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School Insurance Newsletter

February 2308:40 AM

Must Read!  TAPS Risk Pool Announces Negative Fund Balance of $1,800,000 Late last week TAPS advised its members of a 10% assessment to offset its negative member equity. They have trimmed their staff, discharged the executive director and moved its San Antonio office to Boerne.  view article arw

 Alamo Heights ISD has canceled classes at Woodridge Elementary, Dr. Kevin Brown, Superintendent of Schools announced Tuesday. Woodridge Elementary remains without electricity following Monday's storms, Dr. Brown said. CPS Energy had hoped to restore electricity by 5 a.m. but was unable to do so.  view article arw

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The steady rainfall East Texas has been experiencing started pretty intensely during early morning hours on Monday. It caused power outages leaving thousands without electricity.  It even caused the closing of one East Texas School, Leverett’s Chapel, about five miles southwest of Kilgore on State Highway 135 in Rusk County. Leverett’s Chapel schools were closed because of one large tree.  Roy O’Veal said he was staying at his dad’s place FM 2012 when the storm blew through.  “It was just a lot of thunder before that, but I don’t think it was part of that, it was a lot of wind,” O’Veal said. view article arw

One of the four vicious tornados that hit near the north side of San Antonio Sunday night slammed Linda Drive, then managed to hop over Highway 281 right into another dense neighborhood on Lorenz Street. The path went clear through a church, several large apartment complexes, and it even nicked two schools. view article arw

San Antonio firefighters were called to a warehouse fire on the city's Southwest Side late Thursday night. The fire was reported around 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Fenfield Avenue, not far from Somerset Road and New Laredo Highway. view article arw

North American Solutions, a leading provider of insurance and risk management services for public entities, is excited to announce that Richard Bass has joined the team as Insurance and Risk Management Advisor. Richard brings more than 21 years of experience serving the insurance and risk management needs of public entities. view article arw

FFA students in News Deal ISD are in shock after 11 show pigs were killed by wild dogs on Monday. view article arw

Late Wednesday Feb. 1, the Corsicana ISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost was alerted to an email that was sent from her school email account to another school district employee requesting personal information for employees in the district. The email response included 2016 employee names, social security numbers and earnings. Corsicana ISD quickly learned it was the latest victim of a data seeking scam. view article arw

A Pflugerville High School student who police say set an “object” on fire in the school’s bathroom Tuesday morning is charged with first-degree arson. view article arw

Montgomery County deputies are looking for a man who wore a skull mask when he allegedly vandalized a school in Magnolia. Investigators say the man caused thousands of dollars worth of damage at Magnolia West High School. view article arw

Employees of a Central Texas school district were fooled by an email scam into releasing personal information for approximately 1,700 current and former district workers. view article arw

Nearly 1,700 former and current Belton ISD employees' personal information was compromised Friday. District officials said a targeted “spear phishing” email message had been sent to a Business Office employee requesting information. The email was sent in Belton ISD’s Superintendent Susan Kincannon’s name and the message requested copies of W-2’s, which includes all employees’ personal information. Information for current and former employees for the 2016 calendar year who had opted to receive printed W-2’s was attached and sent in a reply by the employee. view article arw

Did a Mercedes ISD employee fall victim to one of those fake online IRS scams? It appears that way after the personal information of about 950 school district employees was wrongly released. view article arw

The accidental release of sensitive personnel data of nearly a thousand employees who work for the Mercedes Independent School District is a security breach that school administrators should not take lightly. How the W-2 forms for 950 workers were compromised is baffling, and inexcusable. Mercedes ISD Superintendent Dr. Daniel Treviño Jr. blamed the security lapse on an oversight and told the Mid-Valley Town Crier’s editor, Michael Rodriguez, that sensitive information within the documents — such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth — should now be considered compromised. view article arw

A former president of the Westview Middle School parent-teacher organization allegedly spent thousands of dollars from the organization’s bank account last year and is currently paying the money back, an Austin police spokesperson said Monday. view article arw

Local and federal authorities are investigating a breach of some 950 Mercedes school district employees’ personal information, Superintendent Dr. Daniel Treviño Jr. said Friday morning. Treviño blamed an oversight for the sharing of what’s believed to be every Mercedes ISD employee’s W2 forms with an “unknown email address” on Thursday. According to the superintendent, the sensitive information within the government documents — such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth — should now be considered comprised. view article arw

Hundreds of employees in the Argyle ISD are at risk of having their identities stolen. This, after a scammer sent an email posing as the schools' superintendent and asking for personal information. view article arw

