The Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees has updated the Board Standard Operating Procedures Manual under which it conducts school board business. At a special called meeting Tuesday, the board agreed to a series of changes to fine-tune the manual to reflect current realities. The changes were in addition to those approved last week by the board. Meanwhile, action on a complaint by a parent about board member Erasmo Castro’s public actions was delayed until a special called board meeting scheduled for Oct. 21, which Castro’s attorney Star Jones requested. view article arw

Endorsement watch: E and F

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The Chron endorses incumbent CM Dave Martin in District E. It’s easy to find out the biggest problem in Houston City Council District E. Ask any of its residents and most likely they will tell you a flooding story. Water invaded so many homes in the Kingwood and Elm Grove neighborhoods after Harvey and Imelda that just the sight of dark clouds makes people nervous. That’s why District E residents have come to depend on incumbent Councilman Dave Martin. Since first being elected in 2012, and has served one two-year and one four-year term. Martin has been working hard to make their homes less vulnerable to flooding. view article arw

Elysian Fields ISD trustees on Monday had to move the school board meeting’s location after about 50 parents and community members showed up to voice their concerns about bullying in the district. The concerns on Monday were prompted after the death of an Elysian Fields Middle School sixth grader last month. The death is being investigated as a suicide by Panola County Sheriff’s Office, and several neighboring school districts wore orange in support of Elysian Fields ISD and the student following her death. view article arw

Clifton Fendley, trustee from Paris ISD, joined 35 other school board members from across Texas September 19-21 at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB class of 2020. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 161 to 189,681, and reflect a similar range of property wealth. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.  view article arw

Ted Beard believes public education is the key to a healthy and successful society. The Place 6 trustee on the Longview ISD school board says his service to the district is focused on providing a quality, equitable, properly-funded education for all students. view article arw

A member of the Marlin Independent School District Board of Managers who defrauded the Veterans Affairs Department and was ordered to pay the federal government nearly half a million dollars in restitution resigned late Friday night after the Tribune-Herald inquired why the Texas Education Agency would appoint him to oversee the school district. view article arw

Two candidates filed for New Caney ISD board of trustees, Position 6, in the Nov. 5 election: incumbent Ty Trout and challenger Craig Matthews. Community Impact Newspaper invited both candidates to provide the responses below to help voters weigh their options. Responses may have been edited for length. Beth Prykryl is also seeking re-election to Position 7 on the board; however, her race is uncontested, so she was not asked to participate in a questionnaire. view article arw

Leading up to the election on Nov. 5, candidates for the Klein ISD board of trustees were able to express their concerns and plans for the district and detailed their vision with strategies, ideas and balloon animals. Voters got to meet the five candidates up for position 7 on the Klein ISD board of trustees during the candidate forum on Oct. 3, hosted by Community Impact Newspaper in the Klein Multipurpose Center. The hosts of the event asked questions after candidates gave opening statements, and the audience asked their own questions for the last half of the event. view article arw

Tomball ISD families could see attendance boundary changes finalized in December or January for the district’s two new campuses in the works, Chief Operating Officer Steven Gutierrez said during a TISD District Zone Committee meeting Oct. 3. The new schools—an elementary campus and a junior high campus—will be part of a TISD complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and Hwy. 99 that will also include a district football stadium and water and wastewater treatment plants. Land clearing is underway at the complex, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Construction of the district complex is funded by the $275 million bond referendum voters approved in November 2017. view article arw

Henderson ISD Trustee Jon Best paid two teenagers to slash the tires and contaminate the gas tank of the vehicle belonging to his challenger in the upcoming school board election, according to a criminal complaint filed in Rusk County. view article arw

Two days after the Judson Independent School District board appointed a new member, a long-time trustee resigned, leaving another vacancy. District 2 trustee Richard LaFoille resigned Thursday, Judson ISD spokesman Steve Linscomb confirmed. He had served on the board since 2004 and his current term was set to end in 2021. view article arw

A long-serving member of the Henderson ISD board of trustees has been arrested on a charge of criminal mischief that caused between $2,500 to $30,000 in losses. District 5 Trustee Jon Best, 59, was arrested Friday by Rusk County sheriff’s deputies and released that day from the Rusk County Jail on $10,000 bond, jail records show. view article arw

The Judson Independent School District board has appointed Rafael ‘Rafa’ Diaz Jr. to replace Jose Macias, who was named to the Alamo Colleges board in September. Trustees spent four hours Tuesday night interviewing the six applicants for the District 4 seat and chose Diaz, a software executive, with a unanimous vote. The group included two retired Air Force veterans, an amusement park director and a graduate student. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, Position 2 view article arw

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held on October 2, 2019, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center High School 658 Roughrider Drive Center, Texas 75935. The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. view article arw

Judson Independent School District trustees voted unanimously Tuesday evening to select Rafael Diaz to fill a vacant board seat. Diaz will take the oath of office at the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10. He was one of six applicants who interviewed for the position Tuesday. Board President Renée Paschall said the board selected Diaz over the five other candidates because he seemed knowledgeable, passionate about the district, and focused on student outcomes. view article arw

Plano ISD approved a number of revisions to the student code of conduct for the 2019-20 school year at a board meeting Oct. 1. Four of these revisions were made to comply with new state legislation from both the Texas Senate and House. One law-related change is the addition of specific language that prohibits adverse discipline tactics. The district’s previously outlined discipline practices were not in conflict with the new law, according to a statement by PISD spokesperson Lesley Range-Stanton. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD Board President Elizabeth Yeager was honored with a Yellow Rose of Texas Award this month by Gov. Greg Abbott for her lengthy community and volunteer service. Given to recognize outstanding Texas women, it is the highest honor bestowed on them in the Lone Star State. Yeager said she was surprised and humbled. view article arw

