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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The City View Independent School District School Board will meet Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m. The agenda for the school board meeting was posted on Monday, June 27, around 4 p.m., a few hours before City View teacher and coach Bobby Morris died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. City View ISD to provide counseling services Earlier Monday, Morris had been placed on administrative leave after several allegations of inappropriate behavior between him and students were posted online. There will be time at the beginning of the meeting for public comments. Those wishing to make public comments must have signed up prior to the meeting.    (30) view article arw

Rebecca Broussard has left the Willis ISD Board of Trustees after serving for over 20 years, but she’s not done serving in education just yet. Before Broussard was on the Willis ISD board, she was a Willis ISD staff member. After she left her job in the district she ran for the board, winning her first election in 2001. Broussard officially stepped down from the board early this month but is gearing up for another election. Lone Star College Trustee Linda Good left the board last July. The rest of the board accepted applications for someone to fill her district seven set until the end of her term, which ends this November. view article arw

The Collin County Commissioners Court passed a resolution opposing a proposed transfer of property from McKinney ISD to Lovejoy ISD.  The vote came weeks after the Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees approved a similar resolution. State law requires that such cases of action on proposed detachment or annexation must be reported to the commissioners court of the subject territory's county.   The transfer of property was requested by citizens of Lucas's Stonegate neighborhood, who petitioned for Lovejoy ISD's annexation of it in April. Stonegate Homeowners Association President Stan Hermann gave a presentation and delivered public comment regarding the petition in Lovejoy ISD's April 25 meeting.   (30) view article arw

On June 20, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved the fiscal year 2022-23 budget following a public hearing. The $294.58 million budget includes $156.45 million for instruction, and almost $26 million is expected to go back to the state of Texas in the form of recapture payments. “Our budget assumptions for this budget included the third quarter demographer report, which had 28,825 students projected for next year,” CISD Chief Financial Officer Crystal Hermesch said. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with the Region 16 Education Service Center recently announced that the Highland Park Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has been named the 2022 Outstanding School Board of the Year for Region 16. This comes after the Region 16 Education Service Center honored Darryl Flusche, the superintendent for the Canyon Independent School District, as the 2022 Region 16 Superintendent of the Year. According to a news release from Region 16, school boards that are nominated to represent their regions will have the opportunity to be named one of five Texas Honor Boards. One of the Texas Honor Boards will be chosen as the state’s outstanding school board. view article arw

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-2 early Friday to adopt a nearly $1.9 billion budget for the upcoming academic year. School board president Geronimo Rodriguez Jr. noted it was the first balanced budget trustees have passed since 2017. Austin ISD had warned its bond rating could be at risk if the board decided to use cash reserves for the 2022-2023 budget. view article arw

The Plainview Independent School District launched a public forum back in May that allows community members to ask questions of the district. The idea is to allow a more direct line of communication between the district and the community. The forum was officially presented to the School Board during a regular meeting Thursday night. Anybody can drop a comment/question on the forum, according to Ivan Monarrez, public information officer for Plainview ISD. The comments pop up on the page under the name “anonymous.”    (24) view article arw

Signs of brewing trouble stain the academic history of the young man who would go on to kill 19 children and two teachers in Texas’ deadliest school shooting.  State education officials are conducting a reverse “behavioral threat assessment” for the 18-year-old who carried out the Uvalde massacre, Commissioner Mike Morath told lawmakers this week. They want to identify what school officials knew about the student’s troubles — and when.  “We have begun a review process of every aspect of the student’s educational history,” Morath said. The Texas Education Agency will provide “all of the information, sort of lessons learned, in order to improve the ability to train school systems around the state on recognizing and intervening.”  While the report isn’t expected to be complete for several more weeks, some key issues have already emerged, including that the shooter often missed school, becoming chronically absent in sixth grade. view article arw

Conroe ISD could begin pulling books off of classroom and library shelves while the district reviews complaints about the materials if the school board approves the new policy next month. At the CISD board’s regular meeting Tuesday night, after an hour-long executive session, the trustees continued the discussion with a draft of the revised policy, which was made available to the public in the meeting board book. Revisions were made to policy regarding instructional materials, which are used to teach the “essential knowledge and skills of a subject in the public school curriculum,” according to the board book, and to library materials, which are materials that supplement the state curriculum and are self-selected by students. view article arw

