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Congratulations to the following New Supers

Steve Wolf, Superintendent, Lazbuddie ISD, has been named New Super of Guthrie ISD.

Jana Reuter, Assistant Superintendent, San Angelo ISD, has been named New Super of Elgin ISD.

Dr. Usama Rodgers, Deputy Chief of Strategic Initiative, Dallas ISD, has been named New Super of DeSoto ISD.

Cynthia Ann Torres, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services, Sharyland ISD, has been named New Super of Le Feria ISD.

Sara Alvaredo, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services, San Benito CISD, has been named New Super of San Isidro ISD.

Dr. Marcela Baez, Chief Human Resource Officer, San Marcos CISD, has been named New Super of Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco ISD.

Dr. Paul Uttley, Superintendent, Paradise ISD, has been named New Super of Stratford ISD.

Larry Berger, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, Pearland ISD, has been named New Super of Pearland ISD.

Dr. Julia McMains, Assistant Superintendent, Palacios ISD, has been named New Super of Eustace ISD.

Dr. Renee Fairchild, Superintendent, Sweet Home ISD, has been named New Super of Moulton ISD.

Kirby Basham, High School Principal, Grandview ISD, has been named New Super of Grandview ISD.

Dr. Tyson Bennett, Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities, Maintenance & Operations and Food Service, Sherman ISD, has been named New Super of Sherman ISD.

Bob Rauch, Superintendent, Sterling City ISD, has been named New Super of Snyder ISD.

 

