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The Colorado River in Bastrop began spilling over its banks Wednesday night as it surpassed its full stage, according to LCRA river gauges.  At 8:10 p.m. the river measured at 15.23 feet in Bastrop and 10.76 feet in Smithville as floodwaters make their way downstream from the Highland Lakes. The river’s full stage in Bastrop is 14 feet and 10 feet in Smithville. It’s flood stage is 23 feet in Bastrop and 20 feet in Smithville.  The Lower Colorado River Authority said Wednesday it had four floodgates open at Mansfield Dam and expects another four will need to be opened by mid-day Thursday, a record for the dam. Water releases from Lake Travis will cause higher levels in Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River downstream from Austin, the authority said. view article arw

 Flooding has caused Winters ISD to cancel after-school activities and start late Thursday morning. view article arw

Heavy rain in the Hill Country and the subsequent threat of flooding has prompted a number of school districts to delay or cancel classes Tuesday. The Marble Falls Independent School District has canceled classes and all school-related events for Tuesday, Superintendent Chris Allen posted on the district’s Facebook page. view article arw

At least one body has been recovered while authorities carry out rescue efforts and brace for more flooding Tuesday afternoon throughout the Hill Country. Meteorologists say the Llano River, which came close to a record-breaking level Tuesday will crest again at a similar spot Wednesday morning. Deputies with the Burnet County Sheriff's Office removed the body from the floodwaters of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson at about 1 p.m. near Kingsland, according to Spectrum News in Austin. view article arw

A Leander ISD bus driver was arrested Tuesday morning after driving into a Brushy Creek low-water crossing with a middle school student inside the bus. It happened at around 8:30 a.m. on CR 177, heading east from Ronald Reagan Boulevard toward CR 175. The mother of the 12-year-old student on board said her son called her after the bus slid off the narrow road to say "I love you if I don't make it" and that he thought he was going to die. view article arw

Huntsville ISD has plans for NORMAL OPERATIONS on Wednesday, October 17. The district is aware that some areas have been impacted by the flooding more than others. We have identified routes with roads that are closed or unsafe for bus travel, similar to today, which prevents transportation service for those areas. We would like to stress to families, if their home or road is in one of the flooded areas and is currently impassable, to please not take any unnecessary risks getting to school. view article arw

Like so many homeowners and business owners in the area, Corpus Christi ISD also had damage from Hurricane Harvey – just on a much larger scale. view article arw

A University Interscholastic Athletic League appeals board Monday ended Elkhart High School senior Michael Stanczak's year-long battle to play football again and earn a varsity letter in the sport. It was a ridiculous and shameful outcome, created by an unyielding bureaucracy and a few myopic and mean-spirited decisions by UIL officials and school superintendents. Stanczak must wonder what's worse: the brutal beating he took last year in the Palestine High School locker room, or the bureaucratic beatdown he received the last two weeks from the UIL and Crockett Superintendent Terry Myers. view article arw

Leakey ISD has canceled all classes for Tuesday. view article arw

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Huntsville ISD will have a 2-hour delayed start for school Tuesday due to inclement weather. The district says school start times and bus pick-up times will be 2 hours later than the normal times.  The school district will provide updates via its website for updates. view article arw

Corsicana Middle School evacuated

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Emergency personnel responded to Corsicana Middle School Thursday afternoon when smoke was detected in an upstairs room. Numerous fire personnel, police, and American Red Cross all responded.  view article arw

An exploding cellphone has injured a high school student on the bus ride home from school in Maryland. News outlets reports the school bus was bringing students home from Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City on Tuesday afternoon when students pointed out a smoking cellphone laying on the floor to the driver. Authorities believe a student tried to pick up the phone to throw it out of the window and suffered burns. He was treated at a hospital. view article arw

High Island ISD is delaying the start of school Wednesday until 10 a.m. due to high water on SH 87. Superintendent Travis Grubbs says buses will also run 2 hours later than normal. view article arw

“See Something, Say Something” was the key phrase used repeatedly during El Campo ISD’s school safety and security symposium held in conjunction with the City of El Campo Thursday evening in the high school auditorium. A panel consisting of Superintendent Kelly Waters, El Campo High School Principal Demetric Wells and members of law enforcement spoke and answered questions. view article arw

An elementary and middle school on Bolivar Peninsula will start classes later this morning because of high tides stemming from Hurricane Michael. Crenshaw Elementary/Middle School will start at 10 a.m., Galveston Independent School District posted on Twitter.  Recommended Video  The delay will only affect Crenshaw, according to the district. view article arw

An East Texas district filed suit against a risk pool alleging failure to have sufficient funds to pay a claim and for pool mismanagement. Several other districts are having claims paid over a three year period. One coastal district is facing criticism from its taxpayers for selling bonds in order to pay for repairs because its risk pool has failed to pay damage claims. I understand that another district is suing the risk pool manager/insurance broker for TAPS.  view article arw

A North Texas family is devastated after learning their little girl was the student killed in Wednesday’s bus crash in Mesquite. Scorched school books and supplies mark the spot of the crash along Lawson Road in Mesquite.  There is also a growing memorial of flowers, balloons and a doll.  The school bus crash and fire claimed the life of 12-year-old Jazmine Alfaro Villarreal. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1 billion to Texas cities, counties and certain nonprofits affected by Hurricane Harvey.  The Public Assistance grant program has reimbursed eligible applicants for more than 2,100 projects since Hurricane Harvey made landfall last year. A recent grant of more than $45 million to the Humble Independent School District pushed the obligations over the $1 billion mark. view article arw