At first, it was just a few Northside ISD staff members who went to the district's IT department, concerned about some random emails from strangers with attachments they were afraid to open. Back in August, school district officials thought maybe just a few NISD email accounts had been compromised but brought in a computer forensics team just to be sure, says district spokesman Barry Perez. As the team investigated, the problem kept ballooning. By last month, Perez says, the district had learned that personal information of some 23,000 current and former students and staff — like addresses and social security numbers — had been exposed during the security breach. view article arw

Sixty-five 4th and 5th grade students were taken to Cleveland Emergency Hospital after the school bus they were riding on ran into a ditch, and rolled onto its right side. The accident happened at about 4p.m. Wednesday on FM 1010 near County Road 325, according to Cleveland ISD police Chief Rex Evans. view article arw

The personal information of thousands may have been compromised by a security breach in San Antonio’s largest school district, only it happened in August and the affected students and staffers are first learning about it now. Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods sent letters in late December to roughly 23,000 former and current students plus employees about a hack that might have put their personal online data at risk, KSAT reported. In the correspondence, Woods wrote the district “immediately took steps to secure the email accounts and launched an investigation to determine whether any sensitive information was accessed or acquired.” He also stated that Northside ISD reported the incident to the proper law enforcement agencies. view article arw

A Cleveland I.S.D. bus with students on board was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon. Officials say a bus transporting students from Eastside Elementary was involved in an accident at FM 1010 near Plum Grove Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday. view article arw

Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan suffered damage after the main ceiling water line broke. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD's police department is now among a small but growing number of school-related law enforcement agencies to employ body cameras -- a relatively new technology that records officers' interactions with the public. David Rider, chief of the Fort Bend ISD Police Department, wrote in a recent email to parents that the cameras were given to officers in mid-November after a year of testing and planning. He wrote that the camera purchases came after "disturbing reports of use of force" had circulated across national and social media. view article arw

A district spokesman said one student brought two water bottles to school that contained tea mixed with alcohol. view article arw

One of Sweetwater ISD’s agriculture barns burned late Wednesday, killing 10 pigs, Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden said Thursday. view article arw

Almost two months have passed since the West Brook High Schoolbaseball field house was burglarized and the Beaumont ISD police department still doesn't have a suspect, chief Rob Flores said on Wednesday. view article arw

A former Edgewood Independent School District student is suing the district nearly three years after she became pregnant with the child of a Memorial High School teacher. view article arw

Seven years ago, David Rider made a goal when he became chief of police of the Fort Bend ISD department to build positive relationships with the community. In November, Rider outfitted his 55 officers with body cameras as a way to increase accountability of his department. The Taser Axon cameras will cost the department $245,000 for a five-year contract that includes access to cloud-based video-evidence storage and 57 cameras – one for each officer plus two spares in case of malfunction. The money for the cameras came out of the school district’s general fund. view article arw

Judson ISD tackles spate of break-ins

November 2908:21 AM

The Judson Independent School District will spend $580,000 to ramp up security at its buildings after recent break-ins at its schools and the apprehension of some of those involved. Steve Linscomb, Judson ISD spokesman, addressed the six school break-ins over the past six weeks that were reported to JISD board trustees during their Nov. 17 meeting. During an executive session, the board met to approve “the deployment or implementation of security personnel or devices” in the district, in an attempt to ward off further crime. view article arw

 A 17-year-old Vista Ridge High School student is facing an Arson charge after police say she set fire a toilet paper dispenser in the girls bathroom. view article arw

North American Solutions (NAS), a leading provider of insurance and risk management services for public entities, is excited to announce that Michelle Faust, currently Director, Safety & Risk Management at Round Rock ISD, will be joining the NAS team in January. view article arw

A teen who was severely bruised in a "brutal and excessive" nightstick attack by a Pasadena ISD school resource officer has settled his federal lawsuit for $60,000. Cesar Suquet Jr. was 16 in May 2014 when he went to the principal's office at South Houston High School to retrieve his cell phone, which had been confiscated earlier that day. His request was declined and he was told to leave. view article arw

Garland ISD was one of just 10 districts statewide recently honored by The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The district’s Risk Management Department earned a 2015 TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Award for its creative safety video campaign. view article arw

Abilene ISD board approved the bid on Monday evening at its agenda review meeting. Construction coordinator for the district, Joe Humphrey, says Martinez Elementary took the brunt of the storm. view article arw

Three students from Stehlik Intermediate School in the Aldine Independent School District were taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning after a minor collision with a cement mixer. The wreck happened about 8 a.m. on West Road at Deer Trail Drive as the bus was transporting students to the school at 400 West Road, a school district spokeswoman said. The school is just west of Interstate 45. view article arw