52 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Mullin ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C. (search suspended)INFO
Vacant Boling ISD; Search by: Boling ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Wimberley ISD; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Vacant La Grange ISD; Search by: Dr. Curtis Cullwell & Dr. Rich Elsasser, Exec. Dir. Region 13 ESCINFO
Vacant Hempstead ISD; Search by: KARCZEWSKI BRADSHAW SPALDINGINFO
Vacant San Perlita ISD; Search by: San Perlita ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Medina Valley ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant High Island ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC, Exec. Dir. Dr. Danny LovettINFO
Vacant Mason ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESC, Casey Callahan, Executive DirectorINFO
Vacant Region 4 Executive Director; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Vacant Anton ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
Vacant Hemphill ISD; Search by: Hemphill ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Hermleigh ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
Vacant Sweetwater ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
Vacant Dalhart ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Snook ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Benjamin ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
Vacant Channing ISD; Search by: Channing ISD Board of Trustees & Region 16 ESC, Nathan Maxwell, Exec. Dir.INFO
Vacant Brackett ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Lazbuddie ISD; INFO
Vacant Sterling City ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESCINFO
Vacant Premont ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Navarro ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Dr. Jeanette Winn MoczygembaINFO
Vacant Chireno ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Mr. Gary PattersonINFO
Vacant Miles ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESCINFO
Vacant Crowell ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
Vacant Vysehrad ISD; Search by: Region 3 ESC, Exec. Dir. Morris LyonINFO
Vacant Wichita Falls ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Ganado ISD; Search by: Region 3 ESC, Exec. Dir. Morris LyonINFO
Lone Finalist Whitharral ISD - Ben Prowell, Superintendent,Wellman-Union ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Sweeny ISD - Dr. Daniel E. Fuller, Superintendent,Stockdale ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Simms ISD - Edward May, Principal,Simms ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Muenster ISD - Scott Bicknell, Superintendent,Glasscock County ISD; Search by: Meunster ISD Board of Trustees & Supt. Steven SelfINFO
Lone Finalist Motley County ISD - Kurt Koepke, Principal,Hartley ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
Lone Finalist Marion ISD - Dr. Don M. Beck, Assistant Superintendent,Channelview ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Eustace ISD - Dr. Julia McMains, Assistant Superintendent,Palacios ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Burkeville ISD - Gordon Thomas, Superintendent,Benjamin ISD; Dr. Darrell Myers & Burkeville ISD Board of TrustessINFO
Lone Finalist Moulton ISD - Dr. Renee Fairchild, Superintendent,Sweet Home ISD; Search by: Moulton ISD Board or Trustees & Interim Supt. Mark PoolINFO
Lone Finalist Snyder ISD - Robert Rauch, Superintendent,Sterling City ISD; Search by Snyder ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist DeSoto ISD - Dr. Usamah Rodgers, Deputy Superintendent,Dallas ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Lone Finalist Buena Vista ISD - Richard "Mason" Kyle, Principal,Meadow ISD; Search by: Region 18 ESC, Dr. Dewitt SmithINFO
Lone Finalist Stratford ISD - Dr. Paul Uttley, Superintendent,Paradise ISD; Search by: Straford ISD Board of Trustees, Jo Hinds, PresidentINFO
Lone Finalist Roma ISD - Carlos Gonzalez, Superintendent,Zapata Co. ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Alpine ISD - Dr. Michelle Rinehart, Assistant Superintendent,Rankin ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Glasscock County ISD - Ben Eubanks, Superintendent,Iredell ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
Lone Finalist Christoval ISD - Clint Askins, Superintendent,Miles ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
Lone Finalist Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD - Jamie Copley, Superintendent,Follett ISD; Search by: PSP CISD Board of Trustees and Michael LeeINFO
Lone Finalist Dallas ISD - Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Superintendent,Austin ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Gonzales ISD - Dr. Elmer Avellaneda, Assistant Superintendent,Corsicana ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Lewisville ISD - Dr. Lori Rapp, Deputy Superintendent,Lewisville ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., Mr. Gary Patterson & Dr. Karen RueINFO
New Super Krum ISD - Jason Cochran, Superintendent,Eastland ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Post ISD - Cassie Petty , Superintendent,Harmleigh ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
New Super Alba-Golden ISD - Macie Thompson, Principal,Alba-Golden ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Childress ISD - Mark Dykes, Superintendent,Collinsville ISD; Search by: Childress ISD Board of Trustees, Carl Taylor & Rod TownsendINFO
New Super Tuloso-Midway ISD - Stephen Van Matre, Superintendent,Premont ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Ralls ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
New Super Guthrie CSD - Steve Wolf, Superintendent,Lazbuddie ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
New Super Forestburg ISD - Jason Briles, Principal,​Forestburg ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
New Super Newcastle ISD - Michael Shane Mallory, Principal,Highland ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
New Super Northwest ISD - Davis Hicks, Superintendent,Sherman ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.CINFO
New Super Tarkington ISD - Elna Davis, Area Superintendent,Grand Prairie ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.CINFO
New Super Grandview ISD - Kirby Basham; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.CINFO
New Super San Isidro ISD - Sara Alvarado, Assistant Superintendent,San Benito ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD - Dr. Marcy Baez, Assistant Superintendent,San Marcos ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
New Super La Feria ISD - Cynthia Anne Torres, Assistant Superintendent,Sharyland ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Mr. Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Elgin ISD - Jana Rueter, Assistant Superintendent,San Angelo ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Milford ISD; Education Solutions and Services Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO

2 Children dead in Uvalde ISD active Shooter situation

May 2403:24 PM
 

UVALDE, TX — Two people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, according to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. The hospital received 13 children from a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to the hospital. It is unclear if the two people killed were children or adults. The hospital did not release further details about the patients' conditions. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the active shooter situation at the school, according to the Uvalde Police Department. - Read More view article  arw

West Oso ISD superintendent set to resign

May 2405:00 AM
 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — West Oso ISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia is resigning from his position, effective Monday, June 23, 2022, citing his reasons as both personal and professional. In his resignation letter to the board obtained by 3NEWS, Garcia expressed gratitude towards those who surrounded him during his six years as superintendent. He called his time there and the school's progress, "rewarding and a source of personal pride to reflect on." view article  arw

Returning from a Dallas Mavericks game, a Palestine ISD coach was in a fatal car crash

