MISSION — Students and community members speaking at a special meeting of the Sharyland school board Wednesday confronted trustees about a hazing incident allegedly involving the Pioneer High School swim team.  One of the speakers who addressed the board was Sharyland Pioneer senior Nancey Ramones, 18, who says she’s close to the victim.  Speaking to The Monitor, Ramones, who joined a chorus of concern from other students and sources who’ve recently spoken to the newspaper under anonymity for fear of repercussions, described the hazing as sexual in nature. view article arw

BELLAIRE, Texas — Classes will resume at Bellaire High School Thursday as police continue to investigate a shooting that left one student dead. There will be extra HISD police officers on and around the campus, HISD said in a statement.  Crisis counselors will be available for students and staff for as long as they are needed. view article arw

A few more details - js - A school district in Manor, Texas, was caught in a phishing email scam that cost $2.3 million in losses.  Investigators with the Manor Police Department and the FBI are following "strong leads" to figure out how a massive amount of money was sucked out of the Manor Independent School District, according to a news release. view article arw

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote to President Donald Trump on Monday, asking him to issue a presidential disaster declaration in response to October storms that tore through Texas, including a tornado outbreak in the Dallas area.  Such a declaration is needed to release millions of dollars in federal relief funds. Abbott’s request seeks support for Dallas County, as well as Cameron County in South Texas and Erath County in Central Texas.  “The State of Texas is committed to ensuring the people of Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties have the resources they need to continue rebuilding the public infrastructure,” Abbott said in a statement. “With the help of our federal partners, these communities can rebuild quickly and gain access to important recovery resources. I ask that the President swiftly grant this request in order to expedite valuable support to these counties.” view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 15-year-old student in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) is accused of bringing a gun to a high school basketball game and opening fire, now administrators are making big safety changes.  It was just after 9 p.m. on January 11 at the Ellis Davis Field House. South Oak Cliff was taking on Kimball and the game was in the 4th quarter. It was then that a situation off the court came inside the arena. view article arw

Officials with the Carroll Independent School District says two buses, maintenance equipment, a scoreboard, and support facilities at Carroll High School were vandalized Sunday.  CISD says they found graffiti with inappropriate language, racial slurs, vulgar words and images. They say damage left behind was “extensive.” view article arw

KARNACK — Karnack ISD suffered significant damage during a weekend storm that rolled through East Texas late Friday and early Saturday, though the school now has electricity back on and is in session, Karnack ISD Superintendent Amy Dickson said on Monday.  “Karnack ISD has significant storm damage, but thankfully, to areas where we can work around,” Dickson said. “Our T-shirt machine portable building room, the playground equipment, fencing around the property, the roof, and the greenhouse suffered damage.” view article arw

More than two years after Tropical Storm Harvey flooded their campuses, hundreds of students at two Southeast Texas school districts still attend class in portable buildings as plans to get them back into permanent structures languish under federal review. view article arw

A decision must be made quickly if Dallas ISD’s tornado-damaged schools are to reopen by the 2022 school year, Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. To that end, district administrators briefed trustees this week on options to move forward for the trio of North Dallas campuses severely damaged by tornadoes on Oct. 20: Thomas Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary. view article arw

More than $4 million to repair roads and sewers damaged by Tropical Storm Harvey is headed to Southeast Texas. Groves and China are the most-recent local beneficiaries of the federal disaster recovery funds, which are being administered by the Texas General Land Office. The just over $4 million was allocated to fix a lift station, which moves raw sewage when gravity can’t, and sections of 10 streets across the two cities. view article arw

Protecting students from school shooters means sheltering young children from the world’s horrors while ensuring they are prepared for an emergency. This fragile balance will fall upon the shoulders of Louise ISD officials as they tackle school safety training this semester. view article arw

El Campo ISD starting new tip line

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The “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System,” providing an online tip submission form, phone hot line and app in efforts to prevent youth violence, will be launched by El Campo ISD by early February, officials say.  “Adding this system to the reporting methods we currently have will hopefully make reporting issues and concerns more comfortable to the tipster,” ECISD instructional technology specialist Chris Skinner said. “Anyone wishing to report a concern would be able to choose the platform that they feel most comfortable using.” view article arw

