CHICO MEETS AYP, OTHERS FALL SHORT – A majority of Wise County schools followed a state trend and failed to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards according to results released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency. Chico ISD was the only district in the county and one of 28 percent statewide to meet the 2012 AYP requirements – 87 percent or more students passing reading tests, 83 percent passing math, 95 percent participating in state testing program, and 75 percent graduating or 90 percent attendance rate. All three Chico campuses met the standards. Statewide 44 percent of campuses met the federal requirements. Other local campuses meeting AYP were: Alvord High School, Bridgeport Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Paradise Intermediate and Paradise Elementary. Boyd, Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise all made the preliminary School Improvement Status list for missing AYP for the same reason for two or more years. Boyd reached stage 3 for reading. Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise are at stage 1 for math. Districts under stage 1 must develop an improvement plan. After stage 1, schools must offer tutoring. Bridgeport Middle School reached stage 2 for reading.
CHICO CITY BUDGET – Chico Mayor J.D. Clark Tuesday presented a proposed balanced budget of $1,733,692.40 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, representing a 15.8 percent decrease from the current year’s budget. The budget was based on a tax rate of $0.48 per $100 valuation. Clark said spending for street improvement projects has increased 30 percent. In other business Tuesday, the council agreed to allow Chico Auto Parts to office out of the former city hall building for three months with the business paying for all utilities. The store was destroyed by fire July 28.
MCCARROLL ORIENTATION – McCarroll Middle School orientation for all incoming sixth graders is 9 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Sixth Grade Campus. Orientation for all incoming seventh graders and new eighth grade students is 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sixth Grade Campus. For information, call McCarroll Middle School Counselor Cindy Barksdale at (940) 393-7333.
GUINN FUNDRAISERS – Two fundraisers for the Guinn family of Bridgeport will be held during volleyball games at Bridgeport High School this weekend. There will be a bake sale during Friday’s matches, which begin at 5 p.m., and an ice cream sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
HELP, ACTORS NEEDED – The Wise County Historical Society will host the melodrama spoof “The Shagwood Secret or Double Deal at the Dirty Dog Saloon” by Teddy Keller 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Volunteers are needed to help backstage and to be in the show. Call Lou Ramos at (817) 638-2022.
DHS REGISTRATION - Decatur High School student registration for 10th-12th grades is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 15. Students can also pick up laptops during this time, order class T-shirts, purchase a parking permit and have yearbook pictures taken. Students may come any time (Senior portraits are scheduled for Tuesday only).
PARADISE BACK TO SCHOOL – New student registration at Paradise Intermediate School is Aug. 13-17. Students should bring an original birth certificate, proof of district residency, identification and proof of guardianship if necessary. Meet the teacher night is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, and classes begin Aug. 28.
SCHOOL WEBSITE – The Chico ISD website is www.chico.k12.tx.us. Users who are still trying to go to the chicodragons.org are no longer being redirected to the new website. Questions should be directed to Technology Director Debi Peyton at (940) 644-2228, ext.1524.
PARK FUNDRAISER – A fundraiser for the Alvord Veterans Memorial Park will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday during Watermelon Festival. Barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, drinks, cobbler and other desserts will be sold. The park will be dedicated 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Congresswoman Kay Granger and dignitaries from Wise County Veterans Group will be on hand.
BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur Baseball League is having sign-ups for the fall season 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Players from all towns may participate. Bring a birth certificate. Players may also register online, www.decaturbaseballleague.com. Deadline is Sunday.
YOUTH SOFTBALL - Sign-ups for Wise County girls fall softball are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hibbett Sports in Decatur. Cost is $35, and age brackets are 14-and-under, 12-U, 10-U and 8-U. For information, call Krisha at (817) 988-2817.
BENEFIT TEAM ROPING – A benefit team roping for Cheyanne Dollins is Saturday, Aug. 18. Books open at 8 and close and 9. It’s $20 for three head, progressive after one (#12 slide). Buckles will be awarded to the average winner. The roping will be held at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Arena in Decatur. For information or to pre-enter, call JD Parr at (940) 210-3777. Dollins was struck and killed by a train July 29 near Alvord.
FUNERALS – Service for Elvena B. Gayler, 100, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Forestburg with burial at Perryman Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Ernest Brumbalow, 81, of Fort Worth is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Charley Dean Hill, 56, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
GRAVESIDE service for Josephine Bross, 70, of Chico is noon today at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Doris Ruth Gardner, 71, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Family visitation is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.