May 2405:00 AM
 

Michael Coyne was a beloved coach at Palestine ISD. After taking two students to a Dallas Mavericks game, his vehicle collided with a driver heading the wrong way.    (24) view article  arw

Election results: How Texas voted in the May 2022 primary runoff

May 2405:00 AM
 

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to helping you navigate Texas policy and politics — including the 2022 elections. We’re tracking the results of the Texas 2022 primary runoffs happening May 24. Texas voters will finalize which Democratic and Republican primary candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election. In 50 races in the March 1 primary, no candidate exceeded 50% of the vote, bringing about runoff races between the candidates who came in first and second. The winner in each race will face the other major party’s nominee, as well as possible Libertarian and Green Party candidates. Independent and write-in candidates have until the summer to file their candidacies.    (24) view article  arw

Helmet maker, injured Bowie football player’s family reach settlement

May 2405:00 AM
 

FYI:  An excerpt from a report by an expert for the plaintiff included in a report issued May 13 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven describes the circumstances of Scott Akins' injury while a sophomore playing outside linebacker. "Near the end of the game, Charles Scott attempted to tackle a ball carrier, rotated counterclockwise and fell, striking the back-left portion of his helmet against the ground. The impact speed of the subject incident was 12 to 13 mph," the excerpt states. Scott Akins was helped from the field by coaches but lost consciousness on the sidelines, according to court documents. The Akins family filed suit in 2019 in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. They allege that the Riddell helmet worn by Scott Akins was defective both in the design of the outer shell and the padding inside, that Riddell knew the helmet didn't protect well enough and that an economically feasible alternative design was available to Riddell.    (24) view article  arw

Template for Estimating State Aid (Release 5)

May 2405:00 AM
 

Release 5 is now available for download. This release updates the MCR for some districts and makes various other fixes, two of which pertain to the Rate to Maintain and Notice tabs that will soon be needed by 7/1 fiscal-year districts (see Notes tab). The Notes tab also discusses TEA’s recently-released MCR template. As always, stay tuned for any further developments.    (24)

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Meet Ashley Chohlis, Poth ISD’s pick for new superintendent

May 2405:00 AM
 

She’s a “leadership junkie” and East Central High School alumna who loves time outdoors and listening to live music. The Poth Independent School District has named Ashley Chohlis as the lone finalist in its search for a new superintendent. District trustees met April 27 for final interviews, and approved Chohlis — currently the executive director of student and community engagement in the East Central ISD — for their choice to replace Paula Renken, who tendered her resignation in February. “Knowing what a critical decision who will fill the role of superintendent in a small community is, I am humbled and honored to be named lone finalist for the Poth ISD Superintendency,” Chohlis, a Floresville resident, told the Wilson County News.    (24) view article  arw

Avellaneda named Superintendent of Gonzales ISD

May 2305:00 AM
 

After many successful years with the Corsicana Independent School District, well wishes are shared as Dr. Elmer Avellaneda, affectionately known as “Dr. A” is named the Lone Finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools in the Gonzales Independent School District. “It has been my pleasure to serve the students and community members of the Corsicana ISD. This district has not only facilitated my growth, but the growth of my family. This growth has ensured I will be able to live out the legacy CISD instills. The Tiger Nation will always have a place in my heart,” Dr. A said. “In understanding the importance of educational advocacy and academic success for all students, I know this mission will continue for all future tigers.” Proudly serving the Corsicana ISD for the past 10 years, Dr. A has continued to serve the district with great strength of purpose; never wavering that every student can learn and reach their potential.    (23) view article  arw

Austin ISD superintendent lone finalist for top job with Dallas ISD

May 1905:00 AM
 

DALLAS (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde has been named as the lone finalist in Dallas ISD’s search for a new superintendent. Elizalde has been with AISD since August 2020. Prior to joining, she worked for Dallas ISD as the chief of school leadership. In a press release sent on Wednesday evening, Dallas ISD said that the state requires a 21-day review period for the superintendent position. After those three weeks, trustees are expected to offer Elizalde a contract for employment. AISD Board of Trustees President Geronimo Rodriguez issued a statement via AISD’s Twitter account responding to the news. “Thank you to Dr. Elizalde for her steadfast leadership through what has been an unprecedented and challenging two years,” the statement said. “Her commitment to our AISD mission allowed our community to safely move through the pandemic and stay laser-focused on academic achievement.”    (19) view article  arw

