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Vacant Quanah ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Farmersville ISD; Search by: Farmersville ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant La Porte ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
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 Region 7 ESC Executive Director; Search By: Thompson & Horton , LLP - David Thompson and Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant Baird ISD - Dr. Tim Little, Superintendent,Perryton ISD; Region XIV Education Service CenterINFO
Vacant Texas City ISD; Search By: Texas City ISD - Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Royal ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Region 2 ESC; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Mullin ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C. (search suspended)INFO
Vacant Booker ISD; Search by: Educational Solutions and Services, Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
Vacant Spearman ISD; Search By: Spearman ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Merkel ISD - John O'Malley, Assistant Superintendent,Merkel ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
Vacant White Deer ISD; Search by: White Deer ISD Board of Trustees & Region 16INFO
Vacant Kingsville ISD; Search conducted by O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo with Dr. Abelardo Saavedra and Dr. Daniel KingINFO
Vacant Dilley ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Skidmore-Tynan ISD; Search by: Doug Arnold & Arte AlmendarezINFO
Vacant Brenham ISD; Search by: Karczewski Bradshaw SpaldingINFO
Vacant Executive Director
Fast Growth School Coalition
; Search By: Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant Nederland ISD; Search by: Dr. Danny Lovett, Dr, Byron Terrier, Marianne Kondo, Region 5 ESCINFO
Vacant Edcouch-Elsa ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Tuloso-Midway ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Denver City ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist West Sabine ISD - Cristal Joslin, Director of Federal Programs,Jasper ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
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 Celina ISD - Dr. Tom Maglisceau, Assistant Superintendent,Rockwall ISD; Search by: Celina ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Galena Park ISD - Dr. John C. Moore, Associate Superintendent,Galena Park ISD; Search by DRV Executive Services, Fred Rush & Dale DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Marlin ISD - Dr. Darryl J. Henson, Assistant Superintendent,Cedar Hill ISD; Search by: Educational Solutions and Services, Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
Lone Finalist Grand Prairie ISD - Linda Ellis, Interim Superintendent,Grand Prairie ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C.INFO
Lone Finalist Comanche ISD - Daron Worrell, Superintendent,Rocksprings ISD; Search by: Gary Speegle & Comanche ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist South San Antonio ISD - Marc Puig, Superintendent,Beeville ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo & Moak, Casey & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Wharton ISD - Dr. Michael J. O'Guin, Assistant Superintendent,Hays CISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Manor ISD - Dr. Andre Spencer, Executive Superintendent,New York City Dept. Education; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Lone Finalist Ralls ISD - Dr. Nathan Maxwell, Associate Superintendent,Pampa ISD; Search by: Ralls ISD Board of Trustees Assitsted by Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Holliday ISD - Cody Carroll, Superintendent,Krum ISD; Search by: Holliday ISD & Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Bellevue ISD - Wade Wesley, Assistant Superintendent,Jacksboro ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Center ISD - Dr. Brian Morris, Superintendent,Columbus ISD; Search By Jim Largent, Largent Consulting Services, LLCINFO
Lone Finalist Pilot Point ISD - Todd Southard, High School Principal,Pilot Point ISD; Search by: Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett PCINFO
Lone Finalist Lake Travis ISD - Paul Norton, Superintendent,Texarkana ISD; Search By: Lake Travis ISD - Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Shallowater ISD - Dr. Anita Hebert, Assistant Superintendent,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Beeville ISD - Travis Fanning, Assistant Superintendent,Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Gregory-Portland ISD - Michelle M. Cavazos, Chief Academic Officer,Austin ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Montgomery ISD - Dr. Heath Morrison, Superintendent,Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools North Carolina; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
New Super Rosebud-Lott ISD - James Rosebrock, Superintendent,George West ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Carrizo Springs ISD - Jose Cervantes, Superintendent,Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Winona ISD; Search by: Wes Hickey & WISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Lumberton ISD - Dr. Tony Tipton, Exec. Dir. for Innovation,Little Elm ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Big Sandy ISD - Mike Burns, Assistant Superintendent,Malakoff ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Blooming Grove ISD - Rick Hartley, Superintendent; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Crowell ISD - Donald Rhodes, Superintendent,Damon ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super El Campo ISD - Robert P. Callaghan, Superintendent,Newton Community School District, Newton, Iowa; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary Patterson & Dr. Dr. Jeanette Winn MoczygembaINFO
New Super Alba-Golden ISD - Cole McClendon, Superintendent,Sam Rayburn ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Early ISD - Dr. DeWayne Wilkins, Superintendent,Gordon ISD; Search By: Region 15 ESCINFO

Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees to meet Monday

June 3008:25 AM
 

The following items are on the agenda: • Consider 2020-2021 School Year Calendar • Consider Budget Modification for School Supplies and Standardized Dress • Closed Session - Trustees will adjourn into Closed Session as permitted by Texas Government Code Section 551.01 et. seq. A. Section 551.074 - Personnel Matters  The Board will discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment,duties,discipline or dismissal of public employees or officials. view article  arw

States move toward waiving standardized tests for 2020-21

June 3008:25 AM
 

As schools plan for the fall, state education departments and lawmakers are gearing up to suspend another round of federal and state standardized tests, saying instruction should take priority for the 2020-21 school year.   On June 18, Georgia became one of the first states to seek an assessment waiver. Gov. Brian P. Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods jointly announced their decision to apply for suspension of standardized testing to the U.S. Department of Education.   Continuing with high-stakes testing for the next school year, they said in a joint press release, would be "counterproductive." view article  arw

Pearland ISD to buy thousands of computer devices, offers online parent survey

June 3008:25 AM
 

With no decision yet about which direction Pearland ISD will take when classes begin Aug. 19, the school board voted June 23 to purchase computer devices for all of its approximately 22,000 students, including iPads for kids in grades prekindergarten through first grade and Dell laptops for all other students.  The district is preparing for online and in-class instruction as well as a combination of the two. view article  arw

Superintendent: Port Neches-Groves ISD student tests positive for COVID-19

June 3008:25 AM
 

Port Neches-Groves — Port Neches-Groves ISD Superintendent Dr. Mike Gonzales confirms to KFDM/Fox 4 that at least one student has tested positive for COVID-19.  Dr. Gonzales says it's believed the high school student contracted the virus at an extracurricular activity away from campus. He says as many as three students may have contracted the virus. "I hate that this has happened, but this seems to be touching everyone these days," said Dr. Gonzales.  The district is on summer break and he encourages students and staff to stay safe. view article  arw

Texas schools will have 2 new ways to calculate attendance — and state funding — in the fall

June 3008:25 AM
 

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas school districts will have two new ways of calculating attendance come the fall semester, when many are set to reopen for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency announced its two modes of attendance-counting for the 2020-21 school year — and how they will contribute towards state funding. view article  arw

CENTER ISD SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON RETURNING TO CAMPUSES THIS FALL

June 3008:20 AM
 

Please complete this voluntary survey in regards to consideration CISD should take into account for the start of the 20-21 school year. Your participation in this survey is voluntary. Your responses are anonymous and there is no way to connect your responses to your name. The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday, July 5th. view article  arw

Pearland ISD parents given online survey about students returning to school this fall

June 3008:20 AM
 

Pearland ISD parents are being asked to complete an online survey about the upcoming school year, according to district officials. The district said a link to the survey will be sent out in a Skyward email and will include questions about students returning to school. Parents have from June 29 until July 11 to complete it. view article  arw

Belton ISD student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19

June 3008:20 AM
 

A Belton ISD student athlete tested positive for COVID-19, the district’s athletic director announced Monday. Symptoms developed on Saturday morning, so they did not attend camp today but instead went to get tested, according to Skidmore. However, the student did participate in activities last Friday at Tiger Field, within their workout group. view article  arw

Klein ISD extends free curbside meal service through July 30

June 3008:20 AM
 

Klein ISD has extended its free curbside meal service through July 30, according to a June 25 news release. As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, the district offers meal kits to children under the age of 18 on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m at the following locations: view article  arw

Crosby ISD needs crystal ball for 2021

June 3008:20 AM
 

No matter what opinion concerning COVID-19 one harbors, making rules and predicting how things will be six months from now is impossible under current conditions. Crosby ISD held their annual public hearing on the budget last Monday. Under normal conditions it is a tight budget reflecting dramatic growth, new specifications from the state, new taxing legislation from House Bill 3, and the slight over tax (taxed more money than budgeted for due to growth) from last year. In this case, the meeting was held under partially virtual, partially live circumstance concerning projections from last year before the COVID-19 outbreak and as if next year values and projections will remain constant. view article  arw

