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Six schools in the Richardson Independent School District will be closed for a second straight day Tuesday because has power has not been restored since severe storms blew through North Texas late Sunday night. view article arw

DALLAS — Several Dallas schools will be closed until at least Wednesday and some will be closed indefinitely after three tornados touched down Sunday night in North Texas, including one in North Dallas.  Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said in a press conference Monday that Walnut Hill Elementary School will likely be a total loss.  view article arw

Aquilla ISD, school canceled Tuesday

October 2208:41 AM

The Aquilla independent School District will be closed Tuesday due to damage from thunderstorms that happened late Sunday night.  The Aquilla water supply system has been damaged because lightning that hit the water well, which has resulted in the loss of water for Aquilla ISD. Because there is no guarantee that the water will be fixed in time for school, the district has decided to close for the day. view article arw

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the severe weather event that began on October 20, 2019, has caused widespread and severe property damage, and threatens loss of life in Cass, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rockwall, Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood counties. view article arw

Irving ISD has canceled classes at Lamar Middle School after a tornado ripped across Dallas County on Sunday night, causing significant damage. Thousands remain without power, according to Oncor Electric. The extent of the damage is still being determined. No major injuries have been reported. A tornado confirmed by the National Weather Service touched down just after 9 p.m. Oct. 20 in northern Dallas and made its way east through Richardson. The city of Dallas has opened Bachman Recreation Center for people seeking shelter, according to a news release. As of the morning of Oct. 21, about 95,000 people are without power in Oncor’s service area, company spokesperson Kerri Dunn said. About 55,000 of those are located in Dallas County. view article arw

Many North Texans are starting to get a better look this morning at damage from a tornado that touched down last night. Homes have been damaged and destroyed, power lines and trees are down. The City of Dallas has opened a shelter for people forced out of their homes by the storm at the Bachman Recreation Center. It's at 2750 Bachman Dr, Dallas, TX 75220. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District says classes at 12 of its campuses will remain canceled Tuesday after Sunday's tornado outbreak. On Monday, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said two of those campuses — Walnut Hill Elementary School and Cary Middle School — are a total loss and will need to be rebuilt. view article arw

Some East Texas schools are delaying start times for Monday after experiencing power outages lates Sunday night due to severe weather. The following is a list of schools who have announced delays: view article arw

Richardson ISD has canceled all classes Monday after a tornado ripped across Dallas County on Sunday night, causing significant damage. Thousands remain without power, according to Oncor. The extent of the damage is still being determined. No major injuries have been reported. “Due to substantial storm damage, power outages and unsafe conditions, all RISD schools will be closed on Monday, October 21,” according to a message on social media. “All school and district activities and will also be cancelled on Monday. At this time, RISD anticipates all schools being open on Tuesday, October 22.” view article arw

Hundreds of Beaumont freshmen spent their second back-to-school week much like the first one — meeting new teachers, adjusting to new schedules and learning to negotiate new campus hallways. Brooklynne Gardiner took the hassle in stride. view article arw

Several North Texas school districts are canceling classes Monday after destructive overnight storms. The Dallas Independent School District canceled classes Monday at 19 of its campuses, district spokeswoman Robyn Harris said on NBC 5 Today. view article arw

Two North Texas school districts have canceled school Monday, and several Dallas and Garland ISD schools are closed because of damage caused by Sunday's severe storms. There was at least one confirmed tornado that touched down in North Texas Sunday night. Authorities are still out assessing the damage caused by the storms. view article arw

If you have a child at a Dallas ISD school, make sure to check to the district’s website and social media channels as some have been closed Monday after a tornado caused major damage during a round of severe weather. In a tweet, the district said: “Due to tonight’s storms, Dallas ISD has crews assessing damage in the impacted areas to determine if classes will be cancelled at certain schools. Stay tuned to the Dallas ISD website and social channels for updates on possible cancellations and additional information.” view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There was little question about the severity of the storms that moved across North Texas Sunday night, but early Monday morning the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Dallas. Officials with the NWS say the twister touched down near Dallas Love Field Airport and moved northeast through the city, at around 9 p.m. view article arw

In the first regular board meeting since Tropical Depression Imelda flooded out two schools in the Beaumont school district and closed the entire district for five days, the school board reviewed the estimated cost of damage and discussed next steps. Students missed between five and 17 instructional days as a result of closures from flooding, and 41 students districtwide did not return after the flooding, according to numbers presented at the meeting. view article arw

Beaumont ISD administrators believe its flood insurance will cover $10.6 million worth of damage to its schools. Cheryl Hernandez, the district's Chief Financial Officer, presented a report to the school board Thursday, showing how much damage BISD received.Given the destruction of Tropical Storm Imelda, the district declared a state of emergency. view article arw

A Klein Oak High School student is in critical condition after deputies said he was riding on the hood of a moving car for a long period of time and fell. The 17-year-old student was taken to Memorial Hermann via Life Flight with a serious head injury, the Harris County Sheriff's Office confirmed. view article arw

