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Senate passed version of HB 5 to limit number of state exams

By ROBERT WESTBROOK

On the legislative front, the Texas Senate unanimously passed a version of House Bill 5, which affects high school graduation plans for students and reduces the number of required state exams for graduation from fifteen to five. The five end of course exams students would take under this plan are Biology, U.S. History, Algebra I, English I and English II.

It would still allow students to complete diplomas in specialized areas or “endorsements,” like humanities, science and technology, and business and industry. But it changes the courses that students must complete to graduate under those endorsements, most significantly requiring four years of math for all of them. The legislation now goes to conference committee, where representatives from both chambers will meet to work out their differences.

Our survey regarding band has been sent home and is on the district’s website. We are considering reinstating band. Research shows the value of music in increasing student achievement in other academic areas. However, before restarting the band we want to hear from students, parents and community members.

The survey can be completed electronically or it can be completed the old paper and pencil way and returned to the elementary or high school office by Friday, May17. Pleaseletusknowyour thoughts on this matter; we value your input.

Speaking of input, Saturday is our school board election. T here are two races up for consideration. Shawn Walton is running unopposed for an unexpired two year term. The other race consists of incumbents Carl Blake, Lynette Taylor and Dewey Steinbecker as well as challenger Lynn Martin. There are three spots available for a three year term.

Our voters have a win, win decision to make in this election. T hey a re a ll o utstanding individuals who care deeply and passionately about the children in our district.

Congratulations to our boys golf team on another successful season. Anytime a high school student can advance to a UIL state level contest, it is very special. Toby Sanders, Jacob Willingham, Mik Mader, Tyde Taylor and Derek Walton have the distinction of having competed in the state golf tournament two consecutive years.

Speaking of state competitions, Dominique Messer competes Saturday in the state track meet. Dominique will be wrapping up a stellar high school career by competing in the triple jump and the 400 meter dash.

The Knight Family volleyball tournament fund-raiser this past Saturday was very successful. Lots of folks showed up and participated and a good time appeared to be had by all. The residual pain and soreness was for a good cause with proceeds benefiting the Knight Family Scholarship.

Regarding scholarships, our district will be hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, May 18 at the Rockdale Country Club. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for our seniors. If you are interested in playing, helping, or sponsoring a hole, please contact any of the offices. With the rising cost of higher education, any help we are able to provide our graduates is greatly appreciated.


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