The Somerset ISD Police Department is investigating after at least one person tried to steal something from Somerset Elementary. The suspects in the Burglary of a Building case were photographed at what appears to be a nearby convenience store. view article arw

Two schools in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District were evacuated after receiving bomb threats. Administrators confirmed the bomb threats were called in to the front offices at Grapevine Middle School and Cross Timbers Middle School. view article arw

Thousands of Texans seeking government help with surprise medical bills were hit with another shock last year: a clogged-up consumer protection bureaucracy.  A massive backlog that began last summer left state regulators unable to provide timely help to the thousands of Texans who requested mediation from the Texas Department of Insurance. “It’s going to take us a while to get out of this backlog that we’re in, but we’re doing the things necessary to help more consumers,” said associate commissioner Chris Herrick. view article arw

TYLER, Texas — Tyler Independent School District Superintendent Marty Crawford tells CBS19, classes at John Tyler High School are canceled for Tuesday, February 12. According to Crawford, a sanitary sewer malfunction occurred in the northwest area of the campus. Crawford says the malfunction is not associated with construction.  All JTHS administrators are to report at normal time. Staff and faculty are asked to meet in the library at noon. view article arw

Schools around the South Plains are taking extra steps to protect student's health as the flu and other illnesses impact dozens of students. According to school officials, Rise Academy Charter School cancelled classes for Thursday and Friday due to students being sick. In addition, Slaton ISD spent their administrative day disinfecting their schools. view article arw

For the second week, illness is affecting attendace at Veribest I.S.D. Classes were cancelled last Thursday and Friday. view article arw

Crosby ISD officials notified parents and staff that a ransomware virus has infiltrated the district’s IT system. The district’s IT Department discovered the ransomware virus around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A ransomware virus is a type of software that threatens to publish their victims data or block access unless a ransom is paid. view article arw

Our town is experiencing several serious health issues (flu, strep throat and stomach virus).  After careful consideration, I have determined that it is in the best interest of students, staff and community to cancel Fairfield ISD classes for Thursday and Friday, January 31 and February 1.  Our cleaning service has been doing extra cleaning, but with the staff and students out of the buildings on those days they will be able to do even more.  It is my hope and prayer that four days of separation will help break the cycle and allow our students and staff to re-unite on Monday, February 4 as a much healthier unit. read more arw

Winters ISD will be closed Thursday and Friday due to a large number of absences for the flu. view article arw

Bonilla's funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Athens High School gym and classes at all campuses will be canceled, the school district said. Athletic events involving Athens ISD teams will also be rescheduled. The investigation continues into Friday's deadly crash involving a train and school bus in Athens, Texas. More has come to light about the school bus driver, who police say drove over train tracks right into the path of an oncoming train. (Published Monday, Jan. 28, 2019) view article arw

Longview Independent School District is warning residents about a scam targeting LISD fans. "It's not fair that our volunteer programs work so hard to be taken to the cleaners by people who are trying to take money out of their pockets," Elizabeth Ross LISD spokesperson said. "That affects our athletic programs, it affects our academic programs, it affects our PTA/PTO programs and that's not ok." view article arw

Three Whitney ISD students are being held at the Groesbeck Juvenile Detention Facility after police say they vandalized thousands of dollars of district property over the weekend. Two of the students are 11 years old and the third is 10 years old.  view article arw

A Union Pacific train slammed into a school bus on Friday in East Texas, killing a middle school student and injuring the bus driver and another student, authorities said. The accident happened around 4 p.m. when the bus, from the local school district, was attempting to cross tracks in Athens, a city of 12,700 residents about 70 miles southeast of Dallas, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. view article arw

ATHENS, TX (KETK) - The identities of the Athens ISD bus and Union Pacific train collision victims have been released. 13-year old Christopher Bonilla was killed in the collision when he was ejected from the bus. He was found at Cream Level Road.  9-year-old Joselyne Torres survived the crash, but needed "a considerable amount of force" to be removed from the bus, according to Athens Fire Chief Russell Marshall. She was flown to Children's Medical in Dallas and is listed in critical, but stable condition after having undergone surgery. view article arw

Flames and heavy black smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the new Belton ISD high school under construction, around noon Thursday. view article arw

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and view article arw

The Humble ISD board of trustees is seeking a new method to receive federal funds to reimburse the district of nearly $60 million in construction costs it incurred after Hurricane Harvey. The board approved a motion to withdraw a request for monies through FEMA’s Public Assistance Alternative Procedures grant application, also known as Section 428 of the The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. view article arw

Karnack ISD has canceled classes for all students for Friday due to a gas line repair near the school, Administrative Assistant to the Principal Katie Wright said Thursday.  The district released students early on Thursday after the gas line repair near the school began but announced later classes would be canceled all day Friday. view article arw

A bank informed the Teton School District that a portion of funds recently stolen from the district has been recovered. Teton Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme announced during a school board meeting Monday that the district’s bank, Bank of Commerce, told him that “Comerica Bank has represented a return of approximately $484,000.” That amount is part of $784,833.71 stolen from the district after its former business manager submitted an electronic payment to what he purportedly thought was a construction company under contract with the district. The FBI and local police have been investigating the major case of fraud, and the business manager who made the payment has since resigned from the district. view article arw