As school board candidates begin their campaigns, one Henderson ISD member was charged with criminal mischief, after a school board opponent claims “Jonathan Earl Best” paid someone to steal his campaign signs and slash his tires. view article arw

The Sherman Independent School District may soon have two campuses for its pre-kindergarten courses for district students following recent state legislation. Among the proposals, the district is considering transitioning the Perrin Learning Center to serve as the district’s second pre-K facility. District officials discussed the possible changes this month during a Transition 2020 workshop with the school board of trustees. The 2020 school year will make a major transition for the district as it opens its new high school and re-purposes the existing high school as the district’s second middle school. view article arw

We revisit a periodic issue. Two applicants seeking to replace Houston ISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones have failed to qualify for the November ballot, leaving five candidates running for the open seat, according to HISD officials. Michael Maloney, an athletics coach, and Arthur Smith, a T-shirt printer, failed to qualify due to issues with their signature petitions, district officials said. Candidates can pay a $300 fee or collect signatures from registered voters living within the voting district boundaries to earn a spot on the ballot. Maloney and Smith said they collected more than the required 266 signatures, but HISD officials said some signatures were invalid. view article arw

HARLINGEN — They’re the best in the state, and everyone knows it.  The Texas Association of School Administrators has just named the Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees the best in the state.  Everyone’s talking about it, especially Superintendent Art Cavazos, who nominated the board for the recognition. view article arw

A week after being censured by fellow trustees for the second time in four months, Joseph Treviño resigned from the North East Independent School District board Wednesday, citing a recurring medical condition. His announcement preceded a special meeting where trustees officially hired interim superintendent Sean Maika as the district’s permanent superintendent. view article arw

A school board trustee resigned on the same day the North East Independent School District officially appointed Dr. Sean Maika as superintendent. In an email sent to, Joseph Trevino said he submitted his "letter of resignation from the board due to an ongoing medical condition." view article arw

Dr. Brian Woods reported to the Board: ● Enrollment Report. District enrollment is approximately 107,000, an increase of about 1,100 from the same day last year. ● A-F Correlations. Dr. Woods discussed A-F accountability rankings and the correlations between school letter grade and socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. ● EdChat. Earlier this month, Dr. Woods hosted a Northside EdChat focused on the topic of student engagement. He was impressed with the interest and responses of participants. Thank you to John Moran, Coordinator in Academic Technology view article arw

You can’t always have your way. Like Americans across the country who want our president removed from office, many Rio Grande Valley residents are expressing frustrations that it’s not so easy to remove local officials either. Citizen petitions have been created asking for the removal of school board members in Brownsville and San Benito who have been accused of drunk driving. But like the impeachment of the president, removal of school trustees and other officials requires formal procedures that protect them from whimsical attacks and ensures that due process is followed. view article arw

A trustee for the North East Independent School District resigned from his position Wednesday, four months after his colleagues on the board voted to formally reprimand him for what they described as a misuse of power. The board voted to reprimand Joseph Treviño again last week for missing meetings and sharing privileged information. Treviño said he’s lost a lot of weight due to complications from an E. coli infection and is resigning to focus on his health. view article arw

School board critics in Brownsville and San Benito filed petitions Tuesday morning in state District Court in Brownsville calling for the removal of a board trustee in each city who faces charges of driving while intoxicated.  The petitions were filed separately calling for the ouster of Erasmo Castro Jr. from the Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees, and of Michael Vargas from the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District. Vargas is the president of the San Benito board and was elected in 2015. Castro was elected in November 2018. Both have said they intend to continue to serve. view article arw

Victoria ISD board to meet Thursday

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Victoria school board members Thursday will discuss how the public can communicate with them during public meetings. Currently, the public can address the board during its open forum about any topic, but the board members will consider limiting that discussion to agenda items only, district spokeswoman Shawna Currie said. view article arw

Drippings Springs ISD trustees heard reports on a range of topics at their meeting Sept. 23, and discussed the implementation of new and proposed committees and task forces.  view article arw

The next presidential election may be more than a year away, but groups working to get young people in the state civically engaged have been beefing up their operations for a while now. One of those groups, MOVE Texas, has experienced a massive growth in staff, organizers and investments. “Our budget has increased something near 900% in the past two years,” said Charlie Bonner, MOVE’s communications manager. “We are really seeing people start to invest in Texas in a way they never have before.” view article arw

The Austin Independent School District has revised its rules for public comment at school board meetings, reducing the time people are allowed to speak but removing the cap on the number of people allowed to speak on an agenda item.  Previously, only 30 people were allowed to speak during public comment at AISD board meetings, but a law passed in the last legislative session mandates allowing people who want to speak to speak. view article arw

Little Elm ISD is exploring how to implement full-day pre-kindergarten, something that is mandated by the passage of House Bill 3 at this year’s Texas Legislature. view article arw

Local parent Kevin O’Brien asked the Leander Independent School District to make “meaningful inclusion” part of the special education program, prior to the board’s approval to hire 20 additional staff members for the program at a cost of nearly $800,000. This happened at the Sept. 5 board meeting. “I understand that there is going to be about $800,000 going towards special education,” O’Brien said. “I hope that you guys focus not just on hiring more teachers but changing the mindset of what meaningful inclusion is and why it works.”  view article arw