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Decatur High School will be closed Monday through Wednesday after Friday’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building. One of the drains on top of the school collapsed sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym, according to Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. view article arw

In the wake of school shootings nationwide, Central Texas school districts are focused on ensuring safety this school year. Most are reviewing their security procedures; some are hiring more safety personnel and some are adding new technology like security vestibules that allow visitors to be screened. One district — Moody — plans to arm its staff members. view article arw

LEAKEY, Texas - Schools in Leakey Independent School District and Utopia Independent School District will start class later than normal on Monday.  Leakey said they made the decision "out of an over abundance of caution" amid inclement weather. view article arw

Due to potential heavy rains because of the tropical disturbance approaching the area, Weslaco ISD will be releasing students early today. view article arw

Raymondville ISD has announced on social media that they will be releasing all students and staff early due to the approaching weather. view article arw

For the first time in eight years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released updated flood maps for Bexar County that show how susceptible neighborhoods are to flooding and are used to determine flood insurance rates. The current maps available are preliminary, meaning the public can see them but insurance agencies cannot yet use them to establish rates. After a public comment period in early 2019, the maps will be made final, according to a FEMA flood plain official. view article arw

Dozens of schools across three states have announced closures in anticipation of Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 3 hurricane expected to make landfall Thursday evening, canceling class for nearly a million students. Schools in at least 41 districts or counties in Virginia and the Carolinas have canceled class for hundreds of thousands of students because of evacuations, the need to allow schools to be used as shelters for those fleeing the storm, and to free up roads and buses for evacuees to use. view article arw

Bryan school board members voted in favor of increased insurance premiums for the 2018-2019 school year at a meeting earlier this week. Employee-only and employee-plus-child premiums will see a $10 increase from last year, while the premiums for employee-plus-spouse or employee-plus-family plans will increase by $40 from last year. Dental premiums also will increase by anywhere from $2 and $6 from last year, depending on who is covered and if the employee selects gold or platinum plans. view article arw

Emergency personnel say more than a dozen students and staff have been transported to hospitals to be checked out after a gas leak near a Houston charter school. The Houston Fire Department tweeted nine children and five adults were taken to hospitals late Wednesday morning for further evaluation. view article arw

Four people were transported to a Lufkin hospital following a crash involving a van and a Corrigan-Camden ISD school bus on U.S. Highway 59 just south of Toler Road in Polk County Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release from Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Hendry. view article arw

Following a Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for parts of southeast Texas, many school districts have made the decision to close campuses Tuesday. The flash flood watch was originally in place until Tuesday morning, but has been extended to 6 pm this evening. The National Hurricane Center has given the tropical depression a 60% chance of development as it travels towards the Texas Gulf Coast. view article arw

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A bizarre incident at an East Texas high school football game sent a cheerleader to the hospital.  Saturday night, the cheerleader suffered an electrical shock at Tiger stadium in Daingerfield.  A Saturday night high school football match-up turned frightening for tiger cheerleader Madison Driggers.  "I was shocked because I never saw anything like that happen before. I'm glad she's ok," said Daingerfield alumni Ramius Wallace.  According to family members, Madison was walking barefoot when she stepped into a puddle of water.  A puddle of water that had an exposed electrical wire in it. view article arw

A League City school was struck by lightning Sunday, sparking a fire that officials caused minor damage. Firefighters were called around 12:30 p.m. to League City Intermediary School, in the 2500 block of Webster Street, after lightning hit the roof. view article arw

A Texas hospital that charged a teacher $108,951 for care after a 2017 heart attack told the patient Thursday it would slash the bill to $332.29 — but not before a story about the huge charge sparked a national conversation over what should be done to combat surprise medical bills that afflict a growing number of Americans. view article arw

A Clear Creek ISD student is in custody after allegedly making a threat against a League City intermediate school Wednesday, according to school district officials. The student is a seventh-grader at League City Intermediate School. Around 10:30 a.m., another student reported that they'd heard the seventh-grader make the threat, and the school was placed in a “hold procedure” as investigators spoke with them, officials said. The hold was lifted 25 minutes later, after a Galveston County Sheriff’s Office liaison determined there was no credible threat to the school, according to the district. view article arw

Inland Texas September renewals typically saw a significant increase in both premiums and deductibles due to Wind and Hail losses over the past five years. Premiums have increased up to 25% with deductibles increasing from 25,000 to 50,000, 100,000 and even $250,000. One of the largest pools is adding an additional $50,000 deductible for each building in excess of 25,000 square feet. Most companies are now offering % deductibles. Be sure to do the calculations. Even for a district with only $50,000,000 in property values, the smallest deductible of 1% becomes $500,000. view article arw

Boosters claim a parent volunteer stole money earmarked for student athletes at Friendswood High School, police said. Detectives are investigating but did not name a suspect Tuesday. Friendswood ISD told KHOU 11 News the parent accused is no longer allowed to participate in PTO or the Mustangs Booster Club. Earlier this month, after an event to find sponsors to support the football team, Friendswood’s booster club discovered money missing. They blamed a parent volunteer. The club’s president and treasurer filed a report with Friendswood police Friday. view article arw

The North East Independent School District said a female employee was bitten by a snake near Bush Middle School and urged parents to remind children to be careful where they walk. The incident happened on Monday at about 7 a.m. in a "grassy area away from the school building." The employee was expected to be released from a hospital on Tuesday. view article arw

