Board meets with attorneys about IR schools

first_img Pinterest Board meets with attorneys about IR schools WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Local News Previous articleAffidavit details fatal shootingNext articleGIRLS BASKETBALL: Odessa High’s second-half woes prove costly in season finale against Midland High admin Pinterest Twitter Facebook By admin – February 6, 2018 The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees met in closed session to talk with attorneys Mike Atkins and David Thompson about laws that govern districts with chronically low-performing schools.Atkins is the attorney for the school district and Thompson is with the law firm of Thompson & Horton LLC.Zavala, Ector and Noel Elementary School are in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability standards.ECISD has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability standards. With Zavala and Noel Elementary schools and Ector Middle School in their fifth year of improvement required, if they don’t come off, the campuses will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Under a law passed by the legislature in 2015, TEA must take action if campuses cannot get off IR after five years. Superintendent Tom Crowe has said it used to be up to seven years and then they “may” close the campus or campuses or put in a board of managers. That language has been changed to must.Thompson reviewed options under Senate Bill 1882 passed in 2017 and House Bill 1842, which contains the language about what the education commissioner must do.Senate Bill 1882 allows a partnership with an in-district charter school. Thompson has said an in-district charter is something a district can create itself. It could use a nonprofit organization in the community, another government entity, an institute of higher education or some combination of those.House Bill 1842 revised the accreditation sanctions and contains the language that if a district is on improvement required or low-performing for a long enough period of consecutive years that ultimately the Texas Commissioner of Education has to close the campus or take over the operation or management of the district as a whole, Thompson has said. “Not just in Ector County right now, but in many other districts around the state, districts are looking very seriously particularly at some of their low-performing schools. I want to note Ector County’s made extraordinary progress in terms of reducing the number of low-performing schools. That’s something that’s very commendable. I think it’s something people are very much aware of in Austin and around the state,” Thompson said after the closed meeting.When Crowe became superintendent, there were 22 schools on improvement required status. There are now eight.Thompson said ECISD can keep working and improve the three fifth-year schools and there are options to enter into some local partnerships that could bring additional resources from the state to help improve those schools. This could include a stay on the accreditation sanctions.“Our time tonight was really spent as attorneys just discussing the statutes and making the board aware of those options and I think the board working with Superintendent Crowe will probably be bringing some more information for it in the near future about what options they might want to pursue,” Thompson said. “But I think the good news is the board has some options to look at and to consider to continue the progress they’ve been making for the few remaining schools that are still needing work.”House Bill 1842, which passed in 2015, was passed before the current commissioner, Mike Morath, was in place. Thompson said the law limits the commissioner’s powers.Crowe said Tuesday that he thinks the meeting with Atkins and Thompson gave clarity to everybody on the district’s choices and what needs to happen from this point forward. He added that he couldn’t say much more because it was a closed session. “It was good to hear from somebody who is working with several large districts across the state” that are facing the same issues as ECISD, Crowe said. “It’s like Carol (Board President Carol Gregg) and I have talked about, it’s the best among bad choices that we have to make. The rule isn’t good. It’s a bad rule, but it is a rule so we’ve got to abide by the rule and just make the best choice we can based upon that rule,” Crowe said.On a separate item, trustees discussed the next steps in its ongoing self-evaluation.Trustees have completed Lone Star Governance training with the Texas Education Agency and has a series of actions on which to focus its attention, information from Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said in an email.The actions include setting a vision and goals, monitoring the progress towards those goals, evaluating quarterly, evaluating the superintendent, the structure of meetings and community engagement, the email said.The board members looked at areas where they have not yet met the state’s parameters and how they may improve those areas. WhatsApplast_img read more

