A former Paradise high school agriculture teacher was arrested by Erath County authorities on two charges relating to having an improper relationship with a male student. Taylor Ann Nimmo, 22, of Denton, turned herself in at the Erath County jail on Dec. 12 and was released the same day after posting $30,000 bond. view article arw

Pending board approval, the district will name Brett Sniffin as the head football coach at Belton High School. view article arw

On a Thursday in November, more than 20 Austin Independent School District teachers and staff members trickled into a South Austin office building to attend a meeting of Education Austin, the district’s teacher’s union. After greeting each other with hugs and discussing plans for the upcoming holiday season, the conversation got serious. view article arw

West Midland apartment complex to provide 200 units, mainly for taxing-entity employees - The Midland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance – on first reading -- that will allow the Midland Community Development Corp. to build a 200-unit apartment complex that is expected to provide affordable housing for Midland ISD, hospital district and city of Midland first responders.  The approval came in the face of opposition from residents in a west Midland neighborhood. Neighbors, most of whom live on Princeton Avenue west of Midland Drive, cited traffic, the possibility of lower property values, privacy and the desire to see single-family housing rather than apartments as reasons for their opposition. Some even said they opposed the project because they didn’t want it in their own backyard. view article arw

Corsicana will soon welcome 28 English language teachers from South Korea in February as part of the Korean Fulbright Scholars program, a seven-week program sponsored by Fulbright Korea and the Korean-American Educational Commission.  The program, conducted by the Texas International Education Consortium and the Texas Intensive English Program, began Dec. 29 and runs through Feb. 15, marking the 19th year TIEC will host this Fulbright program. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Independent School District announced Tuesday that King High School head football coach Albert "Eddie" Hesseltine will step down and pursue an administrator role.  According to Corpus Christi ISD, King High School Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Albert "Eddie" Hesseltine is leaving the district to become an administrator at Sinton ISD. view article arw

Wylie ISD superintendent Joey Light said he'd like to find another Hugh Sandifer for the open position of head football coach and athletic director. With all do respect to Light and the WISD school board, good luck.  When Sandifer on Friday announced his plans to retire following the end of this school year, he left massive shoes to fill. view article arw

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — A family in Fort Bend County is outraged saying their son with special needs was assaulted in class by a teacher at George Ranch High School.  The family has been posting videos taken at the school. They were able to get the videos by filling an open records request.  They son their son is not able to communicate like most people and say the teacher was mistreating him verbally and physically. view article arw

Katy ISD has hired Mayde Creek head football coach/athletic coordinator Mike Rabe for the same role at Jordan High School, the district’s ninth high school that opens in August.  Katy ISD athletic director Debbie Decker confirmed the hiring early Monday afternoon.  Monday was Rabe’s last day at Mayde Creek. He starts at Jordan High on Tuesday. The Jordan position had more than 60 applicants. view article arw

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Bonham ISD was held Friday, December 20, 2019, beginning at 5:00 PM in the Bonham ISD Administration Center, 1005 Chestnut Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A family is outraged after a video surfaced of their special needs child being mistreated by a Lamar Consolidated ISD teacher.  On Saturday, the family released several videos showing what they believe to be acts of verbal and physical mistreatment of their child.   In the video, a teacher at George Ranch High School can be seen knocking over a student's desk, grabbing his arm and forcing him to pick up the desk. view article arw

Boyd High School Assistant Principal Kevin Evans was arrested Wednesday night in Parker County and charged with intoxication manslaughter following a hit-and-run wreck.  Lt. Brian Furr with the Reno Police Department said a 911 call was received around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday about a vehicle/pedestrian accident in the 4200 block of Texas 199 in the city of Reno. view article arw

A former school bus driver who transported special needs children was sentenced to 20 years in prison after bring charged with indecency with a child, the district attorney's office said this week. view article arw

A Austin ISD teacher has been charged after he allegedly exchanged sexually explicit messages with a student.  According to court documents, the Austin Police Department was notified on Nov. 11, 2019, that an actively employed AISD teacher had been accused of inappropriate online communication with a 17-year-old female student who had shadowed another student at his school. The victim had attended the Skybridge Academy for a three-day trial period to help her decide if she wanted to attend the school full time. view article arw

The assistant principal for Boyd High School in Wise County was arrested Wednesday night and charged with intoxication manslaughter.  The Reno Police Department said 38-year-old Kevin Scott Evans was involved in a hit-and-run crash along Highway 199 in Reno Wednesday night.  When officers arrived, they found 51-year-old Ernest Doniver Medley on the side of the highway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. view article arw

Court documents show Benjamin Kopel, a fourth-grade teacher at Zilker Elementary School, has been arrested and charged with Sale, Distribution, or Display of Harmful Material to a Minor. Thursday night, parents are invited to the school for a private meeting to voice concerns. view article arw

GILMER, Texas (KETK) When the Gilmer Buckeyes take the field next season, it will be with a new head man in charge.  On Friday afternoon, head coach and Athletic Director Matt Turner announced his retirement.  He has been employed by the district for 17 years, the past 5 in his current position. view article arw

A former Midland ISD teacher was found “not guilty” on two counts of child abandonment Thursday afternoon in the 142nd District Court at the Midland County Courthouse – 15 months after her own employer, MISD, pressed charges on her.  Megan McMurry said she has an active grievance against the school district and now plans to file suit for a civil case against it. view article arw

Cleveland ISD’s board of trustees held a special-called meeting on Jan. 9 to approve the hiring of a new athletic director, Jason Fiacco.  “We are pleased to announce that Jason Fiacco was named to this position,” a statement from the school district reads.  Fiacco previously served as athletic director and head football coach at Elkhart ISD. view article arw

