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The Pearland ISD board of trustees on Tuesday approved raises for teachers and set a meeting to discuss its tax rate. The board also began the discussion on changing school start times, but assured the district that no changes will be made this year. The board also swore in trustees Sean Murphy and Crystal Carbone. Carbone is replacing Pam Boegler, who is stepping down after serving as a trustee with the district for eight years. view article arw

Bay City Junior High is expanding opportunities for students by restructuring the school day and adding more elective courses for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will have eight more electives to choose from, including three for high school credit. “We are working toward our high school students graduating in the next few years with an Associate’s Degree, and part of that means expanding opportunities to students at the junior high campus for those who are ready to step up to the challenge,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III. view article arw

Twelve hours after Kendall Pace resigned from the Austin Independent School Dis­trict's Board of Trustees, her former colleagues voted to appoint District 6 Trustee Geronimo Rodriguez as the new board president. D7 Trustee Yasmin Wagner was appointed to the vice president position Rodriguez vacated. D4 Trustee Julie Cowan continues as board secretary. Reached Tues­day, May 22, Rodriguez said he would "serve the will of the board" and that building trust with his colleagues and the community would be key moving forward. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District employees are expected to receive a 2 percent raise next school year, although a teachers union had requested a 3 percent raise and a holiday bonus. The Socorro American Federation of Teachers union presented its proposal to the district’s school board at a meeting May 15. view article arw

During last week’s Mesquite ISD board of trustees meeting, the Student Superintendent Advisory Council presented the board with a proposal on how to aid future students with a common issue faced by many students across the district, which was unanimously approved. “This year we identified our problem to be time management. After many discussions and receiving various opinions, we understood that this is a common problem throughout all age levels of high school,” said West Mesquite senior Chasatey Virgil. view article arw

The Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees received an effectiveness report on two programs that are designed to handle disciplinary issues before they become an issue – The Bridge at Cannaday Elementary and talking circles at Horn High School. Shelley Garrett, executive director of administrative services, reported that in-school and out-of-school suspensions have gone down, as well as disciplinary school placements, students returning to disciplinary schools, and Juvenile Alternative Education Program placements. view article arw

The Eanes ISD board of trustees met Tuesday night. Here are three takeaways from the meeting. view article arw

Katy Independent School District has had another leadership change. Ashley Vann announced at a May 21 meeting that she’s stepping down as president, according to The Katy Rancher, a division of the Houston Chronicle. She will continue on as the board secretary, Katy ISD confirmed on its website and on Twitter. view article arw

A Killeen Independent School District Board Member has accepted a leading health care advocacy role in Washington, D.C. Carlyle Walton will be acting as president of the Adventist Health Policy Association starting June 29. view article arw

Nearly a week ago, Education Austin demanded she resign over texts that disparaged community activists. Austin school board President Kendall Pace resigned from the board Monday, less than a week after the teachers union demanded she step down over inflammatory texts she traded with another trustee. view article arw

Katy ISD continued to experience upheaval Monday as Ashley Vann suddenly announced she was stepping down as board president and two new board members were sworn in, just a few weeks after Lance Hindt, the district's controversial superintendent, announced he would retire next January. When the school board returned from closed session Monday night, Vann acknowledged how proud she was to serve the school district during Hurricane Harvey and of watching the community come together, but then her tone shifted. view article arw

Austin ISD board of trustees unanimously elected Trustee Geronimo Rodriguez as its new board president after a lengthy executive session at the conclusion of Monday night’s regular meeting.  Trustee Yasmin Wagner was also voted as the board’s new vice president, replacing Rodriguez in his former role. view article arw

A win for some parents in the Clint Independent School District who have argued some schools are getting more resources than others. Electing board members "at-large" -- or district wide-- has led to the majority of trustees coming from Clint. Critics said that has left Montana Vista and Horizon City residents without representation. At a school board meeting Thursday, board members approved moving to a "single-member representation"-- which means each area can elect its member to the board directly, while also keeping two at-large positions. view article arw

