Spring ISD superintendent Rodney Watson sat down for a conversation with the Houston Chronicle to discuss some of the ways the district has changed during his tenure, which began in July 2014. Heading the district, he serves more than 36,000 in urban area just north of Houston. Prior to joining, Watson was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Houston ISD. Watson utilizes a wide skillset. Trained as a teacher and counselor, Watson has served as a college admissions recruiter, a deputy juvenile officer, a principal, and a chief school officer in Missouri and Texas. Below is a redacted version of that conversation. view article arw

Vying against two challengers for her Pearland ISD Position 2 seat, Pam Boegler is touting the board's achievements as reason for voters to choose her on May 6. "I think we are doing good things at Pearland ISD. At Turner High School, we're pushing more career and technology classes and dual-credit classes," said Boegler who was on the school board from 2010-16 and was appointed to her position in July after the death of longtime trustee Virgil Gant. view article arw

Leverett's Chapel ISD trustees have called a special meeting today to consider the issuance and sale of time warrants to finance the wastewater system. The time warrants are the only item on the agenda, aside from a public comments period. view article arw

At a meeting Monday evening, the Hays CISD school board voted to approve a tax exemption in an effort to bring new businesses to the area. According to the Texas Comptroller, the Freeport Tax exemption provides a property tax exemption on inventory, such as goods, wares, ores and merchandise, that is detained in Texas for 175 days or less. Oil, gas and other petroleum products are not eligible. The board previously denied the ad valorem tax-exempt status for Freeport goods back in 1989. “As soon as I became president of the board and set the first agenda, I wanted [the Freeport exemption] back on the agenda,” board President Holly Raymond said. view article arw

School trustees approved a $1.5 million land purchase Monday evening to potentially accommodate a third high school in the next 15 years. The Belton school board voted to purchase a 109-acre tract at the junction of Loop 121 and Shanklin Road, near the Bell County Expo Center and the Bell County Justice Center. At present, the district is making plans for a second high school to be built on land it already owns adjacent to High Point Elementary School on Starlight Drive. Those plans will be finalized if voters approve a $149.7 million bond issue on the ballot May 6. “We’ve been able to successfully manage our fast growth because we’ve planned for it,” Superintendent Susan Kincannon said, “and because this is a community that supports our kids.” view article arw

Although there may not be a local May election this year, voters may wonder why some entities have a November election and others are held earlier in the year. For years, city council and school board elections were held in May separate from the November county, state and national elections. However, in 2011 the Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 100, which moved the state’s primary runoff election date to the fourth Tuesday in May. view article arw

It’s no secret that Austin ISD is strapped for cash. The district often blames that on the state’s school finance system, which requires it to send hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes back to the state. So, in an effort to save a little money, the Austin School Board has proposed changing how school board trustees are elected. At a meeting last week, trustees considered changing Austin School Board elections from a majority system to a plurality. That means trustees would no longer need to receive 50 percent of the vote to win. The candidate with the most votes would become the trustee – eliminating runoff elections, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. “There’s financial advantage for that for candidates, as well as the district and people that contribute to a candidate’s campaign, which we do,” said Ken Zarifis, president of the local teacher group, Education Austin. “If you don’t have the runoff, you can control your investment more.” view article arw

The upcoming elections in the Comal Independent School District are on the agenda for the district’s board of trustees at its meeting Thursday night. The board will receive certification that current trustee Denise Kern was the only person who applied for a place on the ballot from Single Member District 4 for the upcoming school board election. Because Kern is unopposed, the board will vote to declare her elected and cancel the election in District 4. The district will still have a trustee election in Single Member District 3; Jason Clifton York will run against incumbent Laurie Schley for that position on the board. view article arw

A Texas lawmaker ordered troopers to escort a candidate vying for a seat on the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees out of the Texas Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon — and she did not leave willingly. Amy Hedtke was in Austin to attend — and live-stream — a session of Texas State Affairs Committee that addressed a portion of a proposed abortion bill Wednesday, March 22. After just over 45 minutes of recording, Committee Chairman Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, ordered Hedtke to cut the feed to her public Facebook profile. Hedtke is an Ellis County resident and one of six candidates running for two seats on the WISD school board in the upcoming May election. According to WISD officials, Hedtke joins Judd McCutchen, Melissa Starnater, Kim Kriegel, Joe Garber, and Clay Schoolfield on the ballot for the board. view article arw

