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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

We have had several inquiries as to why we cancelled school today at 9:30. Listed below are the steps and or reasons for the closure. As these decisions are not always best for the parent, we appreciate your understanding and acceptance in our decisions to do what's best for students. view article arw

Police have charged a woman they believe intentionally crashed her car into an elementary school building. Anterra Gatson, 30, of Marshall is charged with felony criminal mischief and attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. About 12:30 p.m. on April 11, Marshall Police Department officers responded to Price T. Young Elementary School where a vehicle had crashed into a classroom. view article arw

Two families claim the Round Rock Independent School District refuses to take responsibility for car accidents on their campuses. Both accidents involved head injuries. “It’s pretty scary,” said Christy Litz, who was injured April 5 at Walsh Middle School. view article arw

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday approved Harris County’s request to call a multi-billion-dollar bond election to pay for flood control measures on Aug. 25, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Many Districts use charter buses for special trips. We recently were asked by a district to review the insurance certificates provided by operators. Of the 11 certificates reviewed, not a single one complied with the district’s insurance requirements. We use a worksheet to check for compliance. Additional Insured, Waiver of Subrogation and Notice of Cancellation endorsements are required. This form can also be modified and used for other required insurance certificates. view article arw

HASKELL, Texas — Severe storms left their mark on the Big Country on Wednesday evening and repairs to the areas hit the hardest by the storms were underway on Thursday.  Since Wednesday evening, it has been all hands on deck at Haskell High School in terms of gathering materials and cleaning up after the mess that the severe weather system that hit the Big Country on Wednesday evening created, which caused roughly 50 yards of damage to the roof of the school.  “It peeled off a bunch of the metal roofing and caused a lot of water damage to desks, floors, carpet, hardwood internally,” said Haskell CISD Superintendent Bill Alcorn. view article arw

Students in Windthorst had a late start this morning after their school took quite the beating from powerful thunderstorms that rolled through last night. The green house has taken a lot of damage. Superintendent Lonnie Hise says the green house is probably a total loss. view article arw

The tour company bus that crashed into an Alabama ravine while transporting at least 40 band students back to the Houston area from Disney World was traveling more than 55 mph, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board has revealed. view article arw

Update: The building has been cleared, Marshall ISD spokesman David Weaver said. There were never any flames, only a smoke smell around the office area due to a faulty motor on one of the air conditioning units, Weaver said. All students were safe.  Original story: Students at a Marshall ISD elementary school were evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to a smoke smell in the building which seems to have come from a faulty air conditioning unit, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said on Tuesday in a social media post to the district’s Facebook page. view article arw

The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that it has granted $89.4 million to Texas public and private schools ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.  The Texas Education Agency will disburse the money to help schools recover from the storm’s damage. The money comes from Congress’ $2.5 billion appropriation to help students affected by various natural disasters last year, including the California wildfires and hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Texas schools in the 47-county presidential disaster declaration are eligible for the money. The counties include Bastrop, Caldwell, Comal, Lee and Fayette. State officials haven’t decided which schools will receive the money. view article arw

LEOMINSTER, Mass. -- A Massachusetts school district was waiting Friday for its computer system to be "unlocked" after it paid a $10,000 bitcoin ransom to hackers following a cyberattack on its system. And despite the nefarious nature of the school system's lockdown, there is no criminal investigation into the matter because solving this crime is "impossible," said Interim Leominster Police Chief Michael Goldman.  "It's something that very, very likely came from out of the country, and trying to trace something like this down is impossible," Goldman told CBS Boston. view article arw

Head football coach David Woodard, like others in West, lost his home and his place of employment on a Wednesday evening five years ago, when an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant rocked the town, killed 15 and injured hundreds. Woodard chose to rebuild and rely on the resilience he saw around him as community members immediately went into action, both before and after the blast, which came at 7:51 p.m. April 17, 2013. There was never a question of whether he and his family would choose to stay, Woodard said. view article arw

 Marathon ISD has canceled school due to an electrical outage. Classes will resume on Monday. view article arw

Bloomington Middle School principal Terry Young saw the 5,000-pound burdens of a devastating past be picked up and carried away. “It’s a sign of progress,” Young said Wednesday as the portable buildings that acted as temporary classrooms after Hurricane Harvey were taken away. “As long as they’re here, they will remind us where we’ve been.” In the eight months since the Category 4 hurricane damaged the entire school district, repairs have been made allowing some of the district’s about 900 students to return to their regular classes, while others are still displaced. view article arw

