Over the weekend: Spain overtook China in confirmed coronavirus infections as the pandemic pushed hospitals to their breaking point. New York surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases. President Donald Trump extended stay-at-home social distancing recommendations for an additional month, to end April 30. I think we will now see other school districts move their closure dates in line with the President’s dates. One district has already stated they will be closed for the year, now there will be more. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Jared Bellar, Superintendent, Baird ISD, has been named New Super of Clarendon ISD (16).

Melissa Reid, Principal, New Boston ISD, has been named New Super of Pewitt ISD .

Hector Madrigal, Asst. Superintendent, San Benito CISD, has been named New Super of Karnes ISD.

Jack Lee, Superintendent, Blooming Grove, has been named New Super of Bullard ISD (25).

Jessica Milam, Superintendent, Utopia, has been named New Super of San Vincente.

Stacy Ackley, Superintendent, Royal ISD, has been named New Super of Goliad ISD.

 

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Vacant Lumberton ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Big Sandy ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Blooming Grove ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Navarro ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Quanah ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Farmersville ISD; Search by: Farmersville ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Buckholts ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Breckenridge ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant La Porte ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Celina ISD; Search by: Celina ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Sweetwater ISD; Region XIV Education Service CenterINFO
Vacant Trenton ISD - Jeremy Strickland, High School Principal,Trenton ISD; Search by: Trenton ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Colmesneil ISD; Search by: Wells, Peyton, Greenberg & Hunt LLPINFO
Vacant South San Antonio ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo & Moak, Casey & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Early ISD; Search By: Region 15 ESCINFO
Vacant Moulton ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Santa Anna ISD; Search By: Region 15 ESCINFO
Vacant Galena Park ISD; Search by DRV Executive Services, Fred Rush & Dale DixonINFO
Vacant Center ISD; Search By Jim Largent, Largent Consulting Services, LLCINFO
Vacant Winona ISD; Search by: Wes Hickey & WISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Lake Travis ISD; Search By: Lake Travis ISD - Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Perryton ISD; Search By: Region 16 ESCINFO
Vacant Region 7 ESC Executive Director; Search By: Thompson & Horton , LLP - David Thompson and Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant Baird ISD; Region XIV Education Service CenterINFO
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Vacant Rosebud-Lott ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
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Vacant Slaton ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
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Vacant Region 2 ESC; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Marathon ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Rio Hondo ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Grand Prairie ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C.INFO
Vacant Mullin ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C.INFO
Vacant Marlin ISD; Search by: Educational Solutions and Services, Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
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Vacant Manor ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
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Lone Finalist West Sabine ISD - Cristal Joslin, Director of Federal Programs,Jasper ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Wells ISD - Jill Gaston, High School Principal,Wells ISD; Search by: Wells ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Belton ISD - Dr. Matthew Smith, Chief of Staff,Leander ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Iredell ISD - Ben Eubanks, Elementary Principal,Hico ISD; Search by: Iredell ISD Board of trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Winters ISD - Sean Leamon, High School Principal,Sonora ISD; Search by: Ronnie Kincaid adINFO
Lone Finalist Harleton ISD - Jay Ratcliff, Superintendent,Big Sandy ISD; Search by: Harleton ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Winnsboro ISD - Dave Wilcox, Assistant Superintendent,Atlanta ISD; Search by: Hardy Cook & Hardy, P.C. adINFO
Lone Finalist Jasper ISD - James Seybold, Director of Operaitons,Jasper ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Randolph Field ISD - Brian Holt, Superintendent,Booker ISD; Search by: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Ector ISD - Jennifer Morris, Elementary Principal,Ector ISD; Search by: ECISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Borden County ISD - Stephanie Behrens, Assistant Superintendent/Principal,Timpson ISD; Search by: Borden Countiy ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Frankston ISD - Nicole (Nicci) Cook, Assistant Superintendent,Frankston ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Southside ISD - Rolando Ramirez, Superintendent,Valley View ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Lovejoy ISD - Dr. Michael Goddard, Superintendent,Red Oak ISD; Search by: JG Consulting INFO
New Super Boles ISD - Ms. Mikayle Goss, Director,Hunt County Co-op; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Douglass ISD - Justin Keeling , High School Principal,Woden ISD ; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Chireno ISD - Michael Skinner, Secondary Principal,Bartlett ISD; Search by: Largent Consulting LLC adINFO
New Super Karnes City ISD - Hector Madrigal, Assistant Superintendent,San Benito CISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Pewitt CISD - Melissa Reid, Principal,New Boston ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Clarendon ISD - Jarod Bellar, Superintendent ,​Baird ISD; Search by: Clarendon ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Bullard ISD - Jack Lee, Superintendent,Bullard ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Brady ISD - Dr. Hector Martinez, Assistant Superintendent,Brownwood ISD; Search by : Region 15 ESC adINFO
New Super San Vicente ISD - Jessica Milam, Superintendent,Utopia ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Goliad ISD - Stacy Ackley, Superintendent,Royal ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Idalou ISD - Robert Gibson, Superintendent,Schleicher County ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Del Valle ISD - Dr. Annette Tielle, Interim Superintendent,Del Valle ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Nacogdoches ISD - Dr. Gabriel A. Trujillo, Area Superintendent,Grapevine ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Bangs ISD - Dr. Joshua Martin, Chief Academic Officer,Farmersville ISD; Search by: Bangs ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Agua Dulce ISD - Richard Wright, High School Prinicipal,Brooks County ISD; Search by: Agua Dulce ISD Board of Trustees adINFO

