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WIMBERLY, Texas - The Wimberly ISD board of trustees will be hosting a special online meeting Wednesday night that will include an open session to hear arguments regarding the use of an altered district LGBTQ pride logo.  The meeting will be streamed online on YouTube on May 20 at 6 p.m. Members of the public can submit public comments online to the school board before 5 p.m. CST. view article arw

The WOCCISD Board of Trustees reorganized roles during the May 18 meeting. Linda Platt-Bryant will assume the role of President for the board and newly appointed Secretary will be Tricia Stroud. The Vice President position remains Mr. Roderick Robertson. Click the title to read more.  The WOCCISD Board of Trustees reorganized roles during the May 18 meeting. Linda Platt-Bryant will assume the role of President for the board and newly appointed Secretary will be Tricia Stroud. The Vice President position remains Mr. Roderick Robertson. view article arw

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees finalized the sale of the Travis Education Support Center during the school board meeting Monday night. It's also the district's former Administration Building.  The building sale to College Station-based company "Computers, Electronics, Office, ETC. LTD" was approved at a May 4 board workshop.  The school board also approved roofing projects for Neal Elementary and the SFA Middle School library.  Kimberly Giesenschlag was also unanimously approved as principal of Stephen F. Austin Middle School at Monday’s meeting. view article arw

Midland ISD trustees unanimously voted Monday night to not provide the district’s superintendent authority to seek Texas Education Agency waivers without the board’s approval.  Board members said there was confusion over the way the district rolled out this agenda item, which would have granted “authority to the superintendent to pursue any necessary waivers without board action in an effort to maintain efficient district operations.”  Riddick said published reports--  or at least a report headline -- helped exacerbate the confusion. view article arw

Clear Creek ISD will begin work in earnest to implement its 2020-2025 District Strategic Plan after the Board of Trustees approved the plan during its regular meeting May 18.  The strategic plan helps CCISD navigate safety issues, personalize education and increase student performance, Superintendent Greg Smith said. The plan was initially brought to the board in March, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the vote. No changes have been made to the plan since then because the pandemic did not affect the district’s aspirations, said Steven Ebell, CCISD’s deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction.  “We may change the how, but we are not changing the aspirations and what the expectations are,” Ebell said at the May 18 meeting. view article arw

The Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees approved the transition plan to move Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start classes for three and four year-olds from the Drane Learning Center to Carroll Elementary. The purpose for the move is to align with the Board’s core values to provide every child the greatest opportunity to learn and to maintain a safe and secure environment.  Since Carroll Elementary’s renovation in 2017, there is additional space for approximately 350 students from Drane. Combined with current Carroll enrollment, the campus would be home to approximately 700 students for a Pre-K through fourth grade campus. In making this transition, the pre-kinder dual language class will move to the Sam Houston Elementary Dual Language campus. view article arw

North Lamar ISD trustees received a preliminary budget estimate of $21.2 million for the coming year at a Monday night meeting, but trustees will not consider a property tax rate until August.  “Having a June 30 fiscal year end is very tricky when it comes to the budget,” finance director Melissa Darrow said in email correspondence after the meeting, explaining the district adopts a budget toward the end of June but approves a tax rate at an August board meeting.  “The administrative staff is working diligently to have a balanced budget for our board of trustees to adopt at a special meeting sometime at the end of June,” Darrow said. view article arw

Spring Hill ISD trustees could approve purchasing laptops at their Monday meeting.  The board also could OK some state waivers and approve buying view article arw

Trustees Seth Brown and Dr. Kent Rogers were sworn in at the regular meeting of the Corsicana Independent School District's Board of Trustees, Monday, May 11. The elections of both Brown and Rogers were previously certified after neither of the incumbents were challenged. Brown, who represents Place 1 on the Board, was first elected in 2019 to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Charles Biltz.  Rogers will continue to represent Place 2. He was elected to his second term as a CISD Trustee in 2014, first serving from 1992 to 2010. view article arw

The Angleton ISD Board of Trustees is expected to discuss teacher and staff recognition in addition to regular business when they meet in person at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Administration Building, 1900 N. Downing St.  Recognitions to be discussed are Campus Teachers of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and the Support Staff Employee of the Year, according to the meeting agenda.  Regular business will include discussion of new hires; repayment of choir trip costs; participation in the Texas Schools Health Benefits Program for alternate group health medical coverage; and the Resolution for Schools and Libraries Universal Services for the next school year, as well as filing applications for funding for the 2020-21 year, the agenda states. Superintendent Phil Edwards will give a bond update, according to the agenda.  view article arw