Northside ISD, SAISD halt sports camps due to COVID-19 outbreak

June 3008:05 AM
 

Northside ISD, the largest school district in the San Antonio area, has suspended its summer sports camps until at least July 13 because of the area’s rising number of COVID-19 cases, athletic director Stan Laing said Monday. view article  arw

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD seeking COVID-19 response feedback from parents

June 3008:00 AM
 

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD is asking for your feedback on their response to COVID-19. The district says parent feedback will help them achieve their number one goal of keeping Pecos students safe while ensuring view article  arw

Klein ISD extends curbside meal service through July 30

June 3008:00 AM
 

Klein Independent School District announced Thursday, June 25, that the Nutrition and Food Services department has been granted permission from the Texas Department of Agriculture to extend the serving of free multi-day meal kits through July 30 at all curbside hubs. view article  arw

Fitch Rates White Settlement ISD, TX’s Series 2020 ULT Rfdg Bonds, ‘AAA’ PSF/‘A+’ Underlying

June 3007:45 AM
 

Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AAA' rating based on the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) guaranty and a 'A+' underlying rating to the following White Settlement Independent School District (ISD), TX unlimited tax (ULT) bonds: view article  arw

Marshall ISD superintendent announced as 2020 Region 7 Superintendent of the Year Marshall ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson

June 3006:33 AM
 

MARSHALL, Texas — The Region 7 Education Service Center has announced Marshall ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson as the 2020 Regional Superintendent of the Year.  The district has seen academic performance significantly improve since Dr. Gibson started in 2016, advancing from “Improvement Required” rating to “Met Standard” rating, according to the Region 7 Education Service Center.  Before starting in Marshall Dr. Gibson was a high school principal in Deweyville and Whitney, the Executive Director of Secondary Education in Waco, and a superintendent in Coldspring-Oakhurst.  “I know there are many great superintendents in our region, as well as across the state. I do not think you can find anyone more deserving than Dr. Jerry Gibson,” said Marshall ISD School Board President Brad Burris in a press release.Dr. Gibson will represent Region 7 in the annual Superintendent of the Year award program, which is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.    (30) view article  arw

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS UNDER THE NEW TITLE IX REGULATIONS:  

A SPECIALIZED THREE-PART LIVE, INTERACTIVE TRAINING ON HOW TO REPORT, RESPOND AND INVESTIGATE

Under the new Title IX regulations, which go into effect on August 14, 2020, the responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator will be expanded and all employees will need to know how to identify and report sexual harassment.   There will be a new required formal complaint and investigation process. 

This three-part webinar is designed for specialized audiences to help you implement the new regulations successfully.

Part I   9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Training for all District staff and administrators

A basic training on how to identify sexual harassment as now defined under the new regulations and how to report sexual harassment.  The new regulations now include dating violence and stalking in the definition of sexual harassment.  This session will address how to identify these elements, along with previously defined types of sexual harassment.  (Note:  your district will receive a copy of the recording of this session, which can be  used as a training module for future  employee training.)

Part II  9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Specialized Training for Title IX Coordinators, Facilitators and Decisions Makers

A more thorough training on the new Title IX regulations focusing on the expanded role of the Title IX Coordinator, new burden of proof requirements, the formal complaint process, voluntary resolution, and the role of facilitators.  The required investigative process and separate role of decisionmakers will also be covered.  These components are particularly important in helping districts avoid liability for deficiencies in investigation and procedure.

Part III  10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Specialized Training for Investigators

An in-depth training detailing how to conduct an investigation into sexual harassment under the new regulations and the new requirement to make a written determination as to responsibility.  The faculty will review the new procedural requirements for investigations into formal complaints, including what the selected burden of proof means, the opportunity for parties or their representatives to present fact and expert witnesses and evidence, the written notice requirements for investigative interviews, evidence sharing requirements, and the opportunity for each party to submit written questions to the other party.

