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Longview ISD trustees have awarded almost $1 million in incentive pay for high-achieving teachers. The board this week unanimously approved Longview Incentive for Teachers pay for performance during the 2016-17 school year on state accountability ratings. LIFT awards, along with other district incentive pay, to staff members was up about $170,000 compared with the $820,000 that was paid this past year and more than doubled the $350,000 given to district staffers in 2014-15, the first year of the program. view article arw

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be working with two local school districts to teach students and their families about the importance of adopting healthy eating and exercise habits to combat obesity. The UTRGV Department of Health and Human Performance in the College of Health Affairs received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health to research childhood obesity. Faculty members in the department who are involved in the grant are: view article arw

Several Ector County Independent School District teachers were surprised with grants today made possible by Odessa businessman John Bushman. Bushman donated $100,000 that went to campuses on improvement required status under state accountability standards due to low state test scores. Part of the award went to the teachers that wrote the grants. Each grant was $20,000 and the teacher or teacher that wrote them would get $10,000. In one case, two teachers wrote a grant and they had agreed to split the $10,000 with each of them receiving $5,000. view article arw

DONNA — The Donna school district board of trustees voted late Tuesday evening to place Superintendent Fernando Castillo on paid administrative leave effective Friday.  The decision came after three hours of executive session and with a 4-3 vote in favor of the suspension. This after Castillo received less than favorable reviews in a district audit released in September.  view article arw

The challenge is set! Recently, the Brownsboro Independent School District Foundation, representing over nine communities in a 200- square mile area, received word that a challenge donation of $5,000 was received. For ever dollar donated elsewhere, the Edwin A. Blue and Janice Owen Miller Charitable Fund held by the East Texas Communities Foundation will match equally up to the cumulative total of $5,000. view article arw

 State funding goes only so far, Angleton ISD Superintendent Patricia Montgomery said. “Unfortunately, the state does not provide us with the funds for everything we need,” she said. view article arw

The Education Foundation of Odessa has awarded $37,529.04 in Special IR Grants to ECISD teachers at campuses within ECISD that find themselves on their third or fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability ratings. Teachers at Blackshear Elementary, Goliad Elementary, Noel Elementary, Pease Elementary, Zavala Elementary, and Ector Middle School were invited to apply for funding through a special grant cycle for funds to help enhance student learning in their classrooms for the spring 2018 semester. view article arw

Four EPISD elementary-school teachers received grants from the Texas Music Educators Association to develop and support music education in innovative and impactful ways at 13 campuses throughout the District. Elementary vocal specialists Mary Jane Maus, Katie Genevro and Sarah Mayne, as well as music teacher Alison Bocanegra were awarded the Elementary Music Instructional Support grants. view article arw

Educators in Garland ISD have an extra reason to give thanks this holiday season. The AT&T Foundation, along with the help of Senator Don Huffines, donated $10,000 to the Garland ISD Education Foundation (GEF) Nov. 15. “We cannot thank our donors enough for helping us turn dreams into a reality. This is an investment not only in the future of our students, but the future of our tri-cities as well,” said GEF President Lisa Cox. Committed to funding the district’s instructional initiatives, GEF aims to ensure all children receive a quality education and are prepared for their future. The AT&T Foundation donation will help support GISD’s English Language Learners (ELL). view article arw

MART, TX (KXXV) - One of the donors of $7 million dollars to the Mart Independent School District said it was important for her family to give back to a district that they believed had an instrumental part in their lives. James Lee Davis who does oil and gas and consulting work and his family gave $6 million dollars to go toward the building process. The district will also use $9.2 million from a bond package approved by voters on Nov. 7.   “Completely surprised. I’ve never heard of an alumni, especially in a school our size, donate that much money,” Mart Interim Superintendent Len Williams said. view article arw

Last spring, the Brownsboro ISD Education Foundation, provided about $12,000 in teacher, teams of teachers and campus grants for innovative ideas. One funded project was the Brownsboro Junior High Robotics team creation—and that has resulted in their participating in the Texas Education Service Region VII Competition this fall. “The support of the Foundation is greatly appreciated,” said Dr. Keri Hampton, assistant superintendent. "It allows our students to do so many fun and creative projects in a learning atmosphere.”  

