In a nearly four-hour meeting Thursday, College Station ISD trustees unanimously approved a boundary adjustment plan, but split 5-2 in voting to grandfather current freshmen and sophomores. Thursday's meeting was one of the last boundary adjustment workshops scheduled for this month and ends a process that began with the first presentation March 28. Board members' vote to go with the administration's recommended grandfathering plan came after the first motion to grandfather eighth graders failed with only two voting in favor of the motion. view article arw

Profession: Credentialing and Marketing Specialist for Allen Anesthesia Associates Number of years in Allen: 17 view article arw

Sweeny ISD lost a passionate education advocate when former school board president Glenn Garrison died in December. Battling cancer, Garrison stepped down from the school board in July. That vacant seat is up for election May 5, and two men have stepped forward seeking to serve as the Position 6 trustee: Bryan Douget of Sweeny and Robert Williams of Brazoria. view article arw

The Seguin High School graduation committee is looking to streamline the process of handing out diplomas and brought some ideas to the school board to discuss. However, the proposals drummed up debate over whether a change needed to be made. SHS principal Hector Esquivel sent a letter from the committee to Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez and the board with their suggestions on how to achieve a smoother process. view article arw

Students throughout Cy-Fair ISD are pushing for a call to action about gun violence and safety in the district’s schools. At this month’s Cy-Fair ISD board meeting, Wasiq Javed, a Cypress Lakes High School senior, spoke before the board to ask for the district to commemorate the victims of mass shootings at 10 a.m. Friday in response to the massacre of 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. view article arw

Southern Denton County residents will head to the polls starting this month to decide a plethora of municipal and school board contests. The Cross Timbers Gazette asked each candidate in a contested race to answer a brief questionnaire to help voters make an informed decision at the polls this May. Two Argyle ISD Board of Trustees seats are expiring, and neither incumbent is seeking re-election. The Place 4 candidates are Ritchie Deffenbaugh and Brett Flaten, and the Place 5 candidates are Leona McDade and David Howell. view article arw

Sandra Weinstein is running for the Lewisville ISD board of trustees Place 1 seat.  She will run against incumbent Kronda Thimesch in the election May 5. She will run against incumbent Kronda Thimesch in the election May 5. Community Impact Newspaper sent Weinstein a series of questions about her candidacy. Her written responses, edited for publication style, are below. view article arw

South San Antonio Independent School District joined the ranks of local districts that are examining staff cuts because of budget shortfalls in the coming school year. While South San’s expected deficit isn’t as large as the estimated gaps in San Antonio ISD, North East ISD, or Judson ISD, the $6.6 million shortfall is substantial for the district of 9,100 students with a budget of $77.8 million. At a meeting Wednesday night, JC Zamora, the district’s chief financial officer, presented several proposed reductions that could help the district close its funding gap. One of Zamora’s proposals was cuts to staff that would include eight administrators in central administration, two assistant principals, five campus counselors, 19 teachers, and eight teacher aides. view article arw

Why are you running for reelection to the HPISD school board? As a resident of the Park Cities for more than 20 years, I have been deeply involved in Highland Park ISD and the community. Both of my daughters attended HPISD schools from first grade through graduation, and I volunteered in the schools throughout that time. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD trustees and staff met for its regular meeting Monday and reviewed public feedback regarding its ongoing facilities master plan, receiving a range of comments backing and criticizing several proposed options. The board of trustees also approved the creation of an early literacy center at Ridgemont Elementary School and the 2018-19 Designated Hazardous Traffic Conditions. view article arw

Five candidates are running for three board seats in the fast-growing Southwest Independent School District, which has almost 14,000 students in Southwest San Antonio and Bexar County and opened a new high school this year. Candidates run “at large” for three-year terms, meaning the top three vote-getters will win the May 5 election. Early voting begins Monday. The school board has long-serving trustees who have each held their seats for at least a decade. As a group, they are among five finalists this year for the H-E-B Excellence in Education award for best public school board in the state. The winner will be announced the day after the election. view article arw

The candidates listed in this guide will be on the 2018 local election ballot on May 5. view article arw

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce and Frisco ISD Council of PTAs hosted a candidate forum Monday night for the Frisco ISD board of trustees and Frisco City Council elections. FISD candidates for Place 7 are Linda McConnell and René Archambault. Board President John Classe is running unopposed for Place 6. Frisco City Council Place 1 candidates are incumbent  John Keating, Jason Money and KD Warach. Place 3 candidates are incumbent Will Sowell and David Bowsher. view article arw

The Midland Independent School District has approved the proposed modifications for secondary attendance boundaries. view article arw

The Zavalla ISD Board of Trustees has called a special board meeting at 6 p.m. today in the library on the high school campus. The meeting will cover the consideration and action on bids for installation of new doors and security measures as well as a contract for custodial services.  Superintendent Ricky Oliver said the meeting was called to speed up the installation of a new set of doors to increase security on campus. The meeting is open to the public. The next regular meeting will be April 26. view article arw

City and school boards plan to meet in Willis, Conroe and Montgomery this week, and a candidate forum is scheduled in the city of Montgomery on Tuesday. 1. Willis City Council meets April 17 view article arw

The Weatherford Democrat will be publishing profiles on all candidates in contested races. Here are the questionnaires from Peaster ISD candidates: Clayton Hull and Aric Kram. view article arw