The community should expect safety improvements at North East Independent School District (NEISD) campuses in the next few months. The district's Board of Trustees voted Dec. 10, 2017 to use 2015 bond contingency funds to move forward with a construction project that would install chain-link fencing around the perimeter at all NEISD high schools. Officials said the project is aimed to address safety and security at NEISD campuses. High schools are the largest facilities, with multiple buildings and entrances, so school officials decided they should receive the fencing. The school district is now assessing elementary and middle schools. view article arw

Deweyville schools will reopen Tuesday after closing Monday for flooding.   Superintendent Keith Jones in an email urged people in the district not to drive through dangerous floodwater, saying the district would "cover" for them and campus administrators would do what they can to help.  New reports show Deweyville likely won't flood this week as bad as some residents feared. Predictions for the Sabine River's crest are now lower than even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted last week. view article arw

What we reported: In June the McKinney ISD board of trustees approved hiring three additional crisis counselors and two school resource officers, or SROs. MISD also updated and added new security cameras, which now total 1,500 districtwide. view article arw

The email landed in the Crowley school district employee's inbox on Oct. 24, apparently sent by an accountant of a construction company the North Texas district had hired. The message included information about the company's bank account, an arrest warrant affidavit said, so the school employee sent a $1 "test payment." The next day, an email from the same address sent the school employee a confirmation email: The test payment had been received. view article arw

Someone is creating fake checks purportedly issued by Carthage ISD and giving them to people who have signed up to be mystery shoppers, Carthage ISD officials said. School and bank personnel have caught the checks before any district money was released, officials said, but the district has had to close out one of its accounts at First State Bank in Carthage to prevent potential issues. Superintendent Glenn Hambrick said at Monday’s school board meeting that the checks had what looks like the real signatures that would be on the district’s checks. view article arw

A termination letter released by the University of Louisville says its dance team coach was fired for financial misconduct. News outlets report the letter dated Dec. 14 said Todd Sharp was terminated after a six-month review found that the team’s deposits were around $40,000 less than expected. The university’s audit found that deposits for cheer and dance between May 2016 and October 2018 totaled $29,372, when deposits between April 2017 and June 2018 alone should have totaled $70,000. view article arw

Donald Howard Conkright, 61, of Big Pine Key was arrested last week on a charge of wire fraud. He remained in the Monroe County, Fla., jail on Tuesday, awaiting extradition to Texas, jail records showed. In late October, Crowley ISD received an email purporting to be from Steele & Freeman Inc., a construction company building an elementary school and career technology center in the district, according to a federal criminal complaint.  view article arw

He was arrested Friday, December 14 in South Florida.  On November 20, the school district said it learned funds intended as payments to a construction company were instead electronically transferred to a fraudulent account.  According to court documents, Conkright is accused of posing as an employee of that construction company and asking via email for nearly $2 million in payments.  In a statement, the district said “Crowley ISD remains financially strong and is working to prevent future fraud schemes.”  Here is the statement from Superintendent Mike McFarland: view article arw

FYI:  Galveston County Judge Mark Henry on Monday called on the county's auditor and purchasing agent to resign, blaming them for the theft by cyber scammers of more than $500,000 from the county earlier this year. At a county commissioners meeting Monday, Henry said County Auditor Randall Rice and County Purchasing Agent Rufus Crowder should be held responsible for the June discovery of a wrongful electronic payment of $525,282.39 to a scammer posing as a county contractor. The scammer was pretending to represent Lucas Construction Co., a Houston company doing road work for the county. The cyber thief has not been caught and the lost funds have not been recovered. view article arw

Classes and events have been canceled Thursday at Bowie High School after property damage was discovered on campus. At first, school leaders were planning on just having a delayed opening, but less than an hour after announcing a delayed opening on Twitter, they announced classes and events would be canceled for the day. view article arw

Austin’s largest high school will be closed for a second day Friday after Bowie High School officials discovered what they described as “considerable damage,” including more than 75 broken windows and glass doors, at the campus early Thursday.  School district police around 4:40 a.m. found damaged windows and doors in the front of the building, the gymnasium, and academic wings. The school’s principal said the damage was caused by someone throwing rocks. Citing safety concerns, school officials decided to cancel all classes and events at the South Austin campus Thursday. view article arw

Children — and their parents — have one question in mind anytime snow is in a North Texas forecast: Will schools close?   A number of factors are considered in Arlington ISD to decide whether to close during inclement weather: road conditions, precipitation accumulations, the chances of continued precipitation, building conditions, parking lot conditions, temperatures and wind chills.  A number of employees provide information on these factors but the final decision falls to the superintendent, who receives recommendations from the district’s chief financial officer, assistant superintendent of administration, executive director of facilities services, director of transportation and security manager. view article arw

An Alice ISD mother reported to Noonan Elementary School officials a woman attempted to take her daughter in front of the school on Tuesday, a letter to parents states. The mother said she was at Noonan at dismissal time when she saw another woman attempt to take her daughter, the letter states.  view article arw

FOR BEND COUNT, - Kempner High School in the Fort Bend Independent School District will be starting two hours late Thursday Morning. Due to a power outage, the buses are now scheduled to run two hours later than normal, and classes will begin at 9:30 a.m.  All other FBISD school will be operating under normal hours. view article arw

Some school districts in South Carolina no longer have snow days. No matter what the weather, officials say the students will continue to learn. view article arw

Troup ISD planned to close schools Tuesday after a city water main ruptured Monday afternoon. The school district encouraged people to monitor their Remind 101 text message alerts or SchoolMessenger notifications for additional information. view article arw