During the last Garland ISD School Board the Board of Trustees approved canceling the school board election that would’ve been held on May 5 if the candidates had not been uncontested. view article arw

Several members of the Bullard community are looking to get more involved with the goings-on at Bullard Independent School District, as a high number of community members have signed up to run for three chairs up for election on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees in the upcoming May election. “Serving your community as a school board member is a great responsibility that requires time and sacrifice,” said Bullard ISD Superintendent Todd Schneider. “The community should be proud that so many people are interested and willing to serve in this capacity. It is indicative of how involved and supportive the Bullard community is to Bullard ISD students.” view article arw

The second publicly-held rezoning meeting for a potential change to Waxahachie ISD displayed the final maps for elementary schools, junior high schools as well as a secondary-elementary plan. District leaders also discussed school choice options and neighborhood schools. Within the school choice options, Shelley Blaylock, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said the district would give parents options if they desired their child to attend a school with a lesser capacity. “If we have low classroom capacity in some places — the option to give our residents a choice to say, ‘Hey, I’d like to really go to this other campus. Is there any other place you have room in the district?’ That is something we are also willing to look at,” Blaylock explained. view article arw

During the February session of the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees, several district employees gave presentations on security, emotional support efforts and statistics from the crisis link. District officials detailed proactive actions already in place to ensure the safety of the students. Backing up those efforts, the district has conducted four of the previously planned 11 walkthroughs, as well as 11 campus safety meetings. All meetings were completed the first two months of school. Two safety teams have been established in the district and meet twice a year — September and May. Midlothian ISD also has five School Resource Officers (SRO) who require 80-plus hours of training per school year.  view article arw

Northwest ISD to wait on change

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Northwest ISD will wait until after spring break to determine the attendance zone boundary between Chisholm Trail and Adams middle schools. On the advice of Superintendent Ryder Warren, Northwest ISD trustees Wednesday elected to come back on March 19 to address the boundary. The recommendation was accompanied by more feedback from parents and community members on the proposed boundary at the Wise-Tarrant county line. The board did approve the attendance zones for the 2018-19 school year for elementary schools – Lizzie Curtis, Nance, Haslet, Peterson, Granger, Hughes, Thompson, Sendera Ranch, Hatfield and Love. view article arw

Lan Carter said the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees should stop rubber-stamping Superintendent John Craft’s agenda. Carter is a candidate for the Place 6 board seat. She is running against incumbent board member Minerva Trujillo in the May 5 municipal election. Trujillo and Place 7 incumbent JoAnn Purser praised Craft’s job performance during a forum Thursday night at the Killeen Community Center, sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Herencia Council #4297 and Stars and Stripes Exchange Club of Killeen. view article arw

After nearly a year of navigating state protocols and public meetings, the Pflugerville school district board of trustees approved a plan including two exemptions and passing on unpopular exemptions allowed under the District of Innovation designation. The most noticeable change under the plan, which the board approved at a regular meeting on March 1, allows the district to kick off the school year earlier in August. view article arw

The Johnson City School board met Monday night. During the meeting they discussed future funding strategies and voted to move the 2018-2019 fifth grade class to LBJ Elementary School campus. Monday’s school board meeting started with recognitions of several students who had achieved academic honors in the past month. Lauren Boyer of LBJ Elementary School was recognized for her winning essay about Stephen F. Austin in a contest for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Lauren’s essay won first place in the county which advances her writing to the regional competition. She also won $100 in the contest. view article arw

A longtime Longview ISD trustee in a re-election contest owes close to $18,000 in back property taxes in two counties, online records show. Troy Simmons, who was first elected to the board in 1986, typically in the past has paid his property taxes late. He consistently brushed off criticism by saying the penalty and interest he paid each year made him a more robust taxpayer. Gregg County records show him owing $15,099 on the 2017 and 2016 tax years. Late Longview ISD taxes account for $11,452 of that. view article arw

Northwest ISD officials spent nearly two hours discussing the proposed attendance boundary change and its effect on Chisholm Trail Middle School Monday during a town hall meeting. The meeting was exactly a week after the school board split 3-3 on the proposed boundary. They are slated to meet again Wednesday to consider the boundary along with attendance zones for several elementary schools. view article arw

