Betty Sue Creech Elementary reopens Wednesday nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey filled the school with two-feet of water. Though built in Barker Reservoir, an area designed to flood during extreme storms, administrators did not anticipate the amount by of damage caused. Students and staff finished last school year in a temporary location. view article arw

A 25-year-old Austin man was jailed Monday after he allegedly destroyed up to $300,000 worth of property at an elementary school in Buda. James Kerr faces two felony charges of criminal mischief, two felony charges of arson and a state jail felony of burglary of a building. He remains in the Hays County Jail and bonds for the charges have not been set. view article arw

A Dallas Independent School District bus accident is being reviewed by officials after they learned of surveillance video obtained by NBC 5. The accident happened Thursday, on the first day bus drivers were testing routes without passengers for the new Dallas ISD transportation service. Dallas ISD has taken over the service from Dallas County Schools, the bus agency that was ordered closed by voters last year after NBC 5 reports on a vendor scandal and safety concerns. view article arw

The mid-June clouds stark white and heavy with impending rain, Darby Dugay listened for the splatter of falling drops, noting that the foul weather might delay her basketball practice. Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey submerged coastal Port Arthur, the rain still brings the 17-year-old’s heart rate up, especially when water overflows the long-neglected drainage ditches lining the neighborhood's sidewalks. view article arw

HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY

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School is just around the corner, but some students in southeast Texas are still struggling with how Hurricane Harvey upended their lives nearly a year ago. Around 500 students in Port Arthur had to leave their school district to find shelter amid Harvey’s flooding.  More than 170 immigrant minors are still being kept at the facility, though none are children who were separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to a number of Democratic state lawmakers who toured the center on Friday. view article arw

On the morning of June 20, Donna High athletic coordinator Ramiro Leal and other district staffers were told to report to work two to three hours later than usual. An abnormal amount of rain had fallen in parts of Brooks and Cameron counties earlier that week, but now the series of weather systems was setting its sights on Hidalgo County. “When I got to the school, there was water everywhere,” Leal said. “There wasn’t a lot of standing water, not like a foot or anything like that. It was like someone turned on the water faucet and forgot to turn it off. We had water all over the athletic area, the cafeteria, toward the main office. It was all over the place.” view article arw

South Carolina's Pickens County, Anderson School District 5 and Kershaw County, along with two Spartanburg County districts, will abandon snow days in the coming school year in favor of having students complete assignments digitally on school-issued laptops, The Greenville News reports. view article arw

Port Arthur ISD is preparing for the upcoming school year after being damaged by Tropical Storm Harvey. The district says that it received more than $250,000 from the Port Arthur Education Foundation in grants to help rebuild their facilities and provide school supplies for students. Both Adams Elementary School and the Administration building received the most damage from the storm. However, both buildings will be ready before school begins. view article arw

12News reporter Rachel Keller gets an update from Jay Killgo, the Vidor ISD superintendent, on the recovery of Oak Forest Elementary School and Vidor Middle School. view article arw

Active shooter insurance policies help protect school districts from the enormous financial losses that such incidents cause, and insurance companies are seeing a surge in requests for such coverage over the course of the past year, District Administration reports. Before seeking active shooter insurance, however, district leaders should check their general liability insurance to see what costs would be covered already and develop safety teams to plan strategies to prevent and respond to such events. view article arw

When the annual state accountability ratings are released later this month, all school districts in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange County will be graded either "A" or "not rated," thanks to a reprieve they received because of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Texas Education Agency released a list of districts Wednesday that are eligible for the Harvey Provision, which exempts them from receiving a B, C, D or F grade based on the 2017-18 school year. view article arw

NEW CANEY, Texas (KTRK) -- Summer activities at a New Caney ISD school will be delayed Friday after an overnight fire.   Just before midnight, emergency crews were dispatched to Porter High School in regards to an alarm call.  Upon arrival, firefighters say the sprinkler system had contained the fire in a cosmetology classroom but there was still heavy smoke inside the building. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Imagine your instrument looking like a Chia pet. That's exactly what happened to some Houston Independent School District students from Stephen F. Austin High School's "Sonic Boom" band.  Mold caused thousands of dollars worth of damages. Instead of music coming from the band room, the only sound right now is coming from humidifiers. view article arw