Ector County ISD trustees will consider approving an agency services agreement to have the DeBerry Group appointed as the crisis communications agency of record for the district for an estimated price of $80,000. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Supplemental agenda material shows the DeBerry Group will provide crisis communications management, public relations and counsel, “which may include internal and external communications strategy, media relations, stakeholder relations, and support to develop materials such as key messages, fact sheets, press releases, website copy, and letters to the school community.” view article arw

Proposition 3, one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the Nov. 5 ballot, would provide temporary tax breaks for property damaged in a natural or man-made disaster. Inspired by the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the proposition would let local governments offer tax exemptions to reduce a property's value by a certain percentage — a cheaper and simpler solution than having county appraisers re-examine every damaged property to adjust values. view article arw

Worker’s Compensation pricing is down significantly.  Example: recently, a small district that has been with a “cost plus” plan for many years renewed, after bidding, with a fixed cost plan and saved 54%, and now has a consistent budgeted amount.  There was a total of 14 bids from nine different companies, for the largest response we have seen. Several districts have switched from a Cost-Plus plan to Fixed-Cost.  Fixed-Cost insurance, and even Cost-Plus with a reasonable maximum, is advantageous when setting a budget, and eliminates the need to bring excess budgeted amounts to the Board.  view article arw

The Alto Bond Committee will be hosting their last town hall meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposed $10.5 million bond package. view article arw

Hamshire Fannett ISD students are set to report to all campuses today after being out of school for 12 days due to Tropical Storm Imelda. The district received extensive damages to its middle and intermediate schools and some of its high school. Starting today, students who normally attend the elementary and intermediate schools will be at the elementary schools. Middle and high school students will be at the high school facility. view article arw

Hamshire-Fannett ISD students are back in class today and things are a bit different than what they were used to. view article arw

A former Greenville Independent School District official and another individual, indicted in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from the district, have pleaded not guilty. The bond for one of the defendants was also significantly reduced during an arraignment hearing on the charges Friday morning in the 196th District Court. view article arw

Humble ISD is again making renovations at its schools after a major rainstorm caused widespread flooding in the Lake Houston area.Humble ISD estimates its damages from Imelda in mid September will reach about $500,000, which will be funded through insurance reimbursements and district savings, said Humble ISD CFO Mike Seale. view article arw

Ector County ISD’s Chief Technology Officer Kellie Wilks is learning how the sausage is made — in the figurative sense. Wilks is part of the first cohort, or class, of the Texas Education Policy Fellowship Program through Texas Tech University. She earned a history degree from the University of Texas Permian Basin, a master’s in educational technology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and a doctorate in educational leadership from Tech. The degree from Pepperdine was a hybrid so it was partly in person and partly online. view article arw

Godley ISD officials are aware of an isolated incident that occurred on the Godley High School campus on Wednesday night. “We currently do not believe a sexual assault occurred, but we are continuing to thoroughly investigate the matter,” GISD Communications Director Peyton Trawick said Friday afternoon. “No criminal charges have been filed at this time. Student matters are, however, protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and we are unable to discuss this matter further until the investigation is completed. view article arw

HAMSHIRE, Texas — Hamshire Fannett ISD has a plan in place to get students back into school Monday after Imelda caused the district $9 million in damage.  "Everyone's ready for a more structured environment. some since of normalcy getting back to school and things like that," Hamshire Fannett Superintendent Dr. Dwaine Augustine said. view article arw

Dhruvik Patel sat outside his gutted apartment near Lamar University eating a makeshift lunch consisting largely of crackers. Inside the stifling downstairs unit he shares with three roommates, all of them international students from India, the carpet and Sheetrock were ripped away and plastic bags full of clothes were piled high. The electricity and water still work, but the disruptive repairs are expected to take at least two to three months. view article arw

The final district left to reopen after closing due to Tropical Storm Imelda has resumed classes. Students in the Vidor Independent School District went back to class Tuesday morning after missing eight days of school. Students in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD and the Hardin-Jefferson ISD returned to class on Thursday, September 26, 2019. view article arw

Beaumont United freshmen will be moved to South Park Middle School when classes resume on October 14 as crews work to make repairs following flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda.  Beaumont ISD superintendent Dr. Shannon Allen made the announcement Tuesday morning. The move means that current South Park Middle School students will be changing schools. South Park Middle students living north of Lavaca St. will be rezoned to MLK Middle School and South Park Midddle students who live south of Lavaca St. will be rezoned to Vincent Middle.  view article arw

Beaumont ISD officials announced at a news conference Tuesday a tentative plan for students to return to school later this month. The impact of Tropical Depression Imelda is stretching beyond the two campuses that closed after flooding in Beaumont Independent School District as students are shuffled among three currently open campuses. view article arw

Three of Vidor ISD's school campuses took on water from Imelda. Tuesday, the district is going back to regularly scheduled classes. KFDM's Cassidy Wood shares the district's plans moving forward and how one history teacher is making the most of this situation. 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 WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington, and Willacy; and view article arw

Beaumont United students gathered to cheer on the high school's football team Thursday night despite Imelda's floodwaters closing the school's doors.   Although the campus remains closed, the Timberwolves took the field in Baytown looking to go 4-0.  Francis Brewer teaches at United and says now is the time the students need the support the most. view article arw