ALTO, Texas (KETK) – Three and a half months have gone by since that fateful day in April, where tornadoes ripped through the city and left devastation throughout. Alto Elementary School gym on April 13 shortly after a tornado   Even months later, there is still a reminder of what happened including tarps on roofs, exposed ceilings, portable buildings and the constant sound of construction. view article arw

Insurance Newsletter

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Many districts have discovered their coverage renewed at increased prices and with % deductibles for Wind and Hail damage. Be sure to understand just how much deductible your district is assuming. A district with $100,000,000 in replacement values with a 2% deductible is looking at $2,000,000. In some instances that deductible can be lowered with a “Buy Down” – additional insurance that “buys” the deductible “down” to a lower amount.  view article arw

The La Joya school board on Wednesday rejected a proposal to increase health insurance premiums — and end the free, basic health insurance plan for employees. Trustees rejected a proposal to increase the monthly premium for all employee health insurance plans by $40 per month. view article arw

A construction worker has been killed in an accident involving a crane in northern Bexar County. Investigators say the 40-year-old man was working on a crane when he was pinned down shortly before 10 a.m. at a construction site of a new Comal ISD high school being built on Kinder Parkway near Bulverde Road. view article arw


July 1808:41 AM

Worker’s Compensation  - Hot Commodity With companies and risk pools avoiding the Property market, Worker’s Compensation business has become the big bid getter. We are just not seeing much bidding. Last month I mentioned that a district with less than 3,000 employees had lots of choices for Worker’s Compensation. By the time all bids were in, we had 14 different options from nine different carriers – fixed cost, cost plus, dividend. The lowest cost option was 46% lower than the current coverage.  view article arw

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition urging authorities to drop charges against the man who was at the wheel of an Athens Independent School District bus when it was struck by a freight train in late January, resulting in the death of a 13-year-old boy. The petition is addressed to the office of the Henderson County District Attorney, Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. view article arw

Three months after tornadoes devastated the area, around-the-clock recovery efforts at Alto ISD are resulting in a safer environment for students returning to campus Aug. 19.  “Although it may not appear visible externally, the work on this recovery effort has been around-the-clock since the night of April 13. As the funding becomes available, more visible progress will begin to be seen,” Alto ISD Superintendent Kelly West said in a statement posted recently on the district's Facebook page.   She noted that immediately after the April 13 storm – in which one of three tornadoes destroyed structures at the elementary and high school campuses – district officials learned that it could take two years for an evaluation process to be completed, a timeline she called “very accurate.” view article arw

A judge has moved the trial of a man accused of making terroristic threats against two local school districts through social media to September. David Alexander Nelson, 20, of Longview faces from two to 10 years in prison if convicted in the October threats on Kilgore and Longview high schools via the messaging app Snapchat. view article arw

Rebuild Texas awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to three Orange County school districts and a northeast Houston non-profit. Vidor ISD received a $1 million grant to help with Harvey recovery on behalf of Region 5. Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD received $500,559 and West Orange Cove CISD  view article arw

A fire hydrant main water line under Columbia High School likely ruptured, rendering one of the school’s buildings unusable for the next school year, officials say. Building B, the one-story building that contains the school’s front entrance, reception, administration and counseling areas, sustained “significant damage,” including a cracked and lifted foundation, according to a news release from Columbia-Brazoria ISD Superintendent Steven Galloway. view article arw

 Four Maryland teenagers sneaked onto their school's property the night before graduation last year and covered it in racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti. The Washington Post described how they got caught in a Tuesday story . It says they covered their faces during the hate crime, but didn't realize their cellphones automatically connected to Glenelg High School's Wi-Fi under their individual student IDs. Seth Taylor, Tyler Curtiss, Joshua Shaffer and Matthew Lipp were soon arrested. view article arw

Perryton Independent School District's football field has been damaged by mishandled fireworks, according to the district. view article arw

Weslaco Independent School District officials approved a measure to spend between $75,000 to $80,000 to make “immediate repairs” following last week’s heavy rainfall during a special board meeting Monday. The June 24 flooding caused “minimal” damage to the district’s facilities and resources compared to last year’s flooding, district officials said. Last year’s thunderstorms had a financial impact of about $14 million. About $6.8 million stemmed from damages to the transportation department, which saw the loss of 89 buses out of a fleet of 91. view article arw

