MIDLAND, Texas — The fate of the Midland ISD bond could be decided Friday afternoon.  The judge presiding over the election contest has ordered that the found 836 ballots be added to the recount results.  All 836 ballots will be counted beginning at 1p.m. inside the Commissioner’s Courtroom of the Midland County Annex. Each ballot will be tabulated with the tallies that were reported during the recount. view article arw

Hours after Houston ISD’s four recently elected trustees took office, enshrining the district’s first all-female school board, the new-look governing team on Thursday made its first big decision.  Trustees voted 8-1 to postpone approving a facilities assessment contract sought by the district’s administration, which would serve as a significant step toward asking residents to approve a multi-billion bond package in November. Board members will return in February to decide on the contract, giving them additional time to consider the ramifications of the deal. view article arw

A Leander ISD committee formed in 2018 to recommend new school start times and bus schedules has requested additional time to get more feedback from LISD stakeholders.  At a Jan. 16 LISD board of trustees meeting, Assistant Superintendent Matt Smith recommended that the bell schedule committee seek another meeting with LISD stakeholders—primarily administrators and parents—who would be directly affected by any change to school start times or bus times.  The bell schedule committee has been researching the issues since its formation in 2018, according to LISD documents, and was expected at the Jan. 16 meeting to offer recommendations to reduce student tardiness and increase instruction time through more efficient busing and school start times. view article arw

HOUSTON — The state’s largest school district now has an all-female board for the first time in its history.  Four new Houston ISD school board members were sworn in Thursday afternoon, joining five current trustees.   The new board is facing a state takeover of HISD, which a judge temporarily stopped.  “No matter what happens, the elected board will stay in place,” said new trustee Judith Cruz of District VIII. “They will lose voting power, but the elected board stays in place.” view article arw

Wednesday's filing kickoff created a contested race between two people interested, they said, in giving back to their community.  It's in the Wylie Independent School District, where Place 5 incumbent Steve Keenum, who is currently board president, is facing a challenge from Cheryl Sawyers.  Sawyers currently is planning services manager for the city of Abilene. Keenum is multi-area director for Big Country Fellowship of Christian Athletes. view article arw

Beaumont ISD has updated online information about how much board members were reimbursed after initially sharing erroneous and incomplete numbers at December’s meeting.  When asked about specific reimbursements for costs such as lodging and transportation for training and other district-related activities, BISD officials discovered that incorrect information had been shared. view article arw

Frisco ISD will have at least one new board of trustees member after the May election, as Anne McCausland recently announced she will not seek re-election to the Place 4 seat.  “For the past nine years it has been an honor to serve you as a trustee on the FISD board,” McCausland wrote in a post on her Facebook page on Jan. 13. “However, after careful consideration, prayer and reflection I have decided not to seek reelection this year for another term. While I will continue to support FISD endeavors in any way I can, I will now lend more of my volunteer time to other causes that are also near and dear to me.” view article arw

Dr. Patricia Nation is looking to secure a third term serving the families of Tyler Independent School District.  Nation, first elected to the District 4 seat in 2014, filed to run for another three-year term on Wednesday as campaign filing opened for the May city and school board elections. view article arw

Refugio ISD school board member Lorraine Garcia listens as a resident gives a statement in favor of discontinuing "Dixie" as the school's fight song during public comment at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The board unanimously voted to discontinue the use of the song. view article arw

At the age of 37, Frank North has parlayed his Houston ISD education and entrepreneurial spirit into an accomplished resume: clinical pharmacist, small business owner, adjunct professor, recipient of three college degrees.  With his fast-changing career calming down, the Booker T. Washington High School graduate now wants to help create more academic opportunities for students in his hometown district. Late last year, North applied for a spot on the replacement Houston ISD school board the Texas Education Agency is expected to appoint, confident his personal background and work history could well serve children in Texas’ largest district.  “I bring a real-time experience of what a student in that environment thinks, what they want and what they hold dear in terms of their future,” said North, who now lives in Houston’s Third Ward. “A school board (member) doesn’t necessarily need to be someone with extensive experience in education, but someone who understands and takes their experiences to make better outcomes for students.” view article arw

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held January 16, 2020, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.  The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. view article arw