Faculty: 

John Janssen has practiced law for 25 years, including five years as general counsel and Title IX Coordinator for a Texas public school district.  He has investigated numerous reports of discrimination of harassment of students and employees and has represented public school districts in complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.   A former member of the State Bar’s Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee, John is a litigator with years of experience investigating issues and handling a wide variety of disputes in the courtroom, mediation, and arbitration.  John earned his law degree at The University of Texas School of Law and is a member of the Texas Council of School Attorneys.

Michelle Alcala has practiced law over 16 years, is an experienced litigator, and is Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She is experienced in representing clients before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in conducting workplace investigations into issues of harassment and discrimination.  Michelle has handled a variety of education law issues, including grievances, internal investigations, administrative proceedings and courtroom litigation.  She regularly provides trainings on a variety of education law topics, including school investigations and reporting educator misconduct.  Michelle earned her law degree at Harvard Law School and is a member of the Texas Council of School Attorneys.

Michael Roseberry is an education lawyer with more than a decade of experience working with discrimination, disability and education issues, including experience as a Director of ADA Compliance at The University of Colorado Boulder. He routinely advises school administrators on issues relating to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Michael earned his law degree from The University of Colorado School of Law and is a member of the Texas Council of School Attorneys.

Registration Fee:  $400 per school district for the entire package of trainings, which includes a recording of the entire program and forms relating to complaints and investigations, with license to these items at your campuses throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

For more information or to register contact: SLATraining@saraleonlaw.com

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2020-21 Model Student Code of Conduct and Handbook Now Available!

The 2020-21 updated version contains language specific to virtual and distance learning, including with respect to the classroom and other district activities; discusses district protocol for addressing students exposed to, showing symptoms of, and diagnosed with COVID-19: provides additional provisions to address student misbehavior on remote learning platforms; and addresses discipline issues arising during school closure.

 

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Officials in Texas’ big cities say their public testing sites are being strained. Austin has begun to limit who can be tested.

June 3006:19 AM
 

As the new coronavirus continues to spread in Texas, leaders of some of the state's biggest cities said Monday that their testing sites were being strained, forcing them to turn away people in the middle of the day or limit who is eligible to take a test.  In Travis County, interim County Judge Sam Biscoe said the county’s public testing is being rationed to only people with symptoms. Previously, local leaders had encouraged anyone to get tested, including asymptomatic people and people that had come into contact with COVID-19 patients. view article  arw

265 sign up to testify on first Texas sex ed changes since 1997

June 3006:12 AM
 

Proposed changes to the statewide sexual education policy — the first in more than two decades — drew 265 Texans to a virtual State Board of Education hearing Monday where they debated topics including whether students should start learning about contraception in middle school.  The recommended changes, which comprehensive sex education advocates have applauded, would start lessons on birth control in seventh and eighth grade, rather than in high school, and add lessons about consent from fifth grade through high school.The debate Monday revolved around which approach would keep students safest and healthiest and would reduce the state’s teen pregnancy rate — the fourth-highest in the nation.    (30) view article  arw

AISD offers parents a choice on in-person or virtual learning

June 2909:11 AM
 

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — AISD is preparing for the next school year and released part of their plan today, which involves parents making a choice on whether their child attends class virtually or in-person.   Governor Greg Abbott said Texas Students will return to classrooms this fall and AISD said it is their intention to start school on Thursday, August 20.  The next school year for AISD students and parents will see some changes, one of which may include adding 10-20 minutes to each instructional day. They will also have to make a big decision as AISD announced today they will offer two options for how students can receive instruction. view article  arw

Joe’s Commentary: Run-off Voting Begins Today

June 2909:00 AM
 

Election during the Covid 19 pandemic is a new experience for many of us. Articles reflecting the moto “Stay Safe In The Polling Place” were scattered throughout newspaper graphics this morning. While encouraging people to vote, the virus will likely interfere with the turnout. 

