TOM BEAN — Only a handful of days remain until voters in Tom Bean decide whether to grant their local school district a victory in a Tax Ratification Election, which would raise approximately $500,000 for classroom instruction across the District’s three schools. If approved, the TRE would raise property taxes in the town by 13 cents over the rollback rate, or $130 annually for every $100,000 of valuation.
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“One of the greatest joys of my life has been serving on this Board,” Ruby Jo Williams said Tuesday night after receiving a number of gifts of appreciation from the Grayson College Board of Trustees. “It has been so educational for me and so fulfilling,” she added.
The main challenge is to assemble a wind turbine. That’s a hard task for a remote controlled robot. There are plenty of difficulties that crop up along the way, too, from transporting materials to filing permits to traversing damaged roadways to avoiding endangered wildlife. But for the local high school students who build and pilot these robots, the difficulty is part of the fun.
GUNTER — A gift from a long-time Gunter family will give Gunter High School graduates a new scholarship to help pay for college. The Jack Elliot Scholarship will offer $2,000 a year for students to continue their educations outside of GHS.
It might be difficult to imagine a group of 10 year olds getting excited about building a large wooden crate, especially one they are only going to fill with trash. Kaye Hannan’s fifth grade gifted and talented students, however, are thrilled.
VAN ALSTYNE — Voters in Van Alstyne will decide on a $6.9 million school bond when they go to the polls on Nov. 4. The bond issue comes as the school district is looking to address growth and safety concerns in its elementary and high schools, said Van Alstyne Independent School District Superintendent John Spies.
Grayson College’s Board of Directors will recognize one of its own when it meets Tuesday evening. Long-time educator and Board member Ruby Williams will be recognized at the meeting which will take place at the College’s Denison campus at 6:45 p.m.
BELLS — In last month’s Bells Independent School District Board of Trustee’s meeting, the topics of setting new goals for the District’s students and faculty and improving student success were raised. This month’s meeting, held Monday night, focused on how to reach those goals with campus improvement plans.
Out behind Sherman High School, there is a cabin. It’s a little snug at 460 square feet, but there is plenty of room for one or two people to live, cook, sleep and bathe. The fireplace and ceder trim give it the feel of a hunter’s retreat, and not a square foot is wasted. It is impressive that such a small space feels so liveable but even more impressive that the cabin was designed and built by high school students.
A slim agenda faced Denison Independent School District Board of Trustees during their meeting Tuesday evening. The small amount of routine business was passed with little discussion.