New accommodations for low-income students, a regional championship and more news from Cy-Fair ISD

Cy-Fair ISD board members Bob Covey, Don Ryan and John Ogletree are sworn in for a new term.

Cy-Fair ISD board members Bob Covey, Don Ryan and John Ogletree are sworn in for a new term.

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees convened for a work session and special-called meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7, and the regular meeting Monday, Dec. 11. Here are some highlights from the meetings:

Board names new officers
Three board members—John Ogletree, Don Ryan and Bob Covey—were sworn into office Thursday after being elected Nov. 7. This will be Ogletree’s fifth term, Ryan’s sixth term and Covey’s fourth term on the board.

Board members also nominated and voted for new officers at Thursday’s meeting: Ogletree as the new board president, Covey as the new board vice president and Christine Hartley as the new board secretary.

Board approves purchase of internet services and devices for children of low-income families
The board unanimously approved the purchase of 2,620 new devices—60 at each high school, 40 at each middle school and 20 at each elementary school—for students of low-income families to use.

“This is like a huge Christmas present that we have received for our kids,” said Linda, Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and accountability. “We have been talking about this for several years now.”

Students will be able to check out these devices and access the internet at home through the use of Wi-Fi hotspots. They will also be able to check out eBooks from the school library for access outside of school.

Macias said this opportunity will help bring low-income students who might not otherwise have access to the internet at home to the same level as other students in the district.

Chief Technology Officer Frankie Jackson said filters will block students from accessing inappropriate content on the devices, and campus administrators will be able to monitor what each student is accessing.

Cy-Fair High School varsity football advances to state semifinals
CFHS defeated Langham Creek High School 31-14 on Dec. 9 in a historic event in which two CFISD teams met for the first time in a regional championship playoff. Claiming the Region III championship, the Bobcats will advance to the state semifinals for the first time since 1985.

Cy-Fair will meet Austin Westlake at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at NRG Stadium. Tickets are on sale now in the finance office at CFHS and at the CFISD athletic department. Adult tickets are $11, and students pay $6. At the gate, tickets will be $15.

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.


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