Leander ISD employees could see a salary increase in the 2018-19 school year as well as additional funding for employee health insurance. The LISD board of trustees considered staff recommendations for salary and benefit increases at a meeting Thursday, May 17. view article arw

Wimberley’s Independent School District Board of Trustee’s cancels a special meeting they had scheduled for Wednesday and reschedules for Friday, May 18 2018 to be held at noon. view article arw

A group of education advocates, helmed by teachers union Education Austin, called for Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees President Kendall Pace to resign this week, after comments she made via text message that disparaged community activists and the "poverty pimps" she feared would foil policy she hoped to bring to fruition. At a press conference held outside AISD headquarters on Tuesday, EA President Ken Zarifis said: "Instead of respecting those who have elected her, she chooses to demean them, and all the while creating a course of action behind closed doors." view article arw

With three newly elected members sworn-in and seated, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees voted on new officers, approved $2.9 million in renovations to the current high school and received quite a few districtwide updates Monday night. The first order of business was to officially canvass the recent school board election, which saw John Rodgers, Melissa Starnater and Kim Kriegel receive enough votes to best the field of challengers. The trustees then unanimously selected Dusty Autrey as the new board president, Clay Schoolfield as the new vice president and Judd McCutchen the secretary. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees approved Monday a list of proposals for the district’s Facilities Master Plan, supporting new construction, expansions and rebuilds at various campuses. It is the board’s intent to consider these projects as district administrators develop a possible 2018 bond program, said Amanda Bubela, FBISD director of external communications and media relations. Trustees also unanimously voted to appoint trustee Jason Burdine as the new board president for 2018-19. view article arw

The president of the school board trustees has attempted to clarify or update his previous statements about the cost of changing the name of one of Tyler ISD's high schools. Reverend Fritz Hager, Jr. released a statement on Tuesday stating that a public meeting will be held in June to discuss the timing and potential costs of changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School. view article arw

Two new Lake Travis ISD board of trustees members were welcomed at Wednesday’s meeting. Incumbent Guy Clayton and new members Lauren White and Jessica Putonti took the oath of office. Trustee Lisa Johnson, who is stepping down from Place 2, was recognized for nine years of serving on the board. “It has been an honor serving this community,” Johnson said. “So much has changed since we moved out here 23 years ago, but it is still a very special place and I am so proud to be from here.” view article arw

On Wednesday morning, Education Austin, the labor union for Austin ISD employees, held a press conference asking AISD board President Kendall Pace to resign her position on the board of trustees. Education Austin President Ken Zarifis said that Pace “needs to step down from the board, not tomorrow, not next month, but today,” after the union learned of a “disturbing” text message exchange between Pace and AISD trustee Julie Cowan. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD School Board recently elected trustee Jason Burdine to serve as board president. Burdine was first elected to the FBISD Board of Trustees in 2014 and is currently serving his second term. “It’s a real honor for all of you to have confidence in me as a leader. It means a lot to me,” Burdine said and acknowledged the former board presidents currently serving on the board: trustees Jim Rice, Grayle James and outgoing president Kristin Tassin. view article arw

Lake Travis school board newcomers Lauren White and Jessica Putonti and incumbent Guy Clayton took their oaths of office at the May 16 meeting. Clayton, financial adviser, won Place 1 in the May 5 election, with 75 percent of the votes; White, a former teacher, won the Place 2 seat, receiving 44 percent of the votes; and Putonti won Place 3 against four other candidates with 41 percent of the votes. view article arw

School election results are official after Spring Hill, White Oak and Gilmer trustees canvassed the votes in the past week. view article arw

The Marlin ISD school board voted 3-0 to terminate the contract of one if its teachers Tuesday night. Superintendent Dr. Michael Seabolt said a high school teacher made a comment before the Algebra I STARR test that "there are only a couple smart enough to pass it anyway." Seabolt said the comment was made by Claude Kelley, in front of students and another teacher.  Superintendent Seabolt recommended the district fire Kelley after those comments. He said firing is in the best interest of the school district.  view article arw

