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The Humble ISD board of trustees is seeking a new method to receive federal funds to reimburse the district of nearly $60 million in construction costs it incurred after Hurricane Harvey. The board approved a motion to withdraw a request for monies through FEMA’s Public Assistance Alternative Procedures grant application, also known as Section 428 of the The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. view article arw

Karnack ISD has canceled classes for all students for Friday due to a gas line repair near the school, Administrative Assistant to the Principal Katie Wright said Thursday.  The district released students early on Thursday after the gas line repair near the school began but announced later classes would be canceled all day Friday. view article arw

A bank informed the Teton School District that a portion of funds recently stolen from the district has been recovered. Teton Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme announced during a school board meeting Monday that the district’s bank, Bank of Commerce, told him that “Comerica Bank has represented a return of approximately $484,000.” That amount is part of $784,833.71 stolen from the district after its former business manager submitted an electronic payment to what he purportedly thought was a construction company under contract with the district. The FBI and local police have been investigating the major case of fraud, and the business manager who made the payment has since resigned from the district. view article arw

The community should expect safety improvements at North East Independent School District (NEISD) campuses in the next few months. The district's Board of Trustees voted Dec. 10, 2017 to use 2015 bond contingency funds to move forward with a construction project that would install chain-link fencing around the perimeter at all NEISD high schools. Officials said the project is aimed to address safety and security at NEISD campuses. High schools are the largest facilities, with multiple buildings and entrances, so school officials decided they should receive the fencing. The school district is now assessing elementary and middle schools. view article arw

Deweyville schools will reopen Tuesday after closing Monday for flooding.   Superintendent Keith Jones in an email urged people in the district not to drive through dangerous floodwater, saying the district would "cover" for them and campus administrators would do what they can to help.  New reports show Deweyville likely won't flood this week as bad as some residents feared. Predictions for the Sabine River's crest are now lower than even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted last week. view article arw

What we reported: In June the McKinney ISD board of trustees approved hiring three additional crisis counselors and two school resource officers, or SROs. MISD also updated and added new security cameras, which now total 1,500 districtwide. view article arw

The email landed in the Crowley school district employee's inbox on Oct. 24, apparently sent by an accountant of a construction company the North Texas district had hired. The message included information about the company's bank account, an arrest warrant affidavit said, so the school employee sent a $1 "test payment." The next day, an email from the same address sent the school employee a confirmation email: The test payment had been received. view article arw

Someone is creating fake checks purportedly issued by Carthage ISD and giving them to people who have signed up to be mystery shoppers, Carthage ISD officials said. School and bank personnel have caught the checks before any district money was released, officials said, but the district has had to close out one of its accounts at First State Bank in Carthage to prevent potential issues. Superintendent Glenn Hambrick said at Monday’s school board meeting that the checks had what looks like the real signatures that would be on the district’s checks. view article arw

A termination letter released by the University of Louisville says its dance team coach was fired for financial misconduct. News outlets report the letter dated Dec. 14 said Todd Sharp was terminated after a six-month review found that the team’s deposits were around $40,000 less than expected. The university’s audit found that deposits for cheer and dance between May 2016 and October 2018 totaled $29,372, when deposits between April 2017 and June 2018 alone should have totaled $70,000. view article arw

Donald Howard Conkright, 61, of Big Pine Key was arrested last week on a charge of wire fraud. He remained in the Monroe County, Fla., jail on Tuesday, awaiting extradition to Texas, jail records showed. In late October, Crowley ISD received an email purporting to be from Steele & Freeman Inc., a construction company building an elementary school and career technology center in the district, according to a federal criminal complaint.  view article arw

He was arrested Friday, December 14 in South Florida.  On November 20, the school district said it learned funds intended as payments to a construction company were instead electronically transferred to a fraudulent account.  According to court documents, Conkright is accused of posing as an employee of that construction company and asking via email for nearly $2 million in payments.  In a statement, the district said “Crowley ISD remains financially strong and is working to prevent future fraud schemes.”  Here is the statement from Superintendent Mike McFarland: view article arw

