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For the third year in a row, Katy ISD will have a $1.5166 per $100 valuation tax rate. The board of trustees approved the fiscal year 2017-18 rate Monday, which includes a $0.37 per $100 valuation interest and sinking—or debt services—tax rate and a $1.15 per $100 valuation maintenance and operations tax rate, which supports the general fund. Two cents were added to the M&O tax rate and two cents were reduced from the I&S tax rate, compared to the 2016 total tax rate. view article arw

The zoning process has begun for Frisco ISD as the district plans to open four new schools next year. During Monday’s regular meeting, FISD board of trustees received preliminary draft attendance zones for the 2018-19 school year. The rezoning process for the district historically takes place in the fall to relieve overcrowding and balance enrollment in existing schools, as well as draw attendance zones for any new schools opening the following year. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today (Oct. 17) in the first-floor board room of the administration Building, 802 N. Sam Houston Blvd. view article arw

Three positions are open on the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, however, only one position is contested. Trustees John Ogletree, Position 5, and Bob Covey, Position 7, are running unopposed and will retain their positions for another four-year term. Natalie Blasingame, who has lived in Cy-Fair for 16 years, will contest Incumbent Don Ryan’s Position 6 seat on the board. She has been an educator for 25 years and currently serves as an assistant superintendent in Houston ISD. Blasingame said her top priorities are addressing the student achievement gap and improving parent engagement. view article arw

The Stephenville ISD board of trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon and hear a presentation by college President Dr. Bill Campion on the Ranger College annexation, recognize students and discuss other agenda items. A tax rate of $.11 per $100 assessed property value was proposed by Ranger to bring Erath, Brown and Comanche counties into the college’s district and the counties will see it on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election. The SISD board will also recognize Tyler Patton for displaying the district’s Core Value of integrity, SHS National Merit Scholarship Commended Student Mariana Rios and the Erath County United Way Campaign Competition winner. view article arw

Throughout the state, school districts, including Lewisville ISD, are discussing how high school students should be ranked academically. At Monday’s meeting, district staff asked board trustees to consider guiding principles pertaining to class rank. “This meeting is happening throughout the state,” Chief Schools Officer Joseph Coburn said. “It’s a hot-button issue for lots of people.” view article arw

The Copperas Cove Independent School District school board will hold a public hearing and regular meeting Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. in the administration building board room, 703 W. Avenue D in Cove. The board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. to give an overview on FIRST, the state’s school financial accountability rating system. view article arw

Gilmer ISD trustees are set to meet Monday to discuss staffing requirements and consider bids for land. view article arw

New Braunfels Independent School District trustees will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday in the NBISD Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill Street in New Braunfels. view article arw

We have our first candidate endorsements of the season. Houston ISD, Trustee, District I: Monica Flores Richart. In this heated race between three passionate candidates to represent Garden Oaks, the Heights and Near Northside, we endorse Monica Flores Richart. view article arw

San Angelo students and their families were well represented at the Texas Association of School Boards’ Annual Conference. The event was held Oct. 6 – Oct. 9 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in Dallas. Each member of the San Angelo ISD School Board was able to attend. The Conference provides continuing education hours that each board member must complete for the year. Workshops included training on topics such as Social Media, Finance, and an update on legislation relative to public schools in the Texas. view article arw

With the elimination of the choice program, the Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees is looking at updating the district's policy regarding UIL eligibility for transfer students. During Tuesday's work session, board members agreed to add the policy change to the consent agenda at the next meeting on Oct. 16. No official action was taken Tuesday. The revision was recommended to establish consistency across WFISD in regards to eligibility for athletics for students transferring between schools or into the district. view article arw

Five candidates are running for a position on Klein ISD’s board of trustees. The board of trustees is a seven-member body that governs KISD and conducts all business in open monthly meetings. A member’s term is three years. view article arw

The school board added two more days of paid leave for staff. Surveys administered by the district showed roughly 8 percent of Pearland ISD staff were profoundly affected by Hurricane Harvey, which means retaining several inches of water in a home or a flooded vehicle, Superintendent John Kelly said. But the effects of Harvey were felt by all employees in one way or another, Kelly said. Because of this, the district has granted two additional days of paid leave. These days are in addition to the five days allotted by the state and the five days allotted by the district. The board approved the additional paid leave, 6-0, with trustee Jeff Barry absent. view article arw

Jacksonville ISD to honor businesses

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Ten local businesses will soon be recognized by the JISD School Board and district leaders for outstanding support of the students and schools in Jacksonville Independent School District. The TASB Business Recognition Program (Texas Association of School Boards) was initiated in 2014 to recognize the generous assistance provided to public schools by local businesses who help make a real difference in the life of students and their local school districts. These businesses will also be recognized at the statewide level on the TASB website as a business that proudly supports Texas public schools. view article arw

Houston: Interview with Sergio Lira

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We come to the end of our week with candidates in HISD District III, to succeed Manuel Rodriguez.  view article arw

 Today TASA named the Coahoma ISD Board of Trustees the 2017 Outstanding School Board at the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas. Since 1971, the TASA School Board Awards program has honored outstanding Texas school boards that have demonstrated commitment to their students and to their communities.  The Coahoma ISD school board was chosen from among five finalists that were interviewed by a committee of Texas school superintendents. The committee’s decision was based on several criteria, including the board’s support for educational performance, educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives, commitment to a code of ethics, and placement of the welfare of children served by the school system above other motives. view article arw

