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Liner Presents Recommendations to Sierra Blanca School Board
August 20, 2015

Fred Liner, the “monitor” assigned to Sierra Blanca ISD by the Texas Education Agency for problems in school achievement and financial management, gave his first set of recommendations to the district’s school board Monday night (Aug. 17). Liner identified “turnover and turmoil,” and a “blurred” understanding of the role of the school board in relation to the superintendent, as underlying problems at the district.   At the school board’s meeting Monday, Liner said that...
Accountability Ratings Show Improvements, Areas of Concern at Hudspeth County Schools
August 20, 2015

The Texas Education Agency released its annual “accountability ratings” this month, and it was a mixed picture for Hudspeth County schools, with signs of progress and of continued opportunities for improvement.   At Fort Hancock ISD, where student achievement has been strong, the ratings highlighted new areas of concern. Dell City ISD improved its ranking, while, for a second consecutive year, Sierra Blanca ISD fell short of state standards. Based on four criteria, the TEA rates each...
Glen Rose Visit “Impresses” Culberson County Officials With Safety of Nuke-Waste Storage - Culberson Commissioners Could Vote on AFCI Proposal in October
August 20, 2015

A visit to a North Texas nuclear site has reassured Culberson County officials about the safety of radioactive-waste storage,...
County Proposes Lower Property Tax Rate for 2015-2016
August 12, 2015

Hudspeth County commissioners are proposing a county property tax rate of 71.4 cents per $100 valuation – 1 cent less than the property tax rate for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.   The rate would mean a smaller bill for many county taxpayers. But because of increased valuations for some properties in the county, the rate would actually increase the county’s tax revenues by about 4 percent.   Hudspeth County’s chief appraiser, Sandy Pridgeon, said the total appraised value...