Last night at about 6:15 p.m., Mesquite Police officers responded to a call in the 1900 block of South Parkway in Mesquite, of an individual believed to be the subject involved in the burglary and vandalizing of North Mesquite High School.  view article arw

Thousands of dollars worth of items are reportedly still missing after a break-in earlier this week at the Gainesville Independent School District bus barn on Radio Hill Road, according to school officials. Interim Superintendent Larry Smith said the potential burglary suspects came onto the school district’s property at about 10 p.m. Tuesday after they cut a hole through a fence on “property south of our property.” From there, Smith said two holes were cut into the district’s perimeter fence — one “just big enough for a person to go through” and one about “10 feet wide for a truck to fit through.” view article arw

Police have arrested a man in connection with a nearly six-hour vandalization spree this week at a Mesquite school. Joseph James Morris, 24, of Odessa, faces charges of evading arrest, burglary of a building, burglary of a coin-operated machine, and criminal mischief. He was arrested after he was found in the back yard of a home in the 1800 block of South Parkway, police said. view article arw

On July 9, at midnight, an unknown white male suspect made entry into North Mesquite High School (NMHS).  The suspect spent approximately six hours inside the school, vandalizing the office area, hallways, and cafeteria kitchen, along with breaking into a vending machine.  The suspect also piled electronics and personal items next to two exterior doors, possibly intending to take with him when he left. view article arw

A third person has been arrested in a string of vehicle burglaries in Newark. Richard Kennan, 17, of Newark was arrested July 2 on nine charges of burglary of a vehicle. Two other Newark residents – Stephen Zackary Bell, 18, and Tanner Lee Scott, 17 – were also arrested last month on multiple charges of burglary of a vehicle. view article arw

Friendswood police say a pair of teen vandals used fire extinguishers to cause thousands of dollars in damage to a local high school. Officers said on July 4 around 4:02 p.m., they responded to a fire alarm sounding at Friendswood High School. When they got inside the school, they noticed a white haze in the girl's gym where the alarm was located. view article arw

A Weslaco Independent School District elementary school won’t be reopening for the next school year. Priscilla Canales, the Weslaco ISD superintendent, says there was at least $3.5 million worth of damages to the district, including to F.D. Roosevelt Elementary. She says water was up to two feet high in some buildings and totaled most of their school buses. view article arw

The Falls County Sheriff and several county trustees were left to clean up a mess from the Fourth of July after Marlin Independent Scool District's football field was trashed. view article arw

The families of the 17 victims killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting will each receive $400,000 from a $10.5 million fund. Eighteen of the injured survivors will receive $1.63 million. The Broward Education Foundation and a steering committee for the victims announced Monday the breakdown of the funds that were raised through a GoFundMe campaign. Nearly 37,000 individuals and companies donated to the fund. The fund does not include the millions students have raised through March for Our Lives for advocacy efforts. view article arw

Weslaco schools hit hard

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WESLACO — Weslaco school district board members and officials teared up while trying to get through a special board meeting Thursday evening, when the first report on damage sustained by the city and school district was presented.So far, officials counted a total of 3,490 Weslaco school district students living in heavily impacted flood areas inside and outside district lines. They estimate 2,132 family homes in the area were damaged, and 59 staff members were impacted, too. view article arw

Market Conditions Many districts with replacement cost schedules exceeding $100,000,000 are seeing for the first time, layered Property insurance programs. It is not unusual for two or more companies to share the first $25,000,000 with additional limits divided into successive layers with multiple insurers. Because of the multiplicity of companies we are seeing problems with agents not being able to access the markets to which they have been assigned. A few agents and wholesalers are blocking the marketplace so as to prevent competition. Such shenanigans are unethical, and require an inordinate amount of your time view article arw

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the severe weather and flooding event that began on June 19, 2018, and that continues, has caused widespread and severe property damage, and threatens loss of life, in Aransas, Cameron, Hidalgo, Nueces, San Patricio and Willacy counties. view article arw

