An audit for Conroe Independent School District found 153 instruments at an estimated replacement value of nearly $440,000 missing last school year. Brian Hayden, the administrative internal audit manager for the district, presented the full findings to the audit committee board Wednesday. It has been 10 years since the district last did an audit of the high school band instruments, and this new audit was the first time a true audit had been done of junior high school instruments. view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas – Due to the freezing rain and dangerous road conditions on Monday, the Killeen Independent School District was closed to students and staff. Considering this cancellation, the district is notifying parents and staff to a change in the Academic Calendar to make up the lost instructional time. All Killeen ISD students will now attend school on Monday, February 15. This day was reserved on the District Calendar as a Bad Weather Make-Up Day, and will not be a student holiday this year. The district realizes this may be an inconvenience for some families, but they say the safety of students and staff will always be top priority. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Central Texas schools will be ready if the roads get tricky Monday morning due to freezing cold weather. The school districts will be finalizing their plans Sunday night and early Monday. That's when they'll decide whether classes are a go or no go. If you're new to the Austin area be warned, we don't get frozen precipitation here often enough to have learned how to drive on it, so our schools are prepared to close if the roads get dangerous on us.  Northerners laugh at how little snow or ice it takes to cause trouble here, but we know when it’s time for us to get off the road. view article arw

The Houston Federation of Teachers headquarters was badly damaged Monday after what officials speculated was a gas explosion, according to Andy Dewey, the union's secretary-treasurer. The building , located at 2704 Sutherland in southeast Houston, was unoccupied. No one was injured, he said. Houston Fire Department spokesperson Martee Boose said she could not confirm whether the damage was caused by a gas explosion. She said dispatchers took a report of an "office fire" at the building, but she could not provide any further details. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock ISD will be canceling in-person classes for Monday morning due to hazardous road conditions.They will offer virtual home instruction only.  Lubbock-Cooper ISD will offer virtual instruction online. Frenship ISD is canceling classes in-person and online. See our complete list of school delays and closings here. view article arw

Huntsville ISD has decided to cancel school for Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, due to inclement weather in the district.  All campuses and buildings will be CLOSED. A mass notification email and phone call were sent to all HISD parents/guardians and employees. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — School districts in Central Texas are modifying their schedules for Monday, January 11 after winter weather on Sunday is expected to bring inclement conditions overnight.  These are the closings/delays for Monday, Jan. 11: view article arw

After a battle with the pandemic coronavirus, Walnut Bend Independent School District Superintendent Troy Humphrey has died.Humphrey died at his home Friday, Dec. 11, according to Christy Clark, the superintendent’s secretary and district human resources coordinator.  His last day on campus was Thursday, Dec. 10, she said.  Humphrey had recently returned to work after recovering from the coronavirus, a post on the district’s Facebook page indicates.  “His passing was unexpected, and we join with the Walnut Bend community in mourning this tragic loss,” according to the message to the community from the district. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Sheila, and his children, Taylor and Tyler.” view article arw

The Weslaco Independent School District network was attacked on Monday morning. According to the district, the network was attacked by ransomware and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating. view article arw

Dallas ISD received the 2020 NRG Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award. The district was selected from public and private entities statewide to receive the award for its "continual process to reduce costs by reducing energy consumption," and by being the largest urban school district in the nation with renewable energy.  This singular recognition is a result of a coordinated effort within the Dallas ISD Maintenance and Facilities Department to enhance financial and environmental stewardship through preventive maintenance, lighting and HVAC upgrades, and focused support of the department's Energy Management and Sustainability team.  view article arw

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Dec. 2, 2020) —Twelve Texas school districts have been recognized for their  outstanding programs with the release of Texas School Business magazine’s 14th Annual Bragging  Rights 2020-21 special issue. Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every  December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives  of Texas’ students, schools and communities.   view article arw

The Tyler Police Department is responding to a three-vehicle crash involving a Tyler ISD school bus in the 300 block of North Northwest Loop 323, near the Highway 64 intersection. Police say one of the vehicles involved also overturned. No students were on the bus at the time of the crash, according to police. Tyler ISD says the bus driver was not injured. view article arw

Tyler Police are currently responding to the 300 block of NNW Loop 323 on a seven-vehicle traffic accident involving a Tyler ISD school bus and two vehicles, one of which is overturned. There were no kids on the bus at the time of the accident. view article arw

Family and friends are devastated by the tragic death of a 6-year-old girl. The fatal accident happened at the intersection of Betty and Fryer, at a school bus stop frequented by all the children in the neighborhood. "She was here," said grandmother Candy Zabala, pointing to the area right in front of the family's mobile home. view article arw

Richardson ISD board of trustees voted to approve emergency repairs at Audelia Creek Elementary School following a vehicle accident that occurred Nov. 15. A car struck the side of the building, causing substantial damage to a classroom, Superintendent Jeannie Stone said at a Nov. 16 board meeting. The district is working with structural engineers to determine the extent of the damage. view article arw

A construction worker died Wednesday after falling from the roof of a Fort Bend ISD middle school, district officials confirmed. It happened at First Colony Middle School around 5 a.m. Officials said emergency crews did come out, but unfortunately, they were unable to save him. As a result, parents and students were diverted to a different side of the building for morning arrival. view article arw

DENISON, Texas (KTEN) -- Hyde Park Elementary school was evacuated Wednesday morning after what was described as a "minor fire" in the cafeteria.  The Denison Independent School district said the fire broke out when a canvas food warming bag ignited in an oven on the campus at 1701 South Hyde Park Avenue.  An district electrician grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames before the fire department arrived to clear smoke from the area. view article arw

