The Abilene Independent School District has released a statement regarding the death of a 15-year-old a male Abilene High School freshman. The student was found dead in his Grapevine hotel room Friday morning on a school trip. According to the statement, the Grapevine Police Department indicated that there is no evidence of foul play, nor evidence of the student intending self-harm. The GPD received the phone call regarding the death at 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to GPD Public information Officer, Amanda McNew. McNew said via telephone that there is no further information available at this time. view article arw

Due to a water issue affecting the City of Marlin, there will be no school on Wednesday. According to Marlin ISD, they will continue to update the community as they learn more about the water issue. On Wednesday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Marlin to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption. Children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions: view article arw

South Side ISD classes were canceled Tuesday after a gas main exploded in South Bexar County. The pipeline burst at about 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Martinez Losoya Road and FM 1937.  Kyle Coleman, the Bexar County emergency manager, said officials are unsure of what caused the pipeline explosion, which sent flames roaring about 40 feet into the air. Some residents had to be evacuated from the area, and South Side ISD was forced to cancel classes. School officials are working on getting all students who need bus transportation home by 10 a.m. view article arw

All insurers only retain a portion of the risk. Above the retention levels (deductibles) they purchase reinsurance. For example, risk pools retain the first $100,000 - $500,000 of any Wind/Hail claim.  Above that, there may be several reinsurers or layers of reinsurers. Those reinsurers have taken big “hits” not only in the US but across the globe.  AIG (Lexington) has forecasted $1.5 to $1.7 billion in catastrophic losses for the third quarter.  It has a retention of $750 million.  (Insurance Journal) Reinsurance pricing will definitely affect Texas premiums for the coming year. view article arw

Elysian Fields ISD is closed today (Monday, Nov. 12, 2018) because of road flooding, the district announced on its website. view article arw

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A plumbing issue has forced Cross Roads ISD to cancel school Tuesday.   According to a Facebook post, the district is trying to isolate areas of leaks in the lines. They said the leaks do not appear to be under the district buildings.  The post said the main feeder line to the elementary and junior high has to be located and isolated to find the location of the problem.  The district said plumbers and maintenance workers have been working diligently over the weekend to try and resolve the situation. view article arw

BIG SANDY, Texas (KETK) - School officials reported a power outage is delaying class start time by two hours Friday morning. School is still scheduled to take place.  Classes will now begin at 10 a.m. view article arw

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Below is a list of all active school and business delays for Monday, Nov 12.  Need your school or business closing listed on this page? Contact the NewsChannel 10 Newsroom by phone at 806.383.1010 or email at Please have the station password ready. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – Days after Hurricane Harvey hit, a law firm specializing in suing insurance companies offered to counsel school districts hammered by the storm “behind the scenes” and at “NO COST.”  Gravely & Pearson, a San Antonio-based law firm is no stranger to storm litigation and has “successfully recovered … awards for thousands of policy holders,” the firm says on its website.  According to records obtained from Gregory-Portland ISD, Michelle Cruff, Gravely & Pearson’s vice president of client relations, emailed the district’s superintendent, Dr. Paul Clore, on Aug. 31, less than a week after Harvey made landfall. view article arw

A Palestine High School student was airlifted to a hospital following an incident in a woodshop class. view article arw

Central ISD’s administration made the decision to cancel class at its various campuses Wednesday to err on the side of caution after the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch received a phoned-in bomb threat about CISD at about 4 a.m. “Peace officers for Central ISD, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating a bomb threat that caused the cancellation of classes on Central ISD campuses,” a bulletin on the Crime Stoppers page stated. “Explosive devices were not found, but the threat is a state-jail felony crime.” view article arw

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Texas counties heavily impacted by recent severe weather and flooding that caused widespread damage across the state. view article arw

Today!  MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a student shot and wounded another student at a North Carolina high school before being taken into custody. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued a statement saying the student was shot Monday morning at Butler High School in Matthews. The Matthews Police Department said the student was taken to a hospital but couldn't provide information on the injuries. view article arw

After three years of study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that the so-called "Ike Dike" -- the 70-mile-long coastal barrier that could cost as much as $31 billion -- is the preferred choice for protecting the Texas coastline from future storm surges. view article arw

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Dashcam footage shows the moment a Leander ISD school bus was swept away in fast-moving Brushy Creek floodwaters last Tuesday, Oct. 16. The 4-minute video shows the school bus enter the flooded crossing, and then float down the flooded creek for two minutes — hitting trees and debris along the way — before becoming stuck in the water.  According to Leander's assistant chief of police Jeff Hayes, "The Leander Police Department has elected to release a portion of the forward-facing video from the bus in an effort to illustrate the dangers of attempting to drive across a low-water crossing during flood conditions." view article arw

The Donna Independent School District is announcing early release for students due to a major water line break. A broken water pipeline is prompting the evacuation of Veterans Middle School and Salazar Elementary School, according to an online statement by the district.  view article arw

Lubbock-Cooper ISD has announced a delayed start for Lubbock-Cooper High School on Friday, October 26th. The delay comes from the travel distance and scheduling of the Varsity football away game in Wichita Falls on Thursday, Oct. 25th. High School students who ride buses will be picked up two hours behind schedule. This delay is only for Lubbock-Cooper High School. view article arw

