The Grayson College board of trustees met Tuesday afternoon to discuss a draft budget that included anticipated salary increases for the college’s staff and faculty. College President Jeremy McMillen said a proposal for an across-the-board salary increase of at least a 2 percent was included in the draft budget after much discussion. This raise would cause the salary expenses for nonadjunct faculty to increase by 4.79 percent over what was budgeted last year — a $538,970 increase.
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On Wednesday morning a group of about 20 children sat around a table in Grayson College watching clips of Bill Nye the Science Guy explain the nuances of electricity — but the morning was far from elementary. Shawn Hendricks, the professor for the Industrial Maintenance Technician Program, not only explained to students how electricity works with grounding and insulators, but led students in exercises in electricity such as rubbing balloons in their hair and using a high-voltage machine to create their own lightning bolts.
VAN ALSTYNE — Parents and community members came out in droves earlier this month as the Van Alsytne Independent School District sought feedback on how to split out the elementary students once the school’s planned second elementary campus comes online. The district and school board had in past meetings discussed making two kindergarten through fifth grade campuses of the two schools, including the current elementary campus in the Georgetown neighborhood. However, some parents are opposed to the idea of splitting the children and instead are pushing for a K-2 campus and 3-5 campus instead.
Now moving into the hands of voters, the Sherman Independent School District board of trustees voted Monday to call a tax ratification election. Should voters approve the proposition in August, the district would gain access to an additional $1 million in state funding without increasing taxes.
When the Sherman Independent School District board of trustees meets Monday, it will consider calling a tax ratification election later this summer. It’s an election that, should it pass, would give the district access to an additional $4 million without taking an additional cent from taxpayers, Superintendent David Hicks said.
Faculty and staff of Austin College will gather Monday in the school’s IDEA Center to mark the Summer Solstice and watch the progression of the sun through the building’s solstice calendar. As the light from the sun travels along the floor of the center, the group will welcome the Summer Solstice at 1:28 p.m. Members of the community are invited to the free event, which begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Oscar Page Atrium of the IDEA Center.
A commitment to improving completion has been one of the top priorities for community colleges. With college readiness being one of the areas in need of improvement, community colleges find themselves building on what works and fixing what is broken.
Nan Davis, Austin College vice president for Institutional Enrollment, received the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at the group’s conference this spring in recognition of “inspired leadership and extraordinary service to students in the college admission process.”
COLLINSVILLE — It was a homecoming for Collinsville Independent School District Superintendent Mark Dykes when he was hired by the board of trustees in May. After a year serving as the Pilot Point Independent School District assistant superintendent, Dykes has returned to become the next leader of Collinsville ISD.
Although the Grayson College Foundation only actively raises funds for five months a year, the annual campaign makes a lasting impact for the students and education programs that directly receive financial support from local donors. For the second year in a row, the foundation has exceeded its annual goal of $360,000 and raised a record-breaking $523,298.