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BENAVIDES – Melissa Hernandez was recently sworn in as the newest Benavides Independent School District board member…. view article arw

BRYAN, Texas — The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees announces its newly elected President, Vice President and Secretary for the coming term. Taking over for five-year Board President, Mark McCall, is Dr. Julie Harlin.  Dr. Harlin served as the Vice President for three years and has been a member of the board for six years.  The proposition of leading this Board of Trustees has Dr. Harlin looking forward to fulfilling her duties.  "I am excited to continue the legacy of leadership in continuing to support the great work of Bryan ISD and our Superintendent Ginger Carrabine."  Filling Dr. Harlin's Vice President Position is Dr. Deidra Davis.  Dr. Davis has held a position on the board since late 2020 and she is pleased with it's decision to grant her the seat. view article arw

Last night, at Las Americas Library in Mercedes, Texas, former Mayor of Mission, Norberto ‘Beto’ Salinas was sworn in as a Board Member for the South Texas ISD Board of Trustees. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Socorro Independent School Board Trustee Cynthia Najera is about to take on a statewide leadership role. Najera has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of School Boards. She has been chosen for the association’s governing board to represent local public school boards as the interim director for the Region 19 area. Najera, who represents District 2 in Socorro ISD, has been a board trustee for 12 years. During her tenure as a school board member, she has served in various leadership positions, including board president, vice president and secretary. “I am honored to be selected to serve on the TASB Board of Directors as the interim director for Region 19,” Najera said. “My goal is to work with the TASB Board of Directors to further promote, protect and enhance public education for all Texas schoolchildren while highlighting the diverse and unique needs of Region 19 school districts.” view article arw

Following the resignation of Allen ISD trustee Vatsa Ramanathan, the Allen ISD Board of Trustees has begun the process to fill the vacancy. According to Board President Amy Gnadt, the board has 180 days to either appoint a new member or hold a special election to fill the vacancy. Because the deadline to fill the vacancy falls on June 3, the board unanimously voted to wait until the May 2023 election to fill the vacancy. Gnadt said at the meeting that if the board appointed a new trustee, they would only serve for around 90 days, as the appointment would be approved after election filing begins on Jan. 18. After nearly six years on the board, Ramanathan resigned following a vote to approve school boundary changes that resulted in the closure of two elementary schools. view article arw

Killeen ISD’s school board will vote on a proposal Tuesday to expand teacher certification exemptions two weeks after more than a dozen sign language interpreters were fired for being uncertified. According to the district’s agenda, the Killeen ISD board of trustees will vote to approve a proposed amendment to the 2020-2025 District of Innovation Plan to expand teacher certification exemptions.  By becoming a District of Innovation, KISD may sidestep many of the Texas Education Code’s requirements, similar to Texas charter schools. view article arw

Austin ISD inaugurated four new trustees to the board Dec. 1. At the board's information meeting, Candace Hunter, Kathryn Whitley Chu, Andrew Gonzales and David Kauffman were sworn in. Incumbent Arati Singh was re-sworn in as the District 9 trustee at large. Hunter will replace LaTish Anderson as the District 1 representative. Anderson did not seek re-election for the seat. Hunter received 64.37% of the vote against her opponent, Roxanne Evans. Whitley Chu will replace Kristin Ashy in District 4. Ashy did not seek re-election. Whitley Chu received 71% of the vote against Clint Small. Gonzales will replace Geronimo Rodriguez for Place 6. Rodriguez was the board president and ran in the Nov. 8 election. Gonzales won with 66% of the vote. view article arw

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has called for an investigation on Frisco ISD and Keller ISD over newly implemented policies that the ACLU characterizes as discriminatory against transgender students and a violation of their civil rights. Frisco ISD passed a policy Nov. 14 — notably, during Transgender Awareness Week — requiring students to use the bathroom that aligns with their assigned gender at birth, with accommodations being made available for students who would like to use a private restroom that aligns with their gender identity. The ACLU filed a complaint against the North Texas school district and wants the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to investigate. In a letter, the ACLU called Frisco ISD’s new policy “deeply invasive and unlawful,” adding that it “[interrogates] students’ private medical information.” view article arw

Following a 7-1 vote in favor of the Allen ISD boundary adjustment, Allen ISD Trustee Vasta Ramanathan resigned effective immediately. At a Monday Allen ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the district presented a final plan to balance enrollment between the east and west side of the district while repurposing two campuses for monetary efficiencies. view article arw

A Pearsall Independent School District board member faces a misdemeanor theft charge after turning himself in to authorities in Frio County earlier this month. Tommy Navarro, 45, faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft of property between $750 and $2,500. The alleged theft occurred in early 2021, Pearsall Police Department Chief Daniel Flores confirmed via email Tuesday. view article arw

Rountree and Anderson Elementary schools will close and the buildings will be repurposed. Students at several other schools will also have to transfer. Author: wfaa.com view article arw