38 staff members at LJISD got good news during this week’s board meeting. The La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees held a regular meeting this Wednesday, and passed an individual choice referendum election for Medicare coverage of 38 employees. view article arw

Fall Creek resident Sue Donaldson still gets nervous every time it rains, even though the one-year anniversary of Harvey has come and gone, even though she’s moved to a new home and started a new life. “When it rains there are big puddles in our common area,” she said. “The sky gets dark, and I say, ‘It’s still raining. When’s it going to stop?’” view article arw

 Flooding has caused Winters ISD to cancel after-school activities and start late Thursday morning. view article arw

The Colorado River in Bastrop began spilling over its banks Wednesday night as it surpassed its full stage, according to LCRA river gauges.  At 8:10 p.m. the river measured at 15.23 feet in Bastrop and 10.76 feet in Smithville as floodwaters make their way downstream from the Highland Lakes. The river’s full stage in Bastrop is 14 feet and 10 feet in Smithville. It’s flood stage is 23 feet in Bastrop and 20 feet in Smithville.  The Lower Colorado River Authority said Wednesday it had four floodgates open at Mansfield Dam and expects another four will need to be opened by mid-day Thursday, a record for the dam. Water releases from Lake Travis will cause higher levels in Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River downstream from Austin, the authority said. view article arw

Heavy rain in the Hill Country and the subsequent threat of flooding has prompted a number of school districts to delay or cancel classes Tuesday. The Marble Falls Independent School District has canceled classes and all school-related events for Tuesday, Superintendent Chris Allen posted on the district’s Facebook page. view article arw

At least one body has been recovered while authorities carry out rescue efforts and brace for more flooding Tuesday afternoon throughout the Hill Country. Meteorologists say the Llano River, which came close to a record-breaking level Tuesday will crest again at a similar spot Wednesday morning. Deputies with the Burnet County Sheriff's Office removed the body from the floodwaters of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson at about 1 p.m. near Kingsland, according to Spectrum News in Austin. view article arw

A Leander ISD bus driver was arrested Tuesday morning after driving into a Brushy Creek low-water crossing with a middle school student inside the bus. It happened at around 8:30 a.m. on CR 177, heading east from Ronald Reagan Boulevard toward CR 175. The mother of the 12-year-old student on board said her son called her after the bus slid off the narrow road to say "I love you if I don't make it" and that he thought he was going to die. view article arw

Huntsville ISD has plans for NORMAL OPERATIONS on Wednesday, October 17. The district is aware that some areas have been impacted by the flooding more than others. We have identified routes with roads that are closed or unsafe for bus travel, similar to today, which prevents transportation service for those areas. We would like to stress to families, if their home or road is in one of the flooded areas and is currently impassable, to please not take any unnecessary risks getting to school. view article arw

Like so many homeowners and business owners in the area, Corpus Christi ISD also had damage from Hurricane Harvey – just on a much larger scale. view article arw

A University Interscholastic Athletic League appeals board Monday ended Elkhart High School senior Michael Stanczak's year-long battle to play football again and earn a varsity letter in the sport. It was a ridiculous and shameful outcome, created by an unyielding bureaucracy and a few myopic and mean-spirited decisions by UIL officials and school superintendents. Stanczak must wonder what's worse: the brutal beating he took last year in the Palestine High School locker room, or the bureaucratic beatdown he received the last two weeks from the UIL and Crockett Superintendent Terry Myers. view article arw

Leakey ISD has canceled all classes for Tuesday. view article arw

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Huntsville ISD will have a 2-hour delayed start for school Tuesday due to inclement weather. The district says school start times and bus pick-up times will be 2 hours later than the normal times.  The school district will provide updates via its website for updates. view article arw

Corsicana Middle School evacuated

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Emergency personnel responded to Corsicana Middle School Thursday afternoon when smoke was detected in an upstairs room. Numerous fire personnel, police, and American Red Cross all responded.  view article arw

An exploding cellphone has injured a high school student on the bus ride home from school in Maryland. News outlets reports the school bus was bringing students home from Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City on Tuesday afternoon when students pointed out a smoking cellphone laying on the floor to the driver. Authorities believe a student tried to pick up the phone to throw it out of the window and suffered burns. He was treated at a hospital. view article arw

High Island ISD is delaying the start of school Wednesday until 10 a.m. due to high water on SH 87. Superintendent Travis Grubbs says buses will also run 2 hours later than normal. view article arw

“See Something, Say Something” was the key phrase used repeatedly during El Campo ISD’s school safety and security symposium held in conjunction with the City of El Campo Thursday evening in the high school auditorium. A panel consisting of Superintendent Kelly Waters, El Campo High School Principal Demetric Wells and members of law enforcement spoke and answered questions. view article arw

An elementary and middle school on Bolivar Peninsula will start classes later this morning because of high tides stemming from Hurricane Michael. Crenshaw Elementary/Middle School will start at 10 a.m., Galveston Independent School District posted on Twitter.  Recommended Video  The delay will only affect Crenshaw, according to the district. view article arw

An East Texas district filed suit against a risk pool alleging failure to have sufficient funds to pay a claim and for pool mismanagement. Several other districts are having claims paid over a three year period. One coastal district is facing criticism from its taxpayers for selling bonds in order to pay for repairs because its risk pool has failed to pay damage claims. I understand that another district is suing the risk pool manager/insurance broker for TAPS.  view article arw