Overton ISD Board Meeting Summary

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OVERTON — The Board of Trustees of the Overton Independent School District met in a regularly called meeting at 6 PM on January 13, 2020 in the district’s administrative annex. The meeting opened with a public hearing on the Texas Academic Performance Report.  Superintendent Stephen DuBose explained that the TAPR is basically the same data derived from previous reports on accountability with some additional demographic information on students and employees. No one had any questions in the public hearing. view article arw

The month of January is proclaimed School Board Recognition Month to emphasize the importance of the men and women across the state of Texas who serve on school boards. Shelbyville I.S.D. students benefit every day from the dedication and commitment to public education of our local  trustees. These men and women sit through meetings, read reports, view article arw

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Proposed policy revisions and a presentation on student support and wraparound services are scheduled at the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees workshop set for 6:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, Jan. 14).  Teen Parent Related Services and the Community Outreach Center are part of the Division of Student and School Support. The purpose of this presentation is  to  communicate  the  student  supports  provided  by  the  Teen  Parent  Related Services and the Community Outreach Center. view article arw

A day before the filing window opens for the upcoming Dallas ISD school board elections, trustee Miguel Solis told The Dallas Morning News that he won’t be running for reelection.  Involved in the district as a teacher, administrator and trustee for more than a decade, Solis has been a stalwart supporter of some of DISD’s controversial and catalyzing reform efforts, such as the district’s teacher evaluation and merit pay system and its campus turnaround program put in place by previous superintendent Mike Miles.  Solis, 33, also authored some of DISD’s leading-edge policies, drafting the district’s first early childhood education policy, helping ban on out-of-school suspensions for young students, and drawing the district’s focus on racial equity. view article arw

he tallying of the 837 ballots that were not counted during the recount for Midland ISD’s $569 million bond election has been set for 1 p.m. Friday in the Commissioner’s Courtroom of the Midland County Annex, Midland County Attorney Russell Malm said today.  When there was an 820-vote discrepancy between the manual paper ballot recount on Nov. 22-23 and the electronic machine tabulations, investigations began. Then the county discovered one ballot in an electronic voting machine and an entire ballot box, containing 836 ballots, in a storage room. view article arw

In one semester this school year, Stephen English said, 37 Pine Tree ISD students have been caught vaping on campus. And he doesn’t think that’s even half the number of students using electronic cigarettes on campus — even in classrooms, and sometimes to ingest illegal substances. view article arw

A day before the filing window opens for the upcoming Dallas ISD school board elections, trustee Miguel Solis told The Dallas Morning News that he wouldn’t be running for reelection. Involved in the district as a teacher, administrator and trustee for over a decade, Solis has been a stalwart supporter of some of DISD’s controversial and catalyzing reform efforts, such as the district’s teacher evaluation and merit pay system and its campus turnaround program put in place by previous superintendent Mike Miles. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Controversy still surrounds the validity of the Midland Independent School District’s $569 million school bond. The first hearing for the contested bond election took place Friday morning at the Midland County Courthouse. “Everybody seemed to agree that if counting these ballots take us back to the election night total, there would be no reason to go forward,” stated Midland County Attorney, Russell Malm.  “Better Bond for Midland” was represented by Joe Nixon Friday morning. He says the court is not allowed to guess, or speculate, the outcomes of the election but rather make certain of the results. view article arw

Brownsville Independent School District Trustee Erasmo Castro resigned Friday after months of controversy.  The Brownsville Police Department arrested Erasmo Castro Jr., 52, of Brownsville in September on a driving while intoxicated charge.  Castro launched his political career by posting news, information and rumors on Facebook.  His Facebook posts, however, made him a controverial figure. In October, the school board voted to formally censure Castro for posting photos of students on Facebook without permission from their parents.  The drunken driving charge also prompted a lawsuit that sought to remove him from office. view article arw

Kristi Hassett announced she intends to seek another term for the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees Place 6 for the upcoming May 2 election. Hassett was elected to the LISD Board in 2014 and 2017.  “I want to continue to serve the community where I grew up and raised my family," Hassett said. "Being a voice for our students, staff, and community has been an honor and privilege.” view article arw