Essenta deal could ramp up pressure on sectors

first_imgThe proposed merger between Northern Foods and Greencore will heap pressure on rival producers in the sandwich market and could spark a round of consolidation in the cake and desserts markets, according to analysts.As reported in British Baker (19 November), Greencore and Northern Foods have agreed to join forces under the new name of Essenta Foods, which will have annual sales of £1.7bn and expects to make annual cost synergies of £40m. The deal, which is due to complete in the second quarter of next year, will make Essenta the largest player in the sandwich market, as well as strengthening its position in cakes and desserts.”This is a good fit in terms of product range and customer base,” said Chris Brockman, Mintel’s global food analyst. “It will create a dominant player in the sandwich market, with a strong presence in the multiples. This will put pressure on other operators in the sector, who could struggle to compete and will have to find distinct market niches. Smaller players will find growth opportunities in 2011 are taken up by Essenta, which will have the muscle to ramp up innovation and dominate the market.”He added: “The dessert and cake sectors are very fragmented and this could be the start of further mergers and acquisitions in 2011. Both sectors are ripe for consolidation, with rising ingredients costs and continued pressure from supermarkets on price.”Shore Capital head of research Clive Black said: “The merger gives the firm more scale and authority, but I think we will see an introverted process of reducing costs, rather than driving shares of other markets. Retailers will know there are opportunities for cost savings and will ask for contributions. It’s up to Essenta to get that balance right.”Essenta Foods will be headed up by Greencore’s CEO Patrick Coveney, with Northern Foods’ acting CEO Simon Herrick becoming finance chief. He has taken over from Northern Foods’ outgoing CEO Stefan Barden.>>Northern Foods and Greencore announce mergerlast_img read more

Burke Wins Outdoor Leadership Award

first_imgSarah Harper Burke received the Leadership Award from the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition this week at the Outdoor Industry trade show.  Working for the Nantahala Outdoor Center and the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Burke played a pivotal role in growing recreation in the Southeast. Her career in the outdoor industry has spanned two decades and has included work with Zoar Outdoor and Osprey Packs.She served on the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition board of directors from 2010 to 2014, where she worked with other top women in her field and gain a more global view of management in the outdoor, bike and ski industries.Sarah and her husband, David, live in Colorado and enjoy the surrounding desert and mountain activities in the four corners area. She takes pride in encouraging, mentoring, and engaging young women in business.last_img read more

WHINSEC Installs International Command Sergeant Major

first_imgBy Lee Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs May 18, 2017 Two “firsts” were achieved when the first Peruvian Army Senior Enlisted Advisor, William Villacorta, was installed as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation’s (WHINSEC) International Command Sergeant Major (CSM) in the first Change of Responsibility ceremony for the international CSM at the institute on May 5th. Brazilian Army CSM Lindomar Tabaczeniski passed the saber symbolizing the international CSM’s responsibilities to WHINSEC Commandant, U.S. Army Colonel Keith W. Anthony, who then put it in the hands of CSM Villacorta. CSM Tabaczeniski has completed his tour as an instructor and the international CSM and will be returning to Brazil soon to be the senior enlisted advisor to a general officer there. CSM Villacorta has served 32 years in Peru’s Army, starting as an electronic communications technician. He has been a leader in multiple units and at all levels, an instructor in multiple schools, and a UN Peacekeeper.last_img read more

No charges filed against woman aiding Conservation Officer

first_imgOHIO COUNTY, Ind. — No charges are being filed against the woman who fatally shot the man who was attacking an Indiana Conservation Officer in Ohio County on February 20.The incident started when a resident called 911 to report a male in a pickup truck that was parked in part of the caller’s driveway and in a lane on the highway.Conservation officer Chris Powell responded to the call and realized Justin Holland, 25, may have been impaired and tried to put him in handcuffs.Holland resisted and pinned Officer Powell to the ground.A female neighbor fearing for Officer Powell’s life and came to his aide and shot Holland in the upper shoulder.He later died at the Dearborn County Hospital.The prosecutor’s office and investigators are not releasing the female’s name.last_img

