June 1 marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November. While hurricanes can occur at any time of year, they are most frequent in August, September and October – not surprising, since they derive their energy from warm ocean waters. An above-average hurricane season is in store, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday as they updated their outlook for the 2017 Atlantic season. view article arw

85 (R) HB 3976

May 2608:33 AM

An act relating to the administration of and benefits payable under the Texas Public School Retired Employees Group Benefits Act. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas: Section 1.  Section 1575.002, Insurance Code, is amended by amending Subdivision (5) and adding Subdivisions (5-a) and (5-b) to read as follows: view article arw

Burnet school district officials were probably expecting to get more than two years from the synthetic turf installed at Bulldog Field in 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s now set the district back $150,000. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett, however, said the district is looking to get $105,000 back from one manufacturer. Last year, officials noticed some turf fibers sticking up higher than others, so they took a closer look, McBurnett said. “To most people, it probably wasn’t noticeable,” he said. “We had all the experts look at the field, and they looked at the backside. It needed to be replaced.” view article arw

This morning, all Sealy ISD schools and offices are closed as cleanup continues, according to the district's Facebook page. And Brazos ISD announced that they will delay the start of classes until 10 a.m. view article arw

Classes at Skidmore-Tynan ISD have been canceled this morning as crews work to clean up damage left behind from Tuesday nights storms. view article arw

After cleaning and repairing the damage to our facilities sustained from Sunday's storm, United ISD classes and department work schedules will resume on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 with the exception of Washington Middle School.  Students who attend Washington Middle will not have classes; however, teachers and staff members assigned to that school shall report to the campus. read more arw

In response to a tragic bus crash that claimed the life of an Irvin High School track coach, the El Paso Independent School District's board of trustees this week unanimously approved paid leave for employees who are involved in a catastrophic event while working. Irvin High track coach Arcadio Duran Jr. was killed last month after a truck slammed into a charter bus transporting district athletes and coaches home from a track meet in Lubbock. Ten other EPISD employees were on the bus but district officials declined to say how many were injured. view article arw

United ISD will cancel all classes and close all departments for Monday, May 22, 2017 due to the heavy rains sustained in the Laredo area.  Schools will be closed to all students and staff members, with the exception of custodians, principals, and supporting administrators, who will assess the school buildings and surrounding facilities for rain and hail damage. Additionally, bus transportation will not be available.  A SchoolMessenger notice has been sent to all parents and employees informing them of this information as well.  The districtwide school closure is only expected to be in effective for Monday, May 22nd and regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. For more information, parents may call the District Police Dispatch 24-hour phone number at 956-473-6361. read more arw

Fruitvale ISD announced on Facebook classes were canceled for the remainder of the year for high school students Friday afternoon, due to damage caused by tornadoes that hit East Texas in April. Tornado damage in the high school could not be corrected without tearing the walls, to remove moisture in the building according to the district. Every classroom with an outer wall will need repairing. view article arw

Brianna Garza, 18, wasn’t planning to have a baby girl.  When she found out last fall, she notified her school and became involved in the School-Age Parenting Program at North East Independent School District, which provides a support system for pregnant teens, connects them to community resources and teaches them when they can no longer attend classes.  On Tuesday, the program added one more service: free “baby boxes” to expectant and recent mothers — small, portable cribs that contain diapers, wipes, nursing pads, clothes and other items. view article arw

Bandera High School canceled classes Tuesday May 16, due to a water-line break, according to the high school's website. view article arw

Dallas ISD is facing questions about the way district police officers handled two incidents last week, including one in which an officer is seen on video body-slamming a 12-year-old girl. In grainy footage, two girls are seen fighting at Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L Academy when the officer steps in and separates them. The officer then picks up the girl and slams her to the ground, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported. view article arw

"It was one of those calls that you're just not prepared for", says EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera. The call came in early Sunday morning, Cabrera says he knew getting a phone call at that time from the athletic director probably wasn't a good situation. It was then that Cabrera learned one of the district's rented charter buses had been involved in a crash with a wrong way driver. The students were coming back late at night from a regional track meet in Lubbock. "So they're counting heads, counting bodies, making sure they have everybody", says Cabrera. But somebody was missing, Coach Archie Duran. Everyone hoping Coach Duran had been left behind at an earlier pit stop. Around three or four in the morning, they realized he had been on the bus. Later, Duran's body was found. view article arw

Over the last two years, a woman appointed to keep track of the money for a North Texas high school band booster club stole nearly $50,000, police say. Kirsten Meyer, 38, confessed to police that she spent the Alvarado High School band booster club's money on personal items and bills, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5). The club's former treasurer said she began taking money in 2015. Meyer also told police that the amount she had taken had become "bigger than she could handle." She repaid the Alvarado Band Booster Club $22,000, police said. Meyer faces one charge of theft from a nonprofit, a second-degree felony. view article arw

Do you remember your senior year in high school? The prom, or maybe that last band concert? Well, the tornadoes of April 29 took away many things, including several events leading up to senior graduation in Fruitvale. Students went back to school Monday with just a few weeks to go. Senior Halle Smith and Fruitvale Principal Charles Harford shared stories of the night of the tornado from the water damaged band hall. She said her prom date and another couple went to Tyler to have dinner before the prom when they found out about the tornado. view article arw