The Klein ISD board of trustees met Monday night to approve the fiscal year 2017-18 tax rate and recognize several personnel changes in the district. Here are a few highlights from the meeting: view article arw

The Friendswood ISD board of trustees met Monday. Here are three takeaways from the meeting: Westwood Elementary School turns 50 in October. Westwood Elementary School turns 50 this month. Westwood principal Kristin Moffitt presented facts about the elementary school, including that the mascot used to be a panther and the school opened a wing in 1993. To celebrate 50 years, the school will be having a birthday party at Literacy Night on Oct. 17. view article arw

The Perryton Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet with legal counsel and possibly take action regarding a sexual harassment complaint during a special meeting Tuesday evening. view article arw

The Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday to discuss an employee incentive plan. view article arw

The Sabine ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday to discuss campus plans and hear a report from Superintendent Stacey Bryce. view article arw

Temple Independent School District school board members will vote on a replacement trustee for District 7 tonight. District 7 member Jennifer Davis is stepping down because she has moved out of her district and is no longer eligible to represent it. The board issued an announcement asking for applications to take her place. Shannon Myers was the only applicant. Myers said her children have been in TISD schools for the past 11 years. view article arw

Awarded by the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), the CUBE Award recognizes school boards that exhibit excellence in school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity, and community engagement. The Lancaster Independent School District Board of Trustees is the recipient of the 2017 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence and received their official honor during the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s (CUBE) 49th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.     view article arw

Community Impact Newspaper hosted a candidate forum at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center on Tuesday night for the five individuals seeking a three-year KISD board of trustees position in the Nov. 7 election. Position 2 was previously occupied by Steven Smith, who resigned this year because of a planned move to Dallas. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees President Kristin Tassin announced her intention to run for the Republican nominee for Texas Senate District 17, which encompasses parts of Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris counties, Tassin announced Friday. “I have spoken with people from across the 17th district who agree we deserve new leadership who can deliver actual results on the conservative reforms we need to strengthen our communities and serve our families,” Tassin said in a press release. “Austin politicians are neither following through on their constitutional responsibilities nor their promises of limited government,” Tassin said. view article arw

The Strategic Facility Plan under consideration by the Killeen Independent School District is a very expensive proposition. A lot of discussion was held at last week’s KISD Board of Trustees workshop on construction which will cost over half a billion dollars over the next 10 years. First on the list — which totals $586 million in construction costs — is a proposed elementary school, slated to open for the 2019-2020 school year, at an estimated cost in excess of $37 million, according to the Strategic Facility Plan spreadsheet distributed at the workshop. A middle school is included in the plan, proposed to open for the 2020-2021 school year. The cost for this building: more than $54 million. view article arw

A member of the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees was recently selected in a Texas Association of School Boards program aimed at helping and bettering school boards across the state. Jon Jacobs, elected to the Place 6 chair of the Bullard ISD school board in May 2016, will represent the district as a part of the year-long Leadership TASB program. “This is an awesome opportunity, not just for me but also for Bullard ISD,” said Jacobs, when asked about the recognition. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to learn and give back as much as I can. view article arw

Eight Teacher of the Year finalists from the Killeen Independent School District gathered in the board room at the KISD administration building Thursday for a panel discussion. They were invited by the KISD board of trustees to speak about their challenges and visions for the future. KISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Barton Jacques teaches pre-Advanced Placement biology and is the science lead teacher at Harker Heights High School. He has spent 10 years with the district, starting as a substitute teacher. view article arw

Amarillo Independent School District Trustee John Betancourt pleaded guilty last month to driving while intoxicated, his second incident involving alcohol violations since 2012. According to Randall County court documents, Betancourt, 43, entered a guilty plea on Sept. 8 to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Randall County Court at Law No. 1. County jail records show he was arrested by the Amarillo Police Department on Dec. 19, 2015, on the DWI charge. He was released the next day after posting $1,500 in surety bonds, records show. view article arw

The Corpus Christi ISD board took the first step in a process that would give the district similar autonomy to open-enrollment charter schools. The board approved a resolution to investigate the option of becoming a District of Innovation, which would allow for exemptions from provisions in the Texas Education Code. The board voted to table the item last month after a heated discussion. The item resurfaced at Wednesday's special called meeting, during which trustees also participated in a half-day team-building workshop. The designation passed in 2015 as part of House Bill 1842. Beatriz Alvarado/Caller-Times view article arw

The Carroll ISD board of trustees reorganized Sept. 25 to have Sheri Mills fill the open board president position. This decision comes after the Sept. 9 Southlake special election when former board president Chris Archer was elected to the Southlake City Council. Archer’s last CISD board meeting was on Sept. 11. view article arw

Lindale ISD has announced the implementation of David's Law and an app to help curb bullying at in their district. The school district has put into place STOPit, a program used to anonymously report inappropriate behvior and bullying, among other offenses. Parents of Lindale ISD have been given a code from their student’s campus principal to use to login to STOPit. Once a student sends in a concern, a school administrator will be able to quickly respond to them and talk about the issue. view article arw

The Union Grove ISD board of trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to consider purchasing buses and to approve changes to UIL stipends. view article arw

The New Diana ISD board of trustees will meet Monday for a workshop on district and campus plans. view article arw