Dripping Springs ISD considers bonuses for all employees; Pflugerville ISD's Bohls Middle School set for late December completion and more education news

The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees met Oct. 25 and discussed the possibility of approving a bonus for all district employees. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees met Oct. 25 and discussed the possibility of approving a bonus for all district employees. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees met Oct. 25 and discussed the possibility of approving a bonus for all district employees. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Southwest Austin

Dripping Springs ISD considers approving bonuses for all district employees

As Dripping Springs ISD faces staffing shortages, the district's board of trustees considered a resolution Oct. 25 that would give every district employee a bonus this year.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle



Texas State University awarded $9.8M for active shooter response training

Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center received a $9.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, announced Oct. 13.

Pflugerville-Hutto

New data from PfISD show students boosting academic performance over previous school year

Recent figures from the Texas Education Agency show districts that experienced higher percentages of virtual learning during the 2020-21school year also saw underperforming grades on the state's State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.

Pflugerville ISD was a mostly virtual district during the 2020-21 school year, and an Oct. 21 presentation from Chief Academic and Innovation Officer Brandy Baker showed that in most cases district performance was similar to statewide STAAR scoring.

Bohls Middle School within PfISD slated for late December completion

The several-times delayed Bohls Middle School within Pflugerville ISD is 83% complete.

Brandon Cardwell, the district's executive director of facilities and construction, said during the district's Oct. 21 board meeting that much work is still needed on the campus, but he is encouraged by the pace at which crews are operating.

Round Rock

Round Rock ISD board of trustees approve $6.7 million in budget amendments

A $6.7 million budget amendment was approved by consent at the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 21.

Maggie Quinlan, Eric Weilbacher, Brian Rash and Brooke Sjoberg contributed to this report.





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