Greenville – Several Greenville ISD employees have resigned early, accepting an incentive offered by the district in an attempt to cut their budget.
The incentive was open to the first 20 eligible Chapter 21 employees and the first 20 eligible non-Chapter 21 employees on a first come, first serve basis. Early Saturday, 13 professional staff and four support staff had shown up at the GISD Administration Building to claim the incentive.
Commerce – A memorial recital is planned this weekend for two Northeast Texas teachers and recent graduates of Texas A&M University-Commerce who were killed in a January car accident.
James and Laci Betterton were the victims of a head-on collision near Caddo Mills due to icy road conditions. The newlyweds each earned their degree in music education. James was employed at a Garland school while Laci worked in Rockwall, each as elementary music instructors.
Mt. Pleasant – The Texas Education Commissioner has appointed Dr. Ray Glynn as Executive Director for Region 8 Education Service Center for a two-year period.
Dr. Glynn previously served as the Deputy and has had a lengthy career as a teacher and administrator in Texas, Massachusetts, Delaware and Colorado. He's replacing Harvey Hohenberger, who is retiring.
– The latest jobless figures show encouraging signs locally, as several counties show fewer people out of work.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Hopkins County continues to sport the lowest area unemployment rate, dropping from 7.3 percent in January to 7.1 percent in February. Hunt County's rate dropped .2 percent to 9. While Delta County is listed as the highest unemployment area, their jobless rate dropped .7 percent last month to 9.9.
Joshua Derr with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN joins the program to discuss healthcare reform. We also revisit our Friday Feature on the new Anglican-style service at the First United Methodist Church in Commerce.