MISSION, Texas (KVEO) — Two current and former Sharyland Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees members have filed a lawsuit against a former student that they say defamed them on social media. The lawsuit claims that Dante Flores-Demarchi and two more unnamed individuals used “deliberately false statements to defame” Sharyland ISD board member Jose “Pepe” Garcia and former board member Melissa Smith on social media posts. view article arw

Northwest ISD is on track to end the 2020-21 fiscal year with a smaller general fund deficit than anticipated. The district adopted an expected $25.1 million deficit last summer, and current projections forecast the actual deficit will be closer to $15 million. The district’s food service fund and debt service fund have exceeded expectations as well with surpluses of $603,534 and $7,860,062, respectively. According to the timeline outlined during the district’s June 14 budget workshop, the board of trustees will meet June 28 to amend the 2020-21 budget to reflect actual outcomes and approve the 2021-22 budget. view article arw

The Mesquite ISD school board appointed district parent and North Mesquite High School alumna Teia Collier to fill the Place 1 Board of Trustee seat of Archimedes Faulkner, who recently resigned due to illness. view article arw

Friendswood ISD’s board of trustees approved a 1% salary increase for nearly all employees, as well as the approval of a new security system using bond funds, during its June 14 regular meeting. All district employees except transportation drivers, monitors, and driver supervisors will receive the increase for the 2021-22 school year. The salary plan for transportation staff—raising their hourly pay an additional $2, starting Feb. 15 and extending through the end of 2021-22—was approved at the board’s Feb. 8 regular meeting. view article arw

Bonham ISD Board Goal #6 states that Bonham ISD will be excellent stewards of taxpayer funds in a transparent environment. In serving this function, we must respectfully object to the 2022 FCAD budget. Bonham ISD is responsible for a proportional share of the Fannin Central Appraisal District budget. This budget is proposed by the Chief Appraiser and approved by the FCAD Board of Directors. Each taxing entity served by FCAD is then required to pay a proportional share based off of the amount of taxes levied. The proposed FCAD 2022 budget will increase Bonham ISD's proportional share by over $300,000 since 2017. view article arw

The day after police arrested a Harker Heights High School student wanted in connection with the deadly Austin Sixth Street shooting, city and school district officials met at City Hall to discuss ways to tackle the area’s crime problem.  City of Killeen and the Killeen school district officials discussed a proposed joint crime reduction committee Tuesday, which if approved by the board and city council, would consist of representatives from Killeen ISD, the cities of Killeen and Harker Heights, Bell County and Fort Hood. The committee’s purpose would be to study crime, recommend solutions to decrease crime and coordinate and execute efforts, according to the committee’s proposed agreement. view article arw

A booby-trapped billboard. A list of demands. A conservative media frenzy. Jeff Porter, superintendent of a wealthy suburban school district in Maine, had no idea that his community was about to become part of a national battle when in the summer of 2020 a father began accusing the district of trying to “indoctrinate” his children by teaching critical race theory. To Porter, the issue was straightforward: The district had denounced white supremacy in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police, but did not teach critical race theory, the academic study of racism’s pervasive impact. view article arw

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved salary increases for district teachers and staff during their June 14th regular meeting. Dr-James-HockenberryRecommended to the board by Dr. James Hockenberry, Assistant Superintendent of District Services, the 2021-22 Employee Compensation Structure includes normal step increases for teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses, with a 3 percent from the midpoint raise for other staff. view article arw

After discussion about overturning a previous board decision, Longview ISD Superintendent James Wilcox said the decision to bring a new air filtration system to the East Texas Montessori Prep Academy campus will not move forward at this time. At a May school board meeting, the board approved installing a $267,605 air sanitization system called CIMR from Harvest Innovative Solutions at the campus. The system uses hydrogen peroxide to sanitize the air. At Monday’s meeting, there was an action item on the agenda to consider reversing the decision. Trustee Dr. Samir Germanwala said he would not approve the system. “This is something I know, and if there’s no data, how can I say yes?” he said. view article arw

Lewisville ISD board of trustees approved raising employee salaries by 3% at the midpoint of their respective pay grade. The pay increase was one of six proposals involving employee pay that the board unanimously approved at its June 14 meeting. In addition to the pay raises, the board approved a one-time retention payment of $500 to all full-time district employees. Part-time employees will receive a pro-rated amount. The payment will go to those employed with the district on or before Sept. 1, 2021, with the payment to be made no later than Nov. 30, according to the district. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas [KFOX14/CBS4] — After months of discussion and collecting feedback from parents and stakeholders, Socorro Independent School District will present their Back-to-School plan to their Board of Trustees on Tuesday. The Back-to-School plan will include changes to the safety protocols, instructional setting, social and emotional learning along with the bell and calendar schedules that will be implemented for the next school year. Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services for Socorro ISD, Marivel Macias tells KFOX14 the district has been working with local and state health authorities to develop their safety protocols. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD trustees will meet at noon Tuesday in a special session to work through an extensive agenda including proposals for the 2021-2022 budget and creating a district police department.  WFISD police Chief Lahoma Vaughn proposed a 10-person police department for the district earlier this year during a February work session. Lahoma told trustees then that the district employs 46 part-time officers who work at schools while giving their full-time jobs priority. She said it was a scheduling nightmare and that having a district police force would mean using far fewer part-time officers. view article arw