A former Harlandale ISD police officer allegedly took advantage of his position and stole Apple iPads belonging to the school district. Asael Contreras is charged with theft. The Bexar County indictment said that back in 2014, Contreras stole electronics believed to valued somewhere between $500 and $1500 while being employed as an officer for the school district. view article arw

On a Friday morning in mid-May, Beatrice Sanders stepped outside her FEMA trailer to find a port-a-potty parked in her driveway. At first, it seemed like a wonderful surprise, and perfectly timed, too — it was, after all, her 71st birthday that weekend. Maybe, Sanders thought, the portable toilet’s sudden arrival meant that a work crew was coming. Was someone finally going to fix her crumbling house? Hurricane Harvey dumped about 50 inches of rain on the Texas-Louisiana border last August, flooding the humble three-bedroom house Sanders and her husband bought more than 40 years ago in Port Arthur’s Montrose neighborhood. view article arw

On a Friday morning in mid-May, Beatrice Sanders stepped outside her FEMA trailer to find a port-a-potty parked in her driveway. At first, it seemed like a wonderful surprise, and perfectly timed, too — it was, after all, her 71st birthday that weekend. Maybe, Sanders thought, the portable toilet’s sudden arrival meant that a work crew was coming. Was someone finally going to fix her crumbling house? Hurricane Harvey dumped about 50 inches of rain on the Texas-Louisiana border last August, flooding the humble three-bedroom house Sanders and her husband bought more than 40 years ago in Port Arthur’s Montrose neighborhood. But in truth, she’d been waiting for a work crew to show up for the last decade. view article arw

The Harris County Sheriff's Office and Tomball ISD are investigating hate-filled graffiti reported Sunday on the school track field behind Willow Wood Junior High School. The image was recorded Sunday by a woman who asked that she not be identified. "I'm scared and hurt," she told Eyewitness News. The graffiti consisted of a swastika and the words "whites only." view article arw

Police have arrested Terry Wayne King II and charged him with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony in connection to an attack on a 12-yr-old girl walking to her bus stop. “This was a senseless, violent act,” a detective said at a news conference Wednesday. view article arw

Hey, Texplainer: Are all school districts covered by the state’s health care plan for teachers? Do any other options for healthcare exist?  In 2002, Texas created a health care plan designed to help small districts provide affordable health coverage for their employees. Since then, most school districts — big and small — signed up. According to the latest enrollment numbers, nearly 90 percent of Texas school districts participate in the program, known as TRS-ActiveCare. view article arw

More than 50 volunteers organized by the United Way joined Hamshire-Fannett high school students to help the district sort through stacks of furniture and boxes that filled the Hamshire-Fannett Middle School gym Monday. The district is preparing the campus and the intermediate school for students to return as repairs to flood damage from Tropical Storm Harvey nears completion. Superintendent Dwaine Augustine said both campuses will be ready for students by the first day on Monday, Aug. 27. view article arw

Police are searching for three suspects who spray-painted lewd images on property at James Madison High School early Monday. The suspects hit the school's AgriScience building in the 5000 block of Stahl Road around 2 a.m., according to North East ISD police. view article arw

Fire authorities are investigating a fire inside Cesar Chavez Middle School that damaged the kitchen and storage closet inside the school late Saturday night. Fire crews were called to the school in the 700 block of South 15th Street shortly before 11 p.m., where firefighters found a light haze of smoke in the building, Waco Fire Marshal Lt. Riley Kilgo said. The doors to the school and kitchen were secure before fire crews found smoke coming from the kitchen area. view article arw

With 2018-2019 school year starting just around the corner the Weslaco Independent School District is reorganizing after one elementary school remains temporarily closed after sustaining damage during the flood. “We had about 2,100 homes damaged, 59 staff members were impacted by the flood, and in the most devastated areas of our city, about 2,270 of our students,” said Weslaco ISD Superintendent Priscilla Canales. view article arw