NBISD has been working towards a decision regarding the mascot and colors of Long Creek High School (LCHS), NBISD’s second high school opening in 2024. Earlier this fall, NBISD provided a first round of surveys to the community. In order to narrow the focus, NBISD has now opened a second survey and is once again seeking input from the community. This survey was created to ask how the community feels about LCHS having a mascot of “Unicorns” or having a unique mascot for LCHS. view article arw

The only Allen ISD School Board member who voted against a proposal to close two Allen ISD elementary schools on the city’s east side resigned abruptly Monday night. Vasta Ramanathan explains why he stepped down. view article arw

A member of the Allen ISD school board resigned Monday night after the school board voted to approve a proposal for attendance boundary changes that would close two elementary schools on the city's east side. Up against a state mandate to provide daylong kindergarten, budget troubles, overcrowding on the fast-growing west side and slowing enrollment on the east side, the district voted 6-1 to move east side children out of Anderson and Roundtree elementary schools and re-purpose the buildings. The proposal has been a flashpoint among parents who say they are frustrated by the district's plan, which would force students on the city's east side to travel further away from home to get to school. "Neighborhood schools are the center of Texas education," Holly Barnard, a clinical child psychologist and Anderson parent, told NBC 5 immediately after the board's Monday night vote. "That's what it should be. That's the way it's always been. They just don't want to touch certain neighborhoods on the west side. They don't want to touch them."    (30) view article arw

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Superintendent Jorge Arredondo appears to be facing a possible ouster Monday, just a week after the district’s board took a preliminary step toward launching a forensic audit into district operations and less than a month after voters backed a new majority of trustees at the polls. Monday evening, the district’s board will discuss Arredondo’s contract before potentially taking action on a severance agreement with him and appointing his replacement. view article arw

The Allen ISD school board approved a controversial rezoning plan on Monday that affects thousands of elementary school students in the area. The school board voted 6-1 to redraw school boundary lines in a night filled with drama. The district says schools on the city's west side are overcrowded and wants to repurpose two schools with low enrollment numbers on Allen's east side. view article arw

Klein ISD's 2023-24 school year calendar will run from Aug. 9-May 24, following the KISD board of trustees' unanimous approval of calendar Option 2 on Nov. 14. The following are dates of note associated with the approved calendar. To view a PDF of KISD's approved 2023-24 calendar, click here. view article arw

Next year, Texas legislators can finally break our state’s overreliance on a single test in the teaching of our children and the evaluation of our public schools. It is an opportunity to deliver the relief and sensible reform that parents and educators consistently support. It is also a chance to move Texas toward a system that better tells us whether schools are meeting the expectations of employers and Texans.  Let’s all hope that legislators rise to this moment.  Our current accountability system depends heavily on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, better known as STAAR. In fact, STAAR performance is the only variable used to evaluate Texas elementary and middle schools in the state’s A-F system of grading campuses. This system defines success too narrowly while putting enormous pressure on kids. view article arw

(Seguin) – The newest face to Seguin ISD’s Team of 8 is sworn in and ready to get to work. Just before ringing the dismissal bell for the Thanksgiving break, newly elected District 7 Trustee Josh Bright was administered the oath of office for his new seat on the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees. Bright says he joins the board at one of its most critical times. “I’m looking forward to the next four years and all the things that we are going to be able to accomplish especially with being able to pass Proposition A for the school bond. That’s going to be huge for us with some big responsibility for us as well. So, I’m looking forward to executing that and getting that bond spent and taking care of our kids and setting up a good school district for them in the future,” said Bright. view article arw

Lucio Vasquez / Houston Public Media Voters in the Houston area recently cast their ballots for the 2022 midterm election. Early last year, a mayoral race in a Southeast Texas town was decided by drawing a ping pong ball out of a hat. A similar scenario could play out in Galveston ISD if the runoff for a board-of-trustees race ends up like it did on Election Day. Incumbent trustee Mindy Lakin and challenger Ken Jencks each received 1,060 votes in the Nov. 8 election, according to online results posted by the Galveston County Clerk. They will compete again in a runoff election scheduled for Dec. 6, with early voting set for Nov. 28-Dec. 2. What would happen if the runoff also ends in a tie? According to Galveston ISD’s board policy manual, an automatic recount would be conducted. If the candidates were still tied at that point, and neither chose to withdraw from the race, then board policy stipulates the “tied candidates shall cast lots to determine the winner,” meaning some sort of drawing would be held. view article arw

Early last year, a mayoral race in a Southeast Texas town was decided by drawing a ping pong ball out of a hat. A similar scenario could play out in Galveston ISD if the runoff for a board-of-trustees race ends up like it did on Election Day. view article arw

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees decided to table an update to district policy that would have impacted rank in class for students at a Nov. 17 meeting. District staff presented the update and information behind it to the board, and was met with concern from Place 4 Trustee Cory Vessa and Place 6 Trustee Tiffanie Harrison. view article arw

