Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the booming Texas energy industry, boosted in a major way by the controversial practice of fracking, may mean a boost in funding for Texas public schools when the state legislature meets year. But he's not taking that for granted.
A recent Dallas Morning News article said the results of the latest STAAR tests for Texas schools are disappointing. Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says while the Commerce ISD made significant gains, it still has "room for improvement."
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says enrollment is up by 35 students this school year. About 90 students have transferred into the school district, he says. Blake says he is conferring with State Representative Dan Flynn about proposing a change to Texas law that would allow home-school students to take elective classes at Commerce High School and other public high schools in Texas.
As students begin the 2014-15 school year today, Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper says the CISD performed well on the 2013-14 STAAR test results, as Commerce High School earned four of six possible distinctions, Commerce Middle School earned two, and A.C. Williams Elementary School earned one ; the district placed in the top 25% in attendance and reading-and-writing measurements; and that all of the district's schools met state standards.
Commerce High School head football coach and athletic director Scott Wells is leaving for a position as defensive coordinator at Sunnyvale High School, Commerce ISD Blake Cooper says. But Blake says that he's already received numerous excellent applications for the position.
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the McKinney ISD recently sent a group to Commerce to study how Commerce Elementary School and A.C. Williams Elementary achieved recent gains in student test scores. Also, Blake discusses this Saturday evening's Boots 'n' Barbecue fund raising event, sponsored by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation.
With STAAR testing underway this week, Commerce Independent School District superintendent Blake Cooper says the state legislature made progress in reducing the number of standardized tests for secondary students from 15 per year to five, and he hopes similar progress will be made for elementary-age children in the next legislative session. And Blake says the Commerce ISD is now part of the Texas High Performing S
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says Commerce's new District 6-3A, Division 1 includes two charter schools, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Red Oak Life, which are permitted to recruit players from within their school districts. Other district schools include Caddo Mills, Sunnyvale and Scurry-Rosser. Non-district football games will include games against North Lamar, Bonham, Quinlan Ford, Edgewood and Melissa.
The Texas Education Agency has approved new high school graduation requirements under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall. Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors. In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the school district will soon install security buzzers in all of its schools, so that office personnel will have to "buzz in" visitors before they may enter the school.
Commerce Independent School District will soon be making their campuses more secure using technology.
Throughout the coming weeks, workers will begin installation of a buzzer system at the front entrances of each campus. These systems will be equipped with two-way video/audio connection to the front office, allowing campus staff to see and speak with the person at the door, while still being at the safety of his/her desk.
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says, starting in the fall of 2014, incoming high school students will choose one of several "endorsements," which are similar to college majors. The endorsements will give more flexibility to students in the courses they take.