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Sherman High School percussion ensemble picked to perform at prestigious national festival

Sherman High School’s Director of Percussive Studies James Smith has a lot on his plate — at this point, he said, it’s more like a platter. That’s not stopping him from adding one more thing to his already full itinerary, however, as he takes on the challenge of preparing his high school percussion group to perform at the prestigious Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival at the Music for All National Festival in March.

Denison cheerleaders to host Little Cheer Camp (+video)

The Denison High School gym was filled with cheers and synchronized routines Tuesday morning as the Denison High School cheerleaders practiced for their upcoming Little Cheer Camp. The camp serves as a student-driven fundraiser where girls from pre-K to sixth grade learn from experienced cheerleaders what it takes to perform for a crowd.

Tom Bean ISD starts search for new superintendent

TOM BEAN — The search is on for a new superintendent for the Tom Bean Independent School District. The last day for former Superintendent Troy Roberts was district June 30, with Interim Superintendent Jason Smith taking over July 1. Smith said he did not know the reason for Roberts’ departure and deferred to the board president.

Grayson College unveils plans to adjust paths for graduation, degrees

Grayson College announced new partnerships and initiatives Tuesday aimed at creating a clear pathway for students to achieve their education goals, regardless of what institution they conclude their higher education. Officials said GC will join 11 other community colleges across the state as a part of the Texas Pathways Project in devising strategies and ways to achieve their educational goals as quickly as possible.

Grayson College draft budget includes salary increases, new positions

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.

Sherman ISD board to consider calling tax rate election

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.

AC to help mark the passage of time

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.