AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — One person was injured in a rollover crash in downtown Amarillo. Around 11:50 a.m., an SUV collided with an Amarillo ISD pickup at the intersection of SE 11th Ave and S. Pierce Street. The pickup then rolled over once. view article arw

A phishing scam has cost taxpayers in Floyd County hundreds of thousands of dollars. Floyd County School Board officials said the district was the victim of a cyberattack that’s now under investigation by local and state law enforcement agencies. School officials inadvertently wired almost $200,000 to what they thought was a contractor they’d worked with previously and now they’re working with their insurance to try and recover the money.    (09) view article arw

DEER PARK, Texas (KTRK) -- A two-day workshop training was administered at Goose Creek Consolidated ISD for parents in case a disaster takes place at school. At a time when schools do see acts of violence, what happens after tragedy strikes is the main focus of Goose Creek CISD's safety training. "I really want to encourage parents to continue to have confidence in the public education system and all that we do to try to protect our young ones," said James Colbert, superintendent of the Harris County Department of Education. "We feel like we are the champion for children so we are dedicated to that." view article arw

BROWNWOOD, Texas — UPDATE: New details have been released regarding the bomb threat that circulated through Brownwood ISD this morning. According to a press release, on Tuesday May 31st at approximately 6:00pm, the Brownwood Police Department was contacted by the FBI in regards to a video that had been circulating online with plans to blow up a school building. The video was posted on a social media platform by Shane Vernon Bedneau, 25, of Brownwood, who was soon located at his place of employment in Brownwood. The video details C4 explosives being placed in a BISD facility. Bedneau was interviewed and denied following through with the threat, explaining that he had been intoxicated when posting the video and does not want to hurt anyone. view article arw

Two Palestine teenagers badly injured in Sunday’s wrong-way crash on Interstate 45 remain in the hospital.  According to their families, Rebecca Campa, 14, and Reuben Vasquez, 15, remain in the intensive care unit at Baylor Hospital. Both teens have undergone multiple surgeries.   “Keep those prayers coming. That’s really what kept our faith up and our hopes up,” said Ramiro Campa, father of Rebecca Campa.  The cousins along with Palestine ISD coach and teacher Michael Coyne were headed home from the Dallas Mavericks’ game on Sunday when the SUV Coyne was driving was struck by a wrong-way driver. Coyne did not survive. view article arw

San Antonians are being asked to donate blood to help the community of Uvalde. The city, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, saw at least 14 students and one teacher killed at an elementary school shooting on Tuesday, May 24. At least two victims of the shooting at Robb Elementary — a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl — were transported to University Hospital and are in critical condition. The hospital system is asking residents to donate blood.   "Your donation can help ensure we have supplies immediately available for the victims of this tragic shooting," University Health says online.  view article arw

UVALDE, LUBBOCK, Texas — Superintendent of Lubbock ISD, Dr. Kathy Rollo, sent a message to parents Tuesday evening concerning the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde. Superintendent of Lubbock ISD Dr. Kathy Rollo sent a message to parents Tuesday evening. “As you have likely seen, a horrific tragedy took place today in Uvalde, Texas,” Rollo said. “We understand our students and staff may need additional support during this time and want to remind you that our Lubbock ISD counselors are available to those who may be struggling with today’s terrible event and to assist with accessing more formal services, if needed.” Texas governor: 15 killed in school shooting; gunman dead view article arw

UVALDE — Dozens of families in this South Texas town, roiled by the deadliest school shooting in modern Texas history, waited for hours on the lawn of a civic center Tuesday for unthinkable news that took hours to deliver.  The building served as the reunification center for families of students evacuated from Robb Elementary School after a shooter opened fire, killing at least 19 children and two adults.  As the sun fell Tuesday, parents huddled close to their children on the lawn of the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, sitting on the stone edging or in the grass, waiting to be called by officials. Some arrived as early as 3 p.m. and waited well past 10 p.m. to learn whether their child had died.    (25) view article arw

UVALDE, TX — Two people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, according to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. The hospital received 13 children from a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to the hospital. It is unclear if the two people killed were children or adults. The hospital did not release further details about the patients' conditions. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the active shooter situation at the school, according to the Uvalde Police Department. - Read More view article arw

UVALDE, TX — Two people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, according to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. The hospital received 13 children from a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to the hospital. It is unclear if the two people killed were children or adults. The hospital did not release further details about the patients' conditions. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the active shooter situation at the school, according to the Uvalde Police Department. - Read More view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE: According to a Facebook post from Agua Dulce Independent School District, Monday around 7 p.m. four suspects have been identified in the break-in, and arrests are set to come soon. Original Story Agua Dulce ISD canceled classes on Monday due to damage after the schools were broken into over the weekend. view article arw

AGUA DULCE, Texas — Agua Dulce ISD has canceled all classes for Monday, May 23, 2022. In a statement on Facebook, the district said a break in on campus caused severe damage. Superintendent Richard Wright said security cameras captured five people pulling up in a black Dodge pickup truck onto school property around midnight Sunday morning and they spent the next three and a half hours breaking into and damaging various buildings. view article arw

