The board president seeking a third term as an the Longview ISD trustee withdrew his candidacy Wednesday, saying his opponent appears well-qualified. "I am glad to see Michael 'Tubbs' Tubb fill this spot at the beginning of the next term (in May)," Mark Camp wrote in a statement outlining his withdrawal from the District 1 school board race in the May 5 election. "In my recent discussions with Mr. Tubb, I have come to believe he will be able to make the difficult choices needed to best serve the needs of our students, and I wish him well." view article arw

Tonight during a school board meeting, the San Benito board of trustees will vote on a rezoning proposal presented by superintendent Nate Carman. The proposal calls for the closure of two elementary campuses, Landrum Elementary and Dr. Raul Garza Elementary. view article arw

Tyler ISD parents, your child may be headed to another school. The district approved a school zone change to help balance high school sizes and middle school closings. District officials say middle schools are seeing these changes to help improve the quality of education in low performing schools. One of the biggest changes is the closing of Dogan Middle School. District officials say the school has seen low performance for years. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD will have three contested school board races on May 5, with multiple candidates filing to run in the election. According to information from district spokesperson Marco Alvarado, six candidates filed for places 1 and 2 before the close of the filing period on Feb. 16. In Place 1, incumbent trustee Guy Clayton will face challenger David Lovelace. In Place 2, Daniel Gonzalez, Jan Moreland, Adrienne Trigg and Lauren White are running for election. Place 2 incumbent Lisa Johnson is not running for re-election. view article arw

Between new class start times, construction contracts and a future school calendar Katy ISD’s board of trustees heard a range of recommendations from district staff members Monday evening. The board will vote whether to approve those recommendations at its regular agenda meeting Feb. 26. Here are some of this week’s meeting highlights: view article arw

All three Central ISD school board positions up for election are contested by numerous candidates. view article arw

A recent decision by the Texas Education Agency to not only maintain oversight of the Donna school district but increase it, is linked to findings of an audit requested by the district itself. The audit’s findings have led to the suspension of its superintendent, according to the letter notification sent by TEA. In a letter dated Feb. 13, the state agency notified school district officials of their decision to elevate the appointment of Linda Romeros from monitor to conservator, a notably higher level of oversight. This, the letter states, is due to findings which uncovered “multiple financial issues that severely impact the efficiency and effectiveness of the district’s educational efforts.” view article arw

For the first time in nearly half a century, Tyler ISD is set to change its high school zoning boundaries. The district also is making the biggest changes to the way it approaches middle school learning since the 1970s. The school board Monday discussed proposed boundary changes that are years in the making, approving both middle school and high school zone changes, as well as reviewing a proposal for changes to elementary school zones. view article arw

More than 1,500 folks packed a ballroom at the Hilton Americas-Houston on Thursday for the annual Houston ISD State of the Schools luncheon, and the message wasn't minced. HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza and HISD Board of Education President Rhonda Skillern-Jones got straight to the point when offering their assessment. Both of the leaders urged business professionals and state lawmakers to work with the district in advocating for changes to the state's funding system for public education. view article arw

Enrollment at Chisholm Trail Middle School is projected to be cut in half next fall after the opening of Adams Middle School and the adjustment of the attendance zone for Rhome campus. The proposed attendance zones for the two middle schools were presented to Northwest ISD trustees Monday night along with several other schools in the district. A town hall meeting on the new boundaries is slated for 7 p.m Tuesday at the Northwest ISD Administration Building. Trustees plan to adopt the new attendance zones at their Feb. 26 meeting. view article arw

One of the most gladiatorial trustees on the Dallas ISD school board will face stiff opposition this spring. Trustee Bernadette Nutall drew three challengers for her District 9 seat — an area that includes South and southeast Dallas, Fair Park, and parts of downtown, Deep Ellum, Uptown and Old East Dallas. Nutall will face Ona Marie Hendricks, Justin Henry and Edward Turner on the May 5 ballot. view article arw

More than two months since her resignation, Helen Madla-Prather’s seat as District 6 trustee on the South San Antonio Independent School District board remains vacant. The board called for applications for her open seat on Dec. 6, the same day Madla-Prather resigned, and another that belonged to District 3 Trustee Linda Longoria, who resigned Oct. 31, 2017. view article arw

Of the three school board positions up for election at Central ISD, two were made available following the resignation of former members. view article arw

Former Abilene ISD school trustee Kelvin Kelley filed Thursday for Place 6 on the school board. Kelley was appointed to the board in April 2013 and then elected in May 2014. But before completing his term he resigned in December 2015 because of a move to Cisco. view article arw

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees at its regular meeting Thursday night approved the calendar for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. A committee of district and campus administrators, teachers and parents designed two draft calendars. The committee was required to include 75,600 instructional minutes and chose to bank at least two days of instructional minutes in case of inclement weather days. The committee then received feedback on the two calendar options. view article arw

This Friday at 5 p.m. is the deadline to apply for a place on the ballot in the May 5 local elections, which include city council and school board races. view article arw

Only a few days remain in the sign-up period for local offices, and, as of Tuesday, only one board is poised to have an election while another has no candidates at all. Of the seven local governments with board positions available this year, the Clarendon College District is the lone board with enough candidates to have an election. With three positions up this spring on the Board of Regents, incumbents Edwin Campbell and Jerry Woodard have filed for re-election, and Tommy Waldrop and Lance Wood have also signed up. view article arw