FYI:  Galveston County Judge Mark Henry on Monday called on the county's auditor and purchasing agent to resign, blaming them for the theft by cyber scammers of more than $500,000 from the county earlier this year. At a county commissioners meeting Monday, Henry said County Auditor Randall Rice and County Purchasing Agent Rufus Crowder should be held responsible for the June discovery of a wrongful electronic payment of $525,282.39 to a scammer posing as a county contractor. The scammer was pretending to represent Lucas Construction Co., a Houston company doing road work for the county. The cyber thief has not been caught and the lost funds have not been recovered. view article arw

Classes and events have been canceled Thursday at Bowie High School after property damage was discovered on campus. At first, school leaders were planning on just having a delayed opening, but less than an hour after announcing a delayed opening on Twitter, they announced classes and events would be canceled for the day. view article arw

Austin’s largest high school will be closed for a second day Friday after Bowie High School officials discovered what they described as “considerable damage,” including more than 75 broken windows and glass doors, at the campus early Thursday.  School district police around 4:40 a.m. found damaged windows and doors in the front of the building, the gymnasium, and academic wings. The school’s principal said the damage was caused by someone throwing rocks. Citing safety concerns, school officials decided to cancel all classes and events at the South Austin campus Thursday. view article arw

Children — and their parents — have one question in mind anytime snow is in a North Texas forecast: Will schools close?   A number of factors are considered in Arlington ISD to decide whether to close during inclement weather: road conditions, precipitation accumulations, the chances of continued precipitation, building conditions, parking lot conditions, temperatures and wind chills.  A number of employees provide information on these factors but the final decision falls to the superintendent, who receives recommendations from the district’s chief financial officer, assistant superintendent of administration, executive director of facilities services, director of transportation and security manager. view article arw

An Alice ISD mother reported to Noonan Elementary School officials a woman attempted to take her daughter in front of the school on Tuesday, a letter to parents states. The mother said she was at Noonan at dismissal time when she saw another woman attempt to take her daughter, the letter states.  view article arw

FOR BEND COUNT, - Kempner High School in the Fort Bend Independent School District will be starting two hours late Thursday Morning. Due to a power outage, the buses are now scheduled to run two hours later than normal, and classes will begin at 9:30 a.m.  All other FBISD school will be operating under normal hours. view article arw

Some school districts in South Carolina no longer have snow days. No matter what the weather, officials say the students will continue to learn. view article arw

Troup ISD planned to close schools Tuesday after a city water main ruptured Monday afternoon. The school district encouraged people to monitor their Remind 101 text message alerts or SchoolMessenger notifications for additional information. view article arw

Local police are investigating a burglary at the Rusk High School Ag Shop, with items believed to be taken from the facility early Thursday morning. “We know of several items that were taken, and are currently checking inventory to determine if anything else is missing,” said Rusk ISD Superintendent Grey Burton. “All of the items were tools or equipment, although I don’t have an exact value at this time (of what was taken).” view article arw

Water service has been restored to both NEISD schools affected by the main break. Two Northeast ISD schools were left without water Wednesday after a main break on the far North Side. view article arw

For the first time in a decade, the number of children without health insurance in the United States has risen — and Texas again has the largest share. A Georgetown University Center for Children and Families report released Thursday found that more than one in five uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas — about 835,000 as of 2017. The state saw an increase of about 83,000 uninsured children from 2016 to 2017. Researchers are most vexed that the report marks the first time since the data was collected in 2008 that the nationwide number — as well as the rate — of uninsured children increased, after a decade of decline. The national rate increased from a historic low of 4.7 percent in 2016 to 5 percent in 2017. Texas’ rate of uninsured children in 2017 was at 10.7 percent, up slightly from the previous year and still more than double the national average. view article arw

Fifteen months after Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast, many residents there still haven't returned to their flood-ravaged homes. The recovery effort in Houston has relied heavily on volunteers, including a group of high school students from Lewisville ISD, who recently did their part. The skills being taught in Joe Davis's wood manufacturing technology class are the kind of skills which can last a lifetime. “I really enjoy engineering, designing things and building things,” said Randy Allen, a Flower Mound High School junior. “It just lets you be more creative than in something like math class." view article arw

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 newsroom@newschannel10.com. 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