Columbia-Brazoria ISD agreed on a tax break that will bring the district about $300,000 annually starting in 2023, officials announced.  The Board of Trustees approved a Chapter 313 agreement with TX Gulf Solar 1 at their meeting Tuesday evening.  A Chapter 313 agreement limits the value of a property development, in this case a solar farm, so the developers can have tax savings, said Kathy Mathias of Moak, Casey & Associates, who is consulting the district for this agreement. In exchange, the company agrees to pay the district in two different ways, she said.  In the revenue protection agreement, parties calculate how much the company would pay in maintenance and operation property taxes without the value limitation agreement, Mathias said. Without the agreement, the district would have gotten a little more than $296,000 in property taxes, so the company “holds the district harmless,” or makes up for that difference, Mathias said. (Paywalled)  view article arw

More options and lower premium costs were the reasoning behind the Magnolia ISD school board’s decision to join an interlocal agreement for health benefits services in a meeting May 11. Erich Morris, assistant superintendent of operations for MISD, said in a video recording at the meeting that he anticipates substantial savings for employees through the program. view article arw

The Tomball ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a general pay increase of 2% on the midpoint value of the district's salary schedule, also approving TISD's salary schedule for fiscal year 2020-21. The starting salary for a teacher will also increase in FY 2020-21 from $54,000 to $56,000, according to information presented during a budget workshop May 11. The budget allots approximately $2.94 million for pay adjustments, according to district information. Trustees took a first glance at the district's $157.7 million general fund budget May 11 with a second budget workshop planned for June before trustees vote to approve the budget at the board's June meeting. FY 2020-21 begins July 1. As such, Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross said the latest the board can adopt the budget for the upcoming year is June 19. view article arw

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held May 14, 2020, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.  Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this meeting will be conducted by videoconference. At least a quorum of the Board will be participating by videoconference in accordance with the provisions of Sections 551.125 or 551.127 of the Texas Government Code that have not be suspended by order of the Governor. view article arw

Argyle school board members have unanimously agreed to return hourly employees to their regular rates beginning May 18. Hourly clerical, payroll, student nutrition, maintenance and technology employees have been receiving 1.5 times their normal wages while working during the pandemic.  May 18 is also the next milestone in Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased reopening of Texas businesses. Gyms, manufacturers and nonessential office spaces will be able to legally open up at 25% capacity that day. view article arw

Kronda Thimesch announced Tuesday that she is resigning from the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. Thimesch is a candidate for state representative for District 65, where she will face incumbent Michelle Beckley in November. Below is her announcement:  It has been a privilege to serve on the Lewisville ISD School Board these past five years.  I have been and will continue to be an advocate for our students, families, and teachers here in Denton County. My plans for the future include running for state representative in House District 65 in November. view article arw

Sunnyvale ISD is a small but quickly growing school district with more than 2,000 students. Its superintendent said they will discuss every option to reopen.  DALLAS — Graduations and curbside school celebrations signal the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. But after nine weeks of out-of-classroom learning, the next school year may begin with as much uncertainty as the last.  As school districts across North Texas decide when to open for the fall semester, Sunnyvale ISD is planning on an Aug. 19 first day of school. How it opens is still up for discussion.    (13) view article arw

Frisco ISD’s emergency closure will end June 7 as the school year comes to a close. The board of trustees approved a resolution to end the district’s emergency closure at a May 11 meeting. This comes after FISD closed all district facilities nearly two months ago in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  All FISD staff will resume normal summer operations beginning June 8, according to district documents. However, district personnel will be asked to continue working remotely when possible and complying with social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19. view article arw

WEST COLUMBIA — A conflict of interest and a misunderstanding were the catalysts for the resignation of long-time Columbia-Brazoria ISD board member Nick Kondra, officials said.  His resignation after six years on the board leaves a candidate unopposed in the November board election. view article arw

Let's talk about face masks. I've been playing a lot of western video games, such as "Red Dead Redemption 2," and one of the tropes of the genre is the bandanna covering the face to conceal identity.When you go on a crime spree, the face is obscured to lessen the risk of identification.  Then there's comic book characters, both good and bad. A lot of them cover their faces so they're not recognizable. view article arw

Paris ISD trustees in places 2, 4 and 5 are expected to take their oath of office at 3 p.m. Monday meeting at Paris High School.  An agenda for the meeting also calls for the appointment of two board members to serve on the Distinguished Graduate Awards Selection Committee, a renewal of the district’s custodial services contract, approval to participate in the Texas Schools Health Benefits Program for alternate group health medical coverage, and to discuss finance issues. That includes setting a date for a public meeting on the district’s budget and reviewing a proposed tax rate for public notice. view article arw