Five candidates have filed for the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees May 5 election, though one incumbent will run an uncontested race to retain their seat. Tony Hanson, the incumbent for Pflugerville ISD board of trustees, Place 2, will run unopposed to retain his seat, as he was the only candidate to file for the race. Hanson was elected to the position in 2017 and currently works for the Texas General Land Office, according to his biography on the Pflugerville ISD website. view article arw

Sitting at the back of the Northwest ISD boardroom Monday night, I was stunned watching the hands rise for the vote on proposed attendance boundaries – three for, and then three against. What? A split vote? And even more astonishing, this was the second split vote I’ve witnessed in the past month. Boyd trustees splintered just weeks earlier on the contract extension for Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster. view article arw

Northwest ISD to hold town hall

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Northwest ISD officials will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome to discuss the pending attendance boundary changes. NISD trustees Monday recorded a split 3-3 vote on the recommended attendance boundaries, which included placing the dividing line between Chisholm Trail and Adams middle schools at the Wise-Tarrant county line. The proposed change would drop the projected enrollment at Chisholm Trail to under 500 students for the campus. view article arw

This week is packed with school board meetings from all three local school districts — Alvin, Friendswood and Pearland ISDs. view article arw

Alicia Cerisier bought her home in The Villages at Spring Lake in east Mansfield because all the schools from elementary to high school were a quick drive or a short walk away. But new attendance zones proposed by the Mansfield school district would carve out the Elizabeth Smith Elementary zone and send those students to the new Alma Martinez Intermediate School and Charlene McKinzey Middle School when those schools open in 2020. Both new schools are planned in the South Pointe development west of Texas 360. view article arw

Among the many agenda items to be discussed today by the Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees is the 2018 summer school program and staffing. Votes on any items requiring board action will take place Tuesday. view article arw

The Rusk school board will meet Monday evening at 6 p.m. to discuss updates to several of the district's policies. They will be looking at updates to several policies covering board member authority, school district investments, emergency plans, student transportation, food services, termination of employment, employee standards, special education, the academic guidance program, attendance, wellness and health services, student welfare, information access, community relations and school board elections. view article arw

A social worker is vying against an incumbent for a Deer Park ISD trustee seat in the May 5 election and two other incumbents are running unopposed. Monique Rodriguez is challenging incumbent Jason Cable for Position 3. Rhonda Leigh Lowe, who holds Position 1 and serves as secretary for the board, is running unopposed, as is Position 2 trustee Albert Lee Giddens. view article arw

The Belton school board voted this week to cancel its May 5 election, and Board President Randy Pittenger declared himself a lame duck. Belton Independent School District is one of several area school systems that will not have an election owing to a lack of competition. At the end of the filing period, the only candidates for the board of trustees were incumbent Leo Camden for area two and newcomer Chris Flor for area four. “Because we have two unopposed candidates ... it is our great opportunity this evening to cancel the election ... (and) also to officially declare them elected,” Pittenger said. “Thank you for your willingness to serve, and I am officially a lame duck.” view article arw

Alamo Heights Independent School District has canceled its school board elections after a candidate in the only contested race withdrew his name from the ballot Tuesday morning. Brett Beach-Kimball, an executive at a family-owned manufacturing company, is no longer challenging incumbent Bonnie Giddens for the place 5 seat. view article arw

Concerned taxpayers are petitioning for the removal of Daniel Bennett from the Paint Rock Independent School Board of Trustees. An open letter to the PRISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent is seeking to request his immediate resignation from the board. In a press release from the school board, it states "Bennet said he will voluntarily not be attending the board of trustee meetings until his names is cleared from the accusation. He will also not be on campus until this matter is resolved." view article arw

The newest DeSoto ISD campus may have some unexpected changes for area students and parents. The Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet, currently under construction means students throughout the district could be relocated next term. As a result of a recent demographics study, district officials are now reviewing a rezoning idea. “To date, the district has been in collaboration with a demographer working on a study of the district to inform rezoning as we prepare to open the Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy,” said Levatta Levels, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and Student Support Services.  view article arw

Members of the Abilene Independent School District's District-Wide Consultation Committee unanimously approved Wednesday the proposed District of Innovation plan finalized last week. With the approval, the district is now able to notify Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath of its intent to become a District of Innovation. At its April 9 meeting, the AISD school board will consider whether the plan fits the district's needs. If approved, the plan is for four years beginning this fall. view article arw

