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A former White Oak ISD trustee is returning to the board to temporarily fill a position until the May election. Col. Randall Smith, who served on the board for 18 years, was appointed this week to succeed Kelly Crane, who represented Place 5. Crane moved out of the district. "The board felt like Smith would be a good person to fill in from January to May," White Oak ISD Superintendent Mike Gilbert said. view article arw

Residents are open to apply for Greg Myer’s vacated seat on the Plano ISD school board. Myer’s resignation was announced at the Nov. 27 PISD work session, and in his letter, he resigned due to “personal reasons.” The announcement came the same day as former superintendent Brian Binggeli’s resignation. During a special session Dec. 7, the board approved a timeline and an application process for a replacement board member. Starting Dec. 11, prospective trustees are free to apply for Myer’s open seat until the application deadline, Jan. 3. view article arw

At Tuesday evening’s Plano ISD board of trustees meeting, trustees approved a $1.5 million expenditure to replace scoreboards at two PISD stadiums. Trustees also approved an update to the Plano Academy High School’s weighted GPA policy that will affect students enrolling in the ninth grade for the 2018-19 school year. Read more about Tuesday’s meeting below: view article arw

Hours before the Fort Worth school board voted to approve the first reading of a new ethics policy Tuesday night, board President Tobi Jackson scoffed at suggestions that the rescinding of a policy in August was connected to the law firm the district uses for delinquent tax collection. “This is not an issue,” Jackson told the Star-Telegram. “What is an issue is our children and moving the needle for them.” The school board voted in May 2016 to extend a contract with the firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson through 2021. Jackson is executive director of the nonprofit Fort Worth SPARC, or Strengthening After-school Programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration. SPARC’s board president at the time, Barbara Williams, was a partner with Linebarger. view article arw

Frisco ISD approves zoning changes

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The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved the rezoning for several of its campuses for the 2018-19 school year. The rezoning is designed to provide enrollment for new campuses, as well as relieve schools that are at or nearing functional capacity. Scott Warstler, director of planning and business operations, said the rezoning will impact 27 schools and 3,897 current students. Leading up to Monday's meeting, parents had urged the board to consider several neighborhoods that would be impacted. Among those were parents whose students would be rezoned from Vandeventer and Scoggins middle schools to the new Lawler middle school. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD received a superior score on the Texas Education Agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, a measurement that examines school districts’ financial management practices, staff said at Monday’s board of trustees meeting. Board members also reviewed proposals to hire five additional personnel to support the 2018 bond program and schematic designs of a new elementary school in Aliana. view article arw

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees convened for a work session and special-called meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7, and the regular meeting Monday, Dec. 11. Here are some highlights from the meetings:  Board names new officers Three board members—John Ogletree, Don Ryan and Bob Covey—were sworn into office Thursday after being elected Nov. 7. This will be Ogletree’s fifth term, Ryan’s sixth term and Covey’s fourth term on the board. Board members also nominated and voted for new officers at Thursday’s meeting: Ogletree as the new board president, Covey as the new board vice president and Christine Hartley as the new board secretary. view article arw

Olga Hernandez pushed to get insurance business for a company that bribed her to do it, prosecutors said Monday at the opening of a federal trial of the former San Antonio Independent School District trustee. Hernandez has denied the charges of conspiracy to commit honest service wire fraud and conspiracy to solicit and accept bribes. She resigned from the school board in February after being arrested following her Feb. 15 indictment. view article arw

Two current educators, Elizabeth Santos and Sergio Lira, won seats on the Houston ISD school board, according to preliminary results from Saturday's runoff election. Voters also chose Pretta VanDible Stallworth, a business consultant and adjunct professor, to fill the final seat on the Houston Community College board, based on the unofficial results. With the elections of Santos and Lira, who didn't face incumbents, the Houston ISD board will have three new faces next year as the district stares down major academic and financial challenges. view article arw

On Monday night, Frisco ISD board of trustees approved the new attendance zones for the 2018-19 school year. The new attendance zones will impact 27 schools and more than 3,000 students, said Scott Warstler, FISD director of planning and business operations. Warstler said the new attendance zones help balance enrollment at the campuses as well offer more opportunity for all students. Next year FISD will open Memorial High School, Lawler Middle School, as well as Talley and Liscano elementary schools.  view article arw

Out of over 350 submissions, Jalynn Bristow, a seventh grader at McNiel Middle School, was selected as the grand prize winner in a state-wide essay contest. Bristow, along with several local athletes, was lauded for her achievement by the Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees Monday evening at their monthly meeting. Her essay was selected as the best in the 2017 Save Texas History Essay Contest and described the uniqueness and importance of the Kell House Museum to the community of Wichita Falls. view article arw

A policy that would prevent EPISD seniors from walking at graduation if they do not complete community service hours is being reconsidered because few students are adhering to the mandate, district officials said. The requirement was discussed at the El Paso Independent School District's policy committee meeting, trustee Susie Byrd said. She said the committee learned a "sizable number" of students had not completed their community service hours, which means the students would not be eligible to walk at graduation view article arw

The Longview ISD school board will meet Monday for a public hearing on several state-required financial and academic reports and to consider approval of the 2018-19 school calendar. view article arw

Local school officials are tuning out continued uncertainty over state finances and are laying the groundwork for a 2018-19 district budget same as always. “Our budget needs to be based on what we think we need as a minimum to accomplish our job while holding costs down as much as we can,” Shelton School Board Chairman Mark Holden said. “If something costs a given amount and we need to do it, we need to do it.” view article arw

A group of 35 individuals is expected to determine the Abilene Independent School District's future as a District of Innovation. District trustees are expected to vote on forming the committee when they meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the board room of One AISD Center, 241 Pine St. Many of the 35 committee members are volunteers, who chose to represent their campus or their children, Superintendent David Young said at a workshop meeting of the board last week. view article arw

