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Contractor released from IA building after more delays

November 20th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Marfa ISD’s new Industrial Technology building

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Thanksgiving is now the target date for the new Industrial Arts building’s completion.

The project, which has become an on-going issue for Marfa ISD this year, is very slowly but surely coming together. However, this delay has directly …

Presidio ISD Superintendent honored as among America’s top school leaders

November 20th, 2014

Dennis McEntire

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Presidio ISD superintendent Dennis McEntire was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the 100 top school leaders from across America to participate in the National ConnectED Superintendents Summit held at The White House on Wednesday, November 19.

McEntire is one of just a …

New student resource center helps students navigate courses, college entry

November 13th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Marfa High School student Eva Guevara studies in the Student Resource Center.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa High School students looking for assistance with their studies and college applications can do so in the new Student Resource Center.

Marfa ISD school board member and parent Mahala Guevara spearheaded …

Marfa High School students learn graphic design at ‘Brand U’

October 30th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Anissa Lujan, at the computer, shows off the mood board she made during the workshop. Superintendant Andrew Peters, right, designers Juliana Goodman, third from right, and Josh Distler, fourth from right, look on.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Graphic designer Juliana Goodman was impressed on Monday. It was …

Marfa High School juniors design video games

October 30th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Marfa High School students attend a video game workshop.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The Austin indie game collective Juegos Rancheros hosted a video game workshop on Saturday, October 25, at LabMarfa, an education space.

Before the students were allowed to play, David Kalina and Brandon Boyer first discussed …

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.

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