FRUITVALE, TX (KLTV) - For the first time since a tornado ripped through Fruitvale, school is back in session. Teachers began working last Thursday, but today was the first day students were back in attendance.  Charles Harford has been the junior high and high school principal at Fruitvale for about five years. He says he’s had a little experience with a disaster in Louisiana.  “I had Katrina. Not the actual effects, but the school I was at was an evacuation point,” Harford said.  But he says he hasn’t experienced anything like a tornado across the street from the school. view article arw

No one injuries were reported when a car rear-ended a Hudson ISD school bus that had been stopped at a red light Tuesday afternoon. view article arw

 Frank Elementary in Klein ISD will be closed Monday due to an overnight fire. Firefighters responded at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday after heavy smoke and fire were reported in the cafeteria area. Classes will be canceled for at least one day, with STARR testing on hold. view article arw

Classes have been cancelled at Frank Elementary in Klein ISD after a fire overnight. The fire began around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the ceiling above the school's cafeteria, according to a district spokesperson. It is unknown what caused the fire, the extent of the damage or how long the closure may last. STAAR testing for the day will be rescheduled. Third and fourth graders had been scheduled to take the math portion of the statewide test. view article arw

Frank Elementary in Klein ISD was closed Monday due to an overnight fire. Firefighters responded at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday after heavy smoke and fire were reported in the cafeteria area of the school. Officials believe a light shorted out, sparking the fire. view article arw

Storm damage! The school's full post is shown below:  "Please report and send out that we will not be able to have school Thursday- we met all morning trying to work it out, but all the high school is uninhabitable currently. We need more time to be safely ready for kids.  We are going to have all staff report back to work tomorrow again regular hours.  I wish we could predict more of what the timeline is for recovery, but right now we are unable to do so." view article arw

According to the Buna ISD superintendent, the library at the Junior High School campus is the only place where water got inside. The school says the water was a result of sewage backing up from the heavy rains.  view article arw

By Sunday morning many East Texans were looking for ways to help tornado victims, from collecting and donating water, to sending meals to badly hit areas. Representatives with the Salvation Army were stationed at the Canton ISD Junior High, where they served meals to first responders. view article arw

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas (CBS11) – The tornadoes that tore through North East Texas last weekend left a miles long path of destruction. But, the aftermath didn’t stop at despair. There’s also a new resolve to be prepared for the next time. view article arw

Canton ISD will be closed May 2, 2017 but will resume classes Wednesday, May 3, 2017 starting at 9:00 a.m. read more arw

Neighbors in one East Austin community are upset and worried after police say someone intentionally set a nearby playground on fire. Police were called at about 9:15 p.m. on Saturday to Oak Springs Elementary located on Webberville Road in east Austin. Neighbors say they could smell burning plastic and heard a big explosion when fire crews got there. view article arw

Two people were killed and nearly three dozen were injured in a two vehicle accident in far West Texas early Sunday morning. The accident occurred on US Highway 62/180 in Hudspeth County, approximately 4 miles west of Dell City, around midnight, Mountain Daylight Time. According to the DPS, a Chevrolet pickup truck crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with an El Paso ISD chartered school bus. view article arw

San Marcos CISD temporarily closed its only Pre-K school after a fast-moving storm flooded the school Tuesday afternoon. The district said it called and emailed parents about the canceled classes at Bonham Pre-K, as damage response teams started a 3-day cleanup Wednesday.One of the district’s assistant superintendents, Monica Ruiz-Mills, said all but three or four classrooms were flooded as the storm moved through the area. Students were still in class. view article arw

Attorneys for the Arlington Independent School District are firing back against a lawsuit claiming they haven't properly addressed mysterious illnesses at Nichols Junior High School. There have been more than 500 complaints of illness there since September 2016. view article arw

Twenty-three BISD Charlton-Pollard Elementary School fourth-grade students were taken to area hospitals Wednesday following a three-vehicle bus crash in Lumberton. view article arw

 A lawsuit seeking up to $200,000 in damages has been brought against West Orange Cove Independent School District for a bus crash that happen two years ago. Amy Hoosier, individually and on behalf of a minor, filed the suit March 22 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the lawsuit, on March 31, 2015, the minor was a passenger on a WOCISD bus when the driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way when changing lanes, causing a crash with another vehicle. view article arw

Texas weather - js Up to 8 inches of snow fell in the Texline area Tuesday, making travel hazardous and closing schools.  Texline Independent School District dismissed students at noon due to the weather, superintendent Jody Johnson said. Weather permitting, school will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Johnson said, and buses will run only on pavement. view article arw

News 8 has confirmed Dallas FBI agents are looking into purchasing irregularities at the Dallas Independent School District. Eleven days ago, WFAA first reported the findings of a DISD internal investigation into allegations purchasing laws had been violated. Three top administrators, including the head of purchasing, were either fired or forced to resign from the district. All of it over a $5-million technology contract that was never put out for competitive bids. view article arw

La Vernia Independent School District will hold their first school board meeting since 10 students were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting their teammates. Superintendent Jose Moreno has refused to discuss the matter on camera with News 4 but is scheduled to take questions from the media tonight.The meeting will open as usually and then a public forum will take place.  view article arw