Thursday night the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees swore in its recently elected members. The only new face on the board this term is Leo Gonzalez II, who currently serves as the chairman of the City of Bryan Planning and Zoning commission. The Texas Association of School Boards is very clear: A person cannot serve as a school board trustee and on a city planning and zoning commission. view article arw

The race between incumbent trustee Mindy Lakin and Ken Jencks, a former trustee who is trying to regain the position, will go to a second election to attempt to decide the winner. The tie was first reported by the Galveston County Daily News. School board officials confirmed the tie on Wednesday night. Lakin and Jencks each received 1,060 votes, according to final and official total posted on the Galveston County Clerk's election website. After election night, Lakin had trailed Jencks by just six votes. In the days since, Lakin gained two more absentee votes and four more votes from Nov. 8, according to the clerk's records. The final six votes were from provisional ballots that were accepted after election day, according to The Daily News. Jencks and Lakin are running for a position that represents eastern parts of Galveston Island as well as part of Bolivar Peninsula. view article arw

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The largest school district in the Rio Grande Valley will be canvassing the votes from last week’s election, but one candidate is questioning the results. Candidate and former school principal Victor Caballero is asking for the votes to be counted again. Caballero’s supporters say because former principal Frank Ortiz won a seat as Brownsville ISD trustee, Cabarello should have won too. The two long time school administrators had the same support and ran as a team. Caballero lost to board member Denise Garza last Tuesday. view article arw

The largest school district in the Rio Grande Valley will be canvassing the votes from last week’s election, but one candidate is questioning the results. Candidate and former school principal Victor Caballero is asking for the votes to be counted again. Caballero’s supporters say because former principal Frank Ortiz won a seat as Brownsville ISD trustee, Cabarello should have won too. The two long time school administrators had the same support and ran as a team. Caballero lost to board member Denise Garza last Tuesday. view article arw

During a Nov. 14 meeting, the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees considered colors and a mascot for the new Long Creek High School. The board formed a committee to survey potential colors and mascots for the new school. The survey was administered to community stakeholders, which consists of district residents within the new high school boundaries. Survey results showed survey participants voted most for a unicorn mascot, with a lion and dragon coming in second and third, respectively. view article arw

The unofficial results for the mid-terms are in from the Harris County Elections Administrator’s Office, showing five incumbents and two newcomers have won seats on the Crosby ISD school board.  In this year’s school board elections, all positions were up for election as voted by the board following the mandated redistricting because of the 2020 census. Of the seven races, three were contested. According to Brett Birkinbine, spokesperson for Crosby ISD, candidates only needed a plurality of votes to win the position. There will be no runoffs. view article arw

By decisive margins, voters sent two new trustees and returned one incumbent to the troubled board of the South San Antonio Independent School District in Tuesday’s election. Manuel López, 67, a former board member and retired San Antonio Police Department officer, defeated Greg Lopez, 47, a tax preparer, for the District 1 seat being vacated by Gina Villagomez, who did not seek re-election after missing numerous meetings. López had 60 percent of the vote. Abel “Chillidogg” Martinez, 42, garnered almost two-thirds of the vote in District 5 to defeat incumbent Gina Rovello, 41, a health care caseworker. Cynthia Ramirez, 58, kept her District 6 seat with 57 percent of the vote against a comeback attempt by Gilbert Rodriguez, a former trustee who the board ousted in July because he hadn’t retracted a resignation letter he submitted in February. view article arw

Election night in Grimes County has come and gone again, and final results have been tallied. In the most prevalent state level election concerning our county lines, Michael McCaul has won re-election to House District 10, taking 80% of the vote here in Grimes County, and 63% of the total vote. The only local races on the ballot were in Richards, in three battles for school board. All three sitting members of the school board saw their seats flipped. view article arw

Houston ISD plans to redraw the boundary lines for its nine school board trustees based on population changes reflected in the latest U.S. Census. HISD officials emphasized that the changes only impact voting, not what schools children are zoned to. The district is required to adjust those boundaries when the U.S. Census reflects a significant population shift.

San Antonio Independent School District officials are considering revoking six of their 39 in-district charters and outside management partnerships created in recent years to improve certain campuses. The annual performance review of campuses operating under these models, presented to the SAISD board of trustees last week, included recommendations to renew, place on probation or revoke the existing arrangements at 24 schools whose contracts are up for renewal. view article arw

Hello, everybody. Elaine Thompson here with your Wednesday edition of the Round Rock Daily. Keep reading to find out everything that's fit to print about what's happening locally, including updates on: view article arw

TYLER, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott says he has invoked the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions to declare immigration from Mexico as an invasion.  Gov. Abbott says he will "fully authorize Texas to take unprecedented measures to defend our state against an invasion."  Gov. Abbott says the following steps will be taken by the state:    (17) view article arw

Harris County Elections Administrator Cliff Tatum, speaking at length publicly for the first time since Election Day, pledged a complete assessment of voting issues Tuesday but said the county is in "dire need" of improvements to the way it conducts elections. "A full assessment is in order," Tatum told Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. "We have started that assessment, but I'd like to remind you and the public we are still counting votes." view article arw