Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and with election precincts being consolidated for this election, it is important for all voters to verify their location before going out to vote. There will be seven polling locations in Magnolia tomorrow, four of which are located in Magnolia ISD schools.  view article arw

Monday night, Austin ISD's Board of Trustees spent four hours asking AISD administrators about the proposed school changes and closures. The updated version of School Changes V2.0 was released Monday afternoon on the district's website. The core of the 57-page document stayed the same. Many of the Trustees' questions revolved around the legacies of the schools that may be consolidated, what incentives are there for new teachers to join AISD at schools that need them most and budgeting issues. view article arw

Heather Cavazos lives about a block away from Oak Springs Elementary School. Two of her kids walk to school there every day. Cavazos is worried about safety around the school because those streets have been in the news before. In 2017, a five-year-old was hit by a car on his way to school. In 2018, a 14-year-old was hit by a truck near the intersection of Webberville Road and Bedford Street. view article arw

Austin district board members are gearing up to vote later this month on a revised plan to close and consolidate certain school campuses, and on Monday night they went over the proposal with a fine-tooth comb. During a board meeting, Austin school district Superintendent Paul Cruz said the newly revised school closures plan — which pared down the number of schools that would be closed soon from 12 to four — was a result from the feedback he and other officials received. view article arw

The one contested seat in this year’s Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees election features candidates who have already faced each other once before. Former Trustee Harry L. Byrd will face former board candidate Jeff Gorres to succeed Bob Weiss, who is not running for reelection. Byrd held the Place 2 Trustee position and was running for reelection last year against Gorres, Shameria Ann Davis and Joseph Leary. Davis won the election with nearly 40% of the vote, followed by Byrd with just over 21% and Gorres with nearly 20%. view article arw

The defense team for a Rio Grande City school trustee that is facing removal from the board presented its initial arguments via a brief filed in court Thursday, arguing the elected official is not incompentent, among other things.The submission follows a canceled hearing late last month to remove Daniel J. Garcia from the Rio Grande City school board. The brief was filed in opposition to Garcia’s temporary removal pending a trial on his final removal, both of which were requested by the state, in this case represented by Starr County Attorney Victor Canales. view article arw

Get ready to cast your ballot because Tuesday is Election Day and thousands of voters are expected to head out to the polls. There are 150 locations where people can cast their votes in Travis County. Nearly 50,000 voters in the county participated in early voting and there's expected to be an even better turnout Tuesday. view article arw

Voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for Houston mayor, city council and controller, along with a Metro bond referendum, a pair of Texas House special elections and assorted races in area municipalities and local utility districts.Voters in Harris County will have the option to cast a ballot in their own precincts or at any of 757 poll locations. Tuesday marks the first November general election in Harris County to utilize the countywide voting locations. view article arw

On Nov. 5, Cy-Fair ISD voters will elect members to the school district’s board of trustees. While three positions are uncontested and occupied by incumbents, one position is being contested by three candidates. Voters will choose their candidate for position 3, which is being contested by Gilbert Sarabia, Ryan Irving Jr. and Natalie Blasingame. view article arw

On Nov. 5, Klein ISD voters will elect a new member to the school district’s board of trustees. Voters will choose their candidate for position 7, which is being contested by Maria Hartmann, Rob Ellis, James Wang, Mary J. Crosby and write-in candidate Rebekah Schlichting. Cathy Arellano, current board member, is running unopposed for position 6 on the board of trustees. view article arw

Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for Election Day on Nov. 5 This year, Tarrant County voters can submit their ballots at any voting center in the county, no matter their residential address. Denton County residents, on the other hand, must look up their precinct’s designated poll based on their address. Voters will be deciding 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, as well as special elections for the Tarrant County College, Keller ISD and the city of Keller.   view article arw

I have received multiple questions from readers in Tomball ISD this month wondering when and if their neighborhoods might be rezoned to a new elementary or junior high campus. Remember this: Nothing is final until the TISD board of trustees votes on the TISD District Zone Committee’s recommendations at a board meeting Dec. 10. view article arw

Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle recently posted her monthly video that reviews the accomplishment of students, teachers and staff members and provides important school district updates.  view article arw

Ella Bell, a longtime member of the Alabama School Board, has died, the Alabama State Department of Education announced Sunday. She was 71. State Superintendent Eric Mackey in a statement called Bell an education icon who "dedicated her life to the betterment of the students of Alabama." view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees has censured board member Erasmo Castro, expressing its disapproval “concerning recent occurrences, some on social media, which have demeaned the board as a whole." The action came at a special-called board meeting on Wednesday during which the board released a statement of disapproval for Castro’s actions. view article arw

Texas Education Agency investigators issued a final recommendation Wednesday urging Commissioner Mike Morath to temporarily replace Houston ISD trustees with a state-appointed governing board, concluding the district’s elected officials engaged in multiple acts of misconduct that warrant stripping them of power. view article arw

A yearlong saga to draw new boundaries in Southwest Austin for Baranoff and Kiker elementary schools came to a final committee vote Oct. 20, with Austin ISD’s Boundary Advisory Committee approving preliminary recommendations for both campuses that—if ultimately approved by district trustees—would go into effect once the new Southwest Elementary School opens for the 2020-21 school year. According to AISD Director of Planning Melissa Laursen, the committee recommended Plan K for both schools. The plan would rezone current Baranoff students in the Greyrock neighborhood and current Kiker students south of SH 45 to the new Southwest Elementary School.   view article arw

Superintendent Demetrus Liggins shared several highlights about Greenville Independent School District on Tuesday at a “State of the District” breakfast co-hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Central to Liggins’ talking points were the district’s efforts to equip students with a variety of “soft skills,” with the intention of helping them learn how to work well with others regardless of how the job market changes due to technological innovations. view article arw

School board members in Brownsville taking action against one of their own. During a meeting Tuesday night, the board disapproved the actions by board member Erasmo Castro. Board members say he broke a new social media regulations recently put in place to safeguard students. Despite the new rule, they say Castro has posted pictures of students on his social media pages without their parents’ permission. view article arw

Four out of nine school board seats in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) are up for election on November 5. Fourteen candidates are running: view article arw

According to Clear Creek ISD surveys sent to district employees and families, high schoolers want later school start times, and families of other grade levels and district employees do not. Since September, the CCISD School Start Time Committee has been considering changing school start times. In CCISD, elementary schools start at 7:55 a.m., intermediate schools start at 8:40 a.m., and high schools start at 7:10 a.m. Modern research shows high school students benefit from starting school as late as 8:30 a.m., officials have said. view article arw

On Nov. 5, the Conroe Independent School District community will have the chance to vote for two bond propositions, together totaling $677.37 million, with the promise of no tax rate increases. Earlier this year, a larger bond proposal was rejected at the ballot box, but the district has restructured its bond proposal and is trying again. One of the biggest changes is that one of the most contentious parts of the original package has been removed and will be voted on in a separate proposition: $23.8 million for artificial turf to be put on district high school fields. view article arw

HALLSVILLE — Hallsville ISD trustees on Monday unanimously approved to sell several old school buses to auction and also approved the purchase of several new ones.  Hallsville ISD Transportation Supervisor Roy Presley told the trustees on Monday that the district can auction off 11 of their oldest buses that are in the worst conditions to an auction company. The 11 buses included some models from 1987 and 1989, while others had cracked frames, Presley said.  “We’re not running as many routes right now and with the opportunity to get new buses, that will still leave us with 13 spare buses,” Presley said. “That leaves us some extras and we used to keep at least 10 for spares.” view article arw

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Bonham ISD was held Monday, October 21, 2019, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Bonham ISD Administration Center, 1005 Chestnut Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. view article arw