Preventive Law: Capping Free Speech:  Graduation Attire and the First Amendment

May 0208:35 AM
 

Graduation is a big life cycle event, and many students wish to take the opportunity to stand out amongst a wave of one-colored caps and gowns by decorating their regalia with their own personal expressions. We see honor cords, medals, and other tokens for awards and honors that the school hands out, but how should districts respond to students who wish to decorate their mortar board, their gown, or wear an additional stole not given to them by the school?

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2 Children dead in Uvalde ISD active Shooter situation

May 2411:46 AM
 

UVALDE, TX — Two people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, according to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. The hospital received 13 children from a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to the hospital. It is unclear if the two people killed were children or adults. The hospital did not release further details about the patients' conditions. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the active shooter situation at the school, according to the Uvalde Police Department. - Read More view article  arw

Texas special education director trial sparks law change recommendations

May 2408:40 AM
 

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The week-long trial of a Texas special education director over her involvement in a situation involving a non-verbal student with severe autism ended in a mistrial last week — but it could result in a massive overhaul of the laws designed to protect special education students in the state. Seated inside the small Williamson County courtroom for the trial of Dr. Stacie Koerth were Hutto ISD educators, parents of students with autism who wanted to learn more about the law — and a handful of disability rights advocates. One of them was Steven Aleman, a senior policy specialist at Disability Rights Texas. Disability Rights Texas is a federally-designated legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas. “Over the years, Disability Rights Texas has been tracking the number of restraints against students with disabilities in Texas and, unfortunately, we have discovered some very disturbing patterns and examples of restraints gone wrong,” Aleman said. view article  arw

Centerville ISD speaks on events involving escaped inmate

May 2408:40 AM
 

CENTERVILLE, Texas (FOX 44) – The Centerville Independent School District is updating students, staff and families on recent events involving escaped Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate Gonzalo Artemio Lopez. view article  arw

Hutto ISD to offer virtual academy for secondary students

May 2408:40 AM
 

HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Next year, more Central Texas students will be able to skip the classroom and learn from home in the Hutto Independent School District. The current virtual program at Hutto ISD, which is called River Horse Academy, started to help students get ahead on their work, but now it is expanding. The current program allows students to work online with teachers in the room, who can offer aid when needed. Students like Jesus Lara, who is a graduating senior, said the current program is a game changer if you apply yourself. “I never really liked school, but I knew that I wanted to finish it just to feel accomplished,” said Lara. “I probably would have been at the high school three more years if I didn’t come here.” “Students can come over here and not only catch up but actually seek acceleration and graduate early,” said River Horse Academy Principal Drew McConnaughhay. view article  arw

Projections estimate New Caney ISD will add roughly 5,600-9,600 new students by 2031

May 2408:35 AM
 

New Caney ISD’s student population is projected to grow between roughly 5,600-9,600 students by 2031, according to the most recent Population and Survey Analysts report presented to trustees April 18. NCISD’s student population stands at roughly 17,100 students as of April, according to district officials. According to PASA Planning Director Kris Pool, the demographic firm studies existing and projected residential development and potential land uses for undeveloped land parcels to create student growth projections that aim to help school districts outline where new schools could be needed in the future. Outside of 2020—during which the district’s annual growth rate dropped to 1% as students throughout the state shifted to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic—NCISD’s student population has grown by an average of 4.6% annually since 2016, district officials said. view article  arw

Superintendent finalist Stephanie Elizalde: Dallas is ‘calling me back’