Two schools in the vicinity of a train derailment that occurred Thursday morning will remain closed on Monday, after officials determined that workers from the railroad company would still be in the process of removing hazardous chemicals that were being transported when the derailment occurred.  “The railroad company will be removing two cars that contain a hazardous material and the area around the derailment and removal site will be evacuated,” the district said in a statement.    (02) view article arw

BURKEVILLE, Texas (KTRE) - It’s been two months since Hurricane Laura made landfall and left destruction in its wake in East Texas communities and beyond.  Ann Gardner, Burkeville ISD superintendent, said students are back in school with the help of six portable buildings and lots of community support.  “We had deep cleaning, we sterilized and sanitized everything we could. We removed everything that was water damaged,” she said. “We then brought in portables; they’re set up. It’s first through sixth grade are in portables. We also have another portable bank, a bathroom and restroom so kids can wash their hands frequently during the day.” view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - School snow days may soon be something of the past.  Some west Texas schools say that now, with the capability of remote learning, bad weather may never interfere with school.  While some schools think snow days could soon be forgotten, one school says it will keep them around.  “I think this is a good thing coming out of COVID-19 and how we have changed education drastically,” said James Mireles, superintendent of Perryton ISD.  A silver lining to the global pandemic, providing learning even during a snow day.  “With the closure of school last spring, we have the tools and the resources in place to be able to provide instruction,” said Jamie Copley, superintendent of Follett ISD.  Making the decision between instruction and student safety an easy one. view article arw

Amarillo ISD delayed start today

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Amarillo ISD has announced that it will begin classes at 10 a.m. today due to the weather. Buses will also be delayed for two hours.  “Please bundle up your pumpkins and take your time and drive carefully.” says the Amarillo ISD Facebook, “Late students are OK and if you decide to keep your child home, the absence is excused.” view article arw

Emergency crews are investigating a crash involving a Bryan ISD bus and an 18-wheeler. Another vehicle was also involved in the crash. It happened just before 7 a.m. on westbound State Highway 21 and Megan Drive east of Kurten. view article arw

A school bus has crashed into a highway underpass pillar on the Northwest Side. The San Antonio ISD bus was reportedly driving north on the access road, toward Bandera Rd., away from Callaghan, when it may have run a red light. After crossing through the light, police say the bus hit a truck. The bus tried to stop after hitting the truck, but then went over a curb and slammed into a cement pillar. view article arw

MIAMI, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – According to officials, Miami ISD has changed its schedule from a delay to class cancellation due to a loss of power.  More delays, closures, and weather updates can be found at MyHighPlains.com. view article arw

Canyon ISD open regularly today

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CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Canyon ISD has announced on their Facebook that they will be open today, and have scheduled classes for the regular time. view article arw

AMARILLO/CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Both Amarillo ISD and Canyon ISD have announced today that they will be closed due to weather.  More delays, closings, and weather updates can be found at MyHighPlains.com. view article arw

The city of Plano will give Plano ISD $500,000 it received through the CARES Act, the federal stimulus package passed to help shore up the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing the school district to purchase COVID-19 safety equipment.  The move is part of an agreement that will help the district pay for custodial items and desk shields, Randy McDowell, the school district’s chief financial officer, said during a recent school board meeting. view article arw

WOLFFORTH, Texas (Press Release) –– The following is a press release from Frenship ISD.  Frenship ISD will delay the start of school by two hours on Tuesday, October 27 due to inclement weather and poor driving conditions. Buses are scheduled to run a regular route two hours later than normal on pavement only.  Frenship ISD will continue to monitor the weather conditions over night and tomorrow morning. Additional updates or changes will be communicated to parents through a callout and posted to the District’s website at www.Frenship.net and social media pages. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Due to worsening conditions forecasted, Amarillo ISD will delay the start of school until 10 a.m. on Tuesday.  Buses will run two hours late. AISD encourages people to drive slowly and use extreme caution while walking on ice-covered parking lots and sidewalks.  Any other weather-related changes will be announced on Tuesday around 6 a.m. view article arw

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Crane ISD announced Saturday night it will close schools on Monday (10/27) and Tuesday (10/28) due to a gas service issue affecting the area.  The school district said on its Facebook page the decision was made out of an abundance of caution because temperatures in the Permian Basin are expected to dip below freezing early next week.  The statement added that as soon as gas service is restored, Texas Gas Service will work to get the school buildings up and running. view article arw

A fifth grade Lumberton Independent School District student reported "vulgar" language in the STAAR reading test last month, according to information from LISD.  view article arw

Vidor ISD superintendent Jay Killgo estimates the district has $12-13 million in damages from Harvey. Both Oak Forest Elementary and Vidor Middle School are unusable right now. Those students are going elsewhere, which is overcrowding some schools. view article arw

Burnet school district officials were probably expecting to get more than two years from the synthetic turf installed at Bulldog Field in 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s now set the district back $150,000. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett, however, said the district is looking to get $105,000 back from one manufacturer. Last year, officials noticed some turf fibers sticking up higher than others, so they took a closer look, McBurnett said. “To most people, it probably wasn’t noticeable,” he said. “We had all the experts look at the field, and they looked at the backside. It needed to be replaced.” view article arw

North American Solutions (NAS), a leading provider of insurance and risk management services for public entities, is excited to announce that Michelle Faust, currently Director, Safety & Risk Management at Round Rock ISD, will be joining the NAS team in January. view article arw

A teen who was severely bruised in a "brutal and excessive" nightstick attack by a Pasadena ISD school resource officer has settled his federal lawsuit for $60,000. Cesar Suquet Jr. was 16 in May 2014 when he went to the principal's office at South Houston High School to retrieve his cell phone, which had been confiscated earlier that day. His request was declined and he was told to leave. view article arw