Big changes are on the way for Beaumont ISD'S Memorial Stadium. It appears the stadium will get a new name following a series of votes from the school board. The school board met Thursday night to consider changing the name of the Beaumont Independent School District’s Memorial Stadium again. The motion passed to change the name, but school officials didn’t specify if it would be back to Carrol “Butch” Thomas. view article arw

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Superintendent Mark Henry closed Thursday's raucous school board meeting by denouncing trustee Scott Henry's racially divisive remarks and taking a stand for a diverse workforce, empathizing with those hurt by the trustee's statements Monday with a heartfelt, personal testimony of his own evolution. His comments came at the tail end of the four hour meeting where a number of parents in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD voiced concern during public comments about the newly sworn-in Trustee Scott Henry, who ran for election with a goal to rid the district of so-called “critical race theory” with two other candidates, Natalie Blasingame and Lucas Scanlon.  After reminding everyone of the school closure on Monday in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Henry shared how his "unique" family looks different than when he started in the top district role 11 years ago— something that as a small-town East Texas native, he never imagined for himself.    (19) view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School district board of trustees has officially launched its search for the next superintendent by asking the public what they want to see in the next leader. The board is holding a series of seven town hall meetings between Jan. 24 and Feb. 4, which also will be held virtually for those who can’t attend in person. An online survey is also available in both English and Spanish for staff, parents, student and community members to share written input.  “The SAISD Board is committed to a transparent process that encourages feedback from everyone in the community,” SAISD Board President Christina Martinez said in an announcement. view article arw

The first day to file for a place on the May 7 local election ballot is Jan. 19. Here are the seats open on the Lewisville, Highland Village and Flower Mound councils as well as Lewisville ISD. In Lewisville, Places 4, 5 and 6 on the City Council are up for election, according to the city’s website. Places 4 and 5 are currently being held by Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Jones and Mayor Pro Tem Kristin Green, respectively. The sixth seat is a new council seat created after the city annexed the master-planned community of Castle Hills. Flower Mound has two Town Council seats up for election–Places 1 and 3. These seats are currently held by Council Member Adam Schiestel and Mayor Pro Tem Ben Bumgarner respectively.  The last day to file for a place on the ballot is Feb. 18, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website. view article arw

BISD Board Member Kevin Reece confirms to 12News that a name change is on the agenda, but no one has suggested to what yet.  BEAUMONT, Texas — A long-standing discussion between Southeast Texans is making its way back to the Beaumont ISD board agenda.  (EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from a January 21, 2021 newscast.) The last item for the meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m. is the consideration and possible action regarding renaming the district's Memorial Stadium.    (18) view article arw

Frisco ISD parents and stakeholders have a new opportunity to share input and questions with district officials. The FISD board of trustees Jan. 11 updated operating procedures to include community input meetings. These meetings will occur periodically throughout the school year and will be hosted in the auditorium of the district administration building at 5515 Ohio Drive. FISD encourages attendees to ask questions “on any issue related to district business or governance,” according to the district website. Community input meetings will not have specific topics on the agenda, and speakers are allowed to discuss any topic related to FISD business or operations. During regular board meetings, speakers are only allowed to provide comments regarding action items on the agenda unless the presiding officer decides before the meeting that comments on nonaction items can be made. “Our community is engaged, and we have noticed a need by the community to be able to have more access to the board,” board President René Archambault said in a statement. “We want to be open and able to receive information that is important to stakeholders.” view article arw

Allen ISD’s board of trustees has been named a finalist in a program that could bring the district a prize of $25,000. The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program honors exceptional public schools and educators to show appreciation for their commitment. Since the program was born in 2002, H-E-B has awarded more than $12 million to exemplary public schools in Texas. Allen’s school board is one of five districts in the state that were named as finalists for the award, the district said in a news release. The winning school board will receive up to a total of $25,000 for their school district. view article arw

