SCHOOL INSURANCE NEWSLETTER

January 2008:41 AM
 

There have been no significant changes since last reported, but prepare for increases in your next budget. view article arw

At first, it was just a few Northside ISD staff members who went to the district's IT department, concerned about some random emails from strangers with attachments they were afraid to open. Back in August, school district officials thought maybe just a few NISD email accounts had been compromised but brought in a computer forensics team just to be sure, says district spokesman Barry Perez. As the team investigated, the problem kept ballooning. By last month, Perez says, the district had learned that personal information of some 23,000 current and former students and staff — like addresses and social security numbers — had been exposed during the security breach. view article arw

Sixty-five 4th and 5th grade students were taken to Cleveland Emergency Hospital after the school bus they were riding on ran into a ditch, and rolled onto its right side. The accident happened at about 4p.m. Wednesday on FM 1010 near County Road 325, according to Cleveland ISD police Chief Rex Evans. view article arw

The personal information of thousands may have been compromised by a security breach in San Antonio’s largest school district, only it happened in August and the affected students and staffers are first learning about it now. Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods sent letters in late December to roughly 23,000 former and current students plus employees about a hack that might have put their personal online data at risk, KSAT reported. In the correspondence, Woods wrote the district “immediately took steps to secure the email accounts and launched an investigation to determine whether any sensitive information was accessed or acquired.” He also stated that Northside ISD reported the incident to the proper law enforcement agencies. view article arw

A Cleveland I.S.D. bus with students on board was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon. Officials say a bus transporting students from Eastside Elementary was involved in an accident at FM 1010 near Plum Grove Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday. view article arw

Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan suffered damage after the main ceiling water line broke. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD's police department is now among a small but growing number of school-related law enforcement agencies to employ body cameras -- a relatively new technology that records officers' interactions with the public. David Rider, chief of the Fort Bend ISD Police Department, wrote in a recent email to parents that the cameras were given to officers in mid-November after a year of testing and planning. He wrote that the camera purchases came after "disturbing reports of use of force" had circulated across national and social media. view article arw

A district spokesman said one student brought two water bottles to school that contained tea mixed with alcohol. view article arw

One of Sweetwater ISD’s agriculture barns burned late Wednesday, killing 10 pigs, Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden said Thursday. view article arw

Almost two months have passed since the West Brook High Schoolbaseball field house was burglarized and the Beaumont ISD police department still doesn't have a suspect, chief Rob Flores said on Wednesday. view article arw

A former Edgewood Independent School District student is suing the district nearly three years after she became pregnant with the child of a Memorial High School teacher. view article arw

Seven years ago, David Rider made a goal when he became chief of police of the Fort Bend ISD department to build positive relationships with the community. In November, Rider outfitted his 55 officers with body cameras as a way to increase accountability of his department. The Taser Axon cameras will cost the department $245,000 for a five-year contract that includes access to cloud-based video-evidence storage and 57 cameras – one for each officer plus two spares in case of malfunction. The money for the cameras came out of the school district’s general fund. view article arw

Judson ISD tackles spate of break-ins

November 2908:21 AM
 

The Judson Independent School District will spend $580,000 to ramp up security at its buildings after recent break-ins at its schools and the apprehension of some of those involved. Steve Linscomb, Judson ISD spokesman, addressed the six school break-ins over the past six weeks that were reported to JISD board trustees during their Nov. 17 meeting. During an executive session, the board met to approve “the deployment or implementation of security personnel or devices” in the district, in an attempt to ward off further crime. view article arw

 A 17-year-old Vista Ridge High School student is facing an Arson charge after police say she set fire a toilet paper dispenser in the girls bathroom. view article arw

Described as “a senseless act of cruelty,” in mid-July 29 goats were shot at the Lubbock ISD Ag Barn. Most died from their wounds, others were euthanized later. It was n unthinkable crime whose perpetrators have still not been brought to justice. Then in August, an additional 10 goats were killed in what appeared to be a dog attack.  Fundraising work is in progress to recover from the attacks. I spoke with Jacey Lester, the Head Chairman for the Texas Tech Alpha Zeta Fundraiser and a former Monterey Ag student, about an opportunity to help raise money so future incidents like these can be avoided. view article arw

On the closing day of testimony in former long-time HISD trustee Larry Marshall's bribery trial in civil Federal Court, surprise witness and former superintendent Terry Grier arrived to take the stand to defend Marshall, once a power-broker on the board.   view article arw

At Monday night's Board of Trustee's meeting, David Garcia, CFO for the Midland Independent School District says around 1800 employees will get to choose to either stay in the Care I health insurance plan where the district pays 100%, or upgrade to the Care II plan also known as the Buy Up Plan where employees are given more benefits but will have to pay $70 per month. view article arw

The Alief Independent School District plans to replace band equipment after a thief stole nearly $200,000 worth of instruments from two different high schools.   view article arw

