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Denison ISD recognizes Texas Scholars at picnic

With college and work preparedness becoming a more prominent issue and talking point in public education, Denison Independent School District recognized its graduating seniors who earned the Texas Scholar Award on Wednesday in an annual picnic. The award recognizes students who went beyond the basic requirements for graduation and earned college credit while in high school.

S&S discusses concealed handguns in the classroom

SADLER — The Sadler and Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District received public input Monday on its proposed Defender Program. If approved, the program would allow District-authorized staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. The program would serve as an additional level of security at District facilities in the event of an armed intruder on campus grounds, S&S officials said.

Howe ISD to hold budget workshop for 2014-15 school year

HOWE — The Howe Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold budget workshop on Thursday during its regular meeting. The Board will review District goals for the 2014-15 school year. The Board will also review the employee compensation package, and review the preliminary revenue estimates as a part of the workshop. The meeting will be held at the Howe ISD Administration Office, located at 105 W. Tutt St. Items that will be heard, considered, and acted upon include:

Denison School Board appoints department chairs DHS, middle school

The Denison School Board approved the appointment of department chairpersons for the Denison High School and Henry Scott Middle School for the 2014-15 school year, during its monthly school board meeting on Tuesday. The move comes as the district prepares to open its new high school, and move the middle school to the former high school campus.

Approximately 100 turn up for meeting about CHL in S&S schools

SADLER — About 100 people attended a public meeting held by the Sadler and Southmayd Consolidated School District on Monday in which the District presented its proposed Defender Program. The program would allow approved Concealed Handgun Licence holding faculty to carry handguns in the classroom and on school campuses as a precautionary measure.

Local school districts weigh in on CHL on campus debate

Nearly 18 months after the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, local school districts are looking for ways to improve security on campuses and ensure the safety of students. On Monday, the Sadler Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District will hold a public meeting to discuss potential plans to instate a Defender Program, which will allow staff to voluntarily carry firearms on campus as a preventative measure.

ACES students ‘GO FAR’ with fitness

Sherman ACES offers the GO FAR fitness program as part of the after-school curriculum. The third through eighth graders participate in their training at Crutchfield, Neblett and Piner. They trained for a 5K race to be held in December, but due to the inclement weather the race was canceled.