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Children’s author runs cross country to promote literacy, stops in Marfa

October 30th, 2014

Dennis Yang

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – A children’s author stopped in Marfa earlier this week during his “Great Reading Run” along the country’s borders. Californian Dennis Yang, also known as Papa Didos, began his second cross-country run to promote literacy on August 23 at the Santa Monica Pier. On Monday and Tuesday, …

Marfa HS students get techie in upcoming workshops

October 23rd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa High School students will have the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, as two organizations will hosts tech workshops this week in Marfa.

David Kalina and Brandon Boyer from Austin are partnering with LabMarfa to discuss careers in video games. This morning’s presentation will share Kalina’s and Boyer’s pathway …

Marfa ISD to raise requirements for valedictorian and salutatorian

October 23rd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa High School freshman eying the valedictorian or salutatorian honors might have to add more classes to their workload. Marfa ISD Board of Trustees discussed changing the requirements to determine class ranking and valedictorian and salutatorian effective 2016.

Students under the current graduation requirements under House Bill 5 must have at …

MISD looks into revamping kindergarten, 1st grade report cards

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Parents with students enrolled in kindergarten and first grade might see a new, and hopefully easier, but more in-depth way to explain their child’s progress at Marfa ISD. Superintendent Andrew Peters, Principal Mary Paul, and kindergarten teacher Sheri Eppenauer shared the idea they and the first-grade teachers have initiated to …

Marfa ISD approves lower property tax rate for 2014

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees voted for a $1.24 per $100 valuation property tax rate for 2014. The new tax rate determined at the September 15 board meeting is broken down to $1.04 for Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and 20 cents for Interest and Sinking (I&S), or the debt service.

Under …

4H kicks off year with sign up Saturday

September 11th, 2014

MARFA – Come by the courthouse from 10am to 1pm Saturday to sign up for this year’s amazing 4H program!

What’s happening in 4H this year?

How about this: dog obedience and agility, photography, horse judging and horse bowl, sewing, meat goats, outdoor education, swine, poultry, shooting sports, professional speaking, foods and nutrition, fashion storyboard, art, and …

Presidio ISD keeps current tax rate at $1.41 for 6th year

September 4th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio school board members approved the school district’s effective tax rate at their August 27 meeting.

The adopted rate has been set at a total $1.41/$100 of taxable property value. The rate includes $1.17 for the district’s maintenance and operation fund and 24 cents for its debt service.

The $1.41 rate has …

Fort Davis ISD property tax increase approved by voters

Fort Davis ISD property tax increase approved by voters

September 4th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FORT DAVIS – The Fort Davis ISD tax ratification election on Tuesday was approved by a margin of 30 votes, which will raise property taxes by 13 cents. According to interim Superintendent Graydon Hicks, 256 total votes, or 53 percent, were in favor of the tax initiative and 227 votes, or 47 …

Presidio ISD matriculates 1,254 students on first day

August 28th, 2014

PRESIDIO  – Presidio ISD opened its doors for the 2014-2015 school year to 1,254 students on Monday, a drop of nearly 15 students on the first day of the last school year.

The decline, however, doesn’t’ phase seasoned Superintendent Dennis McEntire.

“It’s only the first day,” he said. “We don’t really know how many students we’re going …

Election Tuesday for Fort Davis ISD proposed tax increase

August 28th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FORT DAVIS – Voting for a Fort Davis ISD Tax Ratification Election will be from 7am to 7pm Tuesday, September 2, at the district’s administration building, across the street from the high school.

The public school district seeks to raise the school’s property tax from $1.04 per $100 valuation to $1.17 per $100 …

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