Randolph Field ISD announces new superintendent with more than two decades of experience

March 3106:44 AM
 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Texas - Randolph Field ISD has found its new superintendent. According to the district, the Board of Trustees approved Dr. Brian Holt to be named for the position Monday.  Dr. Holt has more than two decades of experience in education from pre-kindergarten through university. He was last a superintendent for Booker ISD from 2016 until now. He has worked in Texas since 1998 and received his doctorate from Tarleton State in 2013.  The district also said Dr. Holt's wife is a United States Navy Veteran, pursuing a degree as a licensed professional counselor. view article  arw

Lone finalist named for the next Superintendent of Southside ISD

March 3106:36 AM
 

SAN ANTONIO - Southside ISD announced Monday a lone finalist for its next Superintendent of Schools.  According to a press statement, Rolando Ramirez, was announced as the lone finalist to be the next Superintendent of Schools at Southside ISD. Ramirez currently is the superintendent for Valley View Independent School District in Pharr, Texas. During his tenure as superintendent, Valley View ISD won the H-E-B Award of Excellence for Education in 2016 and the school was named Texas Schools to Watch in 2018. On top of that, two campuses with Valley View ISD won the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2019.  Ramirez holds a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Texas - Pan American and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.   (31) view article  arw

Arizona:  Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman Announce Extension Of School Closures Through End Of School Year

March 3106:27 AM
 

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020.  Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman released the following joint statement: view article  arw

LUMBERTON ISD HIRES ARROW EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO CONDUCT SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

March 3008:41 AM
 

The board of trustees of the Lumberton Independent School District has contracted with Arrow Educational Services, Inc. to assist them in their search for a new superintendent. Arrow President/CEO Dr. Russell Marshall and Lead Consultant/COO Jim Dunlap will conduct the search. More information and the application process is available on arrowsearchinc.com.  (26)

Bangs Board of Trustees hires Martin as new superintendent

March 3006:49 AM
 

Dr. Joshua Martin, lone finalist to become the new superintendent for the Bangs Independent School District was officially hired during a special meeting of the board of trustees March 27. Martin was named as the lone finalist for the position in early March.  Bangs ISD will host a ‘Meet and Greet’ at a later date in order to give the community an opportunity to welcome Martin and his family to Bangs.   (30) view article  arw