Around Halloween, the Elsik High School band director noticed the first instrument missing. "At first, we thought maybe a student took it," said Brenda Corral-Smith, the band director. "Maybe he took it home and a brother or sister broke it and didn't want to tell us." She began questioning the students, but none of them confessed to any wrongdoing. The director's suspicions did not begin to rise until football season ended and she started changing out instruments in the storage room to use for the upcoming concert season. view article arw

No one was injured when a Ponder ISD school bus burst into flames Friday afternoon in a mobile home park on Hereford Drive, just north of Dish. Witnesses said about a dozen students, ranging from preschool to high school age, safely exited the bus before the engine caught fire at roughly 3:30 p.m. Students from Ponder High School, Ponder Middle School and Ponder Elementary School all use Ponder ISD buses, according to parents and witnesses. view article arw

Alief ISD police are searching for a suspect who stole thousands of dollars worth of band instruments from area high schools, according to KTRK. view article arw

It is the first day of class for T.A. Brown Elementary students at their new schools. While the semester started back in August, deep structural issues forced Austin ISD leaders to suddenly close the North Austin school on Nov. 3. Last week, engineers discovered potentially dangerous issues with the nearly 60-year-old building, including a sinking floor that threatened to collapse. view article arw

School administrators in Pflugerville are investigating after a football stadium was trashed and tagged by vandals over the weekend. view article arw

A Cy-Fair ISD school bus had a little trouble this morning when it ran off the road, crashing into a ditch. The accident happened on Langfield Road near West Tidwell in north Harris County. HPD says the bus slipped into the ditch, but there didn't appear to be any injuries to the driver or the children on board. School officials say 51 third and fifth grade students from Holbrook Elementary School were headed to the nature trails for a field trip when the accident happened. view article arw

In a post on the booster club's Facebook page the night before, president Randy Easonwrote that the organization "recently became aware that all of its funds are missing from the organization's accounts." view article arw

How safe is Amarillo ISD?

November 0208:25 AM
 

Amarillo ISD has been spending millions on security-improvement projects in an effort to improve campus safety. view article arw

A bond insurance company filed suit against Robstown ISD in June alleging the district added to a project upgrading Robstown High School and overpayed a construction company more than $1.5 million, according to court documents. The Hanover Insurance Group, based in Massachusetts, is seeking to be discharged from any liability on its performance bond issued for upgrades to Robstown High School. The project was being executed by construction company Texas Descon, L.P., which voluntarily defaulted on the project last year because of “financial difficulties,” according to court documents. view article arw

Judson ISD Police confirmed that three suspects were taken into custody for the vandalism that occurred at the elementary school. Authorities said that two males in the ninth grade and one female eight grader were placed into custody and were charged with Criminal Mischief. Officials confirm that damages caused to the school estimated to be about $5,000. view article arw

An Austin ISD bus driver was injured Tuesday afternoon after crashing into a mailbox in southwest Austin. At around 4:15 p.m., first responders were called to the 6800 block of Fence Line Drive, near William Cannon Drive, for reports of a crash. The bus driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. view article arw

An insurance carrier for the West school system lost its second bid Monday to have a lawsuit dismissed in a dispute over the amount the company paid West schools after the April 2013 blast that devastated much of West.  The trial of the case in which the West Independent School District is suing Argonaut Insurance Co. and Trident Insurance Services, is set to begin Monday in Waco’s 170th State District Court.  In a pretrial hearing Monday, Judge Jim Meyer denied motions from attorneys for Argonaut and Trident to dismiss all or part of the lawsuit. He denied similar requests in December.  West ISD’s claims are not part of the massive West explosion litigation involving more than 200 plaintiffs, an apartment complex, nursing home and the city of West, which also are being handled by Meyer. However, Argonaut and Trident have subrogation claims pending in the other lawsuits, asking to recoup the almost $30 million it paid the West school system. view article arw

North American Solutions (NAS), a leading provider of insurance and risk management services for public entities, is excited to announce that Michelle Faust, currently Director, Safety & Risk Management at Round Rock ISD, will be joining the NAS team in January. view article arw

A teen who was severely bruised in a "brutal and excessive" nightstick attack by a Pasadena ISD school resource officer has settled his federal lawsuit for $60,000. Cesar Suquet Jr. was 16 in May 2014 when he went to the principal's office at South Houston High School to retrieve his cell phone, which had been confiscated earlier that day. His request was declined and he was told to leave. view article arw

Garland ISD was one of just 10 districts statewide recently honored by The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The district’s Risk Management Department earned a 2015 TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Award for its creative safety video campaign. view article arw

Abilene ISD board approved the bid on Monday evening at its agenda review meeting. Construction coordinator for the district, Joe Humphrey, says Martinez Elementary took the brunt of the storm. view article arw

Three students from Stehlik Intermediate School in the Aldine Independent School District were taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning after a minor collision with a cement mixer. The wreck happened about 8 a.m. on West Road at Deer Trail Drive as the bus was transporting students to the school at 400 West Road, a school district spokeswoman said. The school is just west of Interstate 45. view article arw