Commerce ISD

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Charlie Alderman, the superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the school board has hired a new assistant superintendent, Dr. Patricia Tremmel.  She is a Commerce native, and has served as a principal in Garland and Richardson.  Alderman says Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Ray Keck recently met with the school board and offered the University's resources in support of various CISD academic programs.

Commerce ISD

Charlie Alderman, the lone finalist for the position of Commerce ISD superintendent, is expected to be officially hired for the job at a meeting of the Commerce school board tonight (Wednesday, August 24).  Alderman is a Commerce native, the son of long-time CISD teachers and administrators Alvis and Marcie Alderman.  In this program, Charlie says the Commerce ISD met accountability standards in 2015-16.  Also, the Commerce ISD has started a new Pride Prep Academy for high-achieving students, who will be taking college classes from Texas A&M Uni

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says the board had 31 applications for the Commerce ISD superintendent's job, as of the week of June 6.  The review of the applications will begin Monday, June 20.  Blake Cooper recently retired as superintendent. 

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper, who recently announced his retirement at the end of the school year, says he will work for an unidentified non-profit group that supports public education.  He and his family will continue to live in Commerce.  Blake also discusses plans for an academy that will bring high-school age students from around the area to Commerce High School to take college classes this fall.  Th

Quoting the book of Ecclesiastes, Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper writes, "I believe that the time for my season of leading Commerce ISD is coming to a close."

In a letter addressed to the CISD Board of Trustees, District Staff, students, and the community of Commerce, TX, and delivered at the April 18th regular meeting of the Board, Cooper indicated that he will be resigning his position effective this summer, "for the purpose of retiring from my current work in education."

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the A-F school-rating system passed by the state legislature will place less emphasis on standardized testing than the previous school-evaluation system.  He says the legislature also has increased state funding for pre-kindergarten programs.

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the district's enrollment is up by 60 students over this time last year, and 100 students since the beginning of the school year.  Cooper says the CISD is seeing a large number of transfer students from other districts, and he says he's heard from numerous Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty who have told him they plan to move their families to Commerce.  And he says the Commerce ISD will pay for students to take dual-credit college courses in the 2015-16 school year.

The Texas Education Agency has issued "report cards" on all Texas schools.  Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the report cards, which show the Commerce schools all met standards with several distinctions.

This week is the last week of the semester for Texas A&M University-Commerce students and it's the last week for The Morning Bell until the fall semester.

To end the spring series, we have gathered together multiple superintendents from across Northeast Texas to get a deeper analysis of topics we have covered during this series.

Joining us in the KETR studios is Terrell ISD Superintendent Micheal French, Sunnyvale ISD Superintendent Doug Williams, and Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper.

Josh Cato / Commerce Emergency Management

Heavy rainfall on Thursday caused flash flooding across Northeast Texas with some areas seeing over 6" of rainfall.

Emergency responders closed off multiple roads across Hunt County including Charity road and Culver street in Commerce, and also Hwy 69 north of Greenville.

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.

Since 2010, Commerce Independent School District has honored former students of Commerce High School or Norris School. Along with former students, they are recognizing former staff members that had a great impact on the students of CHS of Norris School. Nominations for 2014's winners are now open.

The winners will be announced at an induction ceremony as part of the homecoming events on Sept. 26.

The voting committee consists of four or five people made up of faculty, staff, and community members, all of which remain anonymous.

Nominations will close on April 3o.

After a recent letter was sent from the ACLU of Texas to the Texas Education Agency asking them to ban the use of tasers in schools, Daniel Starks spoke with Commerce Independent School District Chief of Police, Joe Venable to get his take on the matter, since he is on the front line every day when it comes to disorderly conduct in schools.

Commerce Independent School District has proposed an incentive that may have some teachers curious, and we have school board member Kathleen Hooten with us on this edition of The Morning Bell, to tell us about it.