Texas, like the nation, has stagnated in elementary and middle school academic achievement and continues to fail to get black and Hispanic students performing as well as white students, according to a national "report card" out this week. view article arw

DONLEY COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - A 1930s-era school building went up in flames Tuesday afternoon in Donley County near Ashtola.  The fire burned the historic Ashtola school building, leaving nothing but brick walls behind.  Get the latest Amarillo news straight to your phone! Apple | Android According to the Clarendon Enterprise, Clarendon Fire Chief Jeremy Powell said a resident attempting to smoke out honey bees on their front porch accidentally set their yard on fire, ultimately burning 10 to 15 acres. view article arw

A Dallas teen was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police say he made a threat on social media against Frisco High School. Ronathan Livingston, 17, was taken into custody about 4 p.m. at a Dallas apartment complex. He is charged with making a false alarm or report, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He was being held at the Frisco Police Department Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail. view article arw

A vehicle struck the side of a Marshall ISD school today around noon. The incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. at Price T. Young Elementary School. According the Marshall ISD, a vehicle went through the back parking lot, jumped the curve and crashed into the side of the building. Fortunately, no children or faculty members were injured during the incident. The classroom was vacant at the crash, according to Marshall ISD.  view article arw

Some students ran into technological glitches with the STAAR test on Tuesday, the first day of major testing statewide.  Texas Education Agency spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson told the American-Statesman that a server went down and some students lost access to the test for 20 minutes. It was not a statewide outage and New Jersey-based Eduational Testing Service, which adminsters the STAAR, was able to resolve it pretty quickly, Culbertson said. view article arw

As part of a sweeping effort to update the security of Plano ISD campuses, the board of trustees approved a $2.7 million expenditure to update its video surveillance systems throughout the district over the next year and a half at its meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Sara Bonser told Community Impact Newspaper in a separate interview the district also plans to install new public-address systems over the summer in the senior high schools as a part of an effort to re-evaluate the security of its facilities. The public-address systems will broadcast a message in the event of an emergency. view article arw

A portable classroom at Kendrick Elementary School caught fire late Tuesday night. Crews with the Waco Fire Department responded to a report of smoke at the school at 1801 Kendrick Ln. before 11pm. According to officials with the Waco Independent School District, when fire crews arrived, they found a fire in the ceiling of one of the portable classrooms behind the main school. view article arw

A suspected drunken driver has pleaded guilty to a murder charge for the death of a high school student two years ago hit by his pickup truck at a Houston intersection as she was returning with her date from her prom and he was fleeing from police. Harris County prosecutors say the blood alcohol level for Edin Palacios was nearly twice the legal limit when 18-year-old Jocelynn Valero was killed. She died at the scene. Valero's date was injured and survived. Palacios had minor injuries. 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 view article arw

This is a must read for administrators -js -  With the heavy Hail losses over the past two years and the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Texas insurers have experienced huge financial losses. In addition to increasing premiums across the State, they are increasing deductibles such that we are seeing more percentage deductibles with higher percentages than ever before.  view article arw

An area school district is providing a staging area and any other support they can during wildfires. River Road ISD is an easy place for fire crews to get in and out of if they are fighting fires in or north of Amarillo. The school district has plenty of space for parking and will provide the area for crews to stage. view article arw

I applaud Chairman Huberty for holding this meeting in public and archiving the proceedings.  Additionally, Rep Bernal and SBOE member Ellis (a former Lufkin ISD board trustee) voiced support for these deliberations to be open to the public.  - js - Expenditures Work Group read more arw

It’s been six months since Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters receded, but the recovery needs of children and families along the Texas coast and in Greater Houston have not. Their worlds were turned upside down, with more than 1 million people displaced, over 200,000 homes damaged and more than 1,500 child care, early learning and education programs critically impacted.  Both the well-being of Texas children and their future are markedly dependent on these early learning and education programs, and when they’re no longer available — as too many still are — kids’ lives are disrupted. That’s why Save the Children is working together with local partners, doing whatever it takes to help restore these programs and get children back to learning and on track. view article arw

At least one student remains in a Florida hospital recovering following the tragic charter bus accident. But his road to recovery did not stop the student from celebrating his birthday. Earlier this week, personnel at a Florida said they celebrated the birthday of the Channelview ISD bus crash survivor. view article arw

Channing ISD is hosting a hamburger dinner in honor of their first responders. The supper is open to anyone who wishes to honor their area emergency crews and is free to the public. view article arw