The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) Board of Trustees has approved a $501.8 million budget for the 2022-23 school year, which includes employee pay raises ranging from 4% to 6%, sign-on stipends for new hires, and a $2,500 retention stipend for all full-time employees. Additionally, YISD’s starting teacher salary has increased to $58,135, the highest in the city. view article arw

Henderson ISD’s Dr. Thurston Lamb has been named Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Region 7 Education Service Center. The center’s executive director, Dr. Todd Schneider, announced the selection of Dr. Lamb at its annual superintendent symposium earlier this week in Dallas. “The board is extremely excited,” said Harold Sentmore, who currently serves as chairman of the HISD Board of Trustees. “We look forward to continuing our work with Dr. Lamb in fulfilling HISD’s vision of ‘Empowering All Students to Achieve Their Dreams.”’ view article arw

We are at that time of year when there are a lot of endings. Our seniors are coming to an end in their time with the Victoria Independent School District. All our students are ending their time in the current grade. We have teachers and staff who are coming to an end in their time as part of Team VISD. Trustee Pastor VanHook is not running for his board seat, and we recognized him at our meeting last week as his time on the board ends. Lots of endings everywhere you look. Perhaps you are coming to the end of something. Personally, my youngest is set to graduate high school… talk about an ending. view article arw

Early Voting Ends May 3, 2022

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 Early voting for the May 7, 2022 Uniform Election runs from Monday, April 25, 2022 – Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - view article arw

The search for a Texas Army National Guard soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abbott’s highly touted border initiative, continued over the weekend.  The soldier, Bishop E. Evans, went missing after he jumped into the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, just after 9:45 a.m. Friday, as he attempted to rescue two migrants who appeared to be drowning, according to documents obtained by Military Times and The Texas Tribune. Despite removing his body armor before entering the Rio Grande, the soldier did not resurface.  Shortly after the incident, interagency rescue efforts began with search parties in boats and helicopters. Dive teams arrived on site Friday but were forced to temporarily halt their operations Saturday evening due to river conditions, according to a Texas Military Department press release.    (25) view article arw

In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.  (      TexasISD will not post Friday, April 15, nor Monday, April 18 in celebration of the risen Christ. read more arw

   Talia Natterson is a sophomore at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, a private school in Los Angeles, California. She writes for her school publication, Crossfire.