Cleburne firefighters responded to an alarm call at 10:27 p.m. June 20 at Cleburne High School. Upon arrival they discovered that training supplies stacked in a storage room had caught fire. Firefighters described the items as “football type rubber training pads.” The sprinkler system had activated and extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived. Firefighters described the damage as minimal, limited to the rubber pads, though some water damage occurred, according to reports. The water damage, however, was limited to the school’s “inside rubber type football field,” according to reports. view article arw

New Mexico:  The Deming school board has voted to file a lawsuit against a former high school secretary suspected of embezzlement. The Deming Headlight reports the board voted last week to file a civil lawsuit against a former Deming High School secretary accused of misusing funds. view article arw

Grapeland ISD said someone stole several lawnmowers and other equipment from their athletic department. According to Terry Ward, Athletic Director for Grapeland ISD, someone stole a John Deere Gator, Kubota zero turn lawnmower, and a Husqvarna zero turn lawnmower from the football field garage. view article arw

What a mess. Rey Garcia had walked into the Wilson Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen yesterday and knew he had a job to do. About two to three inches of water remained from the frantic rains that had hurled themselves onto the Harlingen area earlier this week. “We’ve been sweeping it out with push brooms and squeegees to push out the water,” said Garcia, director of the Wilson Unit. view article arw

Tyler Independent School District is alerting local businesses of a scheme where scammers are imposing as a district employee in order to solicit donations for John Tyler High School athletic uniforms. "We had three phone calls from three different business owners, Hispanic business owners here in Tyler," President and CEO of Tyler's Hispanic Business Alliance, Nancy Rangel, said. Rangel says the calls began on Wednesday and continued into Thursday of last week.  view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) is the second Texas public school district ( See Texas School District Challenges TRS ActiveCare Plan Mandates) to challenge TRS ActiveCare by offering district employees a choice between the state sponsored program and a commercial health plan alternative. Once in, TRS ActiveCare prohibits member districts from ever leaving the program. Member districts are also prohibited from offering employees a choice between a commercial  health care plan and the state plan. view article arw

LAKE WORTH, Texas, June 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Lake Worth Independent School District has taken the initiative to implement Crisis Prevention Institute's (CPI) Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program across their entire school district. Although the district has been using this training program since 2009, they have recently made the decision to train all 350 staff members across their six district campuses. The initiative began on March 26, 2019 when staff members from each campus completed CPI's Instructor Certification Program. view article arw

A fifth grade Lumberton Independent School District student reported "vulgar" language in the STAAR reading test last month, according to information from LISD.  view article arw

Vidor ISD superintendent Jay Killgo estimates the district has $12-13 million in damages from Harvey. Both Oak Forest Elementary and Vidor Middle School are unusable right now. Those students are going elsewhere, which is overcrowding some schools. view article arw

Burnet school district officials were probably expecting to get more than two years from the synthetic turf installed at Bulldog Field in 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s now set the district back $150,000. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett, however, said the district is looking to get $105,000 back from one manufacturer. Last year, officials noticed some turf fibers sticking up higher than others, so they took a closer look, McBurnett said. “To most people, it probably wasn’t noticeable,” he said. “We had all the experts look at the field, and they looked at the backside. It needed to be replaced.” view article arw

North American Solutions (NAS), a leading provider of insurance and risk management services for public entities, is excited to announce that Michelle Faust, currently Director, Safety & Risk Management at Round Rock ISD, will be joining the NAS team in January. view article arw

A teen who was severely bruised in a "brutal and excessive" nightstick attack by a Pasadena ISD school resource officer has settled his federal lawsuit for $60,000. Cesar Suquet Jr. was 16 in May 2014 when he went to the principal's office at South Houston High School to retrieve his cell phone, which had been confiscated earlier that day. His request was declined and he was told to leave. view article arw

Garland ISD was one of just 10 districts statewide recently honored by The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The district’s Risk Management Department earned a 2015 TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Award for its creative safety video campaign. view article arw

Abilene ISD board approved the bid on Monday evening at its agenda review meeting. Construction coordinator for the district, Joe Humphrey, says Martinez Elementary took the brunt of the storm. view article arw

Three students from Stehlik Intermediate School in the Aldine Independent School District were taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning after a minor collision with a cement mixer. The wreck happened about 8 a.m. on West Road at Deer Trail Drive as the bus was transporting students to the school at 400 West Road, a school district spokeswoman said. The school is just west of Interstate 45. view article arw