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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says its a busy season for the school district with the school year coming to an end May 18 because of the early start to the school year last August.  The 2018-19 school year will start August 13, a week later than last year.  The Commerce ISD and others can start and end the school year earlier because it is a

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD  Superintendent Charlie Alderman says applications for students in the eighth grade are now being accepted for the Pride Prep Academy, offered by the Commerce ISD and other nearby school districts.  Pride Prep accepts high-achieving students and allows them to start taking college courses as a high-school freshman.  The students graduate with 36 hours of college credit.  The Commerce ISD pays the college tuition for its own students, Alderman

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board will take up the issue of making improvements in school safety in an executive session Thursday evening. Commerce ISD police chief Joe Venable will present options to the board for making the schools safer.  On Friday from 11:30 a.m.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the State Board of Education is conducting an online survey of the public on long-term goals for the Texas public schools.  Among the areas the board is interested in are educational access to funding, technology and advanced courses; and educator preparation, recruitment and retention.  The survey remains open until March 2.  Also, the superintendent discusses the recent UIL realignment of districts

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Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses plans for Black History Month during February.  Among the activities is an essay-writing contest for Commerce ISD students.  On Saturday, February 24, the Ivory Moore-David Talbot Distinguished Leaders will feature an address by State Rep. Dan Flynn. 

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses a recently enacted Texas law that allow for schools to take action for cyberbullying by students who post bullying messages from home.  It's called "David's Law," for David Molak, a 16-year-old San Antonio student who was the victim of cyberbullying.  Otherwise, the superintendent discusses a recent "superior" rating for the Commerce ISD's financi

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Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says a new program has begun to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  The program is co-sponsored by the Commerce ISD Family Service Program. The group meets at 1 p.m.

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The Commerce Independent School District voted this week to increase bus driver pay in an effort to replenish its decreasing driver numbers. 

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce schools "met standard" on the  most recent STAAR exam, with three "distinctions" for high-level performance at Commerce High School.  He says enrollment for the Commerce ISD is down about 40 students in the first two weeks, but that may be partly because classes started on August 7, three weeks before classes begin at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the new ASPIRE program, which involved around 100 children going into the first through the fifth grades in a summer enrichment program.  As part of ASPIRE, Texas A&M University-Commerce, provided the "Summer Experience," a variety of activities showing the children what college has to offer.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says if the state legislature mandates raises of around $1,000 per year for teachers, school districts will have difficulty in providing the pay increase because the state will not provide additional funding.  He says districts will have to make cuts in other areas, possibly laying off teachers to allow for the raises.  The raises are being considered in the current special session of the legislature.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the results of the state legislative session were not good for public schools.  He says the legislature has reduced direct state funding to public schools by $1.2 billion, in hopes that rising home values will increase local property-tax revenues and offset the cut.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the 2017-18 school year will start much earlier than in recent years, on Monday, August 7.  The schedule will allow the schools to have a break every nine weeks, which Charlie says research shows prevents student and teacher burnout.  The first week-long break will be in October.  The school year will end in the third week of May.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams and Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discuss the results of a series of 17 community meetings attracting a combined attendance of 1,600.  The concluding meeting took place Tuesday, February 7, and resulted in 11 initiatives, mostly aimed at improving education and reducing poverty in Commerce.  A website, Commercetogether.com,  has been launched  detailing the plans.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce High School cheerleaders recently won the UIL co-ed spirit cheer championship.  The cheerleaders are under the direction of Sawyer Colvin.  The superintendent says the Commerce ISD received three Ds and a B in the recent announcement of unofficial A-F school grades.  He says the grading system seems to be related more to demographics than actual school performance. The last official evaluation for the Commerce ISD was "met standards."

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