Board president says donors, partners to pull support if Serrano continues as a trustee  The vice president of Edgewood Independent School District’s board of trustees said Monday she will not resign, despite a growing backlash over a Father’s Day weekend Facebook post in which she shared a picture of a man with his head in a noose. view article arw

The following items are on the agenda: • Consider 2020-2021 School Year Calendar • Consider Budget Modification for School Supplies and Standardized Dress • Closed Session - Trustees will adjourn into Closed Session as permitted by Texas Government Code Section 551.01 et. seq. A. Section 551.074 - Personnel Matters  The Board will discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment,duties,discipline or dismissal of public employees or officials. view article arw

The Temple ISD school board is expected to approve their $115.9 million budget for the 2020-21 academic year on Monday. If approved, teachers will receive a 2.7 percent average raise, while remaining staff will receive a 1.5 percent raise — an additional $3.5 million for staff compensation, positions and equity adjustments. Superintendent Bobby Ott told the Telegram these proposed pay increases will provide staff comparable salaries without needing to adopt a deficit budget nor dip into their fund balance reserves. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – The board of trustees for Edgewood Independent School District has called a special meeting to discuss the conduct of trustee Dina Serrano, days after she made a Facebook post in which a man was pictured with his head in a noose and two children pulling on the other end of the rope. view article arw

A trustee with the Edgewood Independent School District is accused of making a Facebook post over the weekend in which a man was pictured with his head in a noose and two children pulling on the other end of the rope. view article arw

Coahoma ISD and Forsan ISD announced on  Monday that they have postponed summer strength and conditioning workouts due to an increase of COVID-19 in the state and area.  Forsan ISD made its announcement on Monday morning on its website and Twitter account. Coahoma ISD sent a press release out on Monday night. view article arw

Midland Independent School District’s Board of Trustees met in-person Monday evening for its monthly meeting. This was the first in-person meeting since the pandemic began. There, the trustees discussed a number of big-ticket items. One of the items up for discussion was teacher retention and retirement. Chief of Human Capital Management, Woodrow Bailey, says the district is cautiously optimistic. While the deadline for teachers to notify their retirement is still a few weeks out, 90% of needed teachers are filled as of now. This time last year, it was only 75%. Bailey attributes this improvement to better pay, benefits and school culture. view article arw

Monday, June 22, 2020 Regular Board Meeting Agenda  Note: By March 16, 2020 Order of Governor Greg Abbott, the following meeting is being held in accordance with the modified Open Meetings Act. These modifications are necessary to promote the health and safety of the Katy ISD community. Further, Harris and Fort Bend Counties have issued Stay Home Work Safe orders, which directly impact the ability of individuals to leave their homes. As such, open forum has changed to comply with these orders as well as guidance from health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control. view article arw

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas (KLTV) - Mount Pleasant ISD may join several other East Texas school districts in having some employees armed with handguns.  The school board will “consider resolution authorizing certain employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.”  The school board will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. view article arw

In a bid to help lure Tesla to Central Texas, the Del Valle Independent School District is considering an incentives deal that could potentially save the electric automaker up to $68 million on its property tax bill over 10 years if it brings a major assembly plant -- and thousands of jobs -- to Travis County. view article arw

Greenville ISD School Board President John Kelso announced his resignation from the board Tuesday, explaining that he has a family member who wants to apply for a teaching position with the district.  “According to state law, I must resign my position before the district is allowed to hire a relative,” Kelso wrote in his letter of resignation. “Rest assured that my reason for leaving does not have anything to do with disappointment for anything the board or administration has done, or for any difference of opinion between myself and anyone associated with the district.”  In his announcement, Kelso set the effective date of his resignation to July 1. While no decisions have been made yet, the school board’s operating procedures allow the trustees to decide on the method of selection for an interim member or to simply let the position sit vacant until the next election. Also, if the board chooses to not re-organize its officers, Vice President Kim Butcher will perform the duties of the president in the interim. view article arw

