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Thank you, School Board Members

January 1808:42 AM

(Austin)—January 2017 is School Board Recognition Month, a time to honor the more than 7,200 locally elected leaders who step forward to serve without pay on local boards to ensure Texas students have the best schools possible. Each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages Texans to show appreciation to these men and women for their unfailing commitment to our state’s future.  read more arw

In November, Bastrop school district voters rejected a 13-cent tax hike and $75 million bond package that officials said would have boosted teacher salaries, reorganized schools and improved safety and technology on campuses. view article arw

After President-elect Donald Trump pledged to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally, at least one Dallas ISD school board trustee wants to declare the district a "safe haven" for immigrant students. view article arw

It seems to me that there aren’t that many selfless people or selfless tasks in our world these days. Too many of the voices we hear are speaking with vested interests or simply promoting “number one.” I have the happy opportunity, however, to know a large group of people who regularly volunteer to take on the responsibilities of a challenging job—and they do it without pay and often without acknowledgement or appreciation from those they serve.  Who are these admirable people? They are the locally elected school board members who serve in Texas school districts throughout the state. There are more than 1,000 school districts that cover every inch of Texas. The districts come in all sizes, all levels of wealth/poverty, and all sorts of demographics. Some of them have only a few students and one school building, but some districts have many students and dozens or hundreds of facilities. view article arw

Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees member Terri Romere officially stepped from her post at the body's Thursday night meeting. view article arw

A longtime educator filed Thursday to run for a seat representing central Longview on the Longview ISD school board, the same day incumbent Place 2 trustee Jud Murray said he would be stepping down. view article arw

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Huntington ISD is joining other districts across the county and state in thanking these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. view article arw

The Pflugerville School Board could decide on new boundaries for several schools after months of public meetings. Overall 14 schools are impacted by the boundary changes due to a new elementary and high school, as well as several schools over capacity. view article arw

This is a paywalled article but the headline tells the story:  Three members of Nacogdoches ISD’s board of trustees — TD Howarth, Susan Rushing and Zeke Martinez — will not seek re-election this year. view article arw

Two Beaumont residents have became the first to throw their hats into the ring to run for the Beaumont school board. Denise Wallace-Spooner and Joe Albert Evans, Jr., both of Beaumont, each applied Wednesday to run for one of two at-large Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees positions. view article arw

Eanes ISD and Lake Travis ISD each developed plans outlining goals to become a district of innovation, or DOI, a designation that gives Texas school districts more flexibility to grant exemptions from state regulations. view article arw

Tuesday night’s Georgetown ISD board of trustees meeting featured a busy agenda, including updates about rezoning, A-F school ratings and district of innovation. view article arw

 Corsicana independent School District will recognize Dr. Diane Frost, superintendent, Rev. Ed Monk, president, Dr. Kent Rogers, vice president, Barbara Kelley, secretary, Leah Blackard, board member, John Saberton, board member, Terry Seth, board member and Jason Sodd, board member for January’s School Board Recognition Month Monday, Jan. 23. view article arw

An impending move to another country forced Danbury ISD school board member Garry Todd to submit a resignation letter last week, just a few months shy of fulfilling his six-year term. view article arw

Beaumont school board candidates, including ousted trustees hoping to reclaim their seats, can begin filing for the district's first election since 2011 on Wednesday, though they will have to wait for word from the state on when the winners will take office. view article arw

Belton ISD Board Briefs

January 1608:31 AM

Long range plans -js -  The Belton ISD Board of Trustees held a workshop on Jan. 11 to discuss options for the district's long-range facilities plan.  A fast-growth school district, Belton ISD is expected to grow from 11,119 students this school year to more than 14,000 students by 2025. Along the way, Belton ISD's elementary and middle schools are projected to be at or near capacity in 2019, and its high schools will be at or near capacity in 2021.   view article arw

We are a strong, proud Panther Nation because of the work of the members of the board of trustees who set the tone for excellence in our school district. view article arw

Jean Lamberty's granddaughter was suspended eight times in the first six weeks of school in 2015. She was in the second grade. "Rather than provide the support that she needed for her autistic behavior, they considered it a disciplinary issue," Lamberty, a former Dallas ISD teacher, told trustees Thursday. "It is humiliating. It's emotionally abusive. And it's a horrible thing to do to a child, especially a second grader or younger child." view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees is altering a board procedure that two trustees said restricts first amendment rights because it mandates that only the board president can speak to the media. The issue surfaced through trustees Charles Griffin and George Scott in November. Both said the long-standing procedure has infringed their freedom of speech and that they have been scolded by other trustees when they've spoken to media members. But now the rule is changing. view article arw

HISD was named to the 2015 Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll, one of only two districts in Central Texas named to the list of 130 districts across the United States that are being recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. view article arw

Public school district across the state of Texas are set to honor the men and women who serve on as their board of trustees. They serve without pay and dedicate many hours to their responsibilities as well as the time they spend in training to keep abreast of the laws and policies concerning public schools. view article arw

Taylor ISD trustee Monday accepted at-large trustee Mark Schroeder’s resignation from the school board effective immediately and appointed former two-term trustee Eliseo Elizondo to serve out the remaining three months. view article arw

Place 4 Frisco ISD board of trustees Anne McCausland announced she is seeking re-election to her third term in the May 6 school board election. [annemccauslandhead-1-copy] view article arw

The Judson Independent School District board will meet on Wednesday to discuss the resignation of board president Steve Salyer. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet in a board work study session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Room A/B on the third floor of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Among the items on the agenda is a discussion of consideration to approve a resolution concerning the state’s A-F accountability rating system for Texas public schools. Superintendent Tom Crowe said in a Jan. 5 interview that the Texas Association of School Administrators said 137 districts have filed a resolution against the new system. view article arw

Jefferson ISD will take steps toward establishing a District of Innovation plan when it meets Tuesday. Trustees will take public comment and consider approving a committee to formulate the plan, which allows exemptions from some statutes and is said to increase local control. view article arw

The Union Grove ISD board of trustees Monday will conduct a public hearing on the Texas Academic Performance Report for 2015-16 and receive information on new A-F accountability system among other agenda items.  view article arw

January is School Board Recognition Month and Del Valle ISD will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas school children. view article arw

Superintendent David Young said Abilene Independent School Board trustees may finalize their decision to fill the board's current vacancy within days. view article arw

Nelson Minyard, trustee from Ector County Independent School District, joined 34 other school board members from across Texas Nov. 17-19 at the second session of the Leadership TASB class of 2017. view article arw

Presidium Group LLC, Milestone Community Builders and Alamo DrafthouseCinema are among the companies interested in transforming 10 school district-owned properties around Austin — some of them into affordable housing. view article arw

Class size exemption waivers, tax refunds and donations to the district were among agenda items approved by Jacksonville ISD trustees during their board meeting Monday. view article arw

Dallas Independent School District board members voted down a proposal Wednesday night designed to put the district’s long-time bus contractor on notice. view article arw

The Houston ISD board is accepting applications and resumes for a vacant school board seat they will fill by appointment. view article arw

Longview ISD has joined districts across the state calling for the repeal of the A-F school rating system while also voicing opposition to a state voucher plan. A resolution passed Monday by school trustees calls for the Legislature to repeal the letter-grade rating system that will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year as part of House Bill 2804, passed in 2015. view article arw