The move came Thursday during a school board meeting. The metal detectors are expected to cost more than $64,000. view article arw

Some Round Rock parents, taxpayers, and former residents are pushing to have a school board member removed from office. The move comes after several months of tumultuous meetings erupting in shouting, arguments, and even the arrests of some attendees. view article arw

CONROE, TX -- Evan Berlin, Conroe ISD Graduate and long-time education and community advocate, says the politics surrounding a nonpartisan race for school board end with him. “We simply will not survive, let alone thrive, until we can break bread together as members of the community in which we live,” Berlin said. The District is among the largest in Texas, and Berlin feels the political climate causes unnecessary confusion for parents and students. “It is not the job of the District to indoctrinate children on topics better reserved for at-home discussions,” Berlin continues, “I believe we all want what is best for our families, students, and their future children; and, we achieve this by establishing a legacy of leadership in education focused on love, hope, and prosperity – not politics.” view article arw

The date of the next trustee election is November 8, 2022 for Places 1, 3, 6, and 7. (See Board Policy BBB-Local) Early voting will be conducted at the Brown County Elections Office located at 613 N. Fisk, Suite 200, under the administration of Mr. Larry Franks, Elections Administrator, beginning October 24, 2022 and ending on November 4, 2022. Election day voting will be conducted at precinct locations around the city, depending on the voter’s residential address. Precinct information may be obtained by calling the Elections Office at 325-646-4333. view article arw

Dallas ISD has proposed a budget for the next school year which would include raising the starting salaries for teachers new to the district and add thousands of dollars in hiring incentives. The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees will meet to consider approving the proposed budget, among other agenda items, at their regularly scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at 5151 Samuell Blvd. view article arw

Each year, Texas public schools’ trustees are required to earn updated board training hours. This year’s Texas Association of Schools Board’s Summer Leadership Institute was held in San Antonio, and every Needville ISD trustee attended, as did Superintendent Curtis Rhodes. The convention took place June 15 through 22 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, a few blocks from the Alamo. Superintendent Rhodes joined trustees there after attending a UIL Legislative Council meeting on June 13 in Round Rock. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas – Lubbock ISD announced it accepted the resignation of District 5 trustee, Scot Mayfield on Thursday. LISD will interview candidates and appoint a new candidate to serve the rest of Mayfield’s term. Interested candidates can submit a letter of intent or a resume to trustee.district5@LubbockISD.org The following is a press release from Lubbock ISD. The Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees is seeking applicants to fill the District 5 Trustee position, vacated by Scot Mayfield upon the approval of his resignation at last Thursday’s board meeting. The Board of Trustees will appoint a successor to fill the vacancy until the next school board election in May 2024. Voters will then fill the four-year term. The qualifications for appointment and a map of the District 5 boundaries are available for review at the Lubbock ISD website. view article arw

Vanessa Pacheco won the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees single-member District 2 runoff election on June 18, according to unofficial results from Dallas County. Pacheco and Sherry Clemens were both vying for the school board seat. “I am deeply grateful to the confidence placed in me by the voters of RISD, District 2,” Pacheco wrote in a Facebook post. “This journey hasn’t been something formed overnight.” She also said that she campaigned on working to ensure progress for all students and that’s how she will lead as a trustee. The school board is expected to meet June 29 to canvass the election results, the district said in an announcement. view article arw

Several who spoke asked that the board fire Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo. They’d never spoken at a school board meeting before. They’d never even attended one. But on Monday night, parents of children lost at Robb Elementary stood shaking at a podium and told Uvalde Consolidated ISD board members something must be done. “I’m here to talk about accountability,” one father told school board members. “I’d like for each one of you to imagine what it must have felt like to wait for 77 long minutes - an eternity for kids - when someone finally decided to breach and take down the suspect.” view article arw

Brenham ISD will have two school board meetings this week.  A regular session meeting will be held at Brenham High School at 6 p.m. Tuesday.  On the consent agenda, the board will discuss and possibly approve: view article arw