WOLFFORTH, TX – On June 15, the Frenship ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Andrew Cox as the newest school board member. Cox fills the Place 2 vacancy on the board after the resignation of Brandon Autrey earlier this month.  As a newly appointed board member, Cox will serve on the board until May 2021 when a special election will be held to fill the Place 2 position.  "I'm very tied to Frenship. It's just a different type of community, and my family loves it here," said Cox. "I'm excited for the opportunity to be part of the board, this school district, the growth, and the potential for Frenship. I'm hoping to learn a lot and continue the great work of the board members who have laid the road map for Frenship's success." view article arw

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees took up several items including compensation, the budget, accepting the resignation of trustee Doyle Woodall and hearing from state Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, about legislative funding challenges in the 2021 legislative session.  Trustee Nelson Minyard was absent.  The board also voted 5-0 to approve a contract services agreement with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Center for Education Policy Research.  Woodall had come under fire for Facebook posts that were offensive to some. view article arw

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - The College Station Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to make some changes to the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.  Superintendent Mike Martindale presented the board with a plan to take six previously allotted professional development days and transition them into instructional days.  The school start date was moved from Tuesday, August 18 to Thursday, August 13. October 9, January 5, and February 16 were added as instructional days as well. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – Students and parents of Cast Stem High School with Southwest ISD want to know why the standalone campus they were promised a year ago, still isn’t ready.  In May 2019, the campus announced a $2 million donation made by HEB and the Charles Butt Charitable Foundation.  In a tweet dated May 9, 2019, the school said it would use the funds to move students to a standalone campus and to help with renovations for work labs. view article arw

Belton ISD has approved a pay raise for teachers and employees. It's part of a $2.9 million dollar plan. The Board of Trustees hopes will make their pay competitive with districts of similar size. Under the plan, teacher pay will increase between $500 - $2,175 based on years of experience. Paraprofessional and auxiliary employees will see a 3% increase based on the midpoint of their salary range. Professional and administrative employees will receive a 2% pay increased based on the midpoint of their salary range. view article arw

The Harlandale Independent School District board has hired new lawyers to advise it in day-to-day operations - the same firm that advised trustees during years they repeatedly awarded lucrative work to an engineering firm in a no-competition process that eventually drew the ire of the Texas Education Agency and almost resulted in a state takeover of the district. view article arw

Edgewood Independent School District, one of the poorest districts in the state, is finally back in the hands of an elected board. It’s been a long four years since board dysfunction brought the business of this district to a standstill. Dysfunction and disarray prompted state intervention and resulted in the removal of the elected board and the appointment of a superintendent by Texas Education Agency. view article arw

Klein ISD school board members have approved to extend school days by up to 15 minutes for the upcoming 2020-21 school year in a special meeting June 12.  According to a KISD news release, the increased time of instruction allows for additional academic support to students and considers potential school closures in the future due to the coronavirus pandemic or bad weather days. view article arw

The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting June 15 to discuss student grade-point averages and ranking as well as employee compensation.  The meeting is 6 p.m. Monday in the Community Room at MFISD Central Office, 1800 Colt Circle. The public also can watch the meeting via the district’s Facebook page.   The board will consider a resolution to allow the district to use grades from the last quarter in determining GPA and class rank. MFISD had previously indicated it would use grades through the third quarter of the 2019-20 academic year in those determinations.  view article arw

After presenting a preliminary budget during a virtual meeting in May, Chief Financial Officer for Cy-Fair ISD Karen Smith presented another report on a possible budget for the 2020-2021 school year during the first in person board of trustees meeting since March. view article arw

Leander ISD will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2020-21 budget and property tax rate at its June 18 meeting.  The proposed $379,864,589 general budget includes a one-time 2% payment to all LISD employees, a drop in the property tax rate and $51 million for new positions—many of them at the new Danielson Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August in Leander.   The proposed budget reflects a 5.67% increase to the current $359,483,811 budget. view article arw

Midlothian ISD Board Member Andrea Walton was selected to be a member of a statewide leadership group of school board members. Leadership TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) tours different districts across Texas evaluating innovation, diversity, academic achievement, leadership and student relationships. It has been a unique time including remote learning, changing graduations, virtual summer school and fall re-entry. view article arw

Although he wasn’t in attendance at the Ector County ISD board of trustees meeting, Doyle Woodall was the subject of a protest and comments Tuesday. Woodall has been under fire recently for Facebook posts that some consider offensive. He said earlier Tuesday, June 9, 2020 that he couldn't attend the board meeting because he was caring for his mother who recently got out of the hospital. view article arw