More than a year and a half after resigning from Denton ISD amid an investigation into her conduct, Vanessa Suarez-Arispe has been reprimanded by the State Board for Educator Certification.  Following an investigation into allegations she had an improper relationship with a student, Suarez-Arispe’s teaching certifications were suspended for three years.  Numerous former students, co-workers and parents of students in her classes have spoken up in support of her since allegations came to light in September 2018. view article arw

Corpus Christi ISD promoted three employees to district-level positions, the district announced Thursday.  Jennifer Arismendi will serve as executive director for educational support, following the retirement of Ada Besinaiz.  Arismendi previously served as CCISD’s senior director for special education since 2013, a news release said. An educator since 2002, Arismendi holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in kinesiology, both from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. view article arw

House Bill 3, an education funding package passed in the last legislative session, became law Jan. 1. One provision of the bill requires school districts to monitor a statewide "Do Not Hire" registry of school employees accused of “certain allegations of misconduct”. It also requires districts to notify the Texas Education Agency when non-certified staff members are accused of misconduct. view article arw

ALVIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Alvin ISD's Bel Nafegar Sanchez Elementary opened in August to 800 students and a very excited namesake.   "You're humbled beyond belief," Bel Sanchez said.  Sanchez was born in El Campo in 1948. She was one of 12 kids in her family.   view article arw

SAN BENITO — San Benito High School physical education teacher Jacob Gardner Gonzalez resigned from his position Tuesday, following his Dec. 28 arrest for possession of cocaine.  His resignation was confirmed by San Benito ISD Public Relations Director Isabel Gonzalez.  “The district does not comment on personnel matters. Therefore, there is no further comment,” she said. view article arw

Telling the stories of students, teachers and staff is the goal for Joshua ISD’s first communications director.  Zoheb Hassanali, 32, was approved as the district’s first communications & public relations director by the board of trustees in December. His first day was Monday.  The Cedar Hill native has many years of experience in the journalism field as a news/photojournalist while working for TV stations in Ottumwa, Iowa; Colombia, South Carolina; Waco; and San Antonio.  For the past three and a half years, he worked as a communications specialist for Manor ISD, which is just northeast of Austin. While there, he said he was tasked with updating the district’s website and launching a video series documenting students and staff. view article arw

Teacher arrested

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A Paradise High School agriculture teacher was arrested last month and charged with improper relationship between educator and student and indecency with a child sexual contact.  According to Erath County Jail records, Taylor Ann Nimmo, 22, of Denton turned herself in at the jail in Stephenville on Dec. 12 on the two charges and was released the same day after posting $30,000 bond. view article arw

Gonzales was detained in San Benito and presented in front of a judge in that city before being transferred over to the Mercedes police department. His bond was set at 5 thousand dollars and is now behind bars at the hidalgo county jail. Authorities say Gonzalez alerted Raymundo Cano and Crystal Moore about a potential search of their property after his release from jail. view article arw

Former contract electrician Calvin Walker will pay Beaumont ISD $1,172,656.01, a court decided Wednesday afternoon.   Walker was found guilty in September of submitting false invoices to defraud the district in 2009.  PREVIOUS: Walker found guilty of defrauding BISD  He was sentenced to 10 year of probation following the five-day trial. view article arw

The Lockhart school district announced on Monday former PRIDE High School principal Barry Bacom will be taking over as the new principal of Lockhart High School.  Luciano Castro, who had to this point served as the principal at Lockhart High School, will now be taking over as the district’s discipline coordinator. He will also be joining the Lockhart Junior High School leadership team to provide additional support to the growing campus.  view article arw

The female, high school student told her mother about the inappropriate relationship she was having with Lacey Jo Cunningham. view article arw

KYLE, Texas — The Lehman High School student who was reportedly beaten by a substitute teacher in November 2019 remains under medical care about two months after the incident was caught on camera, according to her lawyer.  The student, who spoke to KVUE after the incident, said the teacher began attacking her in the classroom after they exchanged words. In the video, the woman can be seen punching the 16-year-old girl and pulling her from her desk before stomping on her head. view article arw

BRYAN, Texas — It is not unusual for Rudder High School to be busy on a Tuesday afternoon. However, instead of the library being full of students, it was full of people seeking a job at the Bryan ISD Auxiliary Job Fair.  actually doing on the spot interviews for paraprofessionals and auxiliary personnel for our district," said Angela Behrens, the human resource coordinator at Bryan ISD. view article arw

Recently the librarians of Mineral Wells ISD were provided the opportunity to share how they are leading outside of the school library to improve the reading lives of their students by utilizing community partnerships.The Texas Association of School Librarians hosts a weekly “lunch and learn” webinar series designed for busy school librarians to learn new ways to improve their school and district library programs. In November, the district’s librarians presented, “If You Give a Librarian a Community” to school librarians across the state. view article arw

SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (KETK)–For more than 50 years San Augustine ISD educator Mary Whittlesey has been a beacon of light for both students and staff.  News of her sudden passing on Monday morning has shaken the Wolf Nation to its core.  “She was one of a kind and I think you’ll find people that say that all the time about Mrs. Whittlesey,” said Dr. Virginia Liepman, San Augustine ISD Superintendent. view article arw

SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas — A teacher who served the students and community of San Augustine ISD has passed away at the age of 79.  According to San Augustine ISD, Mary Whittlesey taught at the district for more than 50 years. She was a teacher for 56 years in all.  According to a statement released by the district, Whittlesey had a profound impact on each class of students to take her classes. view article arw