RIO VISTA, Texas - A North Texas 911 agency launched a project that it hopes will be a game-changer for emergency response.  The North Central Texas Emergency Communications District is using drones to create 3D models of certain areas. The hope is that first responders will be able to tell exactly where callers or threats are right down to the floor a person is on. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two Klein ISD students have been arrested and charged with felony arson after setting off a firework inside Klein Forest High School.  Four students were injured in the blast aftermath.  Because the suspects are juveniles, their names will not be released.   Authorities were called to the campus for a possible explosion around 1 p.m. Tuesday. view article arw

Today, January 7, 2020, an incident occurred at Klein Forest High School. We believe it is important to keep you informed about our district.  The incident is still under investigation, but it is believed that an aerial firework placed in a container was discharged at approximately 1 p.m. Klein ISD Police Officers on duty at the campus immediately responded and began executing the emergency operations plan. Students and staff evacuated the building immediately and all students and staff are safe. view article arw

Dallas ISD administrators thought that insurance would cover all but the $2 million deductible to replace three schools heavily damaged by the Oct. 20 tornado. A recent school board briefing revealed that might not be the case.  And the news wasn’t much better for the city of Dallas, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency is only counting about $32.7 million of the estimated expenses, far below the $38.4 million threshold required for a presidential disaster declaration. view article arw

During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of properties behind two federally owned reservoirs flooded. On Tuesday, the United States Court of Federal Claims ruled that the government was liable for the flooding and that property owners are eligible for damages.  Houston's natural vulnerability to flooding — worsened by development that officials left unchecked for decades — was exposed like never before in 2017, when Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas and turned into a tropical storm that lingered for days over America's fourth-largest city. One of the starkest examples emerged on the west side of town, where thousands of flooded-out Houstonians learned that their homes and businesses were located inside federally owned flood control reservoirs. view article arw

Preparing for a crisis

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Every eye focused on Paul Uttley as he began describing the day he didn’t expect to encounter during the hectic summer preparation before the August start of school.  A call relaying the message that a man was spotted on campus with a gun sprung the Paradise ISD superintendent into action, making sure athletes, band members and cheerleaders on campus were safe. For the next six hours, until the man was eventually found in a gym wall and the threat ended, Uttley, his administrators and responding law enforcement found themselves reacting to a constantly-changing crisis. view article arw

Nearly three decades ago, the federal government issued a somber warning.  America’s scrap tires had to go somewhere without gobbling up landfill space. Billions of cast-off tires already had accumulated in ugly stockpiles and millions more were  “scattered in ravines, deserts, woods, and empty lots,” sparking toxic fires that burned for months, the Environmental Protection Agency declared in a 1991 report. view article arw

Any extracurricular events scheduled on campuses throughout the district are also cancelled until further notice.  Marshall Independent School District is releasing students early on Thursday and canceling classes for Friday due to an extended boil water advisory.  Marshall ISD will be releasing students from all elementary campuses at 11 a.m. and from secondary campuses at 11:30 a.m. Buses will run on their schedules according to the new release times. view article arw

Classes were canceled Wednesday at two Texas schools because of a large fire burning at a recycling plant. Dallas TV station WFAA reported that the fire broke out early Wednesday at the Oak Cliff Metals Recycling Plan in Waxahachie, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Dallas. view article arw

An East Texas student is being praised as a hero after her school bus driver had a medical emergency while driving! Olivia Boggs attends Jacksonville ISD, and when the school bus she was riding veered off the road, She said she knew something was wrong. The school district said the driver’s medical emergency caused him to hit a guardrail, and that’s when Boggs stepped up. view article arw

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017, floodwaters marooned Christine Lopez at her cousin’s house for six days. The scene when she returned to her ranch-style home in Friendswood was devastating; at least 5 feet of water had ruined her family’s car, furniture, photos and documents and much of the house itself. More than two years later, Lopez and her husband and 13-year-old son are still living in an RV while they make repairs to the house. The 50-year-old insurance saleswoman is hoping for help from a federally funded disaster recovery program that will stop accepting applicants at the end of the month. view article arw