Kronda Thimesch said she will seek re-election for Lewisville ISD board of trustees Place 1. She will run against Sandra Weinstein in the election on May 5. Community Impact Newspaper sent Thimesch a series of questions about her candidacy. Her written responses, edited for publication style, are below. view article arw

Area school boards to meet Monday

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Several area school boards are scheduled to meet today to discuss matters ranging from budget amendments to HVAC units. Hallsville: The Hallsville Independent School District Board of Trustees will hear a report regarding the impact of A-F letter grades during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the district training center boardroom. view article arw

Families in Leander ISD may have the opportunity to plan years ahead with tentative academic calendars. LISD’s board of trustees began discussions on parameters for the development of school year calendars at its meeting April 5. After determining what types of parameters the board values as most important, district staff will be able to construct tentative academic calendars years ahead of time, said _____.  view article arw

Election Day for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Board of Trustees will take place May 5. Early voting runs from April 23 to May 1. Go to votedenton.com for voting locations. Below is a questionnaire for the candidates: view article arw

Two positions on the Pearland ISD board of trustees are up for election this year. Learn about the candidates below. Incumbents are marked with an asterisk. Early voting begins April 23 and election day is May 5. Note: Candidate responses have been edited for spelling, grammar and space, but otherwise reflect the candidates’ own words. view article arw

On the Angleton ISD Board of Trustees, Don Thompson and Mike Sillavan are vacating their seats. Sillavan will assume a position with the Angleton City Council, since he is running uncontested. Justin Journeay will fill one position on the school board, and three long-time Angleton residents are competing for the other. view article arw

Election Day for the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees will take place May 5. Early voting runs from April 23 to May 1. Below is a questionnaire for the council candidates: view article arw

Three positions on the Alvin ISD board of trustees are up for election this year. Learn about the candidates below. Incumbents are marked with an asterisk. Early voting begins April 23 and election day is May 5. Note: Candidate responses have been edited for spelling, grammar and space, but otherwise reflect the candidates’ own words. view article arw

Standing room only for Fort Bend ISD parents Wednesday night as district leaders laid out proposals to help alleviate school crowding. Some of the possibilities include ways to help ease crowding at Ridge Point High School and send some students to underutilized campuses. Other options include closing some schools. These are all just options right now, but even as possibilities, they have parent fired up. view article arw

The board heard information on the teen leadership class and approved a contract for upgrades and repairs at the Friendswood High School auditorium. 1. The board may not be offering teen leadership for sixth grade and will keep all sixth-grade electives, including theatre arts. The board was presented with more information about the need for the teen leadership class, as requested at the March 5 meeting. The sixth-grade electives list will still include theatre arts and will not be replaced by teen leadership. view article arw

A Redwater, Texas ISD board member is arrested in a child sex sting. Bryan Clark Spruill of Maud is facing a charge of online solicitation of a minor. Bowie County Sheriff officials made the arrest Tuesday. He was picked up on warrant out of Hamilton County during a traffic stop. Spruill allegedly sent sexually explicit photos to a person on Saturday that he believed to be a 15-year old girl, but was actually a law enforcement officer. view article arw

There will be some big changes at Fort Bend County Schools over the next few years as the district continues to deal with rapid growth. That means closings and consolidations to make way for newer and bigger facilities. On Monday evening there was a community meeting at Sugar Mill Elementary in Sugar Land, one of the schools facing at risk of closure which has spawned the #SaveSME campaign to save it. view article arw

In a packed auditorium on Tuesday night, all eyes were fixed on the big screen. Fort Bend ISD leaders talked more about the ideas for adjusting projected school enrollment, keeping facilities maintained and deciding what to do with under utilized schools in the district. view article arw

Tyler ISD Board of Trustee members were given the opportunity to teach recently. The district hosted a “School Board 101” presentation to give residents a look at a day in the life of a board member. The event focused on the board’s Lone Star Governance program and how it has changed the way they operate. Board President Fritz Hager asked attendees to imagine having a boss who was irrational, arbitrary, inconsistent or unable to effectively communicate. That boss is what many school boards can look like, he said. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss a request for approval of the district bond planning committee charter between ECISD and TransCend4, among other items, at a work study session scheduled for 6 p.m. today in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. A new bond advisory committee was scheduled to meet Monday. TransCend4 is a company specializing in bond elections hired to help guide the community through the process. The cost is $26,000, plus expenses including flights, car/Uber, hotel and meals. view article arw

College Station ISD is in the middle of rezoning parts of the district in an effort to address capacity issues at College Station High School But last week, parent feedback suggested families were frustrated with the constant shifting. “It’s like groundhog day. Every time we wake up, the board is rezoning again,” said Nate Sharp, a father of four in College Station ISD. “Some of the proposals they are putting up are pitting one neighborhood against another or one side of town against another. It’s a lot for families and neighborhoods to go through so frequently.” view article arw

Harris County Commissioners Court meets Tuesday morning, while Klein ISD board of trustees will convene Tuesday evening. Also, Lone Star College System students can begin signing up for classes for the fall semester on Monday and State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing begins for students in grades 3-8 Tuesday. view article arw

Key discussion items for the Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees at today’s workshop and Tuesday regular meeting are contract renewals and extensions for administrators, teachers and other district staff. The board will consider awarding contracts for the addition of a turn lane at Williams Ledger Elementary School and the electric renovation project at Halstead Elementary. view article arw