GATESVILLE, Texas One construction worker died and at least 12 others were injured in an explosion Tuesday afternoon in a building under construction at the rear of the Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, officials confirmed during a news conference Tuesday evening.  No patients at the hospital at 1507 West Main St. were hurt, officials said. Initially the Gatesville hospital said just four workers were injured. Damage is extensive. view article arw

La Vega ISD was accepting clothing donations to help the seven families who lost their homes in the Bordeaux Apartment fire in Bellmead Sunday. Eight units were destroyed leaving all seven families with no place to stay. Fortunately, no one was injured. Brandi Williams and her family had only been living in their three bedroom apartment for a few weeks, when a friend called in a panic, telling them to get out. view article arw

Caldwell ISD is still in the process of repairs after a big hail storm pelted the community in March. It was unusual damage for the Caldwell community this spring. A hailstorm brought stones as big as baseballs. The district recently found out the track, that was just re-done in November, will need about $186,000 in repairs. "The hailstorm definitely beat us up here in Caldwell. There was a few spots in the track that have some holes or definitely some dents, and you can feel them as you're running," said Mackenzie Mendez, a Caldwell resident. view article arw

Firefighters responded to a fire at a Garland elementary school Sunday afternoon, according to the city's fire department. view article arw

A freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School told investigators he encountered shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in a stairwell as he was loading his AR-15 rifle and was told, "you better get out of here," according to police interview transcripts released Friday. The student's account is part of the prosecution's case against Cruz, who is charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Valentine's Day massacre in Parkland, Florida. The student, whose name was redacted, says he was on a bathroom break when he found Cruz pulling the rifle out of a bag. view article arw

Edinburg school district officials announced a delay in the start of summer classes for Thursday as the Valley expects more rain.The district will begin summer school programs at 9:30 a.m. and buses will being student pickups at 8 a.m.  District staff is scheduled to report to work at 9 a.m., but some might be asked to arrive earlier if needed. "Campus and District administration will make any any necessary arrangements with designated staff to arrive earlier than 9 A.M. if necessary," states a notification sent by Superintendent Rene Gutierrez Wednesday evening.  view article arw

Market Conditions: Gulf Coast districts generally experienced a relatively soft market, with several schools receiving reduced rates, as five of our seven early engagements did. Rates for 2018 ranged from $.10 to $.16 for Tier 2, and $.22 to $.33 for Tier 1 properties. Do not expect this to continue. When RMS 18 (loss modeling estimate) is calculated, expect rates to increase dramatically. Inland Texas is a different story. We are just now seeing renewals; so far the rates also range from $.10 to $.16 – for some districts that is a huge increase. view article arw

Replacing school buildings where mass shootings took place, mental health counseling for students and staff members, and even funerals are some of the expenses covered by insurance policies that protect school districts if an active shooter incident takes places, according to CBS News. view article arw

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;  NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above. view article arw

Here’s yet another impact of the rash of school shootings that has plagued America in recent years: Interest in insurance coverage against such incidents is on the rise from both public and private schools. That’s especially so in the wake of the latest high-profile mass shootings that left more than two dozen dead at high schools in Florida and Texas, according to companies that sell this type of insurance. view article arw

A Texas appellate court recently wiped a $9.6 million judgment stemming from a Hurricane Ike lawsuit brought by the Dickinson Independent School District. In 2012, DISD, through Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, sued the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, alleging fraud, breach of contract and insurance code violations. view article arw

More than nine months after Hurricane Harvey devastated homes in nearly 50 Texas counties, the state agency charged with overseeing the largest housing recovery in American history is trying to gauge how much devastation remains. The General Land Office is teaming with University of Texas at Austin researchers to survey Texans in the dozens of counties declared disaster areas after the storm slammed ashore and inundated several cities with historic floods.  view article arw