Beaumont ISD on Wednesday will interview five candidates to fill a vacancy on the board left by A.B. Bernard, who resigned in September. An appointment originally was slated for the October meeting of the board, but recovery from Tropical Depression Imelda pushed back the timeline, according to district spokeswoman Hannah LeTulle. Bernard’s departure was one of the latest in a series of shakeups for the board, which was taken over by the state in 2014 after a series of financial scandals and other mismanagement. view article arw

During its October 28 Regular Board meeting, Trustees approved attendance boundary modifications for Elementary #43, as well as Jordan, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Taylor and Tompkins high schools.  The boundary changes take effect August 2020. With the construction of Jordan High School (High School #9) and Elementary #43 set to be completed for the 2020-2021 school year, the final ABM recommendation and Board vote came after four months of community feedback, Board discussion and boundary revisions made to the original high school modification presented this past June.  view article arw

A hearing on the petition to remove a Rio Grande City school board trustee was canceled earlier this week due to scheduling conflicts. Daniel J. Garcia, the school board trustee, was set to appear in court on Friday morning for a hearing on the petition that was filed to have him removed from the school board. However, a hearing over the custody of his child was also scheduled for Friday morning. view article arw

Allegations of hostility, harassment and discrimination leveled by a district administrator have nearly divided the Round Rock school board. Sandra Carpenter, who serves as general counsel on the superintendent’s executive leadership team, formally accused board President Chad Chadwell of illegally retaliating against her in the workplace and general mistreating her. She also assessed blame on the board, saying trustees supported Chadwell’s behavior by allowing him to remain president and creating an atmosphere that encourages community members to target — and sometimes discriminate against — administrators. view article arw

Conceptual designs for high school improvements, significant savings for taxpayers and much more were presented during Tuesday’s Denton school board meeting. Perhaps the most visually impressive section of the evening included the renderings of future renovations at Guyer and Ryan high schools. Most renovations and additions will be toward athletic facilities in an effort to bring them up to the level of the new Denton High School, which is currently under construction. view article arw

A showdown between conservative and liberal state activists over the district’s proposed sex education curriculum is expected at Monday night’s Austin school board meeting. Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region is advocating for the district’s new curriculum, and on Wednesday asked supporters to join it in the board room to advocate for the new lesson plans, describing them as “LGBTQ inclusive, science-based, and much-needed.” view article arw

30 Day finance reports: HISD

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The Chron notes that where there are elections there are contributions, even for our diminished HISD Trustees.  The threat of state officials stripping power from Houston ISD trustees has not scared off donors interested in the district’s school board elections, with 13 candidates combining to raise about $210,000 through early October. With about a month before the Nov. 5 general election, candidates running for four school board seats were collecting money at a similar pace as the 2017 election cycle, campaign finance records show. That year, 19 candidates took in about $300,000 with a month remaining before the general election, which featured five regular races and one special election in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Conroe ISD Board Trustee Dale Inman sparked a social media storm this week after he attacked Willis ISD officials on Facebook for having a Houston-area drag queen speak to cosmetology students about makeup application. In dozens of posts, Inman accuses the district of promoting “Harris County alternative lifestyles” in Montgomery County schools and calls on followers to address the school board that having a “homosexual drag queen” speak to students was “unacceptable.” view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees will meet Monday and are expected to discuss the attendance boundaries for Jordan High School. The board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Monday — the open meeting is scheduled to start about 5:30 p.m. — in regular session in the Board Room of the Katy ISD Education Support Complex at 5301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy. view article arw

Local school board members authorized JISD superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly to advertise for bids on a south warehouse property, after identifying it as excess property during their regular meeting on Monday. A minimum bid for the warehouse – located at 2045 S. Jackson St. – was set for $215,000, said Calah Moake, administrative assistant to the superintendent. view article arw

After holding a two-hour hearing in closed session, the Decatur ISD trustees took no action Monday on a Level III grievance filed by Decatur High School teacher and coach Carly Cloud. view article arw