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Head football coach David Woodard, like others in West, lost his home and his place of employment on a Wednesday evening five years ago, when an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant rocked the town, killed 15 and injured hundreds. Woodard chose to rebuild and rely on the resilience he saw around him as community members immediately went into action, both before and after the blast, which came at 7:51 p.m. April 17, 2013. There was never a question of whether he and his family would choose to stay, Woodard said. view article arw

 Marathon ISD has canceled school due to an electrical outage. Classes will resume on Monday. view article arw

Bloomington Middle School principal Terry Young saw the 5,000-pound burdens of a devastating past be picked up and carried away. “It’s a sign of progress,” Young said Wednesday as the portable buildings that acted as temporary classrooms after Hurricane Harvey were taken away. “As long as they’re here, they will remind us where we’ve been.” In the eight months since the Category 4 hurricane damaged the entire school district, repairs have been made allowing some of the district’s about 900 students to return to their regular classes, while others are still displaced. view article arw

Texas, like the nation, has stagnated in elementary and middle school academic achievement and continues to fail to get black and Hispanic students performing as well as white students, according to a national "report card" out this week. view article arw

DONLEY COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - A 1930s-era school building went up in flames Tuesday afternoon in Donley County near Ashtola.  The fire burned the historic Ashtola school building, leaving nothing but brick walls behind.  Get the latest Amarillo news straight to your phone! Apple | Android According to the Clarendon Enterprise, Clarendon Fire Chief Jeremy Powell said a resident attempting to smoke out honey bees on their front porch accidentally set their yard on fire, ultimately burning 10 to 15 acres. view article arw

A Dallas teen was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police say he made a threat on social media against Frisco High School. Ronathan Livingston, 17, was taken into custody about 4 p.m. at a Dallas apartment complex. He is charged with making a false alarm or report, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He was being held at the Frisco Police Department Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail. view article arw

A vehicle struck the side of a Marshall ISD school today around noon. The incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. at Price T. Young Elementary School. According the Marshall ISD, a vehicle went through the back parking lot, jumped the curve and crashed into the side of the building. Fortunately, no children or faculty members were injured during the incident. The classroom was vacant at the crash, according to Marshall ISD.  view article arw

Some students ran into technological glitches with the STAAR test on Tuesday, the first day of major testing statewide.  Texas Education Agency spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson told the American-Statesman that a server went down and some students lost access to the test for 20 minutes. It was not a statewide outage and New Jersey-based Eduational Testing Service, which adminsters the STAAR, was able to resolve it pretty quickly, Culbertson said. view article arw

As part of a sweeping effort to update the security of Plano ISD campuses, the board of trustees approved a $2.7 million expenditure to update its video surveillance systems throughout the district over the next year and a half at its meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Sara Bonser told Community Impact Newspaper in a separate interview the district also plans to install new public-address systems over the summer in the senior high schools as a part of an effort to re-evaluate the security of its facilities. The public-address systems will broadcast a message in the event of an emergency. view article arw

A portable classroom at Kendrick Elementary School caught fire late Tuesday night. Crews with the Waco Fire Department responded to a report of smoke at the school at 1801 Kendrick Ln. before 11pm. According to officials with the Waco Independent School District, when fire crews arrived, they found a fire in the ceiling of one of the portable classrooms behind the main school. view article arw

A suspected drunken driver has pleaded guilty to a murder charge for the death of a high school student two years ago hit by his pickup truck at a Houston intersection as she was returning with her date from her prom and he was fleeing from police. Harris County prosecutors say the blood alcohol level for Edin Palacios was nearly twice the legal limit when 18-year-old Jocelynn Valero was killed. She died at the scene. Valero's date was injured and survived. Palacios had minor injuries. 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

This is a must read for administrators -js -  With the heavy Hail losses over the past two years and the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Texas insurers have experienced huge financial losses. In addition to increasing premiums across the State, they are increasing deductibles such that we are seeing more percentage deductibles with higher percentages than ever before.  view article arw

An area school district is providing a staging area and any other support they can during wildfires. River Road ISD is an easy place for fire crews to get in and out of if they are fighting fires in or north of Amarillo. The school district has plenty of space for parking and will provide the area for crews to stage. view article arw

I applaud Chairman Huberty for holding this meeting in public and archiving the proceedings.  Additionally, Rep Bernal and SBOE member Ellis (a former Lufkin ISD board trustee) voiced support for these deliberations to be open to the public.  - js - Expenditures Work Group read more arw

It’s been six months since Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters receded, but the recovery needs of children and families along the Texas coast and in Greater Houston have not. Their worlds were turned upside down, with more than 1 million people displaced, over 200,000 homes damaged and more than 1,500 child care, early learning and education programs critically impacted.  Both the well-being of Texas children and their future are markedly dependent on these early learning and education programs, and when they’re no longer available — as too many still are — kids’ lives are disrupted. That’s why Save the Children is working together with local partners, doing whatever it takes to help restore these programs and get children back to learning and on track. view article arw