Tyler ISD announced its Campus Teachers of the Year by their school administrators and staff on Wednesday. The honor is awarded to teachers who exemplify extraordinary models of leadership and excellence in teaching that ultimately helps create successful student outcomes, the district stated in a news release. Tyler ISD will honor all Campus Teachers of the Year and announce its 2018 District Teachers of the Year at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet to be held Tuesday, May 15 at Green Acres Crosswalk. Cooperative Teachers Credit Union will be the title sponsor for the event.  view article arw

The Friendswood ISD approved boundary updates that will affect four schools in the district. The board approved Zoning Option 1C at a Feb. 26 special meeting. The changes will take effect in the 2018-19 school year and affect Cline and Westwood elementaries and Windsong and Bales intermediates. Members of the boundary committee spoke at the meeting last night. view article arw

The Amarillo Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to take a small first step toward reconsidering the way its members are elected. Trustees voted 7-0 to ask the school district attorney to provide information about switching from the current system, where trustees are elected at large, to an alternative called single-member districts that would have trustees represent certain areas of the school district. view article arw

The Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees met last week to discuss the varying platforms of those running for Texas’ lieutenant governor and how those stances could affect teachers and districts across the state. The board plans to vote on passing a resolution that would call those at the Texas State Capitol to action. Midlothian ISD Board President Todd Hemphill explained, “Hopefully by putting this out on a legislative agenda format, we can get other districts to do similar things. This can also serve as a roadmap to work more diligently with legislatures both locally and in Austin as we move forward.” view article arw

The superintendent of South San Antonio Independent School District slammed the actions of a former trustee Friday, saying she created “havoc” by disguising herself as a student and wandering the district’s high school campus to criticize security there. Stacey Alderete, formerly Stacey Estrada, was served with a criminal trespass warning Tuesday after she shot a video of herself walking unaccompanied for nearly a half hour inside South San High School, where one of her children is a student. view article arw

The board president seeking a third term as an the Longview ISD trustee withdrew his candidacy Wednesday, saying his opponent appears well-qualified. "I am glad to see Michael 'Tubbs' Tubb fill this spot at the beginning of the next term (in May)," Mark Camp wrote in a statement outlining his withdrawal from the District 1 school board race in the May 5 election. "In my recent discussions with Mr. Tubb, I have come to believe he will be able to make the difficult choices needed to best serve the needs of our students, and I wish him well." view article arw

Tonight during a school board meeting, the San Benito board of trustees will vote on a rezoning proposal presented by superintendent Nate Carman. The proposal calls for the closure of two elementary campuses, Landrum Elementary and Dr. Raul Garza Elementary. view article arw

Tyler ISD parents, your child may be headed to another school. The district approved a school zone change to help balance high school sizes and middle school closings. District officials say middle schools are seeing these changes to help improve the quality of education in low performing schools. One of the biggest changes is the closing of Dogan Middle School. District officials say the school has seen low performance for years. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD will have three contested school board races on May 5, with multiple candidates filing to run in the election. According to information from district spokesperson Marco Alvarado, six candidates filed for places 1 and 2 before the close of the filing period on Feb. 16. In Place 1, incumbent trustee Guy Clayton will face challenger David Lovelace. In Place 2, Daniel Gonzalez, Jan Moreland, Adrienne Trigg and Lauren White are running for election. Place 2 incumbent Lisa Johnson is not running for re-election. view article arw

Between new class start times, construction contracts and a future school calendar Katy ISD’s board of trustees heard a range of recommendations from district staff members Monday evening. The board will vote whether to approve those recommendations at its regular agenda meeting Feb. 26. Here are some of this week’s meeting highlights: view article arw

All three Central ISD school board positions up for election are contested by numerous candidates. view article arw

A recent decision by the Texas Education Agency to not only maintain oversight of the Donna school district but increase it, is linked to findings of an audit requested by the district itself. The audit’s findings have led to the suspension of its superintendent, according to the letter notification sent by TEA. In a letter dated Feb. 13, the state agency notified school district officials of their decision to elevate the appointment of Linda Romeros from monitor to conservator, a notably higher level of oversight. This, the letter states, is due to findings which uncovered “multiple financial issues that severely impact the efficiency and effectiveness of the district’s educational efforts.” view article arw