In the first regular board meeting since Tropical Depression Imelda flooded out two schools in the Beaumont school district and closed the entire district for five days, the school board reviewed the estimated cost of damage and discussed next steps. Students missed between five and 17 instructional days as a result of closures from flooding, and 41 students districtwide did not return after the flooding, according to numbers presented at the meeting. view article arw

Beaumont ISD administrators believe its flood insurance will cover $10.6 million worth of damage to its schools. Cheryl Hernandez, the district's Chief Financial Officer, presented a report to the school board Thursday, showing how much damage BISD received.Given the destruction of Tropical Storm Imelda, the district declared a state of emergency. view article arw

A Klein Oak High School student is in critical condition after deputies said he was riding on the hood of a moving car for a long period of time and fell. The 17-year-old student was taken to Memorial Hermann via Life Flight with a serious head injury, the Harris County Sheriff's Office confirmed. view article arw

Ector County ISD trustees will consider approving an agency services agreement to have the DeBerry Group appointed as the crisis communications agency of record for the district for an estimated price of $80,000. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Supplemental agenda material shows the DeBerry Group will provide crisis communications management, public relations and counsel, “which may include internal and external communications strategy, media relations, stakeholder relations, and support to develop materials such as key messages, fact sheets, press releases, website copy, and letters to the school community.” view article arw

Proposition 3, one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the Nov. 5 ballot, would provide temporary tax breaks for property damaged in a natural or man-made disaster. Inspired by the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the proposition would let local governments offer tax exemptions to reduce a property's value by a certain percentage — a cheaper and simpler solution than having county appraisers re-examine every damaged property to adjust values. view article arw

Worker’s Compensation pricing is down significantly.  Example: recently, a small district that has been with a “cost plus” plan for many years renewed, after bidding, with a fixed cost plan and saved 54%, and now has a consistent budgeted amount.  There was a total of 14 bids from nine different companies, for the largest response we have seen. Several districts have switched from a Cost-Plus plan to Fixed-Cost.  Fixed-Cost insurance, and even Cost-Plus with a reasonable maximum, is advantageous when setting a budget, and eliminates the need to bring excess budgeted amounts to the Board.  view article arw

The Alto Bond Committee will be hosting their last town hall meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposed $10.5 million bond package. view article arw

Hamshire Fannett ISD students are set to report to all campuses today after being out of school for 12 days due to Tropical Storm Imelda. The district received extensive damages to its middle and intermediate schools and some of its high school. Starting today, students who normally attend the elementary and intermediate schools will be at the elementary schools. Middle and high school students will be at the high school facility. view article arw

Hamshire-Fannett ISD students are back in class today and things are a bit different than what they were used to. view article arw

A former Greenville Independent School District official and another individual, indicted in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from the district, have pleaded not guilty. The bond for one of the defendants was also significantly reduced during an arraignment hearing on the charges Friday morning in the 196th District Court. view article arw

Humble ISD is again making renovations at its schools after a major rainstorm caused widespread flooding in the Lake Houston area.Humble ISD estimates its damages from Imelda in mid September will reach about $500,000, which will be funded through insurance reimbursements and district savings, said Humble ISD CFO Mike Seale. view article arw

Ector County ISD’s Chief Technology Officer Kellie Wilks is learning how the sausage is made — in the figurative sense. Wilks is part of the first cohort, or class, of the Texas Education Policy Fellowship Program through Texas Tech University. She earned a history degree from the University of Texas Permian Basin, a master’s in educational technology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and a doctorate in educational leadership from Tech. The degree from Pepperdine was a hybrid so it was partly in person and partly online. view article arw

Godley ISD officials are aware of an isolated incident that occurred on the Godley High School campus on Wednesday night. “We currently do not believe a sexual assault occurred, but we are continuing to thoroughly investigate the matter,” GISD Communications Director Peyton Trawick said Friday afternoon. “No criminal charges have been filed at this time. Student matters are, however, protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and we are unable to discuss this matter further until the investigation is completed. view article arw

HAMSHIRE, Texas — Hamshire Fannett ISD has a plan in place to get students back into school Monday after Imelda caused the district $9 million in damage.  "Everyone's ready for a more structured environment. some since of normalcy getting back to school and things like that," Hamshire Fannett Superintendent Dr. Dwaine Augustine said. view article arw

Dhruvik Patel sat outside his gutted apartment near Lamar University eating a makeshift lunch consisting largely of crackers. Inside the stifling downstairs unit he shares with three roommates, all of them international students from India, the carpet and Sheetrock were ripped away and plastic bags full of clothes were piled high. The electricity and water still work, but the disruptive repairs are expected to take at least two to three months. view article arw

The final district left to reopen after closing due to Tropical Storm Imelda has resumed classes. Students in the Vidor Independent School District went back to class Tuesday morning after missing eight days of school. Students in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD and the Hardin-Jefferson ISD returned to class on Thursday, September 26, 2019. view article arw

Beaumont United freshmen will be moved to South Park Middle School when classes resume on October 14 as crews work to make repairs following flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda.  Beaumont ISD superintendent Dr. Shannon Allen made the announcement Tuesday morning. The move means that current South Park Middle School students will be changing schools. South Park Middle students living north of Lavaca St. will be rezoned to MLK Middle School and South Park Midddle students who live south of Lavaca St. will be rezoned to Vincent Middle.  view article arw