Obituary:  Hoyt Floyd Watson

June 2908:59 AM
 

Hoyt Floyd Watson, 91, of Denton went to be with his Lord and Savior June 24, 2020. Hoyt was born in Highland, Arkansas January 20, 1929 to Walker and Allie Watson.  After receiving his PhD, Hoyt began a career teaching at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) from 1970-1998. After retirement from UNT, he continued working as a consultant with the Office of Field Services. He fully retired in 2012.  (30)   view article  arw

Texas education officials consider changing state’s sex education policy for first time in 23 years

June 2908:41 AM
 

A high-tension hearing is expected Monday as the Texas State Board of Education begins considering changes to its statewide policy for health education, including teaching middle schoolers about contraception. For the first time since 1997, Texas education officials will consider a new statewide sexual education policy, and it could include teaching middle schoolers about birth control options beyond abstinence.  That proposed revision to the state’s health education standards is expected to draw crowds of people — albeit virtually — to Monday’s State Board of Education meeting, where members will take public comment and discuss the changes. Work groups of educators and experts have been working for months preparing recommendations for how the Republican-dominated board should revise its standards.   (29) view article  arw

Texas Districts Were Rolling Out Big Pre-K Expansion Plans When COVID-19 Hit. Will That Momentum Be Enough to Save Them?

June 2908:40 AM
 

In one sense, pre-K has won the day. In another sense, it may be yet another casualty of COVID-19.  A critical mass of research has shown that when kids have access to high-quality pre-K they do better in the school years immediately following — in some cases performing on level with their wealthier classmates. Pre-K, it seems, is slowly becoming what kindergarten was in the 1970s, a fully funded grade level for every child (albeit attendance will likely be non-mandatory in most states, as is kindergarten). view article  arw

Proposed tax breaks for Tesla “gigafactory” draw mixed reaction

June 2908:40 AM
 

The prospect of offering California-based electric vehicle maker Tesla tens of millions of dollars in local tax breaks to build a $1 billion factory in Travis County is either a shrewd investment that will be a game changer for the region’s economy, or it’s a misguided giveaway to a rich corporation run by a billionaire.  Those were the dueling narratives that emerged during two public hearings, both held remotely: one by the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, and the other by the Del Valle school board Thursday evening.  Neither jurisdiction has voted on incentive packages. The item is on the Commissioners Court agenda for this upcoming Tuesday, but commissioners may not take a vote. view article  arw

Texas delays health guidelines for reopening schools this fall

June 2908:40 AM
 

Texas education officials delayed an expected announcement of school reopening guidelines recently, but a draft plan shows the state taking a light-handed role in coronavirus prevention measures. Masks and distancing are recommended but not mandatory. Texas public schools will be required to provide in-person instruction for students this fall, but state education officials have delayed releasing final public health guidelines for keeping them safe on campuses during the pandemic.  “We are unable to give final guidance today on on-campus instruction. We are actively monitoring the situation, and we will try to get out final information as quickly as possible,” Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said during a Tuesday briefing of school superintendents who had been expecting him to outline the agency’s reopening guidelines. view article  arw

Hidalgo urges Harris County, now at highest threat level, to stay home as COVID-19 surges

June 2908:40 AM
 

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Friday moved the county to the worst threat level, calling for a return to the stay-at-home conditions of March and April, as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to spike.  She also banned outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people in unincorporated Harris County, while urging mayors to do the same in their cities.  Hidalgo described in dire terms the danger the pandemic currently poses and said the county is at greater risk than at any other time since the outbreak began here in March. view article  arw

Analysis: A persistent coronavirus thriving against an inconsistent Texas government

June 2908:40 AM
 

It's a déjà vu moment, with the Texas government making some of the same moves to curb the spread of the coronavirus that it adopted in March — and started to get rid of a month later. The virus is spreading, and the remedies are back.  The spread of the coronavirus in Texas is accelerating. State leaders dither, following the example of national leaders — all of them afraid to impose unpopular restrictions and many of them doubting epidemiologists and other medical and public health officials as overly dramatic Chicken Littles.  But the numbers pile up; maybe the sky is falling, after all. view article  arw

In some Houston school districts, half of parents say they won’t send their kids back to school

June 2908:40 AM
 

King Davis was stunned when he saw how many parents wanted to keep their children home from Sheldon ISD schools in the fall. Across grade levels and campuses, more than 48 percent of the 2,324 parents who responded to a survey said they wouldn’t send their kids back to in-person classes on campus.  Those fears were reported June 18, just as the Houston region began seeing an enormous spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, setting records for both data points every day for the past two weeks, and before Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday suspended elective surgical procedures in Harris County and Texas’ other large metropolitan areas. view article  arw