There was much to deliberate on at the March 23 Cuero ISD board meeting. Discussion on the restructuring of campus grade alignment and approval of the offer to employ the new superintendent were two of the main items. Cuero ISD discussed the possibility of closing the Cuero Intermediate School campus and moving fourth and fifth graders to the Hunt Elementary campus with second and third grade. First grade students would move to John C. French Elementary with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. view article arw

Going against a statewide tide of support, including in North Texas, the Irving school board has decided not to back a resolution supporting unauthorized immigrant students. view article arw

Champion EMS officials are looking for land where they can build a South Kilgore substation and have asked Kilgore ISD trustees if the district would be willing to sell about half an acre of land near Kilgore Primary School. Trustees and Superintendent Cara Cooke agreed Monday night to begin looking into the possibility of a sale or long-term lease — as well as a way to have that land revert back to the district if Champion EMS stops operating out of the site. view article arw

The McKinney ISD board of trustees met Tuesday night for its regularly scheduled meeting. 1. Discussion items focus on the future Discussion items included the board’s community interaction report, which included the senior tour of Malvern Elementary School and the superintendents academy in San Antonio and the joint meeting with the McKinney City Council held last month. view article arw

Diversity Group Beaumont will hold four forums for Beaumont ISD board of trustees candidates over the next three weeks, the group announced Monday. "We are are currently working to educate the community on the BISD transition plan, the roles of parents, educators, trustees in helping our school district excel, and to prepare the community for an election of a new Board of Trustees," group member and NAACP Beaumont president Paul Jones said. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider cancelling the single member District Position 4 and Position 5 elections and certify the unopposed candidates are elected during their meeting set for 6 p.m. today at George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa Cafeteria, 300 E. 29th St. Doyle Woodall holds Position 4 and Vice President Steve Brown is in Position 5. Board President Terri Ervin will face Delma Abalos for Position 2. Abalos has previously served on the school board. And Nelson Minyard, Position 7, will face UTPB professor Kay Ketzenberger. view article arw

After a lengthy closed session, the San Antonio Independent School District board of trustees appointed Christina Martinez to fill the vacant District 6 seat on the school board. The board unanimously chose Martinez to replace Olga Hernandez, who resigned last month after her arrest on a federal wire fraud charge. “I’m relieved,” said Martinez, 37, who is vice president of external relations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas. “This is real and I really have to dig in.” view article arw

 In all areas of the strategic plan, the school district continues to make progress. To highlight that positive movement, school board members heard an update on the facilities portion of the Re-Imagine 2021 five-year Strategic Plan Tuesday evening. It’s all part of Superintendent Dr. Adrian Vega’s plan to get the district on the straight track to success. view article arw

The Gainesville Independent School District will host two informational meetings concerning the implementation of a dual language two-way program for parents and community members. The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and on April 10 at Edison Elementary School. The dual language program is an expansion of the current one-way program, in which native Spanish speakers learn English. The two-way dual language model is designed so that English and Spanish speaking learners are placed in the same classroom to learn from each other while acquiring the non-native language. view article arw

The San Benito School Board approved a resolution in support of students living in the country illegally Tuesday. The resolution includes language stating all children are entitled to a public education, regardless of their immigration status or the status of their parents. It also states that every student should go to school to safely learn and engage with their teachers and classmates. view article arw

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Paxton has made a career of complaining about what he calls discrimination against Christians in Texas schools, going so far as to sue the Killeen school district after a middle school asked a teacher to remove a homemade Charlie Brown poster with a religious quote. Paxton has also opposed atheists seeking to halt prayers before public meetings.  Paxton's office this month took an unwarranted whack at Frisco ISD, suggesting that school officials allow special treatment of Muslim students who gather to pray in an empty classroom at Liberty High School.  What an embarrassing display of political grandstanding. view article arw

It’s no secret that Austin ISD is strapped for cash. The district often blames that on the state’s school finance system, which requires it to send hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes back to the state. So, in an effort to save a little money, the Austin School Board has proposed changing how school board trustees are elected. view article arw

An eight-piece multicolored puzzle bridged the Victoria school district, the community and churches Thursday. About 50 participants gathered for a Better Together luncheon hosted by the district and the Gulf Bend Center to discuss how to collaborate and better support students and families.This is the first time the district has hosted such an event, said organizers Kim Motley, VISD counseling coordinator, and Susanne Carroll, executive director of curriculum instruction and accountability. view article arw

