The Montgomery ISD board of trustees has adopted a legislative platform for the 87th Texas Legislature—a first for the district, officials said. “Traditionally, Montgomery ISD has not necessarily been a proactive participant in engaging and talking about the needs of our district,” MISD Superintendent Heath Morrison said at a Jan. 19 board meeting. view article arw

McKinney ISD’s school board approved final updates for elementary school renovations using funds from the district's 2016 bond program. Caldwell Elementary School, built in 1961, has not been renovated since 2002—with the exception of the kitchen, which was renovated in 2020. Vega Elementary School, built in 2002, has never had renovations or a refresh. view article arw

The dress code for the Nederland Independent School District will soon get a thorough review, district leaders say. Superintendent Dr. Stuart Kieschnick said the standardized dress code for secondary school students was put together several years ago, led by a committee of students, parents, teachers and administrators. view article arw

The Longview Independent School District Board of Trustees approved extending the amount of time employees can use emergency paid sick leave for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, during their regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19th. Last year the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) authorized two temporary leave benefits, including expanded FMLA leave entitlement and up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Dr-James-HockenberryDr. James Hockenberry, Assistant Superintendent of District services explained that the administration is now authorized to continue offering employees emergency paid sick leave through June 30th, "thanks to the FFCRA, and is retroactive to Jan. 1st of the current year." view article arw

Longview Independent School District joined 1,024 districts across the state celebrating January as School Board Recognition Month, during the Board of Trustees regular meeting Monday, Jan. 19th. Dr-James-HockenberryAssistant Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry presented award plaques and gift baskets to LISD board members, explaining that the theme this year is "Navigating To Success.” "Year after year, our board goes above and beyond to bring the most innovative initiatives to our various campuses," he said. "Thanks to your leadership and service, Longview ISD is certainly helping our students, staff, and entire community navigate toward a brighter future for all." view article arw

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Thorndale ISD held a special called meeting followed by its regular monthly meeting. Business Manager Rebecca Peel gave a report concerning the School Financial Integrity Rating System. She informed the board that the district received a 100 percent score for the fourth consecutive year. Superintendent Adam Ivy added the fact that this was a significant accomplishment and that Peel does a fantastic job managing the district’s finances which has led to the ability to complete a number of projects while putting over $1,500,000 into fund balance over the last four years. view article arw

The Beaumont ISD board is set to discuss and is expected to vote on changing the stadium's name back to the previous name after the name was changed in August 2018. BISD Memorial Stadium was officially renamed from its original moniker, the "Beaumont ISD Carrol A. 'Butch' Thomas Educational Support Center," according to a 12News file story. view article arw

Cheers to a brighter 2021! I would like to extend best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year. And may we all unite to make this year and those that follow full of opportunity for all children! It was a great honor for me to be sworn in for my third term on the Dallas ISD School Board. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you and your families in District 2. During my service as trustee for the last four years, Dallas ISD has been recognized as the most improved urban school district in Texas. I will continue to fight for: view article arw

Three of the seven positions on the Deer Park ISD Board of trustees are open for elections this year.  Those positions are held by Rhonda Lowe in Position 1, Lee Giddens in Position 2 and Jason Cable in Position 3.  For those interested in running, the filing period began Jan. 13 and concludes Feb. 12. The address for filing an application in person is the Education Support Center, 2800 Texas Ave., Deer Park, TX 77536. view article arw

After multiple failed attempts to find consensus on electing a board president Jan. 14, trustees agreed they needed more time before moving forward with annual officer elections.  The board voted 8-1 to postpone their decision to Jan. 21. view article arw

Applications are now open to run for two seats on the Denton ISD school board. Board President Barbara Burns and board member Jeanetta Smith are up for reelection. All seats are at-large, meaning candidates can live anywhere within the district and all eligible voters can cast ballots in each race. Those interested in running must file by 5 p.m. Feb. 12 for the May election. view article arw

WACO, Texas — Wednesday was the first day for candidates to file for the 2021 Waco Independent School District Board of Trustees Election. One candidate submitted an application for a place on the ballot. Stephanie Korteweg filed for re-election in District 2, Place 2. In May, voters will also elect trustees to three-year terms representing District 1 and At-Large, Place 6. Those positions are currently held by Norman Manning and Robin Houston. No candidates filed for those seats Wednesday. view article arw