Penn State : Students disgruntled by ‘unfair’ coverage of Paterno

first_imgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. As the sun finished setting at 6:50 p.m. and darkness crept in around Beaver Stadium Thursday, the tents of Paternoville remained bathed in light.Across the street from Gate A, countless members of the media filmed stand-up segments on the curb of Porter Road. The light from each camera was an unwelcome reminder for the fourth day this week of the sex abuse scandal that continues to hang over top of Penn State.‘I fully understand that Joe Paterno is media attention,’ Jeff Lowe, a senior broadcast journalism major said. ‘When Al-Jazeera is here I was even interviewed by a Canadian TV station when those guys are here for the story, they’re here for Joe Paterno. And there is no way to sidestep that.‘But at the same time, you wish that there would have been more focus just on Sandusky and the fact that more needs to be done.’It’s the last part of the quote that seems to be the predominant ideology among Penn State students this week in reaction to the hordes of media inundating State College at a phenomenal rate. Crews are stationed outside Beaver Stadium, Paterno’s home on McKee St. and College Avenue seemingly around the clock.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStudents are very disturbed even angry with the media coverage throughout the week, with some going so far as to say the pressure it inflicted upon the Board of Trustees led directly to Paterno’s firing.‘Is it unfair? Yes,’ said Mark Mularczyk, a junior history major. ‘I’m sure a lot more attention should be paid to the victims, the real victims here, the children and obviously that should be kept in everyone’s mind.’Instead, the media swirled around Paterno and pounced on the fact that after his initial meeting with Tim Curley, the PSU athletic director, he never followed up on the alleged sexual assault of a young boy by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky after being informed by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary.Heated debate ensued, as people were split on whether or not Paterno should be fired. He committed no crime, and he did all the he was mandated to do as an employee of Penn State. But even he said he should have done more.Still, though, students rallied around their legendary head coach by rioting on College Avenue following the announcement of Paterno’s dismissal on Wednesday night.Thousands of students filled the streets. A news van was flipped over, two light posts were knocked over and police were forced to use pepper spray to subdue the crowd.But the media’s portrayal of this event was far from accurate, said freshman bio engineering major Paul Kucinski, who attended the protests Wednesday night.‘I’ve never been more upset at the media in general, especially ESPN,’ Kucinski said. ‘ … The way they were covering it was horrendous. They were making it out to appear that Penn State students were doing nothing but rioting for the sake of rioting and they had no real purpose.‘I can tell you first-hand, I was there. Everybody was in full support of Joe Paterno, there was a small minority who wanted bad things to happen. That’s why a single news van got turned over and a couple light posts got torn down.’Doctoral student Peter Buckland said he feels the media worked to create controversial angles that would sell instead of focusing on the victims and what needs to be done to help them.He said the treatment of McQueary and the lack of personal reflection are two of the prime examples.‘People are just making it about the selfishness and McQueary’s selfishness like it was all about his job or something like that,’ Buckland said of why McQueary never went to the police. ‘It wasn’t just about his job. It was about people that he admired and loved. And, pardon my French, but some dickhead on ESPN Radio doesn’t know that.‘That’s just because those f****** people want to make money and they can make a lot of money riling people up,’ Buckland added. ‘If you ask people to calm down and say, ‘Who are you inside?’ that takes time and patience.’And that’s where much of the displeasure of students lies. Many feel that the question of ‘Who is Joe Paterno inside?’ wasn’t examined at all, and people dwelled on the fact that he never followed up with Curley or went to the police with what he was told by McQueary.Instead, it is the belief by Kucinski, Lowe, Buckland and others that the harsh stance taken by the media may very well have played a role in the Board of Trustees’ decision to fire Paterno.‘It might have been the media pressure that made the Board of Trustees make their decision,’ Lowe said. ‘And again, obviously anyone that says that is completely speculating. But that might have been it.’So when Kucinski was asked whether or not the media coverage of this event tarnishes Paterno’s legacy, he sighed deeply before resigning that it was likely the case. That 409 wins and two national championships would be overshadowed for at the very least the next few years.He said he just hopes that Paterno can work to rebuild an image that Kucinski feels never should have been detracted from in the first place.‘At least for the next couple of years it will be tarnished until this is cleared up,’ Kucinski said. ‘I think the way that the media has carried this is awful. And there could have been a much better way to do this as a whole.‘ … Hopefully, he’ll be able to go forward. I don’t think he knows at this point. He’s coached for 46 years. I can’t tell you what is going through his mind right now. I could only imagine.’[email protected] news editor Jon Harris contributed reporting to this article.  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Commentslast_img read more

Ghana starts Afcon as Africa’s 4th-best ranked side

first_imgGhana will begin the New Year and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as the continent’s fourth-best ranked team.The Black Stars are 4th in the African placements – just like they finished the previous year – in the first edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released on Thursday.Having moved up four places, the Black Stars now have an accumulated point build up of 788, thus 11 more points from the previous ranking and they are behind Ivory Coast, Algeria and Mali in that order.In the world ranking, the Black Stars are now positioned at 26th from the previous 30th position.World champions, Spain, start the year as the number one side ahead of Germany and Argentina.FIFA says only 46 matches were included in the Ranking since the last ranking in December. And 18 of the games took place in 2012, with the remaining 28 being played in the first half of January 2013.last_img read more

Black Stars Midfielder Solomon Asante loses mum

first_imgCAF Confederation finalist, TP Mazembe have confirmed the death of the mother of Black Stars midfielder Solomon Asante and has allowed the player to join his family in Ghana.According to a close family source, the former Berekum Chelsea midfielder was given the greenlight to join the family to mourn the mum (Monica Dankwaa) immediately after his club side  lost to CS faxien  on 2-3 aggregate in the final CAF Confederation game.The sad event occured last Thursday after a short illness at his residence at Sefwi Wiaso in the Western Region.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.last_img