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees met to take action on its proposed budget in a highly unusual meeting wherein Places 2 and 7 Trustees Mary Bone and Danielle Weston broke quorum shortly after it was called. This interruption temporarily left the board without a quorum until Place 5 Trustee Amy Weir, who had been in attendance virtually because she is ill with COVID-19, could travel from her home and attend in person and restore the board's quorum. Place 1 Trustee Jun Xiao was not in attendance, his resignation having been accepted by the board earlier in the week.  The proposed budget was passed in a 4-0 vote, absent Trustees Xiao, Bone and Weston.   view article arw

Vanessa Pacheco defeated Sherry Clemens in the Richardson ISD board of trustees District 2 race, according to unofficial totals for the June 18 runoff election from Dallas County. With all 75 county precincts reporting, Pacheco finished with 2,418 ballots cast in her favor, for just under 58% of the vote. Meanwhile, Clemens ended up with 1,754 ballots cast for her, for over 42% of the vote. Heading into the election, Pacheco told Community Impact Newspaper that she was running for the board position in order to provide new leadership. view article arw

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees voted 4-1 on June 14 to require Place 7 Trustee Danielle Weston to undergo ethics training in the next 90 days following concerns regarding disclosures she made via email to members of the public.  The board's decision refers to claims from district Trustee Amy Weir, who during a Dec. 16, 2021 meeting cited the RRISD legal staff's concerns that Weston had shared emails with members of the public that contained information bound by attorney-client privilege.   The board met in closed session during the June 14 meeting and did not provide further details regarding the decision to recommend Weston undergo ethics training. The board also did not divulge if or when the matter would be revisited.   Ahead of the vote, Place 6 Trustee Tiffanie Harrison stated that the action is part of a sanction in accordance with the board's policies.    (16) view article arw

DONNA — Plans to reinstate Gilbert Guerrero as the Donna police chief failed to materialize here after the majority of the city council failed to show up for a specially called meeting Thursday evening. Only Mayor Rick Morales and Place 1 Councilman Richie Moreno showed up to the standing-room-only meeting where the ousted police chief’s fate topped the agenda. Missing were Councilmen David Moreno, Oscar Gonzales and Joey Garza Jr. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry. No quorum, no meeting,” the mayor said after waiting several minutes for the rest of the council to show up. “Wow,” said one of the dozens of residents who had come to city hall to show their support for Guerrero. “Que lastima, shame! It’s a shame. … It’s pitiful,” another woman said. view article arw

After 24 years, South San Antonio Independent School District’s longest-serving trustee, Connie Prado, officially resigned from her position on the school board Wednesday. Prado announced May 18 that she would be stepping down from the seven-member board at the end of June. The South San board voted to accept her resignation at a meeting Wednesday. Trustees Shirley Ibarra and Gina Villagomez were absent. Prado has been a mainstay of the South San board, which has for several years drawn scrutiny from the Texas Education Agency for its internal workings and frequent infighting. In November, the agency opened another investigation into the board based on complaints it has interfered with the superintendent’s duties, three months after closing a separate inquiry that resulted in the placement of a state-appointed monitor. Currently, the district is being run by an interim superintendent after the board suspended Superintendent Marc Puig, South San’s eighth superintendent since 2010.    (16) view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Many parents have been voicing their concerns about cuts made to Wichita Falls ISD’s special education department, and decisions were made Tuesday regarding those concerns. It was revealed that the special education director had actually resigned over the cuts made in April. Alefia Paris-Toulon resigned due to the insufficient amount of support after the cuts, but the board decided she can take back her resignation and in return, they will hire at least six people for new, district-level positions in the special education department. Paris-Toulon will be able to decide which positions those people will fill. The TEA rated the district’s special education program as needing “substantial intervention” in last year’s academic performance report. view article arw

ALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) -- Dallas ISD is set to host a listening session at Rosemont Elementary about its plans to deal with gun violence. Families can voice their concerns and weigh in on the district's plans. District and local city leaders along with state lawmakers will be on hand. Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan proposed redirecting more than $100 million in state funding to boost mental health and school safety programs before school starts this fall. Some of those include putting silent panic alert technology in all schools, creating a school safety center where teachers can learn safety training, and better response training for law enforcement. view article arw

