A Louisiana school board violated the state's open meetings law by ejecting a teacher who spoke out against giving the superintendent a $30,000 raise, a state judge has ruled. Judge David Smith also threw out the raise given Jan. 8 to Vermilion Parish Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau (PEE-oh), who returned to work this month despite a 6-2 school board vote putting him on paid leave. Neither Puyau nor teacher Deyshia Hargrave, who was told at that meeting that her comments had nothing to do with the agenda and was ordered to leave after she continued to speak, could immediately be reached for comment. School offices are closed for Thanksgiving and Puyau did not respond to an email; Hargrave did not immediately respond to a phone message. view article arw

Round Rock ISD has officially declared the outcome of the Nov. 6 election. Superintendent Steve Flores joined trustees Charles Chadwell and Nikki Gonzales for a quorum of the board Nov. 19 to canvas the results. Chadwell and Gonzales represented the two trustees necessary for a quorum. view article arw

Outgoing Round Rock ISD trustees Edward Hanna, Suzi David and board President Diane Cox were recognized at the board’s Nov. 15 meeting, the last meeting for the three members. Amber Feller was elected to take Cox’s Place 3 seat, Cory Vessa was elected to Hanna’s Place 4 seat and Amy Weir was elected to take David’s Place 5 seat in the Nov. 6 election. Hanna was appointed to the board in February 2017 and has since served on campus Watch D.O.G.S., two citizen bond committees and as a participant of the PTA, according to the district. Hanna thanked his wife for her support during his tenure on the board and encouraged the board to continue working on equity in the district. view article arw

Following the Nov. 6 election, the Klein ISD board of trustees bid farewell to two long-standing board members—Steve Szymczak and Bill Pilkington—at a Nov. 12 meeting. Julie Benes defeated Szymczak, who has been on the board since 2003, for Position 4, receiving 17,814 of 45,421 votes cast in the race, according to voting results provided by Harris County. Szymczak received 17,116 votes in the Position 4 race. view article arw

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Dale Inman, board member elect, Skeeter Hubert, incumbent, and Ray Sanders, incumbent, were officially sworn in as elected members of the Board of Trustees of the Conroe Independent School District by the Honorable Judge Lisa Michalk.  view article arw

Sabine ISD welcomes new board members

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Some things changed, some things stayed the same – Sabine ISD’s Board of Trustees added two faces to the dais Monday night while reappointing the current officers for new terms. Following Fall 2018’s uncontested election cycle, Eddie Shawn takes over Place 3 from trustee Patty Pickle while Leslie Thurston steps into the Place 5 seat vacated by Rusty Taylor. Incumbent Paul Franklin was also unchallenged in his re-election bid to Place 4. Shawn and Thurston completed their remaining paperwork and took their oaths of office Monday evening during the board’s regularly-scheduled monthly meeting in the SISD Administration Building. view article arw

After mail-in ballots cost him a seat on the Hidalgo school board, Mentor Cantu may file an election contest. Voters who visited the polls supported Cantu by razor-thin margins — nearly 52 percent of people who voted early and about 51 percent of people who voted on Election Day, according to results published by the Hidalgo County Elections Department. About 79 percent of people who voted by mail, though, supported incumbent school board Trustee Ben Arjona. view article arw

A longtime trustee has been named the new president of the Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees. Board members voted Rissie Owens as their new leader, while former president Tracy Stroudt stepped down to vice president and Trey Wharton remained as board secretary. “I am eager and ready for this challenge,” Owens told the board. “I want to thank Tracy. She has been through the good times and the bad times for this district.” view article arw

The Plano ISD board of trustees on Nov. 6 reviewed two drafts of the district’s 2019-20 academic calendar. view article arw

A packed room of mostly women listened Nov. 15 as parents spent nearly three hours sharing experiences of discrimination and proposing ideas to promote diversity Wednesday evening at The Marq Southlake during an open discussion for mothers. The open discussion was a direct response to a recently posted video of Carroll ISD students chanting a racist slur. Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, CISD board President Sheri Mills and CISD board Vice President Michelle Moore were in attendance. Parent after parent lined up to speak about sensitive topics, such as personal experiences with racism and discrimination, negative dealings with school district staff when trying to report such instances, advice for families moving forward and calls to action. view article arw

