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Lindale ISD Board of Trustees has been named the 2018 Regional School Board of the Year by the Region 7 Education Service Center. The LISD Board of Trustees will serve as the regional representative in this year’s Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards Program, according to a news release from the district. Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt nominated the board for the award. view article arw

A former school board member is suing the Richardson school district and school board claiming they violated the state open meetings law. David Tyson Jr. served on the Richardson school board from 2004 to 2010. In the lawsuit, he alleges board members had discussions and made decisions about votes on agenda items that did not take place during public meetings. view article arw

Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto each have monthly meetings of their school boards of trustees and city councils. Each meeting provides a forum during which members of the public can speak for a limited amount of time about relevant topics. Public speakers at school board meetings are encouraged to speak on the topics of education and district policies, curriculum and facilities. However, speakers are asked not to discuss concerns or complaints about specific individuals. view article arw

Miguel Arredondo, a trustee on the San Marcos CISD school board, has appointed Kim Porterfield as his campaign treasurer as of July 11, beginning his run for San Marcos City Council. Arredondo, a lifelong San Marcos resident, and Porterfield, a business development and marketing director of BSA Claims Service, will begin raising funds and community support for his election as council member for place 6. “I see a need for a different perspective on the council,” said Arredondo. “I’d be one of two Hispanics, and a product of San Marcos public schools and Texas State University. It’s time for the next generation to step up, and this is me taking that next step.” view article arw

The Gladewater ISD board, Gladewater City Council and Gladewater Economic Development Corp. will discuss an interagency initiative during a special joint meeting Thursday. The entities will meet to get “Operation: The Future Is Now” off the ground.  view article arw

Manish Sethi is one of Coppell ISD’s newest board members. In his new role he hopes to bring the community together and increase transparency.  Sethi is an active volunteer and has served in many roles including president of the Coppell ISD Education Foundation and as a member of the CISD calendar, bond oversight and honor code committees. view article arw

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today notified leadership in the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio that the transition from the current appointed board of managers to an elected board of trustees will begin.  As part of the transition process, two elected board of trustee members will become part of the board of managers. In a letter to EISD Superintendent Eduardo Hernandez, members of the current EISD board of managers and elected board of trustees, Commissioner Morath named Martha Castilla and Edward Romero as his initial two appointments. view article arw

Corinne French, vice president of the Valley View Independent School District Board of Trustees, participated in the Texas Association of School Boards’ annual Summer Leadership Institute June 28–30 in Fort Worth to learn and grow alongside trustees and administrators from across the state. Approximately 2,200 new and veteran education leaders focused on the challenges public schools are facing and improved upon their governance, leadership and teamwork skills to better serve their communities and improve student outcomes, according to a news release. view article arw

Two previously elected Edgewood Independent School District trustees were reinstated Monday as the state’s education commissioner began the process of transitioning the district out from under the control of the board of managers he appointed two years ago. Martha Castilla and Edward Romero, who were elected in 2016, will join the board of managers to complete the remainder of their terms which expire in 2020, Commissioner Mike Morath announced Monday. view article arw

 A school district in a small Texas border city is letting the federal government review some of its land that could be used for border wall construction. The Rio Grande City school board this week approved a request from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to come onto district property for survey and site assessment. view article arw

The Gladewater ISD board of trustees will consider the district’s 2018-19 budget and tax rate today. view article arw

Sally Derrick has always had a heart for volunteering and service. As a newly elected C-FB ISD school board member, Derrick now gets the chance to serve the city’s schools. Derrick has been a pediatrics nurse for nearly 17 years and currently works as a Craniofacial coordinator  at Children’s Hospital in Dallas. She loves to travel and spend time at the beach. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD trustees will consider administrators’ contracts when they meet Monday. The board will consider contracts for the fine arts director, Birch Elementary principal, student services director and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Purchases more than $25,000 also are up for consideration. view article arw

The local school district is backing away from a controversial decision to spend nearly half-a-million-dollars to run its own elections this November, a shift in plans that came after officials learned they need to nearly double the purchase of voting machines to comply with state law. “It got complicated and the secretary of state’s office got involved because Hidalgo County is doing something new,” said Edinburg school district attorney Kevin O’Hanlon. view article arw

The wife of a Hidalgo school board trustee and two other women were arrested this week on voter fraud charges tied to the city of Hidalgo’s 2016 runoff election. Sylvia Arjona, wife of Hidalgo ISD trustee Ben Arjona, was arrested and arraigned Monday on four counts of unlawful assistance of a voter, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail if convicted and a $4,000 fine. Sara Ornelas and Marcela Gutierrez were arrested Tuesday. Ornelas was arraigned on three counts of unlawful assistance, while Gutierrez was arraigned on 10 misdemeanor counts of unlawful assistance and one second-degree felony count of illegal voting, punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. view article arw

Region 16 has announced that the Dimmitt Independent School District Board of Trustees has been named the 2018 Outstanding Board of the Year for our region. view article arw

During the last Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Superintendent Dr. David Vroonland announced that Dr. Angel Rivera would be joining the MISD family as the Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement. Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico, traveling back and forth as a child to the United States and has personal experience with the English Language Learner (ELL) program. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two tours before being honorably discharged to attend college. view article arw