The only school devastated and forced out by Hurricane Harvey in Liberty County suffered millions of dollars of damage and was forced out of the school now going on a full year, but they’ve survived.  Through it all, the district has managed to help get the school back on track and now with a $5,000 donation to Hull-Daisetta Elementary from EntergyTexas, teachers can fill in the gaps with items insurance didn’t cover or the district couldn’t afford. A small prize patrol visited Hull-Daisetta Elementary to present Principal Kevin Frauenberger the check. view article arw

The Mercedes Independent School District has announced that they are delaying the start of school for two days. The first day of school, according to school officials, will be on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, for all Pre-K to 12th grade students. view article arw

As Hilliard Elementary School teacher Bianca Fray sat before her newest class of third-grade students Monday, teaching them the rules of the classroom, a small vase with plastic flowers rested on a bookshelf over her shoulder. After Hurricane Harvey filled Hilliard with four feet of water last August, movers salvaged just a single box of items from Fray’s classroom. They included a green M&M plush toy given to her by a former student, stuffed animals accumulated from her former school in Austin ISD, and the multicolored flowers, which suddenly and surprisingly took on new meaning. view article arw

Weslaco ISD fulfills their promise to replace damaged school buses before the first day of class. Heavy rains devastated many parts of the mid-valley region this June, prompting millions of dollars in repairs and damaging 63 of the school district's buses. The district told KVEO the last of the new buses was received by August 17.  view article arw

Four people were arrested after 50 school buses at Keller ISD were vandalized early Monday, police said. Fort Worth police released the names of the suspects Monday after noon. They are Shawn Michael Terhune, 19, Robert Austin Whitehead, 19, Alonso Michael Rivera, 24 and Tarron Taggart, 27. view article arw

I attended the open forum to discuss the tax increase for VISD and the specially called VISD School Board meeting. I went to ask questions, since I have become more interested in how VISD does business with taxpayers’ money. I would like to correct our current school board president about the use of the word “insurance” when talking about payments due to Hurricane Harvey Recover, which as of last night’s meeting is around $1.325 million (information from VISD website). view article arw

Some Keller ISD students may be late to class Monday, after overnight vandalism damaged several of the district's buses.  A district alert says 5-7 buses will require replacement, and that police are assessing damage to 18-20 others. Fort Worth Officer Tracy Carter said 50 buses suffered, and some are too damaged to pick up students. Fort Worth police were called to Fossil Ridge High School just before 5:15 a.m. to investigate the damages. view article arw

Angleton ISD had 548 more students classified as homeless at the end of last school year than it did at the beginning, officials said, just one of the numbers that portrays the extent of devastation inflicted by Hurricane Harvey on the lives of families in the district. view article arw

Many school districts were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, and the effort to recover continues a year later. In Sheldon ISD, four of the 10 campuses were impacted by flood water. From the gym to the auditorium that had fish swimming in it, the district had a lot of work to do. view article arw

New Dickinson ISD superintendent Carla Voelkel’s priorities for the new school year includes an awareness of ongoing needs of students and families in the district whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane Harvey a year ago, which flooded 90 percent of homes in the city. Voelkel formally took the district’s helm in July after trustees approved her appointment. view article arw

La Feria police are investigating two burglaries that occurred on school campuses earlier this week. Police did not release many details about the burglaries because they are under investigation. The two schools that were broken into were Dominguez Elementary and La Feria High School. view article arw

To Ana Sierra, when you lose your belongings, the little things really do mean a lot. The soap, towels, toothbrushes, shoes, hairbrushes, books, stuffed animals, a favorite blanket — all of Sierra’s family’s items were lost during Hurricane Harvey, and she and her family have spent much of the last year living with relatives. “It’s like starting all over,” Sierra said. view article arw

Students are going back to school in Klein ISD, but some elementary students are walking into a newly renovated building. Lemm Elementary School was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, but you might not know it by looking at it now. From sunlight brought to the classroom through a diffuser to rolling doors that expand the classroom, Lemm Elementary is beyond state of the art.   view article arw

With the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey fast approaching, the most severely impacted Lake Houston area school districts have made significant progress towards recovery. Yet, there is still much to do before the wounds left by Harvey are healed, according to district officials. Huffman ISD’s expenses for hurricane-related damage total over $2.5 million to-date. However, at approximately $100 million in flood damage, Humble ISD was one of the hardest-hit districts in the state. view article arw

Betty Sue Creech Elementary reopens Wednesday nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey filled the school with two-feet of water. Though built in Barker Reservoir, an area designed to flood during extreme storms, administrators did not anticipate the amount by of damage caused. Students and staff finished last school year in a temporary location. view article arw

A 25-year-old Austin man was jailed Monday after he allegedly destroyed up to $300,000 worth of property at an elementary school in Buda. James Kerr faces two felony charges of criminal mischief, two felony charges of arson and a state jail felony of burglary of a building. He remains in the Hays County Jail and bonds for the charges have not been set. view article arw

A Dallas Independent School District bus accident is being reviewed by officials after they learned of surveillance video obtained by NBC 5. The accident happened Thursday, on the first day bus drivers were testing routes without passengers for the new Dallas ISD transportation service. Dallas ISD has taken over the service from Dallas County Schools, the bus agency that was ordered closed by voters last year after NBC 5 reports on a vendor scandal and safety concerns. view article arw