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Sixteen people put their hats in the ring for the open Killeen Independent School District board seat, and the board has closed the application process. The board also closed the doors, interviewing several candidates for nearly three hours in a private session at its Sept. 11 meeting. The board has also declined to provide a list of the candidates. view article arw

Peaster ISD names new Trustee

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Peaster ISD board of Trustees named a new trustee and construction project specialist at their Thursday evening meeting at the Peaster Administration Building.  view article arw

Gladewater ISD board members are set to meet Wednesday with the Gladewater City Council and Gladewater Economic Development Corp. board of directors to prepare for town hall meetings tentatively scheduled in October. The joint meeting is part of an interagency initiative, “Operation: The Time is Now,” that started after city departments revisited Gladewater’s 2009 comprehensive plan. view article arw

In the Sun’s online survey last week, a solid majority of readers felt that the local school district is more responsible for high property taxes than state government. Indeed, Goose Creek CISD does set the property tax rate, but they are simply responding to the convoluted school finance system. When property values go up, the state automatically reduces the amount of money it sends to local districts.  In the last fiscal year, the state reduced school funding by $3.5 billion, leaving local taxpayers to pick up the tab. Thanks to this ridiculous mechanism, the state only provided 38 percent of formula funding for educating students.   view article arw

The Texas Education Agency on Thursday appointed the executive director of Beaumont’s Chick-fil-A restaurants to join Beaumont ISD’s school board as a manager. Alexandrew Seale, 30, of Beaumont was appointed by Commissioner of Education Mike Morath to fill the vacancy left as board secretary Vernice Monroe stepped into former president Joe Domino’s seat. Domino resigned from the district on Aug. 16. view article arw

Local school board trustees approved several action items during Monday's board meeting at the Jacksonville ISD administration building, but took no action following an executive session held prior to the regular meeting. According to Calah Moake, assistant to JISD Superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly, trustees approved an application to the Texas Education Agency for waivers for three classes at East Side Elementary to accommodate a larger number of students in each. view article arw

Taylor County residents planning to vote in the Nov. 6 general elections will have the opportunity to cast a ballot at one of two October football games at Shotwell Stadium. Not a football fan? Single-day mobile voting locations also will be set up at all the Abilene ISD campuses that would be affected by the district's $138.7 million bond election. view article arw

The Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees decided not to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Terry Seth, Monday at its regular meeting. Seth served as a trustee since 2001 and recently moved outside of the district. Jason Sodd also resigned from the board earlier this year and Dr. Charles Biltz was appointed in June to serve the remainder of Sodd’s term, which runs through 2019. view article arw

Highlights from this year’s new teacher orientation were presented to the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees Wednesday night. Objectives from the two-day orientation included: Gain clarity regarding the district vision for student learning Understand the “learner centric model,” which encompasses four pillars: Learning is social; learning is inspiring; learning is dynamic; learning is empowering Understand that authentic learning and assessment practices are key pedagogical practices that support the learner centric model Be inspired to embrace the culture of Lake Travis ISD view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District is no longer accepting applications for the vacant seat on the Board of Trustees. view article arw

Parents plan to attend the Galveston Independent School District board meeting Wednesday night to ask for added security measures at schools. On Tuesday, Ball Hall School was placed on a brief lockdown after a student was accused of bringing an unloaded handgun to campus. “Something needs to be done and these people need to open their eyes and do something now," said Debbie Gast who has a grandson who attends Ball High School. view article arw

Alvin ISD is reconsidering one of its dress code rules that prohibits boys from wearing makeup after the district was scrutinized online for enforcing the rule on one of its students. On Sept. 12 KHOU 11 reported an unidentified male student at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland was disciplined and given in-school suspension for breaking the district's dress code rule that states boys are not allowed to wear makeup.  view article arw

Bryan High School and Rudder High School singers performed the national anthem together during the Bryan school board's first evening meeting in the new boardroom in the former SFA High School and SFA Middle School building. The new boardroom is more spacious than the previous meeting room and features a balcony where such performances can take place. Principals from Bryan Collegiate High School, Bryan High School and Rudder High School presented students with certificates and diplomas for achievement in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs at the Monday meeting. view article arw

There was friction between the Santa Fe ISD school board and parents in the audience Monday night. Some of the parents wore shirts with a big "F" on the front, saying that is the grade they give the district's handling of school safety after the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School. The parents claim protecting students hasn't been a priority, going back even before the massacre that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 13 more. view article arw

There is growing tension between the Santa Fe ISD school bard and family members of the mass shooting victims. Some have been critical of the board for not doing enough to punish two students accused of having what some believed to be a hit list. view article arw

Participants at the Belton Independent School District’s second attendance boundaries meeting would like to find a way to avoid separating elementary kids from their friends when they go to middle school. The Monday meeting discussed road improvements and socioeconomic diversity, as well as the difficulty of keeping elementary communities together in middle school. Belton Independent School District is conducting a series of five community meetings to come up with a plan to re-draw attendance zone boundaries as the district grows and changes. The third meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Harris Community Center, 401 N. Alexander St. view article arw