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Red Oak ISD will join the Texas Association of School Boards and districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas schoolchildren and public schools. “School board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities, even more so the past two years during this pandemic,” said Brenda Sanford, Red Oak ISD superintendent. “These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They provide vision and leadership and continue to stand up for public education. view article arw

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- Several people have voiced their concerns about how comments by a Cypress Fairbanks ISD board member is going to impact Black educators and students. ABC13 tried to get in touch with Cypress Fairbanks ISD board member Scott Henry after a clip from a school board work session sparked calls for his resignation, but his only response has been in the form of a statement on social media.    (13) view article arw

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- On Thursday night, for nearly two hours, the community took turns condemning and supporting a Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District trustee who set off a firestorm when he linked Black teachers to student dropouts.  Scott Henry resisted calls to resign but acknowledged that he could have chosen his words more wisely.  The meeting on Thursday was contentious and followed the trend we've seen of high drama at school board meetings. In front of a packed house were teachers, students, political leaders, and the man who sparked this firestorm with his comments regarding the value of Black teachers spoke.   view article arw

A growing number of Houston-area leaders are calling for the resignation of a Cy-Fair ISD board member after he made comments suggesting that the more Black teachers a district has, the greater the dropout rate. The comments were made Monday night during a work session about Cy-Fair ISD's equity audit report. view article arw

Alvin ISD’s board of trustees at its Jan. 11 meeting unanimously approved the renewal of its prekindergarten full-day Texas Education Agency waiver for the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years. House Bill 3 requires school districts in the state to provide a full-day prekindergarten program to eligible 4-year-old children with exemptions to districts that would need to build new classroom facilities or if the number of eligible prekindergarten children decreases due to a full-day program, according to agenda documents. Implementing a full-day prekindergarten program at all AISD campuses would require construction of additional classroom facilities, agenda documents said, making the district eligible for the exemption. view article arw

The Sabinal Independent School District will celebrate 100 days of school next Tuesday, and this month is School Board Appreciation Month. Sabinal ISD school board president is Bob Nunley, vice president is Bernardo Garcia, secretary is Andres Guevara, and other board members are Mike Hawkes, Raquel Esquivel, Daniel Gonzales, Karen Davis. School board members were recognized at their monthly meeting, which took place Monday evening, but anyone who appreciates those who dedicate themselves to serving our school in this manner is welcome to express their thanks any other day as well. view article arw

Alvin ISD's board of trustees at its Jan. 11 meeting unanimously approved its goals as a district for the 2022-23 school year. The goals were divided into six categories: academic performance; teachers and staff; technology; facilities; parental and community involvement; and fiscal responsibility. For academic performance, the district aims to focus on strategies to close the achievement gap for at-risk, limited English speakers, special education and economically disadvantaged students, according to agenda documents. There will also be an emphasis on career and technology education as the district looks to help students achieve post-secondary education success, agenda documents read. For teachers and staff, AISD will focus on offering competitive salary schedules and benefits, and emphasize a quality environment for teaching and learning, according to agenda documents. view article arw

The program aims at giving the district the tools they need to help advocate education priorities to state lawmakers. PORTLAND, Texas — The Gregory-Portland Independent School District has been selected to take part in a new program called the Trustee Advocacy Program through Raise Your Hand Texas.  The non profit was created by HEB chairman Charles Butt with a goal of improving public education for the 21st century. view article arw

Candidates filing for the May 7, 2022, SSISD trustees election will begin Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 a in SSISD Tax Office, located inside SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St. Candidate filing will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Feb. 18, 2022. The trustees election is for three at-large seats on the school board. Currently, John Prickette, Craig Roberts and Leesa Toliver are serving in those seats on the school board. view article arw

The Temple ISD school board voted 6-0 to approve the realigning of its seven single-trustee districts on Tuesday — a process that the district’s legal counsel began collaborating on after 2020 U.S. Census data was released last year.  Temple ISD school board President Dan Posey, who represents District 3, was absent from the meeting and did not cast a vote. view article arw