The Longview ISD board of trustees will consider possible action regarding a nonprofit organization operating district charter schools. Last month, trustees gave Superintendent James Wilcox permission to negotiate and sign performance contracts with East Texas Advanced Academies to manage and operate several LISD schools. Not to be confused with East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy — the secondary training center to be located at the former Brew Honda facility — the nonprofit entity was created outside of LISD and “is able to hold a local charter as required by (the Texas Education Code).” view article arw

The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees diligently worked through several highly discussed topics of community concern during a workshop and regular session Monday evening. The rezoning-appeal process, additional school safety measures and a change to the meal-charge policy were among the most debated of the agenda items. The latter issue was the LONE action item of the three, as most of the other discussions took place during the planned workshop before the regular monthly meeting. Those items, or policy changes to address them, will be presented during a regular session at a later date. view article arw

Klein ISD is reviewing its 2018-19 budget for more than $30 million in cuts, and residents are invited to a community meeting to discuss flood prevention projects in the Spring Creek watershed. Here is what residents of Spring and Klein need to know during the week of June 25. view article arw

Election packets are available for anyone wanting to run for a seat on the Bryan school board. The Single Member District 4 and at-large Place 7 positions will be included on the November ballot. Ruthie Waller represents Single Member District 4, and board president Mark McCall holds the at-large Place 7 position. view article arw

Longview ISD trustees describe former board President Mark Camp as a natural leader, and he said he’s pleased with what they accomplished in his six years on the board. Camp withdrew his candidacy Feb. 21 as Place 1 trustee, after having already filed to seek his fourth term. He yielded the race to opponent Michael Tubb, saying he believed Tubb was well qualified to “make the difficult choices needed to best serve the needs of our students.” view article arw

The Pine Tree ISD board of trustees voted Thursday night to set a special election in November to fill the seat of trustee Amy Brown, who resigned earlier this month. The former Place 6 trustee said she submitted a letter via email to Board President Frank Richards and then-Superintendent TJ Farler on June 1. “I had it effective June 11, because I knew they had a board meeting that day, so I figured they would probably discuss it then. I didn’t know,” Brown said. view article arw

Klein ISD could cut hundreds of teacher and staff jobs to offset a $30 million budget deficit after voters last week rejected a nine-cent property tax hike. view article arw

The Pine Tree ISD board of trustees today will consider a candidate filing deadline for a special election in November. The filing will be for the Place 6 trustee position, and the election would be held Nov. 6. view article arw

In a 6-0 vote, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District board Tuesday censured indicted trustee Gary Inmon and issued a statement calling it “the strongest possible action we are allowed.” Read by board president Robert Westbrook, the statement said trustees “felt it necessary … to let our community and employeees know that the allegations brought forth against Mr. Inmon reflect neither the board’s standard of conduct nor the district’s stated mission, vision, values and belief statements.” view article arw

Bay City ISD employees will be getting a raise next year. The Bay City School Board passed a budget that gave three percent pay raises to all employee groups, including Superintendent Marshall Scott III at Monday night’s meeting, bringing applause from the audience. view article arw

The Corsicana Independent School District School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of Jason Sodd from the board of trustees after four years as a board member. Sodd cited family and work commitments as the reason he chose to step down at this time. He is an attorney at Dawson & Sodd, LLP. “My work and family commitments have become too great for me to be able to fulfill the requirements of my position on the Board,” Sodd said. “I feel it’s best to make room for someone with the time to devote to this important role.” view article arw

Three prospective appointees for the vacant District 7 spot on the Greenville Independent School District’s Board of Trustees were interviewed in closed session at a called meeting Monday. The board, however, did not vote Monday, but will today choose a replacement for Aaron Adel, who resigned effective May 31. The individual will then be appointed at tonight’s regular school board meeting. view article arw

Beaumont ISD manager to resign

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One of Beaumont ISD's five appointed managers is expected to resign at Thursday's board meeting, according to the agenda. The board, which includes two elected trustees, will meet in closed session at 4 p.m. before moving into open session at 6 p.m. view article arw

After being added and removed from the TISD school board agenda multiple times, the discussion of the potential name change of Robert E. Lee High School was ultimately tabled at Monday’s meeting. During the four hours-long meeting, board members were expected to make a decided on whether or not to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School or amend the name to Lee High School. view article arw

Most of the board members have suffered threats, had their characters called into question. They say this whole topic has turned ugly. They tabled the item on the agenda, and want to take their time to study this topic in-depth view article arw

Stay up to date on district news with these takeaways from Tuesday night’s Eanes ISD board of trustees meeting. view article arw

Former Harlandale ISD board member Joshua Cerna was sentenced Tuesday to a year in a halfway house and ordered to pay more than $40,000 in connection with an FBI investigation into millions of dollars in rigged insurance contracts at other area school districts and at the now-defunct Bexar Metropolitan Water District. Cerna, 44, pleaded guilty in September 2016 to a charge of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, admitting he helped corrupt the insurance company selection process at San Antonio, Edgewood and South San Antonio Independent School Districts. view article arw

Despite outcry from parents and medical professionals who lobbied for more nurses in Austin schools, trustees at tonight’s board meeting are expected to approve a new health services contract that continues to leave some campuses without one. Administrators are recommending a $7.1 million student health services contract with Seton Family of Hospitals, which has provided the Austin district its medical services for more than 20 years.  view article arw