This year's 7th annual Get Rowdy, Get Loud event at Carter Ranch in Hallsville drew in plenty of grant money for the Hallsville ISD Education Foundation's grants to teachers program and dual credit student scholarships. Many volunteers lent a helping hand for the October event that broke records for the foundation, Hallsville ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Beth Godsey said. view article arw

The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is honored to announce the recipients of the organization's 2018 True Inspiration Awards. The 23 deserving not-for-profits, which represent 13 states throughout the country, are receiving a combined $1.23 million in grants to further their work fostering leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in children.  view article arw

Extra funds are being used to help struggling readers at Westover Park Junior High. It was part of this year's fall grant awards by the Education Foundation of Canyon ISD. view article arw

Move Athletic has scheduled a Longview ISD Foundation fundraiser 9 a.m. to noon Friday, with 10 percent of all store purchases during the event going to the foundation. view article arw

SPARK parks open at Pasadena schools

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Communities in the Pasadena and Friendswood areas are looking for ways to expand green space. Spark Parks are, in many cases, the answer. Established by former Houston City Councilwoman Eleanor Tinsley in 1983, the nonprofit conservation organization uses available land to create green spaces on school properties and has established more than 140 playgrounds and community parks in 15 school districts in Houston and surrounding region. view article arw

A Mart High School graduate who owns a West Texas oil company has donated another $3 million to the Mart ISD, adding to the $4 million he has already contributed.  Mart alumnus J. L. Davis, owner of West Texas Oil in Midland, announced the additional donation over the weekend as the district celebrated passage of a $9.2 million school bond issue proposal earlier this month. The proceeds from the bond issue will fund construction of a new high school and $2 million of Davis' $3 million donation will be added to the $9.2 million voters approved. view article arw

Seguin ISD educators across the district got an early Christmas gift this week. On Tuesday, the Seguin Education Foundation headed to the campuses with the Matador Marching Band and paraded the halls with big checks. The board awarded nearly $65,000 to various classrooms, teaching groups, instructional coaches, librarians and more. The grants they funded ranged from Maker Space Labs to literacy programs, Flexible Seating, technology and technology-based programs, musical instruments, art supplies and funding for the attendance reward at Mercer Blumberg Learning Center —Taco Tuesday. view article arw

The Royse City ISD Board of Directors met for its November public meeting last Tuesday evening to honor several teachers and administrators district-wide and to discuss and act on multiple matters of district import. The board recognized and applauded the many teachers who were awarded substantial grants in a district-wide grant-approval spree two weeks ago. RCISD Communications Director Adi Bryant presented a video compilation of the grant presentations on October 27 – she and several other district staff rode a bus from school to school and surprised teacher with grants for programs including music education, physical education and sports, robotics, and other innovative learning initiatives proposed by Royse City teachers. view article arw

Waco Independent School District will be applying for a $450,000 transformation zone grant through the Texas Education Agency to help support the district through its planning process to save five schools facing the possibility of closure next year, Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson announced at Thursday night’s school board meeting. Nelson and other administrators gave an update Thursday on progress made since the district wrapped up three community meetings about how to save the campuses if they don’t pass state accountability standards in May. Waco ISD officials are counting down the days until they must produce a plan to the state to save the campuses, and administrators want residents to know they have been working non-stop to find the best option, they said. The deadline to apply for the grant is Nov. 30, Nelson said. view article arw

A local school district still reeling from Hurricane Harvey got a big donation Wednesday morning. As part of Randalls' reopening in Kingwood, the store presented a $100,000 check to Humble ISD. Funds that will go towards helping the district rebuild some of their hard-hit schools, including Kingwood High School. view article arw

The Texas Workforce Commission recently awarded nearly $292,000 to the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district, which will help current and former foster care kids complete high school and find jobs. Four organizations across Texas will participate in the pilot program, according to a news release from the Workforce Commission. view article arw