Three positions are up for grabs in the Huffman ISD school board election this November. Postions 1, 2 and 3 are up for election this year. Meanwhile only Positions 1 and 2 are contested. Ray Burt, President of Huffman ISD School Board, is seeking re-election into Position 3 and is running unopposed. view article arw

New Waverly expected to cancel election

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New Waverly ISD might be canceling their upcoming school board election. The current board of trustees are expected to take up the action, during its meeting on Monday at the school’s central office, after no challengers signed up. Incumbant xxxx was the only to register. view article arw

While the stadium may not be finished, it will be ready to host its first home game Thursday evening. The promise came from Construction Manager Marc Rauzi who gave the Henderson School Board an update during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. “The roof is finished, the glass is installed, bleacher installation is complete, there is paint on the walls and final plumbing and wiring is being completed,” said Rauzi. Thank you for Reading! view article arw

Longtime Boyd ISD trustee dies

September 1208:32 AM
 

Ernest Partin spent 13 years on the Boyd ISD school board, including many as the board president. But to Bill Childress, who replaced Partin as the leader of the board last November, it’s his giving spirit that will be long remembered. “One of the best things about Ernest was how giving he was to everyone. He went above and beyond to help everyone. If he knew you were in a tough spot, he was the first to jump in and help,” Childress said. “What a loss for the community.” view article arw

The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees has appointed a new member. Robin Malone, who is a legal studies coordinator at Amarillo College, was chosen unanimously to fill the vacancy left behind by James Allen. view article arw

The Seguin ISD superintendent received full support of the board with a raise and a contract extension. In a specially called meeting on Monday, the SISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to up superintendent Matthew Gutierrez’s pay by 2 percent and tack on an additional year to his contract. view article arw

The race for the Mercedes ISD school board is on. Four seats are up for grabs in the upcoming November 2018 election. Nine hopeful candidates have their eyes set on helping lead the school district in the right direction. view article arw

The Sabine ISD board of trustees Monday night canceled its November election and set pay rates for contractors who will work on the district’s new softball field. Place 3 Trustee Rusty Taylor and Place 5 Trustee Patty Pickle did not file for re-election this year, and Place 4 trustee Paul Franklin ran unopposed. The resolution approved by the board canceled the election scheduled on Nov. 6. Franklin, Place 3 candidate Eddie Shawn and Place 5 candidate Leslie Thurston “have been certified as unopposed and are hereby elected,” it read. view article arw

Outrage swept over the community after the city voted to repaint the water tower that now hosts the Seguin High School mascot, nixing the Matador, replacing it with the city’s slogan.  The Seguin City Council voted on Tuesday to approve a contract bid of $413,700 to Macguire Iron, Inc. to scrub the inside and outside of the water tower located on Lucille Street near Kingsbury Street, and a new paint job that would replace the school district’s logo and the words “Seguin Matadors.” view article arw

For the first time in five years, a contested race will take place for a seat on the Huntsville ISD school board. Ken Holland and incumbent Patrick Antwi will face off Friday in a town forum at the Huntsville Public Library. The event will be hosted by the Huntsville Schools Action Group. The group is comprised of parents and community members interested in education. They work with the district to address issues facing the schools. view article arw

Sabine ISD board members are set to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday. view article arw

The process to craft the academic calendar for the 2019-20 school year is just getting started, but members of the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees have given some early thoughts on what they would like to see. During a work session Tuesday, board members seemed to favor, among other things, another early start to the school year. As a District of Innovation, LISD has the option to start the school year earlier than the state-mandated rule of no sooner than the week that includes the fourth Monday of August. view article arw

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The San Antonio Independent School District’s ethics committee debuted a 30-page document Thursday night outlining specific tenets of a proposed ethics code.The policy outlines rules involving gifts to district employees and trustees, conflicts of interest, and accountability.  SAISD formed an ethics committee after former trustee Olga Hernandez was indicted on federal bribery charges in 2017 related to her acceptance of gifts from an insurance broker seeking business from the school district. Hernandez was acquitted, but the district sought to put standards in place to ensure that school board members and employees did not appear to compromise themselves. view article arw

No more words. Community activists for East Austin schools said it's time for action. In front of the Norman Sims Elementary School, activists that include parents, a teacher's union representative, current and former elected school board members and a human rights attorney gathered Wednesday to make their case on why they want to break from the Austin Independent School District and form their own school district. view article arw

Former kindergarten teacher Lauren Party is one of the candidates for the Midland Independent School District 6 seat in the November election. view article arw

Four seats are up for grabs in the upcoming Crosby ISD school board elections this November — however only one position is contested. Candidates for Positions 1,2,3 and At-Large Position 6 willbe on the ballot. Two candidates, Sharyl Eavon Fain and Kasey Kealynn Lewis are seeking the Position 2 spot on the school board while the other 3 positions are uncontested. view article arw

The Austin Independent School Dis­trict Board of Trustees will explore potential changes to the policy which governs how district facilities are rented to outside groups. At the board meeting last Monday, several trustees questioned whether the district's decision to rent the AISD Performing Arts Center in Mueller to Celebration Church for an extended period violated specific rules for renting that facility. According to a March 2015 document outlining guidelines and procedures for community use of the PAC, churches can rent the facility for "special events," but "extended use or long-term use for non-school groups shall not be allowed." view article arw