An approved senior prank that morphed into a "devolved" situation has led to thousands of dollars in damage and a Frisco Police Department investigation. On Thursday, Memorial High School Principal Heather Albuquerque announced the school would be closed due to air quality issues after the school was vandalized. view article arw

Classes have been cancelled at a Frisco Independent School District high school after students vandalized the school, according to district officials. Frisco ISD officials said that Memorial High School is unable to hold classes Thursday and Friday due to air quality issues caused by the vandalism. According to a letter sent from the school to parents, a group of students was approved to use “post-it” notes on the walls to decorate and place messages around the campus as part of their senior prank. The letter said that "staff members were on site to monitor students, but the situation devolved rapidly, and the Frisco Police and Fire Departments became involved." view article arw

LAMESA, Texas — Due to a “potential terroristic threat” the Lamesa Independent School District said the last day of school was cancelled for all campuses on Friday, May 20. According to a social media post Thursday night, Lamesa ISD said senior activities, including graduation, would continue as scheduled. The district said the Lamesa Police Department, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and school resource officers would be vigilant around campus Friday and during graduation ceremonies. The district said they’re acting out of an abundance of caution, and the safety of students is top priority. view article arw

A senior prank at Frisco Memorial High School this week got out of hand, causing thousands of dollars in damage and forcing classes to be canceled. In Frisco, Texas, the Frisco Independent School District approved a senior prank that involved a small group of students and a large number of Post-it notes, but that's not what took place, according to FOX 4 Dallas. A letter sent to parents from school administrators said that a small group of students was approved to place Post-it notes with messages on the walls of Memorial High School as part of their senior prank. view article arw

A former Belton ISD student was sentenced to two years deferred adjudication Tuesday for hitting a teacher on campus in 2019. De’Vontrell Calvin Butcher, 19, was sentenced on a third-degree felony charge of assault on a public servant at the 426th District Court presided by Steven Duskie. view article arw

We spoke with the Chief of Police Philip Conklin about what happened and how the city is feeling after this incident, “it was significant, they attempted to start some fires inside the school We had some science labs that were completely destroyed. There’s numerous are projects that had been set up for display for you know our night of the arts Just about every area of the school had some impact.” view article arw

LEON, Texas — After five days of searching and no new leads, Leon I.S.D. is resuming classes as scheduled. This comes after Thursday's manhunt began for convicted capital murderer, Gonzalo Lopez, who stole an inmate transport vehicle, crashed it and fled on foot. On Friday, Leon I.S.D. canceled classes out of caution and are now taking extra precautions to further protect their students and staff. Superintendent of Leon ISD, David Rains, released information to KAGS News. Below is the full statement. view article arw

Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a crash just outside Kemp involving a school bus carrying children, officials say. Just after 5 p.m. Monday, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety say a Kemp ISD school bus was traveling east on FM 3396 near County Road 4045A and had stopped to let off two children, when a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck collided into it from behind. view article arw

According to officials at Winnsboro ISD, a bus was involved in a wreck Monday afternoon. The wreck happened at 3:45 p.m. It was a single-vehicle wreck involving bus number seven. All parents or guardians of students were notified and were able to pick up the students at the city auditorium, the district said. The did not elaborate on any injuries to anyone involved. view article arw

CENTERVILLE, Texas (KBTX) - Centerville ISD released the following statement Sunday afternoon about classes and activities resuming Sunday as authorities continue their search nearby for an escaped inmate.  “Because Centerville ISD campuses are located in a non-threat area away from the manhunt, we will have school on Monday, May 16th. We continue to remain in contact with the Law Enforcement officials and have put several precautionary safety measures in place for the students that ride Bus 14 which is the only bus that runs west of I45 and Hwy 7. Parents and students that live in this area are urged to continue following the directives of the Law Enforcement Officials and remain safe. All school activities will continue.”  Leon ISD also announced Sunday it will resume classes on Monday. view article arw

MILAM COUNTY, TX (FOX44TX)- A 17-year-old is in the hospital after a shooting at a prom after party. On May 15, 2022 at approximately 1:50AM the Milam County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a shooting that took place in the 8000 block of US Highway 79,Milano, Texas. Deputies were immediately dispatched and arrived on scene shortly after. The residents of the property where the shooting occurred, were throwing an after party for the Milano prom (Milano ISD was not affiliated with this party). At some point a firearm was displayed by an as yet, unidentified male, who then fired the weapon, striking a 17-year-old male. The suspect fled the party, in an unknown vehicle. view article arw