Upcoming meetings: Millsap ISD

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Millsap ISD meets Nov. 26 Millsap ISD board of trustees convene Nov. 26 for their regular meeting. view article arw

La Joya ISD has three new board members who hope to make a positive impact on the district, teachers, students and staff. During this week’s board of trustees meeting, Nereyda Cantu (Place 1), Esperanza “Espie” Ochoa (Place 2) and Mary Hernandez (Place 3) were sworn in after being elected to serve the community. view article arw

An alternative draft map created by Hays CISD Superintendent Eric Wright Monday is a third option leaders will ponder as they solidify high school attendance boundaries The map was presented Nov. 12 with the intent to minimize overpopulation and the number of socioeconomically disadvantaged students at several campuses throughout the district, including at Lehman High.   view article arw

Wednesday evening's South San Antonio Independent School District board meeting has been rescheduled because of the Bexar County Elections Office's delay in releasing the official certified results from the Nov. 6 elections, according to the district. District officials said the meeting originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. view article arw

Keeping students, teachers and staff safe is Cleburne ISD’s No. 1 priority. District officials gave the CISD board of trustees an update on safety and security measures they have implemented over the past several months during Monday night’s regular meeting. Tammy Bright, CISD assistant superintendent of student services, said there have been many things going on around the district to ensure everyone is safe. view article arw

The following is a news release from Frenship ISD: Frenship ISD extends congratulations to the FISD Board of Trustees for their selection as an outstanding school board nominee in the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Members of the FISD Board of Trustees are: view article arw

Brett Williams was sworn in as the newest trustee as the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. After Williams assumed his seat, the board approved the hiring of Huckabee & Associates for the architectural and engineering services for the planned Clifton Park/Bellaire elementary school consolidation project. view article arw

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees continued its discussions Monday on what path to take for a district-wide boundary alignment. The district staff presented tweaks that were made to the original proposed plans, which were first presented during an October meeting. "All of this was in an effort for better balancing enrollment between the elementary campuses," said Sid Grant, associate superintendent.  view article arw

At the Nov. 12 board meeting Hays CISD Superintendent Eric Wright presented to the board of trustees a third map to consider as it determines new high school attendance zones ahead of the opening of Johnson High School in 2019. The two maps submitted as recommendations to the board by the rezoning committee are Plan 3 and Plan 6. Wright said his map is a response to some of the flaws he saw in Plan 3 and Plan 6. view article arw

A regular meeting of the Beckville ISD Board of Trustees will take place Monday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Beckville ISD Administration Building, 4398 Texas 149 in Beckville. view article arw

The final outcome for at least one Roma school board race is yet to be decided as Ramiro Sarabia, candidate for Place 3, filed a request for a recount on Friday. Sarabia was just 23 votes behind school board member Rey Rodriguez when the results were announced late Tuesday night, 2,847 votes to 2,824. However, updated results provided by the school district on Friday had the candidates just 15 votes apart — Rodriguez at 2,856 votes and Sarabia with 2,841. view article arw

The board of trustees for White Oak ISD on Monday will consider raising the district’s purchasing limit. Trustees must approve purchases and payments more than $35,000. The board will consider raising the purchase limit to $50,000. view article arw

Moore wins Slidell ISD seat

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Brian Moore defeated Scott Walz 298 votes to 162 votes, between Denton and Wise counties, to win Position 4 on the Slidell School Board. Moore had served on the Slidell board six to eight years ago and was confident going into Tuesday’s election. “I didn’t put out signs or campaign super well,” he said. “I just went off the fact that people knew me, and I was on the board once before, so I have a good track record there. view article arw

Voters on Election Day Tuesday chose three first-time candidates and an incumbent to serve on the Round Rock school board. The Place 3 trustee race was the closest, with Amber Feller, a quality management director, receiving 28,107 votes compared to opponent Danielle Weston, a former Air Force Captain, who got 27,706 votes. Feller said her commonality with Weston — both have children, attended Texas A&M University and have close ties to the military — may have played a role in the race being decided by less than one percentage point. view article arw