Lewisville ISD students may be able to move on to the next grade level or graduate without meeting the standard for some state assessments following the board's June 8 approval of a new resolution. The resolution would apply to the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness math and reading tests in fifth and eighth grades as well as to End of Course tests in Algebra, Biology, English I and II and U.S. History in high school grades. view article arw

The Houston ISD board of education approved the district's $2 billion budget for 2020-21, which included partially restored raises for teachers and maintained a $3.5 million increase in police salaries, despite mounting outcry calling for cuts. The budget also adds 70 wraparound specialists, support staff who help students navigate physical, mental, social and emotional needs. view article arw

ODESSA, Tx. (KOSA) -- Ector County ISD Board Member Doyle Woodall has resigned from his position. Woodall issued a letter to members of the media at 10:17 p.m. Wednesday night.   The letter can be viewed in its entirety at the end of this article.  In his letter, Woodall highlighted his achievements and track record with the district, such as improving the sex education program and helping implement the AVID program at ECISD schools.  The long-serving board member also explained why he decided to resign, citing a life-altering issue within his family, as well as his mother's health.   (12) view article arw

ODESSA — Although he wasn’t in attendance at the Ector County ISD board of trustees meeting, Doyle Woodall was the subject of a protest and comments Tuesday. Woodall has been under fire recently for Facebook posts that some consider offensive. He said earlier Tuesday, June 9, 2020 that he couldn't attend the board meeting because he was caring for his mother who recently got out of the hospital. view article arw

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is planning for flexibility in case COVID-19 impacts the 2020-21 school year.  The new plan, which the Board of Trustees discussed last week, makes no change to the calendar that was approved Jan. 16. But it allows 22 weekdays in June to make up for any closures due to COVID-19, in addition to the two bad weather days allocated in June. view article arw

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is planning for flexibility in case COVID-19 impacts the 2020-21 school year.The new plan, which the Board of Trustees discussed last week, makes no change to the calendar that was approved Jan. 16. But it allows 22 weekdays in June to make up for any closures due to COVID-19, in addition to the two bad weather days allocated in June. view article arw

Humble ISD trustee Martina Lemond Dixon asked the district to push for more diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the district at the June 9 school board meeting. The request followed a series of nationwide protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man, while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers as well as other recent deaths of black people at the hands of police. view article arw

Thousands are demanding the removal of an Odessa school board member after a newspaper article from the Odessa American put the spotlight on his racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic sentiments shared on Facebook.  Ector County ISD School Board member Doyle Woodall spoke to the American in depth Friday, offering no remorse for his comments and instead doubling down on some sentiments, such as calling Islam not a religion but a "geopolitical hate group." view article arw

After finding out information from the the Texas Education Agency has not yet been published to the website, Aledo ISD Board Secretary Forrest Collins expressed concerns Monday night about what the agency may be doing for future learning and funding.  “FRED, Free Remote Education Delivery system, being developed right now by TEA using CARES Act money. There’s a lot of fear about TEA running curriculum through a computer program to all the districts, basically centralizing everything we do. Imagine this as a common core where instead of us creating our curriculum, it’s all coming from TEA,”Collins said. “It’s very concerning and something we’re keeping an eye on. We know TEA has a lot of power, but we believe in local accountability, local control. The fact that you’re using money that should be earmarked for us to build a computer program is pretty upsetting.” view article arw

Although he wasn’t in attendance at the Ector County ISD board of trustees workshop, Doyle Woodall was the subject of a protest and comments during the meeting Tuesday.  Woodall has been under fire recently for Facebook posts that some consider offensive. He said earlier Tuesday that he couldn't attend the board meeting because his mother just got out of the hospital and he had to stay with her.  Trustee Tammy Hawkins did not attend due to the death of her father. view article arw

Humble ISD school board member Martina Lemond Dixon used her opening comment time during the June 9 board meeting to discuss the school district’s commitment to diversity.  Lemond Dixon called on the district and board to be leaders by creating an official statement on diversity and require diversity and inclusion training for all Humble ISD employees as part of professional development. view article arw