The Humble ISD School Board was announced as the best school board in Texas at the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards and won a $25,000 award for the district. There are more than 1,000 school boards in Texas.  The school board was evaluated for leadership based upon academic and student progress within the district, identification of community needs and specific actions taken based on those needs, and new and creative methods for community engagement. A panel of judges visited Humble ISD in February and met with students, parents, teachers, principals, school board members and Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen. view article arw

A longtime member of Midland ISD's school board has announced her resignation. Vice president Karen Nicholson made the announcement on Monday. "I believe wholeheartedly that education is the most important aspect of our society. It's critical for leveling the playing field for our children, creating a prepared workforce to contribute to a strong economy, and helping solve society's problems,” said Nicholson. “It has been my greatest honor to support and serve our community’s greatest asset – a vibrant public education system.” view article arw

The Central ISD Board of Trustees announced the election dates for the tied race between Gary Rowe and Jeff Cordova for position five during its special board meeting Monday morning.  Rowe and Cordova both received 225 votes during the regularly scheduled election on May 5.  The board has set the new early voting dates from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 29 to June 5. The new election day will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 9. view article arw

The costs associated with renaming Tyler ISD's two high schools would be significantly lower. view article arw

The Midland ISD School Board Vice President Karen Nicholson resigned from her position on Monday, after 12 years of service. After joining the Board of Trustees in 2006, Nicholson has played an important role in some of the district’s biggest opportunities and decisions. She was instrumental in bringing three 21st-century elementary schools to the city and helping to renovate 11 others. view article arw

A Longview ISD school board candidate who lost a recent race to a longtime incumbent says she’s concerned by “harvesting behavior” seen in the election’s percentage of mail-in ballots. LaRaslum “Roz” Williams lost her bid for the District 7 seat May 5 to Troy Simmons. Results from the election show about 33 percent of total votes cast were mail-in ballots. Of those, Simmons received about 75 percent. view article arw

Emotions continued to run high Thursday as residents offered both condemnation and support of Houston ISD Board of Trustees President Rhonda Skillern-Jones, whose leadership has been questioned following a raucous board meeting last month that ended with two arrests. With about 300 people in attendance, dozens of residents demanded trustees take steps to restore trust with the community – with many calling for the removal of Skillern-Jones from her presidency – while a smaller contingent rose to back Skillern-Jones’ leadership. Unlike the board’s meeting on April 24, there was no skirmish between members of the public and HISD police during Thursday’s six-hour meeting. view article arw

Bill Childress moved into the president’s role on the Boyd School Board in November after the resignation of longtime president Ernest Partin. After seven months in the position, Childress’ fellow trustees reappointed him Thursday night during the board’s annual reorganization. “I’m happy for it. I’m glad they have enough faith in me to keep me in there,” Childress said. “We have a great board that works hard for the community.” Childress began a third term on the board after running unopposed for his Place 4 seat. He was sworn in Thursday, along with Trae Luttrell in Place 5 and Kenneth Shepherd in Place 6. Shepherd ran unopposed for the unexpired term of Partin, who resigned from the board to concentrate on his battle with cancer. view article arw

Emotions continued to run high Thursday as residents offered both condemnation and support of Houston ISD Board of Trustees President Rhonda Skillern-Jones, whose leadership has been questioned following a raucous board meeting last month that ended with two arrests.  With about 300 people in attendance, dozens of residents demanded trustees take steps to restore trust with the community – with many calling for the removal of Skillern-Jones from her presidency – while a smaller contingent rose to back Skillern-Jones' leadership. Unlike the board's meeting on April 24, there was no skirmish between members of the public and HISD police during Thursday's six-hour meeting. view article arw

Superintendent Pat Montgomery is ready to discuss Angleton ISD’s master facilities plan, a talk she’ll give Thursday during the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce’s “Growing with the Cats” luncheon. Chamber President Beth Journeay said the master facilities plan committee has been working so hard to complete its plans, the chamber thought it would be appropriate to share the results of the study with a luncheon. It’s perfect timing with the school year coming to an end and with Montgomery’s retirement approaching, she said. view article arw