Hallsville ISD trustees are set to meet Monday to discuss extending administrative contracts and consider the 2017-18 school calendar. Trustees also will consider a bus purchase and a district of innovation committee.  A separate public hearing on the district of innovation plan will be held before the regular board meeting. view article arw

Five candidates vying for two Highland Park ISD school board seats will present their cases Tuesday night during a candidate forum at the McCulloch Intermediate School/ Highland Park Middle School auditorium. In Place 6, Meg Bakich, Stacy Kelly, and Chris Murzin are each hoping to replace Joe Taylor, who has served on the board since 2008. view article arw

Six candidates — one incumbent and five new contenders — are vying for two seats on the Pflugerville school district board of trustees with one incumbent running unopposed in the May 6 election.Cliff Styles and Matt Robertson are challenging incumbent Larry Bradley for Place 6, while Charlie Torres, Tony Hanson and Jacob E. Betz are running in a special election for a one-year term for the Place 2 seat currently held by Paul King. Incumbent Rob Reyes is running unopposed for his Place 7 seat. view article arw

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 5:30 PM the Board of Trustees of the Bonham School District will hold a Regular Meeting at the Bonham ISD Agricultural Project Center, 2750 Silo Road, 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

Residents will have a chance to learn more about Tyler ISD’s proposed $198 million bond package to replace its high schools. Superintendent Marty Crawford will review the proposal and answer questions at 6 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway Ave. Director of Facilities Tim Loper and other Tyler ISD administrators also will be on hand to answer questions. The bond package would fund renovations at John Tyler and Robert E. Lee High Schools, alleviating . Issues such as traffic flow and security also would be addressed if the package passes on May 6. view article arw

Hays CISD trustees are one step closer toward implementing an ad valorem tax exemption for certain manufacturing companies in the area. Board trustees next week are expected to vote on potentially adopting the Freeport Exemption, which is a form of tax exemption used by communities for economic development and job creation. view article arw

College Station school board trustees heard their first presentation regarding the development of the 2017-18 budget Tuesday. Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations Mike Martindale made the presentation and the board was presented with the first draft revenue and expenditure numbers. According to Chuck Glenewinkel, director of communications for the district, while initial numbers show a deficit of $5.4 million, the board will monitor and adjust projections based on the results of the current legislative session

Four bills (two from the Texas House, and two, the Texas Senate) are on the horizon, and each could have a significant impact on Fredericksburg Independent School District regarding finances, accountability and vouchers. Supt. Eric Wright briefed the school board at its Monday, March 20 meeting about the bills and what they could mean for the local district, if passed. School legislation In his comments, Wright updated trustees on four bills in the Texas Legislature that pertain to education. House Bill 22 — This pertains to public school accountability. Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Dist. 127), who chairs the Public Education Committee in the Texas House, filed this bill. view article arw

Despite an outpouring of community support in favor of keeping tiny Earhart elementary school open -- and an impassioned coalition of trustees also against the move - Dallas ISD's board of trustees approved the district's plans to consolidate Earhart and Carver Learning Center into other elementary schools, making way to use Carver's site as the location for a brand-new Pinkston High School building. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening and discussed next year’s instructional school day, cancelled the district’s May 6 board election, and honored Lake Travis High School sports teams. 1. In order to get to 75,600 minutes of instructional time included in the proposed school calendar, five minutes will be added to the end of each school day starting in the 2017-18 school year. view article arw

Marlin Independent School District’s state-appointed board of managers voted down a proposal Tuesday that would have eliminated at least 10 crucial teaching and administrative positions. The decision came after much contention from a disgruntled crowd of parents, students and district employees at the board’s meeting. The district faces a $1.1 million budget deficit, partly because it boosted teacher salaries significantly, including a $15,000 bump for incoming teachers. view article arw

Sabine ISD trustees are set to meet Thursday to discuss student meal prices, development of the education foundation and next year's calendar. The board also will meet in closed session to discuss teacher term contracts. view article arw

Kilgore ISD is set to have an "Ideas Exchange" community meeting Thursday on the district's innovation plan, special programs and finances. The meeting is open to all community members who want to talk about the future of education in Kilgore ISD. view article arw