The Texas Legislature, whose regular session ended May 31, did not pass legislation that would have funded online learning offered through public school districts. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees is expected to vote on a compensation plan for employees at its meeting Monday. The board will consider various pieces to the compensation plan, including a pay increase. On the table is a 2-percent increase from the employee’s salary midpoint, as well as a 3-percent increase from the midpoint. During a work session Wednesday most board members said they favored a 3-percent bump. view article arw

The Beckville ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at the Beckville ISD administration building, 4398 Texas 149 in Beckville.  Agenda view article arw

June 14, 2021 at 5:45 PM – Regular Agenda 1. Call to Order 2. Public Testimony 3. Public Hearing/Meeting to discuss and gather input and explain ESSER funds. 4. Discuss and consider Resolution of the Board Regarding ESSER III and Policy CB(local), State and Federal Revenue Sources view article arw

Tyler ISD trustees appointed a Tyler ISD alumna Thursday to fill the vacancy left by Rev. Fritz Hager Jr., who resigned from his school board seat last month. During a Tyler ISD board workshop, trustees appointed Lindsey Harrison to fill the District 6 seat vacancy. In addition to graduating from Tyler ISD, Harrison has two children who attend Andy Woods Elementary School. “I am honored and humbled to be able to serve in this capacity with our wonderful Tyler ISD board members,” Harrison said. “I can’t wait to get started and strive to make our district one of the best.” view article arw

WACO, Texas — Waco ISD school board members are considering a $376.1 million facilities master plan to update a handful of schools built in the 1950's. For the first time, board members heard a presentation about the plan on Thursday. Board members say it has been a while since they have done a school bond election, but now may be the time. "I looked up the maintenance request at G.W. Carver and from January to March, and there were 80," said school board member Stephanie Korteweg. The master plan includes replacing four of the district's oldest schools. When it came to replacing these campuses with larger buildings, the committee suggested the following: view article arw

Hudson ISD dedicated a bench to Brandi Mettlen, who passed away suddenly last year of a major heart attack. Hudson held a small dedication to let Mettlen’s loved ones see the bench, located on the playground of W.F. Peavy Primary School. Mettlen worked for Hudson ISD as a teacher’s aide and taught Sunday school for pre-school children at Harmony Hill Baptist Church, where she was a member. She was a mom of two daughters, Makayla and Gracie, and she graduated from Hudson herself, where she lived all her life. “She had more friends than I ever knew that have shown up,” said Susan Buckner, Mettlen’s mom. “They’ve all told me that if they ever had something serious, something funny, whatever it was, if they had something to tell, she’s the first person they want to talk to.” view article arw

Two new board members and two re-elected members were sworn in to serve on Humble ISD’s board of trustees on June 8. Incumbents Robert Sitton and Martina Lemond Dixon won their bids for re-election for positions 1 and 5, respectively, in the May 1 election, while board newcomers Chris Parker and Ken Kirchhofer won their bids for positions 3 and 4, respectively. At the June 8 school board meeting, HISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen thanked them for applying to serve on the board, which is a four-year term. "This community is genuinely the very best place for children, and one of the reasons why is because of people like you—all of you—who are willing to do this job for free," Fagen said. "Not only do the trustees come and participate in this meeting, of course, which is a meeting of the trustees, but many of them lead board subcommittees and do a lot of additional work on behalf of the board so that we have efficient board meetings that have been well vetted." view article arw

Denton ISD stopped livestreaming its board meetings without any direct notice to the public in time for its meeting Tuesday night. Four hours ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, no explicit notice, aside from the public meeting notice required by law, had been posted to the district’s website. Denton ISD maintains a place on its website where other news, such as new hires, graduation ceremonies and public comment submissions for board meetings, are collected, but no mention of the cessation of livestreaming was included. view article arw

Lovejoy ISD is closing its flagship elementary campus, part of a raft of recommendations the district is making to cover shortfalls totaling about $9 million over two school years. Trustees voted unanimously April 25 to transition Carrie L. Lovejoy Elementary into a pre-K and early childhood learning center with district offices. “This was not an easy night for the community or board,” president Chad Collins said, according to the minutes from the meeting. view article arw