At least one student remains in a Florida hospital recovering following the tragic charter bus accident. But his road to recovery did not stop the student from celebrating his birthday. Earlier this week, personnel at a Florida said they celebrated the birthday of the Channelview ISD bus crash survivor. view article arw

Channing ISD is hosting a hamburger dinner in honor of their first responders. The supper is open to anyone who wishes to honor their area emergency crews and is free to the public. view article arw

The Grimes County Sheriff's Office needs your help catching some vandals. Nearly two dozen parking lot lights were shot out at the Iola ISD football stadium in February. The broken glass still shines in the parking lot of the Iola football stadium. Someone shot out the light bulbs and fixtures on almost 20 lights. "We found some air cartridges from an air gun, or air pistol and lots of broken glass," said Scott Martindale, the Iola High School and Elementary School Principal. view article arw

A little more than six months after Hurricane Harvey dropped more than 30 inches of rain on the Lake Houston area, Kingwood High School reopened Monday, March 19, after sustaining significant damage. During Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, HISD administrators applauded district staff members, families, community and numerous others for their patience and dedication to reopening KHS. “This has been an extraordinary year for our entire school district and community,” Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen said. “Everybody has experienced it in a different way, and it’s been phenomenal to see this Humble ISD family come together and support each other in the way that the entire community has.” view article arw

Thieves hit the Denison ISD annex building over the weekend, stealing thousands of dollars in ground maintenance tools.  School officials said they gained entry at the northwest side of the building. "Just peeled back the panels here," said Denison ISD Facilities Director David Self. "Made three different sheets and made access into the building." 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 Refugio County Independent School District is looking at over $15 million in repairs to their schools due to Hurricane Harvey. High winds from the storm blew through Refugio and tore off roofs, allowing rainwater to pour into the high school and middle school, causing severe damage. Officials said the County does not have the money to pay for the repairs and are looking to FEMA for help. view article arw

Spring break has come and gone. It’s my sincere hope that you and your family were able to enjoy some quality time during this break from school, and that you were able to enjoy the long awaited sunshine and warmer temperatures that have peaked through recently.With that, here’s what’s happening at your Capitol. view article arw

More background information - js - MIAMI (AP) — Documents show some officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida high school rampage that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. view article arw

This is the way they do it in Arkansas.- js  - GREENBRIER, AR (KARK/CNN) – An Arkansas teen was given the choice of either receiving suspension or a paddling after he and two other students walked out of school to protest gun violence. view article arw

An Ohio businessman involved with several Florida charter schools has been convicted of racketeering and organized fraud. The Pensacola News-Journal reported that a jury deliberated for five hours on Friday before finding Steven Kunkemoeller guilty. During the trial prosecutors said Kunkemoeller intentionally overbilled Newpoint charter schools around the state for goods like computers, iPads and furniture. He then allegedly split the proceeds with the owner of the company that ran the schools. Prosecutors said the two men stole nearly $1 million in public funds through their scheme. view article arw

Classes are cancelled Monday at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School after an electrical fire damaged part of the building Sunday night, the district said.  The "small electrical fire" damaged part of the building's exterior, LC-M CISD said. view article arw

This is just one of several fires - js - According to Texas A&M Forest Service Dispatch Tracker, eight structures have been lost in this fire and five more structures are threatened. view article arw

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire that damaged or destroyed five Texas school buses parked in a transportation lot during spring break. A statement from the Coldspring-Oakhurst Independent School District says authorities do not suspect foul play in Wednesday night's fire. Nobody was hurt in the blaze in Colspring, a town of about 900 located 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Houston. view article arw

Members of the San Antonio Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team spoke to KSAT 12 on Thursday about the recent night they were called into action to save an 18-year-old student who got stuck inside a North Side cave. The Lee High School student was part of an earth, space and science class on a field trip to the cave at the Robber Baron Preserve. view article arw

A blaze broke out in the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD bus barn on the night of March 14 and took five buses with it before firefighters stopped it from spreading. Firefighters from Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department and Coldspring Fire Department arrived on scene around 10 p.m. to handle the situation. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD school board members and Superintendent Dr. Leland Moore were also on the scene along with San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers and local law enforcement. view article arw

The Devine teen arrested after stabbing a 15-year-old girl multiple times and leading authorities on a four-hour manhunt has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Chase Skow, 17, is being held in lieu of a $500,000 surety bond after Medina County sheriff’s officials said he stabbed the girl Wednesday afternoon. view article arw

On Thursday night, a crowd of 200 or so students, faculty, parents and community members gathered outside Channelview High School  for a vigil for injured students and a driver who died  earlier in the week in a bus crash. For some who were on the bus, it was the first time they'd gotten to see the classmates for whom they'd feared the worst in the crash's immediate aftermath. view article arw

Police in suburban Oklahoma City say a 13-year-old student who participated in a walkout to protest gun violence now faces a criminal charge after making a threat at his school. Authorities in Del City say the student told a schoolmate Wednesday not to come to Del Crest Middle School the next day because he planned to "shoot up" the campus. view article arw