HOUSTON – A child riding a bike was struck by a school bus Monday afternoon outside Barbers Hill Elementary School South, according to the district. The incident was reported around 3:30. p.m. view article arw

The newest leader at Rio Vista ISD is no stranger to the district. Jaylynn Cauthen, who was officially named the district’s superintendent on Sept. 2 after 21 days as the lone finalist, graduated from Rio Vista High School in 2003.  “This is home for me,” Cauthen said. “Being back on campus with teachers I had as a student has been a really cool part.”  Cauthen received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching from Texas State University in San Marcos. She received her master’s degree in educational leadership and superintendent certifications from Tarleton State University, and she is in her last year of the doctoral program.    (21) view article arw

MULESHOE, Texas (KFDA) - Two children and a school bus driver received minor injuries after a semi-truck hit the back of a Muleshoe ISD school bus.  According to DPS, shortly after 4:41 p.m., Texas DPS was notified of a multi vehicle crash on US 84 West of Muleshoe.  A school bus was stopped on US 84 on the east bound side, and was unloading passengers.  A truck tractor semi-trailer was also traveling east bound, approaching the location where the bus was stopped. view article arw

Austin ISD raises pay for bus drivers

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Some transportation employees will see an increase to their hourly rate in addition to the board-approved 2% "cost-of-living" increase passed in June  The Austin Independent School District is giving its transportation employees a raise. The district said it completed a pay analysis of AISD transportation positions to make sure the pay is both fair between positions within AISD and competitive within the overall job market.  Based on that analysis, some transportation employees will see an increase to their hourly rate in addition to the board-approved 2% "cost-of-living" increase passed in June.  view article arw

CONVERSE, Texas - Judson ISD parents can now track their child's bus using their phone.  The district announced Monday it has released an app called Bus Compass, which you can download in the app store or on Google Play.  The app will locate the bus in real time and alert you when the bus is two stops away, one stop away and at the stop. view article arw

A Pearland ISD school bus with three students on board was involved in a crash with another vehicle Wednesday morning. SkyEye was over the scene at Winding Road and E. Broadway. Around 6:30 a.m., the bus was turning left on Broadway when it hit an SUV that was going the same direction, causing the SUV to rollover. view article arw

EDINBURG – Bus drivers from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District are offering critical support to aid students and staff while their bus routes remain halted during remote learning.  “We are putting all our departments’ efforts together – teamwork effort,” said ECISD Interim Superintendent Gilbert Garza Jr. “It is teamwork that continues to drive our school district to be champions, and it is teamwork that will carry us onward during this challenging time.” read more arw

EDINBURG – Bus drivers from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District are offering critical support to aid students and staff while their bus routes remain halted during remote learning.  “We are putting all our departments’ efforts together – teamwork effort,” said ECISD Interim Superintendent Gilbert Garza Jr. “It is teamwork that continues to drive our school district to be champions, and it is teamwork that will carry us onward during this challenging time.” read more arw

The school year kicks off for Klein Independent School District Tuesday morning, and a question on parents’ minds, how safe are the buses in the middle of a pandemic? Josh Rice, Director of Transportation Services for Klein ISD, is charged with the task of keeping buses safe and clean. “In my 20 years of being in the transportation industry I feel like the buses are cleaner than they’ve ever been,” said Rice. view article arw

After three weeks of virtual learning, McKinney ISD students will return to campus on Thursday - and the first day of school also means the first day of transportation for students who take the bus. District officials said nearly 64 percent of the student population will return to in-person learning. Last week, district officials disclosed updated requirements that they say prioritize the health and well-being of students, drivers and monitors. view article arw

KILLEEN, TX — A Killeen ISD middle school student was hit by a truck after exiting a bus, according to the district.  KISD Police and Killeen Police were investigating an accident involving a middle school student and a vehicle near Hilltop Loop and Wales on Monday.  Following the investigation, the Killeen Police Department cited the former KISD bus driver for failing to activate the warning lights on the bus at the appropriate time. The driver was also terminated, according to the school district. view article arw