After initially planning on a one-time pay increase for their staff, Spring ISD board members are now considering a recurring salary increase for the next school year. Spring ISD Chief Financial Officer Ann Westbrooks presented the new recommendation at their Thursday board workshop, which entailed approving a 2 percent recurring salary increase, based on the control point—the midpoint salary of each position, about 15 years into the position. This would be a larger financial commitment than the previous recommendation, which entailed a one-time salary increase of 2.5 percent of the control point. view article arw

San Antonio Independent School District board President Patti Radle announced Monday she is stepping down from that position to refocus on the community she represents and the nonprofit she and her husband run. Radle, 73, announced her decision to relinquish the role of board president at Monday’s board budget workshop, where she also voiced her support to name District 6 trustee Christina Martinez as her successor. Radle will continue to serve on the school board as the District 5 trustee. view article arw

As of Monday morning, public school districts in Texas can no longer mandate face masks be worn by students, staff or visitors per Governor Abbott’s executive order issued on May 18. CBS4 Local contacted the three largest school districts in El Paso to learn how they plan on moving forward as they wrap up the 2020-2021 school year and prepare for the upcoming semesters. view article arw

Responding to state legislation seeking to limit how racism should be discussed in Texas classrooms, Waco ISD trustees voted Thursday to reaffirm their commitment to dismantling structural racism. The legislation, House Bill 3979, lays out rules for discussing controversial current events involving racism, lists specific documents that should be included in the state curriculum and requires a civics education training program for teachers. view article arw

The Cedar Hill Independent School District is one of just 11 school districts in Texas – and the only one in Dallas County – to qualify for the Lone Star Governance (LSG) Leaderboard, for the first quarter of 2021. Lone Star Governance is a Texas Education Agency (TEA) continuous model for school boards in collaboration with their superintendents. The sole objective is improving student outcomes. view article arw

Voters in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will head to the polls June 5 to elect a new member to the board of trustees. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Incumbent Mindy McClure and Shannon Braun are on the ballot. In the three-person election held May 1 for GCISD board Place 1, no candidate received more than 50% of the vote. The two candidates with the highest number of votes advanced to the runoff election. Early voting for the runoff election began May 24 and ended June 1. view article arw

Iola ISD is accepting board of trustee applications. That is according to the district, who’s Position #7 seat is unoccupied following the tragic passing of Scot Nevill on May 3rd. Nevill, an Iola alumni, was serving as Vice President and was on the board since 2014. The current term expires May 7th, 2022, and you are asked to contact a current board member if interested in applying. That application can be found under “Headlines & Features,” on the district website, and must be submitted to a board member of the central office. view article arw

The board of trustees for the South San Antonio Independent School District held an unusual mid-year election for board officers May 24. School board officers are typically elected once a year, immediately after newly elected trustees are sworn in. South San’s last board election was in November, but trustees Connie Prado and Ernesto Arrellano called a special meeting to elect Arrellano as board president. view article arw

The issue is an amendment to House Bill 1525. The state senator from Lakeway -- Dawn Buckingham -- attached an amendment that would require school districts to accept money from PTAs to fund staff positions. “It's unfortunate that a privileged white representative from Lakeway would have to chime in with an amendment about AISD,” responded Education Austin President Ken Zarifis. view article arw

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – On the eve of the final day of school, Abilene ISD’s superintendent is not bidding farewell to another turbulent academic year, but instead aspires to have a less “exciting” fall term. “It has been a school year like no other,” said Dr. David Young, AISD Superintendent. In another school year marked with strife because of the pandemic, Dr.Young says a focus of his and other district leaders will be recovering from the havoc wreaked by the coronavirus. view article arw

In 1974, Clarence Bailey was elected to the Longview ISD school board as its first Black trustee — now he will be honored with a campus named after him. Bailey was elected four years after Longview ISD integrated its schools. The board’s diversity has progressed leaps and bounds since that time. Today, the majority of trustees are not white — reflecting the student demographics of the district— and the board is led by Shan Bauer, a Black woman. The board voted Wednesday to honor Bailey by changing the name of South Ward Elementary School to Clarence W. Bailey Elementary School. view article arw

A former Brownsville ISD school board trustee was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison. Sylvia Atkinson was convicted in November for her role in a bribery scheme. Even though she is scheduled to report to the U.S. Marshal's office in June - her attorney says the fight's not over. view article arw

The sentencing of former BISD board of trustee Sylvia P. Atkinson will take Wednesday morning, according to federal records. Atkinson is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez at 8:30 a.m. Super ‘flower’ moon and lunar eclipse Wednesday morning Atkinson’s sentencing was originally scheduled for Feb. 9 but was rescheduled several times. In November, 2020 a federal jury found Atkinson guilty on eight counts of bribery. view article arw