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January has been declared school board appreciation month by Governor Greg Abbott. “At this time, I encourage all Texans to join in celebrating the work and success of our many school board members across Texas who play an important role in the education of Texas’ youth. The children we nurture right now will become the leaders of our state and nation in the future,” Abbott said. more
ABC Auto Parts is pleased to announce a new scholarship program, “Get Your Career in Gear,” that will award two graduating high school seniors each with a $5,000 scholarship to be used to pursue an automotive vocational career. more
Congratulations to these Troup Elementary students who created the winning Christmas ads for local businesses, featured in the Letters to Santa section of the December 21 edition. Students are identified by name, teacher and the business for which the ad was created. more
East Texas Communities Foundation is currently accepting applications from East Texas students for scholarships. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. February 1, 2018, unless noted otherwise. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online. A student may apply for every scholarship for which he or she meets the eligibility requirements. Applicants should complete a unique application for each scholarship. Detailed eligibility criteria and links to the applications are available on the ETCF website at http://etcf.org/scholarships/available-scholarships/. more
A joint retirement party was held for Arp ISD Superintendent Dwight Thomas and Agricultural teacher Ernie Haire on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The reception was not only to congratulate the two men on their retirement, but also to welcome and congratulate current high school principal Shannon Arrington who will become the district superintendent Jan. 1, 2018. more
Students in the gifted and talented program at Troup Elementary adopted several seniors at Oak Brook for Christmas. In three weeks of fund-raising, the school had raised $600 for gifts for the seniors, according to teacher Amber Lowry, who is over the gifted and talented program. more
The Whitehouse Independent School District board of trustees, in regular session Monday, Dec. 11, voted to approve the new attendance zone boundaries effective for the 2018-2019 school year. Three individuals from the Rosebrook community spoke during the meeting, expressing concern about moving their children from one school to another. more
Arp ISD will release students at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, to begin their holiday. A teacher in-service day will be held Monday, Jan. 8, and students will return to class on Tuesday, Jan. 9. more
The board of trustees for the Troup Independent School District met in executive session to discuss one item. Superintendent Stuart Bird had submitted a letter of retirement. The board accepted the letter and Bird’s retirement becomes effective June 30, 2018. During the open conference, the board discussed smart bus technology at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Dec. 11. more
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