Fort Worth – The Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) is scheduled Friday to honor Dr. Graham Sweeney as Superintendent of the Year.
Sweeney has served the Boles ISD for 24 years. He was notified of the award in April.
"We've had a lot of great things happen through Boles," Sweeney said. "Boles, out of the 1,040 public schools not counting charters, is the poorest district in the state but yet we've been able to do quite well."
Greenville – Charges have been dismissed against a Rains County man in connection to a 2007 armed holdup in Commerce.
44-year-old Melroy Lynn Anderson, of Emory, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on the indictment which included two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Anderson had pleaded not guilty.
Reports from the Hunt County District Attorney's Office indicated the alleged victim did not wish to pursue the case.
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation to participate in a university-wide effort to improve teacher preparation in Texas schools. A&M-Commerce will participate with six other Texas universities in preparing a plan to implement findings of Sid Richardson report.
Sulphur Springs – Preliminary TAKS figures show Sulphur Springs High School could improve its accountability rating to acceptable or higher.
The Texas Education Agency won't release district ratings until July 30.
A presentation to board members this week by Campus Intervention Team officials indicated the possible rating change. The board acknowledged the initial data is neither complete nor comprehensive, but likely will show at least a small change.
Commerce – Students from Cooper and Commerce Independent School District are in the midst of the Maximizing Motivation, Targeting Technology (M2T2) summer camp at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The camp is an innovative program targeting technology to motivate students to pursue careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workforce.
Sulphur Springs – www.easttexasdailynews.com reports the new Highway-11 extension at Sulphur Springs between Highways-19 and 154 will open to the public before the end of the month. Signal lights will flash red for a week before being placed in normal operation. The new road will remain closed until June 29.
Commerce – The City of Commerce sales tax revenue is down 24% over this time last year. Interim City Manager Marc Clayton reported to the city council in regular session last night that an audit correction for a tax-paying entity in Commerce showed $22,000 in sales tax had been overpaid and tax rolls would be adjusted accordingly, which could mean as much as a $47,000 deficit by the end of the year.