Walkthrough temperature scanners acquired for Sharyland schools

June 2908:30 AM
 

MISSION — Among the host of challenges schools are expected to solve before children return to in-person class this August is just how exactly to identify students who may be infected with COVID-19, and how to keep them from spreading the virus to the rest of the student body.  The Sharyland school board voted last week to spend $178,488 on a high-tech effort they believe may help to accomplish that goal, purchasing 52 walk-through infrared temperature scanners the district plans to deploy at the entrance of every campus and some other district offices. view article  arw

LISD discusses plans for standard or remote learning options next year

June 2908:30 AM
 

The LISD Board of Trustees discussed their 2020-21 Instructional Continuity plan that includes more virtual and remote learning details during a special called meeting on Thursday. During the meeting, the board agreed that students wearing masks for the upcoming school year was the best course of action in the case of traditional learning. LISD Superintendent Dr. Sylvia Rios said that during the TEA Commissioner meeting, that plans have been affected by the recent spikes of COVID-19.  Dr. Gerardo Cruz, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, also presented summaries of recent TEA commissioner meetings that included the June 18, June 23 and expectations for the July 2 meeting view article  arw

Demographic study shows Temple ISD primed for growth

June 2908:30 AM
 

In conclusion of a successful in-person graduation ceremony, there is finally appropriate closure for the 2019-20 school year. As a district we can now shift our focus back to the Temple Independent School District 2025 Plan. In previous installments I discussed the components of the TISD 2025 Plan and provided progress per each indicator. By sharing the results of the most recent demographic study, I aim to update the community on the fourth of the five identified indicators: growth. Early in 2018, Temple ISD, the city of Temple, developers, builders and realtors had multiple conversations discussing the growth potential within the school district’s boundaries. In response, Temple ISD secured a professional service for a baseline demographic study in May of 2018 — the first demographic study of our district in over a decade. The results of this report were delivered at the October 2018 board meeting and included in more than 60 presentations community-wide as part of my TISD 2025 community update. view article  arw

Waco ISD talks distance learning options, shortfalls

June 2908:30 AM
 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) -The Waco Independent School District said Thursday it isn’t sure what the fall semester will look like, but it’s working toward a solution.  The Waco School Board met virtually to discuss options.  With the delay of guidance from the Texas Education Agency for the second straight week, school board member Robin Houston applauded Waco ISD’s efforts.  “I think it’s wonderful that our district is being proactive and trying to put something in place with no guidance, you know, trying to take a shot in the dark,” she said. view article  arw

Midland officials discuss spike in cases and future action

June 2908:30 AM
 

MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – In a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon, MISD Superintendent Orlando Riddick says the school district is taking steps to keep the community safe after a official tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday evening.  Fears of community spread come from the June 22nd MISD Board meeting where this official was present. The meeting was held at the Bowie Fine Arts Center. view article  arw

Athens ISD names lone finalist for superintendent

June 2908:30 AM
 

Doctor Janie Sims is expected to be the next superintendent of the district, following the death of Blake Stiles back in May.  Doctor Sims has served the district for 20 years, after beginning her career as a classroom teacher in Abilene.    (25) view article  arw

Spring ISD passes deficit budget for employee raises, full-day pre-K

June 2908:25 AM
 

Spring ISD passed its 2020-21 budget during a special meeting last Tuesday, the first deficit budget the district has passed in some time due to a pay increase, full-day prekindergarten and other projects. Board members passed the overall budget made up of $426 million, including $337 million for general fund expenditures, representing a $7.1 million deficit. Spring ISD Chief Financial Officer Ann Westbrooks said the deficit was due to the challenging budget environment caused by the coronavirus pandemic and flattened student enrollment, which is projected to be about 35,433 students next year. view article  arw

UPDATE: Crawford ISD, Mart ISD suspending summer strength, conditioning camp activities

June 2908:25 AM
 

CRAWFORD/MART, Texas – The Crawford Independent School District is suspending all summer strength and conditioning camp activities.The district posted on social media Friday afternoon that this is due to the escalating situation concerning COVID-19, as well as the effort to protect student athletes as much as possible.  This rule is in effect until July 13th. view article  arw