Wellington baseball team splits with Andale, still in hunt for AV-CTL DIV title

first_imgAndale/Garden Plain0010100224 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down mom to JV player · 278 weeks ago How come there aren’t any reports about JV or C-team? Not griping, just asking… Thank you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Game #2 Wellington 7 Andale 51 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EWellington 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 7 12 0Andale-GP 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 5 9 4Follow us on Twitter. Wellington0100000142center_img Game #1 Andale 2 Wellington 1 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title hopes alive with a double-header split at Andale Monday evening.Wellington would lose game one to the Indians 2-1, but would return to win the nightcap 7-5. The win puts the Dukes at 5-1 in the AV-CTL DIV with Circle and Clearwater left on the schedule. Andale, which combines its baseball program with Garden Plain, is currently at 5-1 in league play with Mulvane and Collegiate left to play.“We control our own destiny,” said Jesse Dale, Wellington head baseball coach. “If we win out we can at minimum be co-league champs.”Wellington played what was a very competitive couple of games. But it was the final inning of the second game that had Crusader fans on edge.The Crusaders were leading by a healthy 7-2 advantage thanks to an impressive first start by freshman hurler Cade Phelps. But in the bottom half of the seventh, Andale made its move with a couple of singles and a double steal by Harrison Denk to pull within three, 7-4.But after Chance Shogren hit a double with two outs, scoring another Andale runner, he decided to make it a triple. Wellington outfielder Zachary Frederick threw it to third where Trevor Nance would tag him out and preserve the win.The second game is the first time the varsity Crusader boy seniors have beaten Andale in football, basketball, or baseball. With the split, Wellington is now 7-3 overall and will have Thursday off before traveling to Buhler next Monday.In game two, Wellington had 12 hits, and took advantage of four Andale errors.Wellington would open a 1-0 lead when Cameron Bartelson singled and scored in the top of the second. A Therin Frame RBI single in the third gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead. After an Andale run in the bottom of the third, Wellington would score three in the top of the fourth thanks to RBIs by Cade Phelps and Austin Dunn.The Crusaders would had runs in both the top of the sixth and seventh inning to take a 7-2 lead into the final half of the seventh.Cade Phelps was the winning pitcher in his first varsity start. In six innings he had six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts for a 2.33 ERA. He was not originally supposed to start. Adam Condit injured his knee in PSQ training earlier in the day and had to sit out.Phelps was relieved by Chevy Nuss and Therin Frame in the seventh.“I was glad to get the split but would have preferred the sweep,” Dale said. “But I always tell my team the key is to sweep at home and split on the road.”In the first game, Wellington lost 2-1 despite holding the Indians to just two hits. Again Andale, was sloppy with the ball defensively, committing four errors.“I told the boys going in that if we played as badly defensively as we did in our last outing, we were going to get smoked,” Dale said.Although, Wellington did commit two errors in game one leading to the winning run, it was much better than the combined 13 errors made in a Rose Hill double-header last week.Nance was the starting pitcher. He had two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts in six innings pitched.Wellington unfortunately couldn’t push players across home plate. The Crusaders lone score was in the top of the second, when Jared Shields scored on a Connor Phelps fielder’s choice.Andale would break the 1-all tie with two Wellington errors in the bottom of the fifth when Denk hit an RBI double.last_img read more

Running Through Red Bank

first_imgBefore the awards ceremony Jennifer Dunn of The Community YMCA thanked runners and the race committee for raising support for the Y and the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation. Katie McAdoo, who oversees the Y’s Red Bank branch, added that the money raised will go back into the community in the form of financial assistance so no child will be turned away from being able to enjoy all the Red Bank Family YMCA has to offer. Photos by Patrick Olivero RED BANK – On June 15, 1,514 runners descended on Red Bank for the second annual Red Bank Classic 5K. Among the runners was Gov. Phil Murphy’s wife, Tammy. Runners filled a large section of Broad Street while they warmed up for the 3.1-mile challenge, led by a trainer from Soul Strong Fitness. Ascending Tower Hill challenged many runners as they made their way along the race route. The first female to cross the finish line was 8-year-old Ava Johnson from Haddonfield with an incredible time of 18:38. First place overall went to Dave Favorito from Galloway with a time of 16:45. last_img read more