May 2408:35 AM
 

AUSTIN — Even after she took a job as the Austin superintendent nearly two years ago, something about Dallas still felt like home to Stephanie Elizalde. In fact, she and her husband didn’t sell their two-story house on a tree-lined North Dallas street until three weeks ago. Still, she waited until the last day possible to apply to lead DISD schools, where she’d previously spent nearly a decade as a top administrator. Now — following a unanimous vote by trustees to bring Elizalde back as superintendent — she may find she can finally settle in the city for good. “I intend Dallas ISD to be my last superintendency,” she said from the Austin ISD headquarters. “I left a little part of my heart in Dallas, and I think it’s calling me back.” view article  arw

College Station ISD School Board Approves Updated Policy On High School Grading And Class Ranking

May 2408:30 AM
 

May’s meeting of the College Station ISD school board included finalizing an updated policy on a new high school grading and class rank policy. That follows the work of a 58 member committee that began last September. Letters were sent to this year’s seventh graders in CSISD. That’s the first group to be impacted by the updated policy because these students can take high school classes next year as eighth graders. CSISD board members stressed to administrators, reminding those students and their parents of a June ninth deadline to make any schedule changes. view article  arw

Mercedes ISD nixes move to hire special counsel

May 2408:30 AM
 

MERCEDES — School trustees here opted not to engage law firm O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo as special counsel in regards to special education Monday evening. A popular choice in representation for educational entities, O’Hanlon represents several school districts across the state. Board President Oscar Hernandez, who approached the firm and asked for the item to be put on the agenda, characterized engaging O’Hanlon as a move that would give the district backup counsel if needed. view article  arw

Fort Worth ISD to Expand Early Reading Program After Pilot Success

May 2408:30 AM
 

A shakeup is coming to the way reading is taught in Fort Worth ISD. The district is adopting a new reading program that thrusts kids into stories about topics they enjoy. The district tried it out this year at a handful of schools with huge success. Meadowbrook Elementary was chosen this year to try a new way of teaching reading. Random stories are gone. Students pick something they're into. "I want to be a soldier when I grow up and I like hearing about war stuff," said Logan Rivera. So Logan read about the American Revolution. Brandon Martinez likes the history of how things came to be, so he read about inventors. view article  arw

4 suspects identified in Agua Dulce ISD break-in, arrests set to come

May 2408:30 AM
 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE: According to a Facebook post from Agua Dulce Independent School District, Monday around 7 p.m. four suspects have been identified in the break-in, and arrests are set to come soon. Original Story Agua Dulce ISD canceled classes on Monday due to damage after the schools were broken into over the weekend. view article  arw

A word from Superintendent Quintin Shepherd of the Victoria I.S.D.

May 2408:30 AM
 

Graduation rates are something all schools across the nation focus on, especially at this point in the year. For a high school administrative team, there is always a last-minute push for those who are at risk of not graduating. Of course, we want as many students as possible to graduate and to find their “&” along the way. For some students, graduation is not a guarantee though. School districts around Texas and the nation try just about everything we can think of to help students successfully graduate. Victoria ISD has historically had great success with students who are at risk of not graduating and in the past few years, because of additional layers of support, we have recently made progress in graduating even more students. This is cause for celebration. view article  arw

Former FBISD superintendent joins national education board

May 2408:30 AM
 

Former FBISD superintendent joins national education board A longtime local and Texas school administrator has been named to the board of directors for a national education organization. Former Fort Bend ISD superintendent Charles Dupre has been named to the national board of directors for Kickstart Kids, the organization announced Wednesday. Kickstart Kids is a martial arts character development program non-profit organization created by Chuck Norris in 1990, which offers instruction to middle school and high school students throughout the state. Dupre has served as the Texas Association of School Administrators’ (TASA) director of member engagement and support since last September, and was a Texas school administrator for nearly 25 years between FBISD and Pflugerville ISD “Dr. Dupre’s experience, insight, and dedication will be an enormous addition to our national board,” Kickstart Kids executive director Joan Neuhaus said in the release. view article  arw