Weatherford ISD Weatherford ISD board of trustees meet Monday for their regular meeting.   Trustees are going to consider parking lot lighting at Crockett Elementary and Wright Elementary schools, state policy updates and the 2020-21 school calendar.   The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the District Services Building.  view article arw

MIDLAND, Tx. (KOSA) -- UPDATE: Judge George D. Gilles has ordered that the ballot box that was found following the recount be opened and the ballots counted for how they voted for and against the bond.  Previously the ballot box had been opened just to count the number of ballots that were inside of it. The votes for and against the bond were not checked.  The judge also ordered that officials count a ballot that was found at the bottom of a voting machine following the election view article arw

Debbie Gillespie announced this week that she will seek re-election to another term on the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, Place 5.  Currently in her ninth year of service, Gillespie said she has greatly enjoyed serving on the Board and believes that continuity in leadership is extremely important as FISD continues to meet the challenges of a growing school district, according to a press release. view article arw

Brownwood News – January is School Board Recognition Month, and Brownwood ISD will join 1,025 school districts throughout Texas to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas schoolchildren and public schools.“The men and women of our locally elected school board are volunteers who make difficult choices for our district and carry critical responsibilities,” said Brownwood ISD Superintendent, Dr. Joe Young. “They are focused on doing what is best for all students in Brownwood ISD. I am glad we set aside a month to say thanks for all they do!” view article arw

Another member of the state-appointed board of managers that oversees the troubled Marlin Independent School District has resigned, leaving the panel with only three members.  Sam Sinno, an Austin business owner, tendered his resignation from the board Dec. 20, stating in a letter to board members and the Texas Education Agency that he felt he did not have enough time to commit to the board. The resignation was effective Jan. 1.  “My personal and business schedule has required more of my time,” Sinno wrote in his resignation letter.  view article arw

TEMPLE, Texas – The Temple Independent School District’s Board of Trustees is hosting a special meeting.  A public forum will be held, as well as the Facilities Committee bringing an agenda to discuss a couple of items.  The meeting takes place on Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. at the Temple ISD Administration Building. view article arw

The candidate filing periods for Dripping Springs City Council and Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees elections will open Jan. 15, per press announcements from the city and school district. Both entities have several positions up for vote in the May election this year. view article arw

An ongoing State investigation into South San Antonio Independent School District has expanded, according to a recent letter from Texas Education Agency officials to the district’s superintendent and board president.  The agency has been investigating the school district’s board of trustees since April 2019, citing concerns about dysfunction in the way the district is governed. No action has been taken by the TEA. view article arw

An ongoing State investigation into South San Antonio Independent School District has expanded, according to a recent letter from Texas Education Agency officials to the district’s superintendent and board president. The agency has been investigating the school district’s board of trustees since April 2019, citing concerns about dysfunction in the way the district is governed. No action has been taken by the TEA. view article arw

January is a great time to celebrate your hard-working school board members and educate the public about the important role that a school board plays in our communities and schools. Although showing appreciation should be a year-round process, taking advantage of the designated School Board Recognition Month assures that these important people receive some of the thanks they deserve. view article arw

The Beaumont Independent School District now will begin each meeting by hearing from members of the public who wish to speak.  The changes, which come as part of an updated local policy outlined by the Texas Association of School Boards, were proposed recently.  Shannon Allen discussed the TASB policy at a November board meeting. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency has expanded its 8-month-long investigation into South San Antonio Independent School District to include new allegations against trustees. Trustees may have violated the state’s “contract procurement process, competitive bidding, awarding and management of contracts,” wrote Jason Hewitt, director of the TEA’s special investigation unit, in a letter to Board President Connie Prado and Interim Superintendent Dolores Sendejo. view article arw

Charles Gooden Jr. is running for re-election for Pearland ISD board of trustees in 2020. Gooden serves as the board president and has served as trustee since 2014.  "I am grateful for two terms on this board and humbly ask voters for their support in seeking a third," Gooden said in a press release. view article arw

School Board Recognition Month is in January, when school districts across Texas recognize their board trustees for their hard work and dedication and Socorro ISD is  no different.  “In the spirit of the celebration, the Team SISD community is invited to help thank and show their appreciation to the amazing SISD Board of Trustees,” SISD officials shared. view article arw