Celina ISD Announces Lone Finalist

March 3005:12 AM
 

Celina, TX. The Celina School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Tom Maglisceau, as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Celina Independent School District during the CISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening. In accordance with state law, Dr. Maglisceau must complete the required 21-day waiting period before the contract is made official.  The search for a new superintendent began in December after current CISD Superintendent Mr. Rick DeMasters formally submitted his resignation to retire effective December 2020.  In his letter to the faculty and staff he stated, “The opportunity to come to Celina ISD was the greatest blessing and I cannot think of a better place to end my public-school career. I am so thankful to the Celina community for being so very generous and supportive of not only our school district, but myself as well.”   (30) view article  arw

Nacogdoches ISD hires Trujillo as new superintendent

March 2707:37 AM
 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (News Release) - Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Thursday the hire of Dr. Gabriel A. Trujillo as the district’s new superintendent. Trujillo is expected to begin work full-time with NISD on April 6.  Thursday’s board meeting was held in an online format because of ongoing concerns related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  NISD trustees named Trujillo lone finalist for the position of superintendent during a special meeting held March 4. Texas law required the NISD board to wait at least 21 days before formally approving a contract.   (27) view article  arw

May 2020 Bond List

February 2405:23 AM
 

Bond Election Data collected by TexasISD.com for public school bonds in the upcoming May 2020 election cycle.

Preventive Law: Common Issues in Real Estate Transactions

February 0308:41 AM
 

If the property the district wishes to sell contains a “facility” (undefined, but could mean any building), the district must first offer the property to any charter schools with boundaries that overlap the district boundaries. The district is not required to accept an offer from a charter school. Tex. Educ. Code § 11.1542.

Texas Teacher Pension Payments Are Safe, Executive Director Says

March 3108:41 AM
 

Retired teachers’ annuities are safe, there will be no changes to them, and they will be delivered on time. That was the reassuring message on Friday from Brian Guthrie, Executive Director of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.   At a Facebook Live event held by the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) on Friday, Guthrie said the reason teachers’ pensions will not be affected despite concerns about the market fluctuations due to COVID-19 is that they have a diversified portfolio.  For the same reason, the TRS Pension Trust Fund did not lose as much as others in the market. view article  arw

DPS: no plan to establish COVID-19 checkpoints at Texas-Louisiana border

March 3108:40 AM
 

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — With no checkpoints along the border, Texas appears to be playing by the honor system as state troopers try to enforce new quarantine requirements implemented by Gov. Greg Abbott.  This time, the border in question belongs to Texas and Louisiana. Abbott used his power to issue executive orders to “reduce importing COVID-19 into the state of Texas.” “The best way to do that is to do all that we can to restrict travel into Texas from areas that have a high rate of COVID-19,” including Louisiana, Abbott said Sunday. view article  arw

Austin ISD modernization work continuing amid coronavirus stay-at-home order

March 3108:40 AM
 

Austin ISD has continued construction related to school improvements and bond modernization efforts during the city of Austin and Travis County’s stay-at-home order because of education facilities’ statues as essential infrastructure.  According to a March 30 message by Nicole Conley, the district’s chief business and operations officer, active work sites are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Contractors are also being required to provide a coronavirus-related safety plan to the district, according to Conley. view article  arw

Forney ISD to host virtual Kindergarten Round-Up, April 7

March 3108:40 AM
 

FORNEY, Texas — The Forney Independent School District will hold a virtual Kindergarten Round-Up on April 7, 2020, at 6 p.m., via Zoom, a video conferencing service.  Parents will first find their school attendance zone based on their address and will log-in to their respective campuses round-up. Parents will then be able to enroll their Kindergarten student online at home during the virtual round-up or anytime afterwards, according to Forney view article  arw

Dallas ISD Following Social Distancing Guidelines By Having Students Pick Up Meals Once A Week