WESLACO — School district officials here have estimated $13.7 million in repairs needed as a result of last month’s flooding. The Weslaco school district board of trustees held a special meeting Thursday morning for an update on the June 20 floods that left the district short 89 school buses and required the closure of one elementary school, among many other damages to schools and district property. Officials are now working to rezone students and rush purchase orders to comply with the soon-to-be-needed transportation demands. view article arw

Last night at about 6:15 p.m., Mesquite Police officers responded to a call in the 1900 block of South Parkway in Mesquite, of an individual believed to be the subject involved in the burglary and vandalizing of North Mesquite High School.  view article arw

Thousands of dollars worth of items are reportedly still missing after a break-in earlier this week at the Gainesville Independent School District bus barn on Radio Hill Road, according to school officials. Interim Superintendent Larry Smith said the potential burglary suspects came onto the school district’s property at about 10 p.m. Tuesday after they cut a hole through a fence on “property south of our property.” From there, Smith said two holes were cut into the district’s perimeter fence — one “just big enough for a person to go through” and one about “10 feet wide for a truck to fit through.” view article arw

Police have arrested a man in connection with a nearly six-hour vandalization spree this week at a Mesquite school. Joseph James Morris, 24, of Odessa, faces charges of evading arrest, burglary of a building, burglary of a coin-operated machine, and criminal mischief. He was arrested after he was found in the back yard of a home in the 1800 block of South Parkway, police said. view article arw

On July 9, at midnight, an unknown white male suspect made entry into North Mesquite High School (NMHS).  The suspect spent approximately six hours inside the school, vandalizing the office area, hallways, and cafeteria kitchen, along with breaking into a vending machine.  The suspect also piled electronics and personal items next to two exterior doors, possibly intending to take with him when he left. view article arw

A third person has been arrested in a string of vehicle burglaries in Newark. Richard Kennan, 17, of Newark was arrested July 2 on nine charges of burglary of a vehicle. Two other Newark residents – Stephen Zackary Bell, 18, and Tanner Lee Scott, 17 – were also arrested last month on multiple charges of burglary of a vehicle. view article arw

Friendswood police say a pair of teen vandals used fire extinguishers to cause thousands of dollars in damage to a local high school. Officers said on July 4 around 4:02 p.m., they responded to a fire alarm sounding at Friendswood High School. When they got inside the school, they noticed a white haze in the girl's gym where the alarm was located. view article arw

A Weslaco Independent School District elementary school won’t be reopening for the next school year. Priscilla Canales, the Weslaco ISD superintendent, says there was at least $3.5 million worth of damages to the district, including to F.D. Roosevelt Elementary. She says water was up to two feet high in some buildings and totaled most of their school buses. view article arw

The Falls County Sheriff and several county trustees were left to clean up a mess from the Fourth of July after Marlin Independent Scool District's football field was trashed. view article arw

The families of the 17 victims killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting will each receive $400,000 from a $10.5 million fund. Eighteen of the injured survivors will receive $1.63 million. The Broward Education Foundation and a steering committee for the victims announced Monday the breakdown of the funds that were raised through a GoFundMe campaign. Nearly 37,000 individuals and companies donated to the fund. The fund does not include the millions students have raised through March for Our Lives for advocacy efforts. view article arw

Weslaco schools hit hard

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WESLACO — Weslaco school district board members and officials teared up while trying to get through a special board meeting Thursday evening, when the first report on damage sustained by the city and school district was presented.So far, officials counted a total of 3,490 Weslaco school district students living in heavily impacted flood areas inside and outside district lines. They estimate 2,132 family homes in the area were damaged, and 59 staff members were impacted, too. view article arw

Market Conditions Many districts with replacement cost schedules exceeding $100,000,000 are seeing for the first time, layered Property insurance programs. It is not unusual for two or more companies to share the first $25,000,000 with additional limits divided into successive layers with multiple insurers. Because of the multiplicity of companies we are seeing problems with agents not being able to access the markets to which they have been assigned. A few agents and wholesalers are blocking the marketplace so as to prevent competition. Such shenanigans are unethical, and require an inordinate amount of your time view article arw