Beaumont ISD officials announced at a news conference Tuesday a tentative plan for students to return to school later this month. The impact of Tropical Depression Imelda is stretching beyond the two campuses that closed after flooding in Beaumont Independent School District as students are shuffled among three currently open campuses. view article arw

Three of Vidor ISD's school campuses took on water from Imelda. Tuesday, the district is going back to regularly scheduled classes. KFDM's Cassidy Wood shares the district's plans moving forward and how one history teacher is making the most of this situation. view article arw

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton, and Wilson counties; and WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington, and Willacy; and view article arw

Beaumont United students gathered to cheer on the high school's football team Thursday night despite Imelda's floodwaters closing the school's doors.   Although the campus remains closed, the Timberwolves took the field in Baytown looking to go 4-0.  Francis Brewer teaches at United and says now is the time the students need the support the most. view article arw

Interesting article!  I had not seen all the video.-js - June 8, 2008 had been unseasonably hot in Austin – 100 degrees.  And the night was still warm as a surveillance camera captured the ghostly image of a man running. A grainy video shows him sprinting along the sidewalk in front of the Texas Governor’s Mansion, possibly running away after throwing a Molotov cocktail on the front porch of the building. view article arw

Students in most of Beaumont’s schools as well as several other districts around Southeast Texas are going back to school Thursday after being out of school due to Imelda since last week. Parents and students at Beaumont Independent School District’s Fehl-Price Elementary and Beaumont United High School are still wondering when their campuses will open back up. view article arw

The lasting impacts of Tropical Depression Imelda began Wednesday to dawn on parents and students still waiting for information as to when they could return to school one week after historic flooding swept the area. Willaford Jackson’s 12-year-old son Drarey said he was ready to return to Marshall Middle School in Beaumont Thursday. But Drarey’s sister, 5-year-old Lyric, can’t. view article arw

The Orangefield Independent School District will not be returning to school on Wednesday, September 25h. There are still roads with water on them that cause significant safety considerations for school bus operations. Until these roadways clear, we will monitor the situation closely. view article arw

Beaumont ISD expects classes at most schools to resume normal hours on Thursday, September 26, with the exception of Beaumont United High School and Fehl-Price Classical Academy. Repair and restoration at Beaumont United and Fehl-Price is ongoing and the District will release more information regarding the start of classes at a later date.  view article arw

Popular toy company LEGO is releasing braille legos. One school in Phoenix shares how it’s making learning fun for visually impaired kids. Audio: “what are the dots for that one? One, two, three, four, five, six. Nice job. Some lessons, even ones that appear simple, can be very complex and challenging. view article arw

This week we're featuring Klein ISD for the new and innovative ways they help both students and their communities. Klein ISD was recognized as one of the 26 most innovative, pioneering companies in the greater Houston area by the Houston Business Journal in its first-ever Innovation Awards. Among those recognized, Klein ISD was the only school district to be honored. view article arw

Members of Houston Educational Support Personnel are saying that keeping Houston ISD schools open last Thursday when Imelda dumped so much rain on our area was dangerous for students and bus drivers. HESP President Wretha Thomas says asking the bus drivers to pick up the students and take them home on that rain-drenched day put everyone in danger of bus accidents and drownings. view article arw

Beaumont ISD continues to assess the condition of all campuses. We expect classes at most schools to resume normal hours on Thursday, September 26, with the exception of Beaumont United High School and Fehl-Price Classical Academy. view article arw

We don't know when it will happen, but it will. In four of the last five years, we have had major flood events, two of which were tropical in nature. And that excludes a couple other storm-ridden days other parts of the country would consider flooding that we just refer to as a "Texas thunderstorm." Most recently, many were taken by surprise when Tropical Storm Imelda inundated portions of our area with as much as 40 inches of rain, shutting down roadways and stranding motorists on area freeways. Make no mistake, this is the new normal. view article arw

Five deaths are linked to floods from Tropical Storm Imelda, the worst storm in Texas since Hurricane Harvey and one of the wettest tropical cyclones in the nation’s history, according to the National Weather Service.  Imelda dumped as much as 43 inches of rain in some parts of southeast Texas, according to the National Weather Service. In comparison, Harvey dropped about 60 inches of rain. view article arw

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville School District has once again been affected by a flood due to tropical storm Imelda. District administrators met on Sunday afternoon to determine how soon students and staff can return to school. After evaluating both Mauriceville Elementary and Middle, it was determined that we start school again on Thursday, September 26, if at all possible. If arrangements cannot be made for Thursday, an alternate date will be given parents no later than Tuesday, September 24. Staff who are able, will report to work on Tuesday, September 24. view article arw

Traffic caused by the closure of Interstate 10 at the San Jacinto River forced several Crosby ISD school buses to be "significantly delayed," according to the school district. As of late Sunday, the freeway remained closed as Texas Department of Transportation officials inspected the bridge's stability after loose barges struck several support beams amid Tropical Storm Imelda. Both east and westbound lanes of the freeway are completely closed, forcing daily commuters to find other routes. view article arw

A viral video of elementary students, clutching lunchboxes while traversing a narrow catwalk of benches assembled down a flooded school hallway, has provoked varying reactions. One is that Houston ISD’s decision to hold classes Thursday in the wake of Tropical Storm Imelda was a maddening mistake that put young children, and later their parents, who braved sloshing streets to pick them up, in danger. view article arw