speakers, the first being former school board member Charles Axe. Axe began by praising the board for recognizing this year’s teachers of the year. “I was very happy to see that group of teachers that were awarded the teacher of the year, I was also saddened to think that it’s quite likely, in fact statically, almost certain, that several of the elementary teachers were required to eat lunch with their students during testing against state law,” he said. “Garland ISD for some reason seems unable to understand Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code and the attorney general’s ruling that testing is not an unforeseen emergency that requires teachers to give up their lunches.” view article arw

The White Oak ISD Board of Trustees will certify the results of a $19 million bond package approved by voters and discuss the project's timeline at its Monday meeting. view article arw

Ore City ISD school board members will meet Monday to discuss preliminary STAAR scores and swear-in trustees. view article arw