RISD, area school ratings rise "
Rockdale, Milano, Thorndale, Gause celebrate rising scores
There were likely a lot of "high fives" among school administrators at the Rockdale ISD Administration Building Thursday and Friday. Two school campuses—the elementary and high school—earned "recognized" status from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in the annual accountability ratings, the crucial scorecard by which districts and campuses are judged. Full Story
Milano converting former temps' into new junior high
Elementary will be moved to hilltop campus in 2010-11
"There is a lot to be said for persistence and inquiry, and a little bit of luck," says Milano ISD Superintendent Lindy Robinson. She is referring to how Class 3A Rockdale ISD's former fourthgrade building has now become neighboring Milano ISD's new junior high school. Full Story
City budget may come with 3-cent rise in tax
Council workshops budget this week; includes 4 staff cuts, 3-percent raise
City council members met this week to continue hammering out the 2009-10 proposed budget. Tota l budget is peg ged at $6,304,066, which is just over $188,000 less than the 2008-09 budget. Full Story
July was a scorcher for the ages
July weather forecasts became a month-long exercise in monotony— extremely hot, dry with few exceptions. According to KR XT weather records, the month ended 23 days above 100 degrees and only 1.05 inches rainfall. Most of Milam County is now under the "exceptional" drought phase, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. Full Story
RISD trustees hash out goals, core beliefs
School trustees met Monday—mostly in executive session—to hammer out district goals and make two hires. On the heels of improved TEA accountability ratings, the district put into writing its goals and core beliefs, Supt. Howell Wright Jr. said. Full Story
Final 'Sound of Music' shows this weekend This weekend will bring the final two performances of Milam Community Theater's summer musical, "The Sound of Music," in the Cameron ISD's Performing Arts Center. Show times are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 each, $12 for students. Full Story
Reporter/Mike Brown BAD CURVE The twists and turns on FM 487 north of Rockdale's Juvenile Justice Center have a sad history of injuries and fatalities but a 29-year-old Rockdale woman escaped without serious injury in a light rain shower at 9:45 a.m. Thursday when her Chevrolet Impala left the curve and flipped over. Trooper Mark Berry said Sara Lara refused treatment at the scene. The site, .7-mile north of Rockdale, was directly across the roadway from a cross commemorating a previous traffic death on the curve. Full Story
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