March 3108:40 AM
 

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In an effort to keep students and parents from leaving their homes often, Dallas ISD has changed their grab-and-go program by offering a week’s worth of meals that can be picked up once a week.  Students will now be able to pick up their free meals on Thursdays only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at campuses across the district. The district will provide meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. view article  arw

Austin school trustees set to further limit public comments at board meetings

March 3108:40 AM
 

Austin district Superintendent Paul Cruz and school board President Geronimo Rodriguez on Monday will provide updates on the district’s response to the coronavirus and its search for a replacement for Cruz, who announced last month he was stepping down.  The Austin school board will conduct its regular board meeting virtually on the videoconferencing platform Zoom at 6 p.m. Monday. The meeting moved online as a health safety measure amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Since March 13, district schools have been closed. Cruz said the district will remain closed until at least April 13, which is when stay-at-home orders from Austin and Travis County authorities could be lifted.  But several Austin-area school districts are preparing for an even longer time away from campuses. Last week, the interim public health authority for Austin and Travis County, Dr. Mark Escott, recommended that schools remain closed for the rest of the school year. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that schools be closed for up to 20 weeks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. view article  arw

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Southside ISD Names Superintendent Finalist, Delays Bond Election

March 3108:40 AM
 

In a short videoconference meeting held Monday night, Southside Independent School District board members named a finalist to succeed their retiring superintendent and voted to delay a bond election scheduled for May 2.  Board members named Valley View ISD Superintendent Rolando Ramirez to replace Mark Eads, who announced last November he would retire from his position. Eads was hired in May 2016, before the State announced plans to intervene in the district, installing an appointed board of managers.  Officials with the Texas Education Agency told the Southside ISD community that the district would begin transitioning back to elected governance no later than May 2020 with a fully elected board slated to govern the district in May 2022. view article  arw

Texas shale producers ask state to cut oil output as demand plummets during coronavirus pandemic

March 3108:40 AM
 

HOUSTON — Two Texas oil companies with large footprints in the West Texas oil patch sent a letter Monday to state regulators formally requesting an emergency meeting to consider reducing oil production as demand for oil around the world has collapsed during the new coronavirus pandemic.  The presidents of Pioneer Natural Resources, based in Irving, and Parsley Energy, based in Austin, urged the Texas Railroad Commission — the state’s oil and gas regulatory body — to hold a virtual meeting no later than April 13 “for the purposes of determining the reasonable market demand for oil, whether wasteful production either is occurring or is reasonably imminent, and, if so, the necessary and appropriate proration order to prevent such waste,” the letter read. view article  arw

As Texas economy sputters, will rainy day fund rescue state government?

March 3108:40 AM
 

Texas voters approved the rainy day fund’s creation in 1988 as an emergency piggy bank to rescue state government in case future leaders faced the sort of oil and gas crash that beset the state budget in the 1980s.  Now, with another sharp drop in oil prices — combined with the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus — wreaking havoc on the state’s economy, will Gov. Greg Abbott see fit to dip into the $8.5 billion dollar fund?  He’s not saying.  Comptroller Glenn Hegar, who provides state leaders with revenue projections, is already sounding alarm bells, saying he expects rainy day fund spending to be necessary to keep up core government work.  Unemployment numbers mount; restaurants and retail stores are shuttered; and oil prices remain in the cellar, down by two-thirds since January. With sales and other consumption taxes making up the lion’s share of state general revenues, a $3 billion budget surplus projected by Hegar last year has evaporated. view article  arw

Bridgeport ISD postpones May bond, trustee election to November

March 3108:35 AM
 

With votes being cast via webcam Monday, Bridgeport ISD trustees pushed back its bond election and school board election from May 2 to Nov. 3.  “Based on our current health situation with COVID-19, after the Wise County declaration of disaster, I feel like it’s appropriate to make the recommendation on the guidance to postpone the election,” Superintendent Brandon Peavey said.   Earlier in March, Wise County Elections Office elected not to contract with entities for voting equipment.  view article  arw