The Henderson ISD school board will meet Monday to discuss the district's 2016-17 financial audit and to hold a public hearing on the 2017 Texas Academic Performance Report. view article arw

A new White Oak ISD trustee is expected to be appointed at Monday's school board meeting, six months after Place 5 Trustee Kelly Crane moved out of the district. The new trustee will replace Crane and serve until the May elections. view article arw

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, December 11, 2017, at 6:00 PM the Board of Trustees of the Bonham School District will hold a Regular Meeting at the Bailey Inglish, 201 East 10th Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda which is attached to and made a part of this Notice. If during the course of the meeting covered by this Notice, the Board of Trustees should determine that a closed session of the Board of Trustees is required, then such closed session as authorized by the Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.001 et seq., will be held by the School Board at the date, hour, and place given in this Notice as the School Board may conveniently meet in such closed session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, including, but not limited to the following sections and purposes: view article arw

Voters on Saturday will choose among runoff candidates for Houston ISD Board of Trustees and for a trustee spot with the Houston Community College's District IX. view article arw

The Northwest School Board will operate with only six members until the May election. Trustees Monday night elected to leave the Place 7 spot vacant, instead of making an appointment or holding a special election. The spot became vacant when Mel Fuller resigned following his arrest for possession of child pornography Oct. 31. view article arw

Katy ISD has grabbed national headlines for its decision to remove a book from campus libraries after a parent complained to the board of trustees. “The Hate U Give,” a young adult novel by Angie Thomas published this year, was taken out of school libraries and is under review by the district. The move was prompted after parent Anthony Downs told the KISD board of trustees Nov. 6 that his junior high-schooler checked out the book at school and brought it to his attention, unsure of whether he should read it. view article arw

Starting Dec. 18, regular San Marcos CISD board of trustee meetings will be held in the criminal justice classroom at San Marcos High School, room 11, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos. view article arw

This week’s Katy ISD board of trustees meeting covered topics ranging from land purchases to demographics and overcrowding. See some of the agenda highlights: view article arw

Splendora ISD swears in new trustees

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Splendora ISD seated two new board members at a special-called meeting Monday, Dec. 4. The elections were officially canvassed on Nov. 16 prior to the Thanksgiving break, but members were not sworn in until the special meeting. Adam Dietrich ran unopposed for the seat vacated by Vicki Thornton; incumbent Dan Muirhead ran unopposed and kept Position 2; and Barry Welch took over Position 3, previously held by Kino Manzella. view article arw

Anne Sung, the first Asian-American school board trustee with the Houston Independent School District, talks about being educated in HISD schools and her background at Harvard University. view article arw

The move by Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz to close and consolidate several East Austin schools soon after voters approved a billion-dollar bond package is a betrayal of public trust. view article arw

DONNA — An appellate court ruled in favor of a former Donna school district trustee who sued the district last year alleging a violation to the Texas Open Meetings Act. The decision came Thursday evening, placing the district in a unique situation in which many board actions — including awarded contracts to employees and companies — may be voided.  “Because the court of appeals found that there was an open meetings act violation … there is a section on there that there is voidability of actions if you don’t have a quorum or if you have issues with any of the board members being qualified when they vote on an item,” said George Farah, school district attorney. “Those items are voidable.” view article arw

Some parents with children at Central High School are expressing frustration. The future of the campus is still undecided. Lola Daniel says she has been contacting the school district to hear about the future plans. "We're not [hearing back] and that's unfortunate," Daniel said. view article arw

In the fall of 2015, West Orange-Cove CISD developed our current Strategic Plan. It was developed over several three-hour evening meetings of a planning committee comprised of approximately 21 individuals: parents, teachers, school trustees, students, community members, and central office/campus administrators. The resulting Strategic Plan provides a Vision and Mission Statement, Strategic Goals, and Belief Statements. view article arw

During his six months on the Pearland ISD school board, Mike Floyd has worked to make a mark as a trustee. He has joined in board actions such as approval for new buses to be equipped with seatbelts, spoken out on a need for more sex education in schools and argued for a change in the board's system of representation. During the same period, he started college and marked his 19th birthday. view article arw

John Finnell, Cleburne ISD board vice president, joined 30 other school board members from across Texas on Nov. 15-18 at the second session of the Leadership Texas Association of School Boards class of 2018. Selected by TASB officials, the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 184 to 83,270, and reflect a similar range of property wealth. view article arw

Trustees take oath to start new term

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Woodville ISD trustees Jimmy Tucker and Bret Smith each took the oath of office Monday after their election to a new term on the board. The board then re-elected Tucker as president, Bret Smith as vice-president and John Wilson as secretary. "We will strive to do our best to serve you as officers," Tucker said. Trustees also unanimously approved an application for a waiver from the Texas Education Agency for missed instructional days in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Dallas ISD Gears Up for Bus Service

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The Dallas Independent School District is preparing to hire more than 1,100 Dallas County Schools employees after voters decided this month to close DCS at the end of the current school year. The Nov. 7 referendum came after a year of NBC 5 Investigates reports about safety and financial problems at the school bus agency. view article arw

Leesa Toliver, trustee from Sulphur Springs ISD joined 30 other school board members from across Texas November 15-18 at the second session of the Leadership TASB class of 2018. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 184 to 83,270, and reflect a similar range of property wealth. view article arw

Board trustees and school administration for Bishop Consolidated Independent School District expressed mixed feelings during Monday evening’s regular meeting during discussions about potentially allowing certain designated employees to carry a weapon on school grounds for protection. “This is a biggie,” Superintendent Christina Gutierrez told the board prior to discussion. view article arw