A report on employee benefits is on the agenda for the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees workshop set for 6 p.m. today (Tuesday) in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Gregory Nelson said it relates to health insurance. Nelson said a copay option is now available to employees, which was the major change. He added that the district had not offered insurance with a copayment option for a number of years. view article arw

A stove fire at Reeces Creek Elementary School was extinguished by a school staff member without damaging the campus, Killeen school district officials said Thursday. “This evening around 5:00 p.m. there was a small fire in the teacher’s lounge area of the building. It was quickly put out by a staff member with a fire extinguisher and the Killeen Fire Department was called as part of our safety protocol,” said Taina Maya, Killeen Independent School District spokeswoman. view article arw

No school today for Rogers ISD

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School has been canceled Thursday for Rogers ISD students due to a water line break in town, according to a post on the Rogers ISD Facebook page. "Due to a main water line break in town, with no timetable of repair, Rogers ISD will not be able to have school today. All out of town extra curricular events will continue as scheduled. Please help us spread the word. We will send a school messenger notice soon," the post said. view article arw

A teacher at Tornillo High School has been arrested on accusations of having "improper relationships with students," sheriff's officials said Wednesday. Andres Soliz, 32, was being held Wednesday in the El Paso County Detention Facility on $40,000 bond. He was charged with two felony counts of improper relationship between educator and student. Court documents obtained by ABC-7 contend that Soliz sent and solicited repeated sexually explicit text messages with two boys last month; the mothers of those students became aware of the "inappropriate" messages and brought them to the attention of the principal. view article arw

Interesting read and there are pictures. - js - HOUSTON, Texas — The indoor swimming pool is the only water Humble ISD wants to see inside Kingwood High School.  Believe it or not, fish ended up in the pool during Hurricane Harvey when water swamped the entire campus.  "There was five feet of water in here," said Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen. "I’m a little more than that, so, it would’ve been almost over my head.” view article arw

Port Neches-Groves ISD had a 95% districtwide attendance rate on its second first-day back after twice canceling school following the Nov. 27 TPC Group explosion, officials say.  “Right now we are doing OK,” Superintendent Mike Gonzales said Monday. “We haven’t heard of any issues whatsoever, but I am sure there is still concerns out there. We are doing the best we can.”  When a monitor near TPC Group detected a large concentration of 1,3-butadiene Wednesday afternoon, the district canceled classes for the remainder of the week — one day after returning for the first time after the initial blast. view article arw

Three people — teenagers but adults in the eyes of the law — have been charged in connection with graffiti at Johnson High School in October. view article arw

"No air quality issues have been discovered at any of our campuses."  Port Neches-Groves ISD will resume classes on Monday after canceling school part of last week when high levels of butadiene were detected.   Julie Gauthier, PNG ISD assistant superintendent for administrative services, announced on social media Sunday that district officials are confident that the air quality issue "has been resolved".  view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District has changed its plans to rebuild the three schools severely damaged by the tornados that hit Dallas in late October.   view article arw

It has been more than six weeks since tornadoes tore through North Texas and displaced hundreds of families. In many cases, there has been little to no positive movement in getting those families back into their homes. Families are maneuvering through insurance claims and adjusters and contractors and that can often take time. view article arw

PORT NECHES, Texas — Officials say levels of 1, 3-Butadiene have been "greatly reduced to non-irritating amounts" in Port Neches in the area of the TPC Group plant. The voluntary evacuation and shelter in place have been lifted, according to the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.  In a Thursday afternoon news conference, officials with the Chemical Safety Board said worker's descriptions of events leading up to the explosions are consistent with a butadiene release. CSB teams can do a full investigation once the area is stable and safe. They goal for the group is to 'determine the root cause' for the explosions.  view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District has changed its plans to rebuild three schools severely damaged by the tornados that hit Dallas in late October.  “We have to go fast,” Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “Our goal, we want to reopen this school by August 2022. Our relocation was a sprint, we got that done overnight, but now the marathon is how you rebuild the buildings.”  Under the plan, the district would build a new Jefferson Campus, but a special wing or “lower grade plan” would be the Walnut Hill Languages Academy that combines elementary and middle school grades. view article arw