Dallas County’s latest shelter-in-place revisions lead Dallas ISD to cut meal service to once a week

March 3108:30 AM
 

Despite high demand for free food by its students during the coronavirus crisis, Dallas ISD is cutting its food service to one day a week.  DISD announced Monday afternoon that, starting next week, Thursdays would be the only day parents and students would be able to receive grab-and-go meals at 47 locations throughout the district. Previously, DISD distributed three days’ worth of food Mondays and Thursdays.  Over 320,000 meals were given out to 37,000 students and families last week. Moving forward, the district said that students and families would be able to pick up a week’s worth of meals under the new arrangement.  DISD spokesperson Robyn Harris said the decision was made by administrators “in order to protect the health and safety of our families and our staff," better aligning the district’s policies with shelter-in-place guidance that was revised by Dallas County and public health officials late Sunday night. view article  arw

Bellevue ISD closes all campuses until further notice

March 3108:30 AM
 

BELLEVUE (KFDX/KJTL)— Bellevue ISD has announced the closing of all campuses until further notice.  Superintendent Michael Qualls said school officials will continue to work to determine a return date.  “We will continue to work with local, state, and federal health officials to determine when is the safest and appropriate time to return to normal operations,” Qualls said. view article  arw

Waco ISD principal in hospital with COVID-19 as McLennan County cases climb; 4 are in critical condition

March 3108:30 AM
 

Stay informed on the rapidly changing news surrounding COVID-19 with our daily coronavirus email newsletter that will give you all the latest local and national information. Sign up here.  The Trib has dropped its paywall on all the coverage related to the coronavirus. Find all the coverage on our coronavirus latest page. view article  arw

Irving ISD Students Move Closer to Complete Distance Learning

March 3108:30 AM
 

Tuesday, March 31, Irving ISD students are scheduled to receive electronic devices, hot spots and learning resources to continue distance learning.  Approximately 500 students requested devices and have been assigned staggered pick up times at schools across the district to keep families and teachers safe.  While, distance learning officially started in the district last week, the pick up was postponed until now. view article  arw

Waco ISD principal tests positive for COVID-19

March 3108:30 AM
 

The principal of G.W. Carver Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently hospitalized. view article  arw

Long lines, food shortages follow changes to school meal pickup plans

March 3108:30 AM
 

Shannon Yearout arrived Monday afternoon at Pasadena High School expecting a modest wait — 10 or 15 minutes long if her three previous trips served as a guide — to pick up free meals for her three kids.  Instead, she found more than 150 cars snaking through the neighborhood around the campus in a line stretching about three-quarters of a mile. view article  arw

Tomball ISD likely to announce school closure extension March 31; free meals limited to Wednesdays

March 3108:30 AM
 

Tomball ISD Superintedent Martha Salazar-Zamora said during a March 30 teleconference meeting she hopes to announce March 31 the date to which TISD might further extend its closure of district facilities due to the coronavirus outbreak. The district announced March 16 it would suspend its normal district operations through April 10.  "I hope to have an announcement to make after our Region 4 meeting tomorrow, but it is apparent that the extension is going to be necessary. I just am not prepared to give a date of what that extension will look like," Salazar-Zamora said during a March 30 special teleconference meeting of the board of trustees. "As we get later and later, the likelihood is challenging to bring kids back for two weeks, three weeks, whatever that might look like, but know that I will be looking at various districts and information to make that decision as soon as possible."  Salazar-Zamora said superintendents of schools within Region 4—such as Spring, Klein and Cypress-Fairbanks ISDs—have a conference call tomorrow, after which time she plans to make the announcement. view article  arw

Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads

March 3108:30 AM
 

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up travel restrictions into Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic and announced the state's first pop-up hospital to deal with the crisis. He also said he was moving to "stop the release of dangerous felons" amid the outbreak. Abbott said he was dramatically expanding a previous executive order that requires a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans. Now, the state is also mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone driving into Texas from anywhere in Louisiana and for those flying in from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, as well as anywhere in California or Washington. view article  arw