Tuesday night, Plano ISD board members heard from parents on the mask mandate issue. With the spread of the omicron variant, Plano ISD board members, like so many others in North Texas, are faced with critical decisions. COVID cases are up even over the last 24 hours. As of Tuesday, more than 1,300 Plano students were COVID positive compared to more than 1,100 reported Monday. It’s roughly 2.7% of the district’s student population. Some parents have expressed concern about the infection rate and pushed the board to reinstate its indoor mask mandate. Parent, Carmen Campbell said she would support a reinstated mask requirement. view article arw

Several upcoming Harrison County-area school districts and cities are set to host school board trustee elections, city council and mayoral elections in the upcoming May election, and the sign-up to run as a candidate is set to open this month. The upcoming filing period will open on Jan. 19 and the deadline to sign up for election will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 18 for the May elections. To ensure a Texas resident is registered to vote, visit www.votetexas.gov/register view article arw

The Eanes school district, its board of trustees and its superintendent are being sued over actions taken during and around two school board meetings in the summer of 2020. That summer, which was marked nationwide by weeks of protests after the murder of George Floyd, also marked the start of the district’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiative. Parent Christie Oates, who filed the lawsuit, alleges that the school board violated the state’s open meetings act by discussing the hiring of consultant Mark Gooden in private before voting on the matter publicly. Parents opposed to the initiative have made similar arguments for months, and members of the school board and district staff have said that no secret meeting view article arw

Lewisville ISD Trustee Jenny Proznik announced Monday that she will file for reelection to Place 5 on the LISD Board. The filing period begins on Jan. 19, and the election will be held on May 7. Proznik is finishing her second three-year term on the LISD Board of Trustees, and she will have at least one challenger, Chris Bowen, for the Place 5 seat. view article arw

January is School Board Recognition Month and Coleman ISD is honored to celebrate its trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district’s schools and students. “Our school board members are selfless volunteers who spend long hours working to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to learn and grow,” Superintendent Brandon McDowell said. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.” Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The Coleman ISD board is responsible for an annual budget of $10.4 million, 800 students, 170 employees and 3 campuses. view article arw

HIDALGO TEXAS, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A member of the La Joya Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States government through a four-year scheme. Starr County Sheriffs investigating after body found on ranch On Thursday, Armin Garza, a La Joya ISD board of trustees member, entered a guilty plea on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States that was brought against him on Wednesday. view article arw

The following are highlights from the Olney ISD School Board for October through December. Meeting dates and time can always be found on the Olney ISD website along with the minutes and agenda for all meetings. A meeting was held on October 25 with the following highlights: Minutes from the September 27 where reviewed and approved, no one registered for Public Comments. view article arw

SPRING, TX – Jan. 5, 2022 – The Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Gordon M. Anderson Leadership Center, 16717 Ella Blvd. To reduce the risks associated with COVID-19 and to ensure public access, the meeting will also be streamed via Zoom. The agenda includes a review of items that will be presented to the board for approval at the regular board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, also to be held in person and streamed via Zoom. view article arw

During a board meeting Thursday, Round Rock Independent School District is expected to announce the appointment of a Texas Education Agency-assigned monitor who will oversee the RRISD board after a complaint was filed for a 2019 incident. According to a letter from the TEA, which was posted on the RRISD board website, Dr. David Faltys has been assigned to attend meetings and make recommendations to the board, report back to the TEA on the district’s status, among other duties. view article arw

The Tomball ISD board of trustees approved a new District of Innovation plan during its meeting Dec. 14. TISD was first approved as a District of Innovation in 2016, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Districts of innovation are exempt from certain sections of the Texas Education Code in order to pursue goals outlined in the district's innovation plan, according to the Texas Education Agency website. Districts must renew their plans every five years, said Mark White, TISD assistant superintendent of accountability, during the board’s workshop meeting Dec. 13. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO - It's been a challenging couple of years for school board members who constantly find themselves on the front lines as Covid and politics continue to impact education. "The climate today has become very politically divisive," says North East Independent School district board president Shannon Grona. "I have seen the life of a board member change during my tenure." And not for the better. Covid changed everything. "We found that our community members were angry," Grona says. It's the same thing other school boards have experienced around the area, state and nation. view article arw

