Alvord, Northwest earn A’s in accountability ratings

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Richard Greene

Two Wise County school districts earned A’s in the first A-F accountability ratings released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency. Alvord and Northwest received the letter grade of A based on three domains measuring academic performance — student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. All districts in the county earned passing grades.

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Decatur ISD trustees OK price for bistro

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Decatur High School’s bistro will become a reality later this fall. Decatur ISD trustees approved the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $423,932 from builders Steele and Freeman Monday for construction of the facility in the high school library.

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Decatur ISD names new board officers

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Decatur ISD trustees named Cheri Boyd the new school board president Monday after reorganizing officers. Trustees appointed Rex Hoskins vice president and Jennifer Wren board secretary.

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Whitis stays on as Decatur superintendent

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Dr. Judi Whitis is staying the superintendent at Decatur ISD. With a 4-3 vote after three hours in closed session, Decatur ISD trustees elected to keep Whitis on the job and move forward Monday night.

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Decatur ISD names Carson principal

Published Monday, June 18, 2018
By Richard Greene

Craig Weston is the new principal at Carson Elementary. Decatur ISD trustees approved a one-year contract for Weston Monday night. He will replace LeeAnn Farris, who resigned following the school year.

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DISD trustees take no action on superintendent contract

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After spending seven hours behind closed doors, Decatur ISD trustees took no action on the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis.

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DISD trustees to discuss superintendent’s contract

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Decatur ISD trustees have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to evaluate the performance and the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis.

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Schools encouraged by Abbott’s school security plans

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Superintendents at multiple Wise County school districts were encouraged by the security plan announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday. Abbott’s plan included proposals for increasing law enforcement presence at schools, strengthening school security and providing mental health evaluations to identify students at risk of harming others. Abbott also suggested a “red flag law” that would allow law enforcement, family members, school employees or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person.

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Decatur ISD names high school principal

Published Monday, April 16, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sherman High School principal Chris Mogan was hired Monday night to lead Decatur High School. Decatur ISD trustees approved a contract for Mogan to become the Decatur High School principal.

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DHS to transition to closed campus lunch

Published Monday, April 16, 2018
By Richard Greene

Decatur High School students will have a closed campus for lunch next school year. Decatur ISD trustees voted unanimously Monday night to close the campus starting with the 2018-19 school year after receiving an update from Superintendent Judi Whitis on dining options, facilities and scheduling.

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Decatur ISD to move 5th grade in fall

Published Monday, January 15, 2018
By Richard Greene

Decatur ISD fifth graders will not be on the district’s three elementary campuses next fall. The district announced Monday that it will move the fifth grade to McCarroll Middle School’s sixth-grade campus on Eagle Drive.

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Back to school: Superintendents channel first day excitement

Back to school: Superintendents channel first day excitement

Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
By Messenger staff

With the ring of the first school bell, Wise County superintendents are stepping out to greet parents and students.

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Technology, security upgrades approved by Decatur School Board

Published Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Brian Knox

The Decatur School Board heard some refreshing news Monday, in more ways than one.

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Decatur ISD to launch dual language immersion program

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By Brian Knox

Decatur ISD is getting ready to launch a program in the fall where a mix of English- and Spanish-speaking students will be taught in both languages.

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Decatur Administrator contracts approved

Published Saturday, February 13, 2016
By Brian Knox

The leadership teams at Decatur school campuses will stay the same for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Donors honored at foundation program

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Brian Knox

Thursday's program at Young Elementary was a chance to celebrate both those who have donated to the Decatur Education Foundation (DEF) as well as the unique programs funded by the foundation grants.

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Decatur ISD hires Tatum as deputy superintendent

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Brian Knox

Wichita Falls ISD Chief Financial Officer Cindy Tatum has been named the new deputy superintendent and CFO at Decatur ISD.

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Back to School: Decatur

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Back to School: Decatur

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Micinski hired by Irving ISD to lead business office

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By Brian Knox

A long-time member of the central administration team at Decatur ISD is headed to Irving.

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Townsend to pick architect; Decatur School Board gives go-ahead in practice facility planning process

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Preliminary work started on Decatur ISD's multipurpose indoor practice facility with the school board last week giving Superintendent Rod Townsend the authority to pick an architect for the project.

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