Donna ISD names superintendent finalist

September 2208:32 AM

DONNA, Texas (ValleyCentral)— The Donna Independent School District Board of Trustees voted the first woman as a sole finalist as superintendent on Tuesday. The board made the unanimous vote to have Angela Dominguez as the sole finalist for the superintendent search. Trustees must wait 21 days to officially hire Dominguez. In May, Dr. Hafedh Azaiez announced he would leave his position at Donna ISD to become Round Rock ISD’s superintendent.    (20) view article arw

James Whitfield was put on paid leave about a month after being accused of teaching critical race theory. His future could soon be decided after an evidentiary hearing where he can argue his case to the school board.    (21) view article arw

The Lometa Independent School District will be temporarily closing due to an increase in cases of COVID-19. Principal John Clawson posted a statement on social media Wednesday saying the district is seeing a continual increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases on the campus. Classes will not be held from Friday, August 27, through Monday, September 6. This time will be used for a deep-cleaning of classrooms, and to allow students and staff time to recover from active cases. view article arw

McKinney school officials long took pride in their students’ participation in the nationwide Youth and Government program, calling the district a “perennial standout”. Every year, students researched current issues, proposed and debated their own public policy, and competed in a mock legislature and elections process for statewide offices. Since the program’s arrival to McKinney in 2005 as a club, seven of the district’s middle school students have been elected governor — the program’s top honor — at the statewide conference in Austin. In 2017, the district added an elective option: Seventh and eighth graders in two of the district’s middle schools could now receive course credit for participating in the program.    (17) view article arw

Highland Park ISD seventh-grade math teacher Jean Streepey was elected to serve as vice-chair of the State Board for Educator Certification and appointed chair of the Education Preparation Program. Streepey was appointed to the State Board for Educator Certification in May of 2020. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers. view article arw

The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees approved a one-time payment of $2,500 for full-time employees who meet qualifying criteria. “The extra income is intended to reward current employees for their perseverance and commitment to students in overcoming challenges faced during the past school year,” the school district said in a news release Thursday, June 24. “The one-time payment is also intended as a recruitment tool to encourage new employees to join a school district that is committed to caring for and compensating employees.” view article arw

Texas may change how your child understands biology when taught in a public high school classroom. The Texas' Board of Education tentatively approved changes to portions of the states Biology curriculum. Instead of asking Texas public school students to “evaluate” scientific explanations for the origins of DNA and the complexity of certain cells, the state will now ask that the students "examine" the scientific explanations for the origins of DNA and complexity of certain cells. In the past, some educators have argued that the word "evaluate" encouraged students to challenge the scientific theory of evolution and opened the door to teaching creationism. view article arw

The Georgetown Board of Trustees has hired Fred Brent as the district's newest superintendent. view article arw