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While legislators in Austin, including Palestine’s own Cody Harris, are working to pass measures to increase teacher salaries, the Palestine school board has beat them to the stick, so to speak, as they have already increased teachers’ incomes and incentives by as much as $5,700 per year.

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Early voting on Westwood Independent School District's $39-million bond package starts Monday and runs to the end of the month. Extending up to 30 years, the bond would fund the district's first major construction project in 40 years.

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To improve school readiness for all students, the Palestine Independent School District will offer preschool to families of all income levels, starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The free program will apply to all children 4 years old on, or before, Sept. 1, 2019.

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The Palestine Independent School District has made pre-Kindergarten education a top priority, with full-day, fully-funded school classes to all four-year-old students who don't qualify for Head Start or other programs. The district estimates it doesn't serve pre-K programs to more than 100 s…

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Michele Herbert-Reyes and Teresa Castillo of UNIDOS. Castillo will be one of the instructors teaching conversational Spanish to interested area residents starting Feb. 18 in an UNIDOS-sponsored class.

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A junior high school teacher is on suspension, awaiting termination after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with an adult high school student were confirmed by district officials.

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Sweet saxophone music and words of wisdom graced the Palestine High School band hall Friday. Professional musician and PHS class of 1991 graduate, Art Sherrod, Jr., was in the house.

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Former language arts teacher Rebecca Huff takes over as principal of Elkhart Middle School, effective Monday. In December, members of the Elkhart school board offered her a one-year probationary contract.

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Deputy Sheriff Pat Green travels to schools in Anderson County for 10-12 weeks in the fall and spring to teach elementary students that saying “no” to drugs is in their best interest—and she has no doubt that it works.

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Third grade students from Anne Brantley's and Michelle Boone's Southside Elementary School classes perform "This Land is Your Land" during a program Monday honoring area veterans.

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A Palestine High School student was injured in the woodshop class Thursday afternoon. The instructor, a certified Emergency Medical Technician, provided immediate care, the student was transported via Life Flight to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

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Most local superintendents oppose the new Texas Education Agency's rating system. By relying too heavily on test scores, they said, it fails to provide a balanced and accurate picture of student learning.

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Thanks to a bonanza fundraiser, Operation Read has raised more than enough dough — $20,000 — to purchase four books for every pre-K, Kindergarten, first- and second-grade child in Palestine schools, including students in the Palestine and Westwood districts.

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Texas ranks high for student bullying, but it is only one of eight states without both anti-bullying laws and policies. The other states without such policies: Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Arizona, and North Carolina.

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Most of them were not walking when what has come to be known as 9-11 happened, yet the cataclysm that changed this nation in so many ways has also helped define the post-911 generation.

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The University Academy has come a long way since last February, when students and parents heard rumors that their school, the former Innovation Academy, might close its doors.

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Grades are in for local school districts, thanks to a new but controversial rating system released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency, an arm of state government responsible for public education.

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Grades are in for local school districts, thanks to a new but controversial rating system released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency, an arm of state government responsible for public education.

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Grapeland Independent School District put on its annual Meet the Teacher event Thursday evening, followed by Meet the Sandies at Sandie Stadium – a chance for the public to meet the football team, band, and other students who represent their school through extracurricular activities.

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Scott Nettles, the new Westwood High School principal, plans to keep an open door to students, teachers, and parents. Accessibility and leading by example, he said, will define his tenure and help prepare Westwood students for college.

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Corporal Joseph Tinsley, of the Palestine Police Department, and Donna Thompson, director of Access of Anderson and Cherokee counties, teach educators at Palestine High School about bullying and intervention.

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Two Palestine schools with low teacher salaries and predominant shares of low-income students – Southside Elementary and A.M. Story Intermediate – will receive $300,000 each from the School Transformation Fund of the Texas Education Agency. The state grants aim to improve student academic su…

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Besides planning lessons for the new school year, area teachers are learning to recognize cyberbullying and how to effectively intervene when it happens.

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Palestine High School and Junior High will twin and win this year with new principals Stephen Cooksey and Joey Mason.

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Members of the Elkhart ISD Board of Trustees are scheduled to hire Lamont Smith as the district's superintendent at an Aug. 20 meeting. The new superintendent will start the next day, Aug. 21.

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Plans for a new Innovation Academy in Palestine have finally been nailed down, with the expected move-in not occurring later than the fall of 2019.

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R.J. DeFreece sensed an opportunity to make life a little easier for all parents when he watched his wife Jenifer complete more than 100 pages of student admission forms at the beginning of the school year for their six school-age children.

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High-profile school shootings, including the Houston area mass shooting earlier this month that killed 10 people, has made safety a priority among school districts nationwide, including East Texas. One East Texas state representative, Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, has called for a special legisla…

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Ray DeSpain resigned as superintendent of the Elkhart Independent School District, effective Aug. 31, after heading the district for more than six years. His resignation came at Monday night's School Board meeting.

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Within the continued wake of school shootings, safety has become a priority among school districts nationwide, including East Texas.

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Dr. Ray DeSpain resigned this week as superintendent of the Elkhart Independent School District due to family medical issues. The resignation will be effective August 31. The school board will begin a search for a new superintendent immediately.

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The sun sets on the Westwood Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies, as a new day dawns for graduating seniors. Classes have ended and their future awaits.

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Graduates of Palestine High School class of 2018 celebrate their graduation by throwing their "mortar-board" hats in the air. Their high school years are now officially a memory.

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With great sadness the family of Kem K. Bishop, age 59 of Montalba, announces his passing on Friday, April 12, 2019. Kem was born April 29, 1959 in Houston, Tx. The "Amazing Kem" worked 23 years for Palestine Regional Medical Center. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Lloyd Maddux, USMC, went home on April 6, 2019. He was born in Bryan, Texas on September 6, 1958. He was a life member of D.A.V., VFW and American Legion. He was proud to serve his country as a United States Marine. He served from 1980 to 1989. He is survived by his wife,…