Make good on a promise to stage town hall meetings to get people's input, Pearland ISD trustee Mike Floyd has scheduled a March public gathering at a restaurant. But at the same time, Floyd, 19, is pushing to change a district policy on use of its facilities that he says makes it hard for individuals on the school board to communicate openly with taxpayers. The initiative comes after Floyd said he abandoned an idea to host informal town hall meetings on Pearland ISD campuses after being faced with steep rental fees and complicated meeting rules. view article arw

A second Longview ISD trustee drew a challenge Wednesday when LaRaslum "Roz" Williams filed for the District 7 seat long held by Dr. Troy Simmons. District spokesman Matthew Prosser said Wednesday evening that Williams had filed earlier that day, while Simmons filed for re-election Monday to the seat he's held since 1986. view article arw

A proposed calendar for the 2018-2019 school year was presented to the Pearland ISD board Tuesday, Feb. 13, but the board pushed back, asking for a calendar that ends the school year before Memorial Day. The calendar presented has the school year starting for students on August 20, begins Christmas break with a half-day on Thursday, Dec. 20, and ends the school year on Thursday, May 30th, after Memorial Day. The district is required to schedule 75,600 minutes of instruction every year. The calendar meets those requirements, as well as adds extra minutes in case of two bad weather days. view article arw

The Friendswood ISD school board discussed an update on the boundary committee process at its meeting Monday, Feb. 12. The committee has held four meetings, and priorities on boundary changes have been discussed. The boundary changes would affect Cline and Westwood elementaries and Windsong and Bales intermediates. The committee has proposed Zoning Option 1C for the board’s consideration. The proposed map is on the Friendswood ISD website. view article arw

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 1 to become a District of Innovation (DOI) and voted in a calendar that includes an early start date. C-FB ISD joins several other districts in the area to become a DOI. In the approved calendar, the first day of school will be Aug. 20, and the last day will fall on May 30. Spring Break will start March 11, Thanksgiving holiday will start on Nov. 19, and winter break will begin Dec. 24, ending on Jan. 4. view article arw

The Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees will hold two meetings this week. A review of expenses exceeding $475,000 is on the agenda at today’s workshop. The funds would go toward technology needs. Travel to two conferences in March and April costing over $14,000 will also be discussed. view article arw

Midland ISD takes its last steps toward District of Innovation status this week. At its monthly meeting today, the board will vote to approve its District of Innovation plan. If that happens, the district will send its plan to the education commissioner. The last steps end a process that goes back to at least October, when the board voted to start the process. Public hearings and the creation of a District of Innovation committee followed. The exemptions MISD will pursue took were presented and the plan was then posted online for the public to review. view article arw

Lubbock Independent School District Trustee Mark Blankenship announced Wednesday night that he will not seek another term on the school board. Blankenship, a partner with the Lubbock law firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam LLP, has served on the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees since 2012, when he was appointed to the board to a vacant seat. Later that year, he won a contested election for the unexpired two years on the district 3 seat, and was elected again in 2014. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD Place 3 Trustee Alex Alexander has resigned from the school board to pursue an opportunity out of state, according to a news release issued Friday. Alexander is serving the second year of a three-year team on the board. Effective March 18, he will begin a role serving as senior pastor of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. view article arw

Two file for Taylor ISD seats

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Two more people have filed for seats in the Taylor ISD May 5, election. Mary Ancira and current board member Marilyn Tennill are both retired Taylor ISD educators, and will compete for the At-Large seat on the board. view article arw

The president and chief executive officer of Integrated Axis LLC has announced his candidacy for the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees. Wesley Robinson will run for District 3 of the LISD board. He is married to Kelly Robinson, and has three sons, including one graduate of Lubbock High School and two younger sons. District 3 is currently occupied by Mark Blankenship, but he announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election. view article arw

A divided El Paso Independent School District board extended Superintendent Juan Cabrera's contract Thursday after numerous closed-door meetings and a brief but heated exchange that included trustee Susie Byrd calling for his resignation. Before the 4-2 vote to extend Cabrera's contract to 2023, Byrd made a motion to either accept the superintendent's voluntary resignation or terminate him for cause for immorality and conscious misrepresentation to the board. She also announced separately that Cabrera had filed a grievance against her. view article arw

Here are the dates of the regular public meetings for Spring ISD, Klein ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court in February. view article arw

Cleveland ISD is unveiling its maps for campus configuration for the 2018-19 school year tonight at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church's Family Life Center, 400 W. Hanson, Cleveland. Due to growth and the future addition of an elementary school near Plum Grove, the district is changing all elementary campuses to be for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. view article arw

For weeks, the South San Antonio Independent School District has struggled to fill a vacant board seat. The District 6 seat has been empty since early December, when trustee Helen Madla-Prather resigned due to plans to move outside the school district. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District is expected to have nearly 100,000 students in classrooms by 2027 and effectively managing that explosive growth is a top priority for three people running for spots on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees. "Our school district is so respected that people want to move here. That's great, but it does cause a constant disruption," said Susan Gesoff, who's running for the Position 7 seat on the school board currently occupied by Katy ISD trustee Charles Griffin. view article arw

Since its inception in 2001, the Wise County Emergency Services District No. 1 has operated on the same tax rate. During that time, the district’s call volume has increased dramatically, along with the expenses of personnel and equipment. Facing the increased costs, the district’s board is planning on calling an election in May to raise the tax rate. view article arw

Of over 1,000 Texas school boards, Humble Independent School District is one of five state finalists for the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. The Excellence in Education Awards started in 2002 as a joint initiative by H-E-B and the Texas Association of School Administrators. School boards are selected by displaying progress in student performance and academics, as well as a focus on engaging and responding to the community. view article arw