It was an emotional, traumatic day for dozens of Terry Middle School students after losing one of their classmates in a bus crash Wednesday. The crash report includes four witness statements and points to the bus driver’s actions. All of the witnesses indicated a bus driving off the roadway, then crashing when the driver, John Johnson tried to avoid hitting an oncoming car. The bus tipped over, sliding violently into a utility pole. view article arw

A Mesquite ISD middle-schooler died after she was trapped in an overturned school bus that crashed and burned Wednesday on her way home from school, according to a police report. The victim was identified Thursday as 12-year-old Jazmine Alfaro. Police said the girl's next of kin had been notified, and her aunt also named her in social media posts. view article arw

An accident report released by the Mesquite Police Department Thursday provides some insight into a school bus crash that killed a 12-year-old girl Wednesday afternoon. Jazmine Alfaro Villarreal, 12, was trapped onboard the bus after it crashed along Lawson Road shortly before 4 p.m Wednesday. At least one person tried to free the Terry Middle School student, but was unable to do so before being pulled away. view article arw

Between five and six inches of rain fell in parts of Grimes County over the weekend, causing minor flooding and additional damage to the Navasota ISD Brule Elementary campus. “As early as Saturday, crews were addressing the leaking roof,” said NISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations Ronnie Gonzalez, who acknowledged that the leaking roof has been an ongoing concern for the campus. Some parents took to social media Monday morning, expressing concern about the smell of mildew and the wet, broken ceiling tiles that were visible when they dropped their students off for classes. view article arw

In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Principal Jonathan Trinh feared the worst for his Houston high school. He took in a hundred new pupils displaced by the storm, his students' overwhelmingly low-income families were struggling with lost jobs and other distractions, and Trinh worried this would be the year that test scores sank enough to make his Wisdom High School a target for state intervention. view article arw

To make up for the time lost this week due to last Friday’s flooding, Decatur High School will add 15 minutes to the school day, starting Monday when students return. High school students will now be dismissed at 3:50 p.m. for the remainder of the school year. “Looking at options, this was the least disruptive,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “This way, no planned holidays are affected.” By adding the 15 minutes for the remaining 140 days, the district will make up 2,100 minutes. The school lost 2,275 mintues this week with the campus closed from Monday through Friday. view article arw

Two children and the driver on board a Richardson ISD school bus are okay after it overturned in a crash Friday morning, police say. Police are investigating the crash involving the bus and another vehicle at West Campbell Road and Custer Road. Richardson ISD says the two children were pre-Kindergarten students at Spring Creek Elementary. view article arw

No students were injured Monday morning after a school bus in Burnet rolled onto its side following a collision, officials said. According to officials, Bus 101 with Burnet Consolidated Independent School District was hit from behind while traveling on Highway 29. None of the students reported injuries, but the school bus monitor was taken to a hospital with a shoulder injury, the district said. view article arw

Decatur High School will be closed through Friday after last week’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building. The district originally called off classes at the campus through Wednesday, but canceled the rest of the week after meeting with its restoration company Monday. “It’s a safety precaution,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “We want to be sure everything is dried out and get it as normal as we can before we have students back in there. We didn’t want people up there with a bunch of ceiling tiles out.” view article arw

School officials feared that thousands of students would flee Houston-area school districts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. With thousands of flooded homes, dozens of damaged campuses and thousands of water rescues, some education leaders reasoned in the days after the storm that students and their families would opt to relocate to areas untouched by Harvey's record rainfalls. view article arw

A North Carolina school superintendent says two of the six schools in his system will have to be demolished because of water damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Jones County School Superintendent Michael Bracy said Jones Middle and Trenton Elementary schools received at least 3 feet (0.9 meters) of water in portions of the respective buildings. view article arw

Some parents in Fort Bend County say they are fed up with their kids coming home from school sick and tired due to air conditioning units that keep breaking. On Monday, several classrooms didn’t have working units, and kids say they spent the day miserably hot. “It was really hot,” said 5th grader Jonas Pechacek. “And, like, kids kept on having to go get water, like, every five minutes, and we kind of felt nauseous.” view article arw

Decatur HS to be closed through Friday

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The district originally called off classes at the campus through Wednesday, but canceled the rest of the week after meeting with its restoration company Monday. “It’s a safety precaution,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “We want to be sure everything is dried out and get it as normal as we can before we have students back in there. We didn’t want people up there with a bunch of ceiling tiles out.” view article arw

Decatur High School will be closed Monday through Wednesday after Friday’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building. One of the drains on top of the school collapsed sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym, according to Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. view article arw

In the wake of school shootings nationwide, Central Texas school districts are focused on ensuring safety this school year. Most are reviewing their security procedures; some are hiring more safety personnel and some are adding new technology like security vestibules that allow visitors to be screened. One district — Moody — plans to arm its staff members. view article arw

LEAKEY, Texas - Schools in Leakey Independent School District and Utopia Independent School District will start class later than normal on Monday.  Leakey said they made the decision "out of an over abundance of caution" amid inclement weather. view article arw

Due to potential heavy rains because of the tropical disturbance approaching the area, Weslaco ISD will be releasing students early today. view article arw