The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees swore in two new members to represent Districts 2 and 3 on Thursday at its May Board of Trustees workshop meeting.  Artis Newsome, District 2, replaces Rev. Orenthia Mason who retired from the board after 15 years of service. Yvonne Atkins, District 3, replaces beloved Freeman Sterling who passed away earlier this year. District 4 Trustee, Dr. Patricia Nation, also returns for another term. All three trustees were sworn into service during the workshop. view article arw

The Spring ISD Board of Trustees held a meeting April 30 discussing their priorities moving forward as they plan the budget for the next school year, including pay equity and their specialty middle schools.  Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Chief Financial Officer Ann Westbrooks said current revenue projections for the 2020-2021 school year were only based on current laws and the information they have available now. view article arw

Following a five-and-a-half-hour meeting, the Round Rock ISD board of trustees delayed for a second time a decision to adopt a compensation plan for 2020-21 academic year.  At issue: a tension between attracting and retaining teachers and staff and avoiding an unsustainable cost position in an uncertain economic environment.  “We cannot afford to undermine our workforce and lose talent,” Superintendent Steve Flores said. “As schools reopen, mitigating learning gaps will be more crucial than ever. And we will need talented individuals on our campuses and in our district offices to ensure our students continue to excel.” view article arw

A social distancing experiment is underway in Texas, where outbreaks are mounting in places where people are close together: prisons, meatpacking plants and nursing homes among them.  Public policy is going the other way. The state government — countermanding directives from city and county officials in Texas — is slowly reopening the state, loosening shelter-at-home policies and easing into go-ahead-and-shop policies.   (6) view article arw

CANADIAN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Canadian and Higgins ISD voted to consolidate their school districts Saturday, May 2.   According to Canadian ISD’s Facebook page, the election results had the consolidation passing for both districts.  Canadian ISD’s election tally had 319 votes for and 18 votes against the merger. While Higgins ISD’s election tally had 140 votes for and 71 votes against the merger.  The Facebook post said the results will become official after the votes are canvassed on May 7th.   (5) view article arw

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Bryan ISD trustees approved a $2.45 million sale of the district's former administration building on Monday.  In a virtual meeting, the trustees agreed to sell the property to Computers, Electronics, Offices, Etc. They plan to move in by July or early August.  "It's going to be a benefit to the school district just to put that extra money in the bank right now and into our fund balance for the future," said Bryan ISD Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As classrooms remain closed for the rest of this school year, many parents and students are left wondering about the future of classes in August with the continuing outbreak of the coronavirus.  Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa addressed these concerns Monday morning, along with outlining several preliminary plans.   (5) view article arw

School districts cover this in Public Fund Investment Act Training - js - AUSTIN (KXAN) — The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a preliminary injunction against Texas House Bill 89 this week.  The Texas legislature passed the law — what’s known as an anti-BDS law — in 2017. It doesn’t allow state contractors or public funds to go to companies that are boycotting Israel.  The decision to vacate was applauded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. view article arw

BUCKHOLTS — It was much ado about something, but so far no one has said what that something was.  On Monday, a group of students and parents strongly protested the April 20 dismissal of faculty members by the board of trustees of the Buckholts Independent School District. No protesters came to a special meeting of the board on Saturday evening in the Buckholts Elementary School library.  Before the special meeting, Trevor B. Hall of Austin, attorney for the school district, said, “The parties have settled their dispute by mutual agreement and the terms of the agreement are confidential.” view article arw

Ending month of deliberation, the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees voted April 28 to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Dripping Springs, the Dipping Springs Community Library District and Hays County. The agreement confirms the school district's participation in a project of Dripping Springs' Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ), a development strategy for growing cities to reinvest tax revenue over a certain cap into a specific area's infrastructure. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD trustees quickly went into a session closed to the public for a discussion about property during a school board meeting at noon Thursday. The closed session and its general subject were the only items on the agenda for the special meeting. Trustees met virtually in open session and after a few minutes went into closed session to talk about the "Purchase, Exchange, Lease or Value of Real Property," according to the agenda. view article arw

When the Longview ISD school board meets at noon today, it could approve giving employees premium pay for working during a disaster.  The virtual meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube to comply with social distancing policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting can be accessed at tinyurl.com/y7b3wrzr . view article arw

Five Buckholts ISD employees, including the principal and athletic director, were suddenly let go. The school board voted to approve the non-renewal of their contracts last week. Community members came out to protest the decision on Monday. view article arw

BUCKHOLTS — The signs students held in protest Monday night were targeted toward Buckholts Independent School District school board members who dismissed several teachers, a principal and the athletic director last week.  “Resign Now!!!!!,” was the sign two boys held from a car. view article arw