Masks will be required aboard McKinney ISD school buses for employees and students when they return to campuses Thursday, but the district says practicing social distancing on board is simply not achievable. While some districts around the country have looked to block off certain seats or utilize tape, McKinney cautioned parents that social distancing would not be possible on the district’s buses. ’not possible’ view article arw

Update: Through the investigation, officers cited the operator of the bus for failure to activate the flashing warning lights and equipment, according to the Killeen Police Department. A Killeen Independent School District middle school student was airlifted to the hospital after being hit by a truck near Hilltop Loop and Wales. Early reports indicate the student exited the bus and while crossing in front of the bus, the student was hit by a truck, according to Killeen ISD. view article arw

With school buses gearing up to get students to school, McKinney ISD is warning parents that failure to wear a mask on board could lead to suspension of services.  With in-person learning commencing on Sept. 3 for the district, COVID-19-inspired precautions and guidelines will be peppered into the usual process of traveling on a school bus route. view article arw

A Killeen ISD middle school student was hit by a truck near Hilltop Loop and Wales after exiting a bus, according to the district. KISD Police and Killeen Police are investigating an accident involving a middle school student and a vehicle near Hilltop Loop and Wales. view article arw

With school buses gearing up to travel their routes, Frisco ISD is expecting some bus drivers to have to quarantine at various times during the school year.  Assistant Communications Director Meghan Cone said in an email on Wednesday that the district has current job openings for bus drivers and is seeking to hire as many as possible in light of the expectation that some will have to quarantine. view article arw

Hardin ISD superintendent resigns

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Gerald Nixon has resigned as superintendent of schools for Hardin ISD. According to a statement from the district, an agreement has been reached that allows Nixon the ability to pursue other interests and permits the Hardin ISD Board of Directors to begin the process of hiring another superintendent.  The Board and Nixon have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the District.   (19) view article arw

Update: This story has been corrected to reflect Ryan Arellano's role as Transportation Coordinator.  Gonzales Independent School District Transportation Coordinator Ryan Arellano briefed the district's Board of Trustees on the COVID-19 preparations and precautions being taken to ensure the safety of students on district transportation.  “In Gonzales ISD we cover 536 square miles,” Arellano said. “We provide most transportation to more than 1,000 students each day on nearly 19 unique bus routes. We will continue to offer transportation for this year; however some capacity limitations may exist.” view article arw

Buses are ready to roll in the Marble Falls and Burnet school districts, but transportation directors for both are asking parents to get their children to and from school, if possible.   “If parents are able to transport their students, that will result in lower numbers on our buses,” said Gina Solorzano, director of transportation at Marble Falls Independent School District. “I’m thanking them in advance for doing that during this time, leaving seats open for those kids who don’t otherwise have transportation.”  view article arw

Visitors to the Nacogdoches ISD Transportation Center will first notice the Dragon gold awning. People who work there notice a smooth parking lot, a spacious garage and a clean working environment. "It was like a blessing. A dream come true," said route supervisor Sharon Howard. Transportation director Stacy Lampkin views it as a deserving improvement. "Transportation is the heartbeat of the school district," who oversees a fleet of 80 busses. view article arw

Argyle ISD announced Monday new COVID-19 guidelines for students and bus drivers for when students head back to school. Argyle ISD schools will be the first in southern Denton County to re-open, on Aug. 17, and the only public schools to be open at any time in August. Some students will begin the school year learning from home, but others will be back in school for at least the first nine-week grading period. And as long as the coronavirus pandemic persists locally, new health and safety guidelines will be required of students, teachers and st view article arw

Sixty-two percent of Copperas Cove ISD students qualify for the free and reduced meal program. Many of these students’ families may find it challenging to afford school supplies on a regular school year. view article arw

RICHARDSON, Texas - Richardson ISD is getting ready for the first day of school by welcoming 300 new teachers this year. The district is set to start school Aug. 19 with three weeks of virtual instruction and transition to in-person classes after Labor Day. Some teachers just graduated this year and finished out their degrees online because of the pandemic. So many of them are already used to online learning. They’re hoping to use those skills to welcome students back to the classroom this fall. view article arw