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees officially accepted Place 1 Trustee Jun Xiao's notice of resignation in a 5-0 vote during its June 14 meeting. Absent Places 2 and 7 Trustees Mary Bone and Danielle Weston, the board also voted 5-0 to begin the process of appointing someone to fill the position until the school board election in November, when the community will elect a new trustee to fill the seat. The board will accept applications from community members for the position through July 12. view article arw

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter directing Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath to create the position of Chief of School Safety and Security within the agency. The Chief of School Safety and Security will be a recognized expert on school security and public safety issues, an effective coordinator of multidisciplinary teams, a resource to school districts and the legislature, and effective at implementing programs. The individual serving as Chief of School Safety and Security will report directly to the TEA Commissioner and have a direct line to the Office of the Governor to ensure increased communication and collaboration among state agencies to provide a safe environment for Texas students and school faculty. view article arw

A Round Rock ISD trustee filed suit June 9 against the district's superintendent, alleging that the district official has conducted unauthorized investigations into another member of the board using district funds. The suit, filed by Place 2 Trustee Mary Bone in the Williamson County 425th District Court, alleges that Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez carried out an unauthorized investigation of emails shared by Place 7 Trustee Danielle Weston. In December, the board approved the hiring of attorneys to examine a set of Weston's emails to determine if they required further investigation, the suit states. The suit clarifies that the measure would not have authorized an investigation of Weston, just a selection of emails determined by the board. Bone's suit alleges that the district has received additional invoices totaling $25,000 from the firm Waddell Serafino, the firm contracted to examine Weston's emails, showing it is billing for an investigation. The suit states that the invoices, which Bone discovered through an inspection of district records, were heavily redacted. In a statement to Community Impact Newspaper, Bone said the goal of her suit is to gain access to documentation of these expenditures. She also said additional invoices have brought the total to $42,000. view article arw

Ricardo Castellano, a Socorro Independent School District trustee, is under investigation by the Texas Rangers for allegations of official oppression, according to an investigation report. Castellano’s wife, Gabriela, is also under investigation for allegations of stalking, according to the report, which the Texas Department of Public Safety released to El Paso Matters via an open records request. The Texas Rangers are the investigative arm of the DPS. view article arw

Trustees with the Mercedes Independent School District voted Thursday to place district superintendent Carolyn Mendiola on paid administrative leave. The decision is effective immediately. The board of trustees voted on Mendiola’s leave after she was arrested last week on a charge of interference with public duties. view article arw

COLDSPRING — A concerned parent in the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD has tasked the Board of Trustees and school administrators to ensure the materials available for students meet the letter of the law that bans harmful material from minors. Dave McAdams approached the board during its May 23 meeting, saying that current state law prohibits the sale, distribution or display of material considered harmful to minors — items that deal with sex or bodily functions and can be considered “patently offensive.” view article arw

A Central Texas school board is urging elected officials at the local, state and federal level to take steps to prevent gun violence following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde that left 19 students and two teachers dead. During a special board meeting earlier this week, the Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution demanding lawmakers enact legislation to keep schools safe. It asked elected officials to put aside partisan differences to “do what is necessary to end the senseless slaughter of children and young adults that plagues our communities with the unfettered access to deadly weapons including semi-automatic rifles.” view article arw

Eanes ISD presented updated enrollment projections at the June 7 school board special meeting. The preliminary enrollment numbers for 2022-23 include 7,770 students, which is slightly above the district’s demographic projections of 7,756 presented in April. The district uses several measures to calculate enrollment projections, including new student online student enrollment that began March 1. view article arw

The La Joya Independent School District invited former Superintendent Roberto Zamora back to the boardroom on Tuesday. During a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the school board voted 5-0 to appoint Roberto R. Zamora, 76, of rural Palmview to Place 5. “He’s well respected by the community. He’s a mentor of mentors. He’s served at all levels — districtwide, regionwide, statewide,” said Trustee Espie Ochoa. “I think he would be a great guide and coach to all of us as we work together.” Place 5 became vacant in January, when Trustee Armin Garza resigned after pleading guilty in a public corruption case. Trustees picked Zamora for the position after reviewing 11 resumes. Other applicants included former school board Trustee Isaac V. Sulemana, a local attorney; former Palmview City Councilman Anthony Uresti, who ran for Place 5 in November 2020; and J.J. Luna, a former organizer with the American Federation of Teachers. view article arw