The Bandera Independent School District (BISD) accepted two separate checks totaling $8,135 from community businesses Justin Teich Construction and ARC Rite Welding and Steel Supply to be used towards the purchase of a new scoreboard for the high school softball field. The donation was accepted during the BISD Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 11. Representing Justin Teich Construction at the meeting was Justin and Sarah Teich. Representing ARC Rite Welding and Steel Supply was Nathan and Jessica Binnert. Athletic Director Joel Fontenot-Amedee accepted the donation and said, “I’ve been blown away by how our community is willing to give their time, money and efforts to support our student athletes. I feel blessed and am grateful to work for Bandera ISD.” view article arw

During a recent meeting of the River Road Independent School District Board of Trustees, district officials continued to look forward, officially putting academic goals in place to help the district grow in a few specific areas in three to five years. These goals grew out of House Bill Three, a school finance bill passed by the Texas Legislature in 2019. According to the Texas Education Agency’s website, the bill provides more money for classrooms, increases teacher pay and cuts property taxes for Texas residents. view article arw

The Keller ISD board of trustees on Jan. 11 approved a revision to the district's 2020-21 instructional calendar. The change switches a total of five early-release days in the spring into asynchronous instructional days or remote learning days.  On asynchronous instructional days, Keller ISD students will "engage with their teacher at home through remote means," according to a district statement.  The district will provide additional information on family-to-classroom engagement, student attendance and meal pickup prior to the first asynchronous instructional day on Jan. 29. The board approved additional remote learning days for Feb. 26, March 12, April 16 and April 30. view article arw

Spring Hill ISD employees will still be able to use days off related to COVID-19, although that federal funding has expired. On Monday night, the board approved allowing employees to use up to 10 coronavirus-related days off if they are sick or exposed to the virus this semester. view article arw

ROCKWALL, TX – Jan. 12. 2021 — The 2021 Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees election will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Three-year terms up for election are Place 1, presently held by Christopher Cuny, Place 2, presently held by Russ Childers and Place 3, presently held by Linda Duran.  Candidate application packets may be obtained during regular business hours (Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) in the superintendent’s office at the Rockwall Independent School District Administration/Education Center at 1050 Williams Street, Rockwall. view article arw

Wylie Independent School District employees who need to take advantage of emergency sick leave due to COVID-19 will have that option going forward.  District trustees approved a local program to extend through the end of the school year a federal program that was halted at the end of December.  It's also a measure that trustees of the Abilene Independent School District will consider when they meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, a makeup date after snow and ice caused Monday's postponement. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi ISD trustees have appointed someone to fill the District 4 seat.  Consultant and Community Volunteer Dolly Gonzales Trolley was appointed to the seat formerly held by Catherine Susser. Susser resigned back in November 2020.  Trolley will be formally sworn in at the board's next meeting. Her term expires in November of 2022.   view article arw

PORT NECHES, Texas — The school board at Port Neches-Groves ISD heard a complaint on Monday night in connection with an familiar debate about its mascot.  The PNGISD Indians have gone by the same name since 1925 according to the district. A concerned citizen spoke about it to the school board at its meeting on Jan. 11.  view article arw

Your most effective tool for advocacy this legislative session is sitting in your board room…but they will need to be trained. Prepare your trustees to skillfully communicate with legislators using consistent messaging and techniques employed by successful lobbyists. School Boards are required to receive Legislative Update training this year, so why not equip them to participate in the process? view article arw

A letter written by UISD’s board president on Wednesday hoped to clarify concerns made regarding the outgoing selection of a new superintendent months before the current one retires.  Ramiro Veliz III said that there is currently no pushing of a potential candidate to replace longtime leader Roberto J. Santos, and that the board agrees with UISD constituents regarding a thorough search being executed to find the next superintendent. view article arw

MABANK–Mabank ISD is celebrating School Board Recognition Month joining the Texas Association of School Boards and other districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas schoolchildren and public schools.   “Our school board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all without pay. Their goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Mabank ISD Superintendent Brad Koskelin said. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.” view article arw

Like just about every other Capitol Hill staffer, Jose Borjon was worried about trouble on Wednesday.  The top aide to U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez was unnerved by President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and that of his followers ahead of Congress’ traditionally ceremonial counting of the Electoral Votes — so much so that he ordered all but one of the staffers in the McAllen Democrat’s office to work from home. Across the chambers and aisles of Congress, other chiefs of staff took the same approach. view article arw