TISD begins superintendent search

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TEXARKANA, Texas — Texarkana Independent School District has begun its search for a new superintendent following the resignation of Paul Norton, who was appointed as Superintendent of Schools at Lake Travis ISD on July 8. view article arw

Nicole Conley, the Austin school district’s second in command and an influential player at the Capitol in school finance issues, is resigning from the district after being passed up for the superintendent job. Conley, the district’s chief business and operations officer who often amplified Austin and fellow school district’s voices at the Texas Legislature, repeatedly lobbied the state to better fund education. She served on a powerful committee in 2018 that helped shape House Bill 3, marquee legislation in 2019 that made sweeping changes to the Texas school finance system. view article arw

With Superintendent Greg Smith’s retirement date about five months away, the Clear Creek ISD board of trustees met with a school system reform expert to discuss their goals and expectations for finding his successor.  Board President Laura DuPont said at the start of the July 22 special meeting that the board has no succession plan in place but is open to learning what search options are available.  The search can be complex and present unexpected challenges, said Cathy Mincberg, president of the Houston-based Center for Reform of School Systems, but it ultimately comes down to finding the candidate who can form a good relationship with the board and also fit into the community.  “It’s getting that match between who you are and your community that’s really important,” she said, “[but] there's a lot of devil in those details.”    (28) view article arw

HAYS, Texas (KXAN) — Students returning to class this fall won’t only learn about math, science and history, but also how to properly social distance on a school bus.  “As far as social distancing that is very hard to do in a school bus,” said Hays Consolidated Independent School District superintendent, Dr. Eric Wright.  Wright says social distancing and other precautions must be done though to ensure the safety of students and bus drivers.​ view article arw

Todd Schneider Region 7 ESC Exec Dir.

The Board of Directors of the Region 7 Education Service Center (ESC) have named Mr. Todd Schneider as the new Executive Director effective September 1, 2020. “We were fortunate to receive many outstanding candidates for the position as Executive Director,” said Mr. Hugh Mixon, Chair of the Region 7 Board of Directors. “After much consideration of all the applicants, we found Mr. Schneider’s experience in small, rural and large districts to be the best match for leading our Service Center in the future.”   (22)

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Due to school closures and switching to remote learning in the spring, many students have fallen behind, making summer school programs more important than ever. On Monday Westphalia ISD opened their doors for the first time in five months. The school district was one of the first districts to reopen to students in Central Texas. Monday, the district once again began teaching. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released new guidelines for school districts to follow this summer and in the fall.  The guidelines cover health and safety practices, guidelines for on-campus and remote learning, guidelines for activities and extracurricular activities, and guidelines for transportation.  “We will be providing masks for our drivers and all students, when they get on the bus, will be required to wear a mask, no matter what age,” said Dr. James Wilcox, the superintendent of Longview ISD. “The buses will be sanitized after every route.” view article arw

A driver was shot before crashing into a Spring ISD school bus Tuesday morning in north Harris County, officials say. This happened on FM 1960 near Rolling Creek just before 7:30 a.m. Deputies are in the 1600 block of FM 1960, where a @SpringISD bus has crashed with another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle has a gunshot wound. No reports of injuries to students. view article arw

After four days of frustration over Houston ISD’s new transportation system, which parents widely have derided, Amanda Marshall wanted to know exactly how her 10-year-old son, Henry, was getting to his magnet school. view article arw

Two Austin ISD buses were involved in a crash in southeast Austin on Wednesday morning, and both police and the district say no injuries have been reported. view article arw

Several Conroe ISD elementary school students had minor injuries after a car slammed into their school bus. School officials said 58 students from Ford Elementary were on board at the time of the incident this morning. view article arw

An Abilene ISD bus driver was assaulted Monday morning. Police reports say the driver was transporting students back to the Abilene State Supported Living Center when one of the students refused to stay in his seat. The driver pulled over when he wouldn't sit down as requested, and after she stopped the bus, "the student began punching and kicking the bus driver," according to the reports. view article arw