MILAM COUNTY, TX (FOX44TX)- A 17-year-old is in the hospital after a shooting at a prom after party. On May 15, 2022 at approximately 1:50AM the Milam County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a shooting that took place in the 8000 block of US Highway 79,Milano, Texas. Deputies were immediately dispatched and arrived on scene shortly after. The residents of the property where the shooting occurred, were throwing an after party for the Milano prom (Milano ISD was not affiliated with this party). At some point a firearm was displayed by an as yet, unidentified male, who then fired the weapon, striking a 17-year-old male. The suspect fled the party, in an unknown vehicle. view article arw

LULING, Texas - Luling ISD was reportedly in lockdown earlier this morning because of a family violence incident. According to the Luling Police Department, officers were called to Magnolia Living & Rehabilitation around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12. When officers arrived at the nursing home on North Magnolia Avenue in Luling, they found a woman who had been shot.   The victim was taken to Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle with non-life-threatening injuries. She was reportedly shot once by the father of her child. Police have identified the suspect as Andrew Drake Wright.  view article arw

ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - An East Texas school district overcame the devastation of a tornado with the dedication of new facilities on Tuesday. “Today’s just a very remarkable day in our Alto history,” Alto ISD superintendent Kelly West said. In April 2019, a tornado destroyed the Alto High School, gymnasium, elementary gym, and cafeteria, displacing its students and faculty. Voters approved a $10.5 million bond to help Alto ISD rebuild its facilities.    (12) view article arw

CENTERVILLE, Texas (KBTX) - Centerville ISD has canceled classes on Friday as a precaution as the search continues for an escaped inmate nearby. The following message was posted to the district’s Facebook page Thursday evening: “Due to the ongoing situation west of I-45 and Hwy 7 shut down for the next 12-24 hours, Centerville ISD will NOT have classes Friday, May 13th. Leon County Sheriff Dept has asked everyone to shelter in place if you live west of I-45. Everyone please stay safe and follow the directions of our Law Enforcement.” The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided an update Thursday night on the situation. Watch the video below or click here for the latest details.    (13) view article arw

LA VERNIA, Texas — Select staff members at La Vernia Independent School District could soon be armed with guns on campus.  The La Vernia ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve district policy, allowing for the adoption of the Guardian program.  “The program arms qualified staff members to carry a concealed firearm on their person to protect staff and students in the event of an active shooter,” said La Vernia ISD’s safety and security director Dr. Michael Duffek in a press release.  It's unknown how many staff members have expressed interest in training for the program. But school and city officials say this initiative could save lives. view article arw

ALTO — Following a prayer to bless the buildings by Rev. Lionel Whitaker, ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Tuesday afternoon for three new buildings at the Alto Independent School District complex. The new structures replace structures that were destroyed when a strong tornado struck the area in spring 2019. The new facilities, which were constructed by Berry & Clay of Rusk, include a new Alto High School building, Alto High School Gymnasium featuring the DeVonte Mumphrey Basketball Court and the Booker T. Washington Elementary Gymnasium. The basketball floor is named in memory of DeVonte Mumphrey, a Yellowjacket standout who tragically passed away during a basketball game earlier this year. The gymnasium at the elementary school was named as a tribute to the former students of Booker T. Washington Elementary School, which served the Alto community until 1966. view article arw

The Liberty Elementary principal stopped the fire before firefighters arrived, suffering from smoke inhalation afterward.  WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas — A fire was stopped at a White Settlement elementary school this afternoon after a principal risked his own safety to put it out.  The fire occurred at Liberty Elementary in White Settlement. A statement from White Settlement ISD said the fire was started at about 12:30 p.m. in a restroom.  Liberty Elementary teacher Kelsie Foster said the fire was started when toilet paper was lit on fire, and before the fire department could arrive, Liberty Elementary Principal Michael Dickinson went into the restroom to stop the fire himself. view article arw

The TRS Board of Trustees voted on Thursday, April 28, 2022, to move TRS-ActiveCare to regional ratings to ensure prices reflect the cost of health care in each region. In doing so, none of the 20 Education Service Center regions will see a price increase for the 2022-23 plan year, which begins September 1.    (2) read more arw

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As you prepare your budgets for the 2022 school year, consider 15% minimum increase. Carriers and risk pools using appraisal firms are expecting values alone to increase 12%. If your district has had losses, including last year’s freeze, the increase may be even more. The number of companies offering property insurance to schools keeps reducing and those that are still in the business are reducing the exposures (limits) that they will accept. Consider increasing deductibles or lowering limits to keep increases lower. All insurance companies and risk pools require reinsurance, and access to those markets is getting more difficult and brokers are slow to respond.    (28) view article arw

The Fort Worth ISD superintendent says a teacher should be fired for allowing a ninth-grade student to repeatedly use racial slurs in a classroom presentation.  The incident happened Friday at R.L. Paschal High School.  Superintendent Kent Scribner said he was “disgusted” by what he saw in a 3-minute, 18-second video laced with profanity and racial slurs recorded inside the classroom by a student.  “The conduct of the teacher was unacceptable,” Scribner said Thursday. “I watched that video – and there is no excuse for not intervening immediately and stopping that before it continues.” view article arw