Tarleton, Duncanville Pact to Help Students Get College Education

May 2408:30 AM
 

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University and the Duncanville Independent School District have agreed to a partnership designed to lend a hand to DISD seniors who want a college education. DISD and Tarleton leaders recently finalized an arrangement offering guaranteed admission and annual scholarships for the top 25 percent of the district’s high school graduates beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. As part of the Distinguished High School Partnership, Tarleton also will waive ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) requirements for students in the top quarter of their class and application fees for students who qualify. view article  arw

Del Valle ISD hosts Austin’s first bilingual Entrepreneurship Conference

May 2408:30 AM
 

Studies show students who learn or know another language show heightened executive functions, attention control, cognitive inhibition and working memory. AUSTIN, Texas — In a partnership with Del Valle ISD, Latinitas, Austin’s only 100% bilingual STEM education nonprofit, brought its Startup Chica Conference to Del Valle on Saturday at the district’s Dailey Middle School. Open to girls, teens and non-binary students ages 9-14, attendees start a business for social good from concept to pitch. Having received $1.5 million in federal stimulus money in 2021 to expand its dual-language program, Del Valle ISD was chosen as the location for the organization's first bilingual conference. The whole district is dual-language integrated and offers multiple programs for bilingual students. view article  arw

Bowie Trustees try out gym program; BHS principal leaving for superintendent job

May 2408:30 AM
 

Bowie School Trustees had some fun Monday night as they played on the elementary school’s new Lü interactive playground system. Meeting locations were shifted to allow the board an opportunity to see how the new system works in the gym. After the business of the night, the board and administrators tried out the system. Principal Kathy Green coordinated a spelling game that required you hit the letter on the wall screen with a ball, and a few others of the program. A large hardwood screen was built by volunteers in the gym with materials donated by Ace Hardware. The digital program is directed to the screen that takes the impact of balls and reflects the action in the program. The system has a large assortment of interactive play programs, plus other learning programs. Everyone had a good time trying to outdo each other’s scores. view article  arw

Schools voice concern about vouchers

May 2408:30 AM
 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent comments advocating for school choice and for funding to follow students to private schools is drawing rebuke from local school officials. Abbott made the comments, while pushing his “Parental Bill of Rights.” He pledged public schools will be fully funded, while giving parents a choice for their children’s education. “No Governor has devoted more resources […] view article  arw

Palestine ISD teacher killed in crash called ‘a bright light in the community’

May 2408:28 AM
 

Palestine ISD said a teacher at Palestine Junior High died in a crash Sunday night. According to the district, Michael Coyne, a teacher and coach at Palestine Junior High, had attended the Dallas Mavericks game and was returning home Sunday night when he and the passengers in the vehicle were struck by another vehicle. view article  arw

McKinney ISD proposes lower tax rate for FY 2022-23

May 2408:27 AM
 

McKinney ISD is looking to decrease the district’s tax rate by $0.05 in the upcoming fiscal year. During a presentation at the May 17 MISD board meeting, Jason Bird, the district’s deputy superintendent of business, operations, accountability and technology, gave a budget update to trustees and discussed the proposed lower rate. During fiscal year 2020-21, the average single-family home in MISD was valued at $377,932. FY 2021-22 will have the average single-family home in MISD valued at $490,400, a 29.76% increase. view article  arw

Ellis County organization hosts appreciation dinner for Avalon ISD

May 2408:25 AM
 

The unincorporated community of Avalon, located in southern Ellis County, is classified as a 1A school by the UIL. The district consists of 653 students, and it has a total of 131 teachers covering pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. The entire group of teachers for the 2021-22 year was treated to an appreciation dinner on May 18, via the kindness of an Ellis County initiative called Love Your Neighbor (LYN). This organization covers the entire county and it is made up of Ellis County churches (all denominations), businesses and individuals who are all committed to the goal of reaching the lost for Jesus Christ and delivering the message of hope within the surrounding communities. Its major thrust is all about spreading the love, according to the message of the Bible to “love your neighbor.” view article  arw