Georgetown ISD board of trustees President Scott Stribling stepped down from his role and nominated fellow Board Member Elizabeth McFarland to take his place during a Dec. 14 meeting. Stribling was elected to serve on the GISD school board for Place 1 in May 2013 and has served as the board president since 2019. He is stepping down to continue the district's history of strong and well-done transitions of power between board presidents, he said. Stribling will serve out his term on the board to help McFarland transition and keep the district's stability, he said.    (16) view article arw

Fifteen speakers at the North East ISD board meeting Dec. 13 chided the district’s controversial book review policy, opposing removal of hundreds of library books they claim are being targeted for political reasons. NEISD officials have come under fire for their attempt to revise the district’s process of reviewing library books included in a list of more than 850 books with content questioned recently by State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth. MacArthur High School teacher Heathcliff Lopez told trustees he believes the titles on Krause’s list were produced by a diverse group of authors who wrote about personal experiences that were infrequently seen or marginalized in literature in past decades. “As an educator, I understand there should be appropriateness when it comes to what students read. What I can’t help but notice is the amount of cherry-picking that is happening concerning the text of experiences you are choosing to suppress,” Lopez said.    (16) view article arw

School makes case for 4-day week

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Chico ISD administrators laid out their reasons for a possible change to a four-day school week next school year during a community forum Wednesday. Community members also had a chance to express some concerns about the possible change. Superintendent Randy Brawner said the three main reasons for the proposed change is for teacher recruitment/ retention, increasing student enrollment.  Chico ISD Superintendent Randy Brawner begins his presentation on a proposed four-day school week at Wednesday’s community meeting. Members of the public shared their thoughts and concerns about the proposal later in the meeting. BRIAN KNOX/WCMESSENGERChico ISD administrators laid out their reasons for a possible change to a four-day school week next school year during a community forum Wednesday.  Community members also had a chance to express some concerns about the possible change.  Superintendent Randy Brawner said the three main reasons for the proposed change is for teacher recruitment/ retention, increasing student enrollment and a chance to rebrand Chico ISD.  Student performance is his top concern, he said. view article arw

School board voted to appoint Henry Yzaguirre as interim superintendent South San Antonio Independent School District is turning a new leaf after months of turmoil with its leadership. This week, the interim superintendent addressed the board for the first time, and a group of board members voted themselves into leadership positions. On Thursday, Three South San ISD board leaders voted to reorganize the board officers with three yeses and one abstaining vote. view article arw

Bryan ISD school board members agree this week to take the first step recommended by their consultant in the search for the district’s next superintendent. Butch Felkner of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) says one component is getting an online survey posted on BISD’s website by the end of the week and continue through January 20. view article arw

Members of the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees on Dec. 13 approved new single-member district boundaries in an effort to balance the population of each district. The school district has a population of 61,136 residents, according to census data, and the redistricted map will reduce the difference in population between the single-member districts. According to state law, the difference in population between the most populated and the lowest populated precincts cannot exceed 10%. District 1 has 15,756 residents, and District 3 has 9,534 residents, representing a 49.21% difference between the two. District 2 has 11,220 residents; District 4 has 10,008 residents; and District 5 has a population of 14,618 residents. view article arw

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Parents unleashed verbal attacks on the Fort Worth ISD school board Tuesday night, calling on the board and even the superintendent to step down. The issue that drew the most debate: revelations that a training course in critical race theory, or CRT, has been offered to teachers. READ MORE: Family To Get $5M After Settlement Over Wrongful Death Of Black Motorist Javier Ambler The state legislature made teaching critical race theory students illegal during the recent special session. But a conservative watchdog group found a CRT training manual for teachers which some parents say is an effort to circumvent the law. Dozens of parents staged a rally outside Fort Worth ISD this evening calling on Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign. view article arw