Recent high school graduate Anh-Minh Nguyen’s senior year didn’t go as he expected. While he and his classmates were worrying about applying to colleges, some of their teachers were dealing with flooded homes, lost cars and illnesses after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Nguyen said those obstacles made it feel like Harvey was hindering him and his classmates from reaching their full potential. But when he was having trouble with his application to Harvard, his teachers did everything they could to help him, even though they were dealing with many problems of their own. view article arw

On a bright Thursday in April, in Alief Independent School District’s Mata Intermediate School, sixth-grade teacher Justin Williams walked to his classroom door from the hallway and crooked a finger, beckoning a gangly 13-year-old to come outside. A teacher had caught Mekhi Coleman goofing around with another student, the two playfully kicking each other when they were supposed to be quietly marching to their next class. view article arw

What is the most important lesson you learned from Hurricane Harvey? "You can't stop them when they're coming. I don't know how you could have prepared for such a thing. From a school district standpoint and what happened to our buildings, when you get air conditioning units moved by the rain and wind coming through and water onto walls and floors and creating the different issues there: how to prepare for one will still be a big question to me. They don't just stop because you wave a white flag." view article arw

District officials say four to five buses were involved in the accident on Beltway 8 South near Blackhawk. They say nine students are being treated for minor injuries. view article arw

The Bonham Independent School District (ISD) recently received an Excellence Award from the Texas Association of School Boards’ (TASB) Risk Management Fund, along with $1,000 to be used toward risk management efforts. Bonham ISD was one of 10 Texas public school districts to receive the award during the TASB Risk Management Fund’s Members’ Conference May 4 in Austin. The district was recognized for its campus security systems, which consists of a box mounted on the outside of the building with a doorbell, as well as a camera and intercom. Visitors to the campus press the bell, which alerts the office staff. view article arw

The school scared them now. One terrible day had passed since the shooting, but Reagyn Murphy and Kalysta Dodson had to return to collect the purses and car keys they’d left inside. The best friends, both sophomores at Santa Fe High School, boarded a short yellow bus and rode through their shattered small town. Nobody on the bus spoke. Ten students stared through hazy windows that framed their town's panic. They passed the flashing lights and plastic flowers, the memorials that had appeared in the day since a gunman opened fire, killing eight students and two teachers.  view article arw

On April 11, 2016, the North Texas area was hit by a record-setting hailstorm that caused an estimated $300 million in damage. The community of Wylie, TX suffered some of the most significant damage, with 80 percent of the city’s homes damaged. The Wylie Independent School District sustained damage to all 20 campuses as well as its entire bus fleet. City officials began rebuilding immediately and school was only cancelled for one day. For many, including safety personnel, the storm served as a reminder about what it takes to be prepared. view article arw

How do you prepare for thisi? - js - EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine how a box of ammunition fell from a military helicopter and crashed through the roof of an elementary school in Texas.  The Ysleta Independent School District says no one was injured when the ammo box hit Parkland Elementary School in El Paso on Thursday afternoon. The ammo box left a hole in the roof and caused a power outage in part of the building.  Officials at nearby Fort Bliss say they'll reassess flight patterns as part of their investigation. view article arw

Tensions between many Texas cities and counties and Gov. Greg Abbott over the use of the state's $11 billion rainy day fund to pay for costs associated with Hurricane Harvey resurfaced Wednesday after a group of local officials sent a letter to the governor asking for money. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who was among the nearly 60 leaders of communities hit hard by Harvey who sent the letter to Abbott, said Wednesday that it wasn't intended to be antagonistic toward the governor but to highlight that many local governments need help. The letter sent Tuesday asked that Abbott tap the fund to help match federal grants that can be used on flood mitigation projects. view article arw

Lewisville ISD released the following letter to parents of students who attend the Dale Jackson Career Center in response to a fire: view article arw

Due to the power outage Sanford-Fritch Independent School District has closed for the day. view article arw