Available trustee spots for the Copperas Cove Independent School District on the ballot this year were the positions of board trustees Place 1 and Place 2. Inez Faison held onto her spot in Place 1 by 52.2 percent with 3,056 votes, Her challenger, John Gallen, received 2,798 votes. view article arw

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Public Schools officials are considering a policy that would ask applicants of vacant board seats if there are any incidents in their past that would cause the district embarrassment.  The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the district board approved the first reading Tuesday after board vice president Maureen Cashmon introduced the resolution that would give officials the right to ask the question. view article arw

Shake up on Seguin ISD board

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The trio of races for positions on the Seguin ISD school board saw an incumbent lose by a landslide and a pair of tight races that are bringing new faces to the board. Incumbent John Holt was unseated by challenger Linda Duncan for the District 4 seat. Alejandro Guerra earned the District 2 seat by a 20 percent margin over Joseph Ranft while Denise Crettenden won the District 5 seat over Michael Barrow. view article arw

Election day is over, but not every race is over just yet. Tuesday’s voters didn’t seal a majority between the three candidates running for Midland ISD’s District 5 Trustee seat. One day after election day, not even the runoff is set in stone. Unofficial totals from the Midland County Elections Office show Heidi Kirk as the clear lead for district 5, but the runner up was much less decisive. view article arw

Now that she has secured a place on Brock ISD’s board of trustees, Dr. Katarina Lindley is looking forward to working with the board on issues affecting the district. During Tuesday’s general election, Lindley, a family doctor, beat her opponent Michael C. Kirk for Place 6 on BISD’s board. Lindley received 1,131 votes (51.79 percent) versus Kirk’s 1,053 votes (48.21 percent). Place 6 incumbent Shanna Boleman did not seek re-election. view article arw

Insurance agency owner Mike Smith won a five-way race Tuesday for a seat on the Pine Tree ISD board of trustees, receiving more than 50 percent of 4,756 votes cast. In a special election to fill the Place 6 position vacated by former Trustee Amy Brown, who resigned in June, he received 2,561 ballots, according to unofficial returns Tuesday night. view article arw

Damon ISD sees change in board

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The Damon ISD Board of Trustees gained new members Tuesday night, according to complete but unofficial results. Trisha Kilsby Allen defeated incumbent BJ Gerjes-Biehunko for position 1 and received 66.67 percent of the vote. Incumbent Bubba Schneider ran uncontested for place 2. In place 3, Ami Bishop George received 53.03 percent of the vote and defeated both incumbent Veronica Arredondo and Robert Leavitt. view article arw

Brownsville Independent School District trustees on Monday tabled two contentious items on a special meeting agenda and approved everything else. The BISD Board of Trustees tabled until its Nov. 13 meeting the proposed appointment of Ricardo Longoria as administrator for Marketing, and appointment of an unnamed person as assistant administrator for Library and Media Services. The two appointments were considered in closed executive session and voted on in open session.  view article arw

The New Diana ISD board of trustees will have a new face, while other incumbents will retain their seats there and at Union Grove ISD. Union Grove incumbents Jeff Webb, Tim Turner and Bennie Norris, along with New Diana Trustee Dwayne Leach, ran unopposed. view article arw

As San Marcos CISD gets ready to open Rodriguez Elementary School in August 2019, officials are seeking community input on redrawing the district’s attendance zones. The construction of the new school, which will be located off of I-35 and Posey Road in the new Trace development, is funded by a bond measure passed by San Marcos residents in 2017. SMCISD hosted community meetings Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 to get input and take questions from parents about the rezoning process. There will be four more meetings. Community members may attend, contribute ideas and ask questions about the draft map at De Zavala Elementary Nov. 8, Hernandez Elementary Nov. 13, Mendez Elementary Nov. 14 and Travis Elementary Nov. 15. All of the meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. view article arw

After more than three decades of leading public education in the Nursery school district, Diana Rhodes is not one to rest. “I’m not going to walk away and never see them again,” said Rhodes about her retirement as president of the Nursery school board. “It’s all family.” Rhodes plans to retire in November after serving about 37 years in the position since April 1982. Under her leadership, the district purchased 10 acres behind the campus in 1992 for future growth, passed its first bond election in 2005, hosted a grand opening for the new building in 2009 and added four more classrooms to the new building in 2014. view article arw