SPRING, TX – Jan. 6, 2021 – Spring Independent School District is joining school districts across Texas and around the nation in celebrating its Board of Trustees during January’s School Board Recognition Month.  This year’s theme is “Navigating to Success” and is especially timely as public education will certainly be a focus of the 87th Legislature when it opens on Jan. 12.  “Spring ISD has a talented, hardworking and dedicated board and we’re very fortunate to be able to count on their tireless service and expertise,” said Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney E. Watson. “They are true servant leaders, spending countless volunteer hours to ensure our district stays focused on our mission to educate every student. They are also important advocates for the power of public education in transforming lives and communities and we appreciate their work with the Texas Association of School Boards on behalf of all students across the state.” view article arw

anuary is School Board Recognition Month (SBRM), and districts are invited to recognize the dedicated work of their school trustees. A resource kit is posted on the SBRM webpage to help districts recognize their local trustees. Centered on the 2021 theme of Navigating to Success, the kit offers ideas for honoring board members and letting the community know of their many contributions. Customizable social media graphics, artwork, a sample news release, and more are included. Certificates and some ideas to get you started celebrating were mailed directly to districts in September. During the month of January, be sure to use #SchoolBoardMonth on Twitter and Instagram and follow TASB on social media to see how other districts are celebrating. For more information about School Board Recognition Month, contact communications@tasb.org. read more arw

DeSoto ISD joins 1,024 school districts throughout Texas in acknowledging January as School Board Recognition Month and honoring our DeSoto ISD School Board trustees for their continued service to our school community. The DeSoto ISD School Board members are a part of the largest group of elected officials in the state of Texas, numbering more than 7,000 statewide. These officials build a bridge between the community and the classroom and are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. view article arw

(RED OAK, TX) — Red Oak ISD joins 1,024 school districts throughout Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month and to honor the men and women who serve the students, staff, and community of ROISD.  “ROISD Board Members are representatives and advocates who prioritize the needs and interests of students. They have critical responsibilities and often make difficult decisions for our district, all without pay,” Superintendent Brenda Sanford said. “Their goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district. On behalf of Red Oak ISD, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to each of our board members this month and throughout the year.”    (06) view article arw

The Port Arthur Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet later this week to appoint a temporary board member to fill the vacancy left by Donald Frank, who stepped down after winning a run-off election for Port Arthur City Council. view article arw

Texas is still temporarily barred from taking over Houston Independent School District, a state appellate court ruled Wednesday, upholding a lower court's order. In a 2-1 ruling, the Texas Third Court of Appeals upheld a temporary injunction that stops the Texas Education Agency from replacing the elected school board of its largest district with an appointed board of managers. The appeals court ruling sends the case back to the lower court that in January blocked the state's takeover effort. view article arw

2020 was a big year for Houston ISD, and 2021 could be even more so—COVID-19 notwithstanding. As the district continues to adapt to the challenges from the pandemic, it faces some key moments in 2021. Here are just a few of the stories to keep an eye on next year for the state's largest school district. view article arw

A state investigation found the board president frequently threatened violence and used racial slurs.  The Kemp school board president wanted a reason to fire the superintendent, so she tried to get a district employee to seduce the school leader, a state investigation found.The attempt was among many startling allegations that include bribery, threats of violence, and racist remarks and prompted a likely state takeover of the small 1,600-student school district 45 miles southeast of Dallas.  A recent Texas Education Agency investigation uncovered board dysfunction and a toxic climate, according to the agency’s preliminary report that was sent to the district on Friday. The Dallas Morning News received a copy of the report that detailed a number of allegations.  The agency found that Kemp’s board “misused its position to assert control and power, creating chaos and conflict that hindered the District’s ability to function efficiently and effectively,” according to investigators. The report is preliminary, and district officials have until Jan. 8 to appeal or submit additional information to the agency.    (16) view article arw

In their first meeting since the death of trustee Lee Edward Pierce, the Tidehaven ISD Board of Trustees talked briefly during their regular meeting Monday on how to fill the void on the board left since his passing.  Board president Stephen Crow said that the board will likely discuss filling the vacancy on the board during their view article arw

Beaumont:  Name of Memorial Stadium?

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Beaumont ISD’s board of trustees will again discuss renaming the district’s football stadium, almost three years after the last vote highlighted divisions in the Beaumont community.  The one line item in the district’s Tuesday meeting agenda says the board will “consider renaming the BISD Memorial Stadium Facility.” view article arw

Sabine ISD school board President Tony Raymond says his appointment to represent Region 7 on the Texas Association of School Boards was unexpected, but he is eager to serve. view article arw