Pedestrians and bicyclists in three Austin-area communities will see improvements after the Texas Transportation Commission approved more than $4.5 million in project grants.  The Texas Department of Transportation said the projects are part of $44 million allocated to 46 projects in rural/nonurban and small cities across the Lone Star State. The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TASA) Program, where the funds originated, is designed to support areas with a population of 200,000 or less. view article arw

Basketball players, coaches and fans from across the state are heading to Pasadena and Deer Park this week for the McDonald's Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament. Set for Nov. 16-18, the 15th annual event spotlights the best high school teams from across Texas while raising funds for educational foundations for the Pasadena and Deer Park school districts. view article arw

 College Station ISD surprised teachers Thursday morning with giant checks and a pep rally. The goal is to celebrate teachers that are creative in the classroom. view article arw

School officials say the San Antonio Independent School District -- through the SAISD Foundation -- has been awarded a five-year $8.4 million grant from Valero Energy Foundation. The grant will fund the district's Pipeline for College Success program, which school officials said is a one-of-a-kind initiative in San Antonio and first for the state of Texas focused on increasing the number of students who enroll in and complete college. view article arw

Cedar Hill ISD is celebrating the receipt of a $6.3M grant for the GEAR UP Program, which provides college and career readiness support to students. For the next seven years, Cedar Hill ISD students now in the sixth and seventh grade will be able to participate in the program. A check presentation ceremony and short program were held at the L. Kim Lewis Auxiliary Services Center in Cedar Hill Tuesday, Oct. 31. The event was attended by CHISD administration and trustees, including CHISD Board President Michael Quildon; VP Robert Riggs; Secretary Angela Roberts; and members Gayle Sims and Cheryl Wesley. Cedar Hill city officials attending were Mayor Rob Franke, City Manager Greg Porter, and other elected officials. view article arw

College Station school district staff members have pledged more than $100,000 to the College Station ISD Education Foundation this year through the Project Smile Employee Giving Campaign. The fundraising campaign gives staff members the opportunity to invest in educational programs throughout the district. Half of each campus employee's gift is earmarked for their own school. view article arw

Officials from DeSoto Independent School District recently announced the receipt of a $15 Million grant. The endowment from the United States Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program was specifically designed to support magnets and special programs in the district. Moreover, the grant serves as a tool to assist in the diversification of the district’s student population. “DeSoto ISD is thrilled to have been awarded this grant,” said Superintendent Dr. David Harris.  view article arw

Through the annual program “Grants for Great Ideas,” a North Texas school district is rewarding educators for their passion. At Nelson Middle School in Frisco, librarian Gaya Kumar was surprised with a grant for over $3,500. “It’s very exciting because this kind of money, to have in the library… when you have so any budget cuts… means a lot,” said Kumar. view article arw

The Frisco Education Foundation is awarding 40 teachers with grants for projects they wouldn't normally have funding for. view article arw

The Cedar Hill Independent School District is pumped about a big grant — $6.3 million is now headed to the district. And, what that money will do is "something good." The $6.3 million federal grant will pay for a program called GEAR UP. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness of Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District will be presented with a major grant from the CMA Foundation on Friday. The CMA Foundation, along with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and Music Rising will be giving HISD over $1 million for music education and resources. CMA New Artist of the Year Luke Combs will be at Whittier Elementary on Nov. 3 to unveil $50,000 worth of new instruments to HISD students. He, along with his band, will also give a performance.  view article arw

The San Diego and Freer independent school districts were announced as recipients of the Texas Workforce Commission's Jobs and Education for Texans, or JET grant. San Diego ISD received $50,346 and Freer ISD received $345,831, a news release states. The grant will help the school districts purchase and install equipment to provide more than 70 students with training for careers in the nursing profession. view article arw

Eustace ISD grant awarded

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The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Eustace ISD a $100,326 Jobs and Education for Texans grant. The purpose is to help officials buy and install equipment to provide 192 students with training for careers in the welding profession view article arw