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Texas Commission on Public School Finance Holds First Meeting in Austin

380news | February 7, 2018 | Education

Highlighting explosion of property taxes in Texas, Sen. Bettencourt says taxpayers must be part of the solution, Robert Flanagan, District/Communications Director AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met for their inaugural meeting today in Austin. Highlighting the “explosion of property taxes in Texas”, Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) presented data showing property tax levy growth from 2006-2016. Over this period, local school property tax levies have only grown by 43%, due to legislative buy downs of property tax rates and a recent homestead exemption increas...[read more]

Make a Reservation to Read on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Denton ISD | February 6, 2018 | Education

DENTON, TX- Denton ISD’s elementary schools will celebrate Read Across America from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 2 by asking community volunteers to read to students for 30 minutes on campuses across the district. Mark the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Reading and what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 114th birthday with a gift of time, sign up at: https://www.volunteersignup.org/W8B4D. Additional details will be emailed to volunteers closer to Read Across America. Remember to bring your photo identification (Driver’s License or ID) to check in on the day of the event. For more info...[read more]

Denton ISD’s Groundhog Day Gala

380news | January 22, 2018 | Education

Tickets to the Denton Public School Foundation’s 16th annual Groundhog Day Gala are available for purchase giving community members an opportunity to support Denton ISD students, teachers and staff members. The event, which takes place at the Denton Convention Center inside the Embassy Suites on Feb. 3, will kick off with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. A seated dinner will take place at 7:45 p.m., followed by a live auction. Attire for the event can be either formal or casual. Tickets for the gala are $75 per person, with a portion of all tickets tax deductible. All proceeds from the event wi...[read more]

Vicki Garcia named Executive Denton ISD’s Director of Financial Operations

380news | January 22, 2018 | Education

Vicki Garcia, director of finance for LaPorte ISD since 2013, has been named the Executive Director of Financial Operations. The position was created to provide more support for campuses, and has been in the district’s master staffing plan for the past two years.Vicki Garcia “Vicki Garcia brings a great deal of financial experience and relatable business expertise to us having served at both the campus and central office levels,” said Dr. Richard Valenta, deputy superintendent. “We are extremely excited to welcome her to the Denton ISD family, and know that she will be effective for ma...[read more]

North Texas Vet Science 4-H Club

380news | January 22, 2018 | Education

It’s a little known secret, that Denton County has one of the fastest growing organizations to offer youth. Spending time with other students, learning a lot more about something that interests a young person. We are speaking about Denton County 4-H’s very own, North Texas Vet Science 4-H Club. The club has been in existence for seven years, and continues to blossom and grow. This club allows students that aspire to become employed or simply enjoy the veterinary science field, are welcome to attend. Youth that are in grades K-12th grade, can experience and learn about animals. Students are...[read more]

High School Musical, On Stage!

Maddie Moore | January 22, 2018 | Education

Braswell is All in This Together! The Braswell Fine Arts Department presents their first ever musical, Disney’s High School Musical, On Stage! Come see the show on January 18th through the 20th and again on Monday the 22nd! High School Musical, On Stage is based on the Disney production of the movie, High School Musical, written by David Simpatico, includes songs such as “Bop to the Top,” “Counting on You,” “Getcha Head in the Game” and many more! High School Musical On Stage highlights the important message of being true to who you are and never letting anything get in the way o...[read more]

Denton ISD Trustees Approve the Names for Two Elementary Schools

380news | December 14, 2017 | Education

Including Union Park’s New Elementary slated to open in 2019  The Denton Independent School District Board of School Trustees, in following with the tradition of naming facilities after educators who’ve impacted the community, voted unanimously to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary after an educator who served our local community for more than 40 years, Alice Moore Alexander. The Trustees also unanimously voted to name the district’s next campus after the sub-division that will surround it, Union Park Elementary School. The agreement with Hillwood Development deems that since the 21.1 acre...[read more]

Mark White Named Denton ISD’s Director of Risk Management

380news | November 13, 2017 | Education

Mark White, senior engineering consultant for Zurich Insurance, has been named the new director of risk management for the district effective immediately. He replaces Karen Almon who left the district in September. Mr. White, who is relocating from Lee’s Summit, Mo., served as the primary evaluator of claims for commercial accounts specifically working in the areas of property, liability and workers’ compensation. “Mr. White brings to our district varied experiences and expertise from his work within both the public school system and the private sector,” said Dr. Robert Stewart, assist...[read more]


380news | September 21, 2017 | Education

FRISCO, TEXAS (September 21, 2017) — A high school diploma is a powerful tool. It opens doors, raises self-esteem, and inspires dreams. For those unable to complete high school, the lack of a diploma can feel like a missed opportunity that won’t come around again. That does not have to be the case. Frisco Public Library (FPL) is proud to announce a program designed to help adult Frisco residents earn their diploma online. “This program is at the core of the Library’s commitment to equal educational opportunities,” says Shelley Holley, Library Director. “While Frisco enjoys generall...[read more]

  Texas Library Association Welcomes New Executive Director

380news | September 12, 2017 | Education

Austin, Texas – After an extensive national search, the Texas Library Association (TLA) appointed Dana Braccia as the new Executive Director starting October 1, 2017. Braccia brings a diverse range of experience and expertise in innovative library and operational management as well as member relations and industry partnerships to the association. Braccia has been an active leader in the library community since becoming a librarian in 2005. She is a past- president of the Mountain Plains Library Association and mentor for their Leadership Institute, as well as a former American Library Associ...[read more]

Enrollment Open for Texas Prepaid College Tuition Program

380news | September 6, 2017 | Education

AUSTIN,TX — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds families that open enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise FundSM, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, began Sept. 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2018. The Texas Tuition Promise Fund offers parents and loved ones the chance to prepay a child’s education at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices. “A Texas Tuition Promise Fund account is an opportunity to start paying for future college expenses and is a good way to give your child a path to a college education,” Hegar said. “Planning for your chi...[read more]

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