Student teachers across East Texas learn of waiver for certification

March 3108:30 AM
 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Zoom lessons are resourcefully used by SFA student teachers, who like their young students, were suddenly pulled out of a school classroom.  For days these soon to be teachers and their professors remained nervous over certification requirements. They got some encouraging news from the Texas Education Agency just a couple of days ago says professor of education Dr Heather Beal.  “They said that if the students had completed 35 days of clinical teaching that was the minimum of their student teaching," said Beal. view article  arw

Lone finalist named for the next Superintendent of Southside ISD

March 3108:29 AM
 

Southside ISD announced Monday a lone finalist for its next Superintendent of Schools. According to a press statement, Rolando Ramirez, was announced as the lone finalist to be the next Superintendent of Schools at Southside ISD. Ramirez currently is the superintendent for Valley View Independent School District in Pharr, Texas. During his tenure as superintendent, Valley View ISD won the H-E-B Award of Excellence for Education in 2016 and the school was named Texas Schools to Watch in 2018. On top of that, two campuses with Valley View ISD won the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2019. view article  arw

Ballinger parade gives students, teachers chance to see each other

March 3108:29 AM
 

With a third straight week of scheduled classes canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ballinger ISD's teachers decided to make a parade route through town Monday to see their students.  No candy was thrown from windows, and people didn't line up next to each other downtown. view article  arw

Wylie ISD to start at home online classes

March 3108:25 AM
 

Several Texas classrooms went digital as they they try to prevent the spread of the coroanvirus. Wylie Independent School District parents, students, and teachers caught on quickly to find innovate ways to continue education at home using technology. Some platforms they have been using are Zoom, Flipgrid, and Google Classroom. view article  arw

Lubbock ISD provides childcare for healthcare workers

March 3108:25 AM
 

Lubbock ISD is filling a critical need for healthcare workers in the Lubbock area.  The district is offering childcare to employees at UMC and Covenant Health.  The process began more than a week ago.  Superintendent Kathy Rollo said on a conference call with the education commissioner and other superintendents in the Texas School Alliance, she learned some hospitals across the state were asking schools for help in providing childcare.  "We casually reached out to people that we knew at both UMC and Covenant, and there definitely was a need," Rollo said. "They were already starting to scramble to figure out how they were going to solve the problem." view article  arw

Terrell and Kaufman ISD announce indefinite campus closures, to continue at-home learning

March 3108:25 AM
 

TERRELL, Texas — The Terrell and Kaufman Independent School Districts (ISD) have announced the indefinite closure of all of their campuses, in announcements made Monday.  "Following the guidance from health officials and our state and national government leaders, Terrell ISD has made the determination to close all schools indefinitely," read, in part, the statement from Terrell ISD.  "Decisions like this are not made lightly, and are made with the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff at the forefront of our minds." view article  arw

Brazosport staff uplifts students with video announcements

March 3108:25 AM
 

FREEPORT — Every week, students at Brazosport High School made video announcements for their classmates. Since students can no longer gather to make them, members of the administration has taken the responsibility upon themselves. Brazosport High School Principal Richard Yoes released a comical morning announcements video Monday on the school’s Facebook page. The video had staff members lead pledges, encourage daily reading and lighten viewers’ moods. view article  arw

New district offers new opportunities for Pflugerville ISD girls basketball teams

March 3108:25 AM
 

Girls basketball in the Pflugerville school district had a banner season in 2019-20 with a Class 6A regional semifinalist in Hendrickson, two Class 5A playoff-qualifying teams in Pflugerville and Connally, and a young Weiss team that just missed the Class 5A postseason.  Things could be even better next season, when those four schools are aligned into an entirely new configuration that offers the quartet a unique opportunity to all make the playoffs. view article  arw