News And People

Volume 14, Issue 26 - Friday, July 15, 2016
'Lone Star Law' premiers
Animal Planet reality series features Texas game wardens at work 

Spend some time exploring a floating cabin in the Gulf of Mexico that is "home" to men and women - and often their K9 partners - searching for those who violate Texas laws. Ride along as a handful of often unheralded heroes rescue victims from deadly floodwaters in Texas.

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They're the men and women who wear the badge of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and are part of an elite group of highly-skilled, trained law enforcement officers - the state's approximately 550 Texas game wardens. And, thanks to the Animal Planet television network, their story is being told nationwide.

Rugged Justice, North Woods Law...they may sound like names of semi-pro football teams, but they're actually the names of popular law enforcement reality TV shows on Animal Planet. And now comes the newest edition of this reality genre - straight from Texas - Lone Star Law.
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The weekly program (it airs at 9 p.m. CST on Thursdays) shines a spotlight on the state's game wardens. It is equal parts entertainment and education and shows these law enforcement officers at their best - working to protect Texas fish and wildlife as well as Texans and their property.

"Every day, Texas game wardens encounter dangerous situations affecting both citizens and animals," said TWPD Executive Director Carter Smith. "Lone Star Law showcases the dedication these men and women demonstrate 24/7 to serving the citizens of Texas by providing professional law enforcement, water safety and search and rescue, while working to conserve and protect Texas' natural resources."

Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
A.C. Gonzalez, City Manager, Dallas

Career highlights and education: I started my career at the age of 23 as one of the youngest city managers in the United States. Over the course of my career, I was superintendent of the Austin Independent School District and president of a privately owned investment firm, and I served for a total of 17 years (two separate time periods) as assistant city manager, first assistant city manager, interim city manager, and then city manager for the city of Dallas. In my time with the city, I spearheaded the development of the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel, management of the Love Field Modernization Program and negotiations of the Dallas Stars Reunion Arena lease, which brought the franchise to Dallas. I also led the development of the city's first modern streetcar system.

My greatest challenge is getting consensus on direction from my "bosses." I have 15 different bosses: the mayor and the council members from each district. Each has one vote, and, often, they are not aligned on their vision for the city. That presents challenges on getting consensus of priorities for the $3.1 billion budget, as well as on specific issues, such as major transportation decisions.  

What I like best about my job is: Being part of making big things happen ... from leading economic development initiatives to innovating solutions for social issues to developing a culture where every employee is Respectful, Responsive and Resourceful - or as we call it, "The Three R's." There is tremendous fulfillment in viewing how far our great city has come over the past several years because of the successful partnerships between the private and public sectors. Residents and visitors alike now enjoy fabulous parks, bridges, the arts district venues and performances, as well as our new convention center hotel and our renewed airports.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: Often, the right decision for the city's future is not the popular decision now.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: With everyone, always be Respectful, Responsive and Resourceful.

If I ever decided to leave work early, I could probably be found: On the tennis court, playing mixed doubles with my wife and friends!

People would be surprised to know that I: have a "green thumb."

One thing I wish more people knew about my city: The 2016 Citizens' Survey showed that Dallas residents rate the quality of city services at an all-time high. In fact, overall citizen satisfaction with city services is 17 percent higher than the national average for major cities in the U.S. That is truly a tribute to the effort, dedication and talent of our 13,000 city employees. I am honored to lead this organization and to serve our city.

Laura Ryan appointed to Texas Transportation Commission
laura_ryan Laura Ryan (pictured), vice president of market representation and dealer development for Gulf States Toyota, Inc., has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission. Ryan will resign from her appointed post as chair of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles after her appointment to the board that oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.

Ryan has held several executive-level positions during her more than two decades in the automotive industry, including both manufacture and retail operations. She attended Penn State University.

The new transportation commissioner replaces Jeff Moseley, who resigned July 1. She will serve out Moseley's unexpired term, which ends Feb. 1, 2017.
Hegar to speak on economic outlook for state at UT/SPI 9th Biennial Legislative Conference
glenn_hegar A forecast of the state's economic outlook heading into the 85th Texas Legislature will be delivered by State Comptroller Glenn Hegar (pictured) at the upcoming 9th Biennial Legislative Communications Conference. The pre-session event is hosted by Strategic Partnerships, Inc. and The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. It will feature a number of elected officials and agency executives sharing their knowledge, experience and insights regarding the workings of state government. The conference is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13. It is slated from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Commons Learning Center of The University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin.

Hegar will offer his commentary and early prediction of the revenue outlook for the upcoming legislative session, which begins on Jan. 10, 2017. He will also address trends in state revenues during the current biennium.

In addition to Hegar's forecast regarding the economic outlook, other state elected officials and agency executives will offer commentary on issues that include priorities for the legislature and state budgeting mechanics. A panel of political pundits will also make their predictions regarding what to expect in the 2017 session.

The conference is designed for executive directors, board members and other senior agency officials and draws hundreds of attendees. Information on other speakers and topics to be discussed as well as registration information will be featured in upcoming issues of the Texas Government Insider
More than $19 million awarded for water, wastewater projects
A pair of cities and a water district collectively have been awarded more than $19.4 million in financial assistance through the Texas Water Development Board. The funds will be used for water and wastewater system improvement projects. More than $11 million of the total was designated for rural projects.

The awards include:
  • City of Jefferson - $5.26 million for improvements that will replace approximately 23,500 feet of water distribution lines, 11,000 feet of wastewater collection lines and 4,300 feet of a water transmission main. Some of the funds will also be used to decommission an old wastewater treatment plant.
  • Laguna Madre Water District in Cameron County - $5.815 million to finance the first phase of a project to achieve advanced water reuse. The first-phase upgrades to the Port Isabel Wastewater Treatment Plant will improve effluent quality and enhance operational reliability and efficiency. These upgrades will be the foundation for an advanced water treatment facility to be constructed in subsequent phases to achieve potable reuse.
  • City of McAllen - more than $8.34 million for improvements to its North Wastewater Treatment Plant to make it capable of producing and storing Type I reclaimed water and construction of approximately seven miles of reclaimed water transmission lines. The project will help the city diversify its water supply portfolio by providing reclaimed water to multiple sites.

Balas named interim provost at University of North Texas-Dallas
glenda_balas Glenda Balas (picured), dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT) at Dallas, recently won appointment as the interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for the university.

When she begins her new duties, Balas will replace Lois Becker, who resigned to accept a job as provost at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill. Prior to joining UNT in July 2013, Balas was a department chair and director at the University of New Mexico and a department chair at Sam Houston State University.

Balas earned a master's degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
TWDB to discuss SWIFT funding requests totaling $759 million
Consideration of approval by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) of more than $759 million in financial assistance from the 2016 State Water Implementation Fund for Texas financial assistance program will dominate the agenda for the Thursday, July 21, meeting of the TWDB board. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. in Room 170 of the Stephen F. Austin Building in Austin.

More than a dozen entities, including those from cities and water-related special districts and authorities, are seeking funding from the program. Projects range from the $18 million city of Bryan request for funds to finance the planning, design, acquisition and construction of an aquifer storage and recovery project to a request for $167 million from the city of Austin to finance the planning, design and construction of an advanced metering infrastructure project and expansion and enhancement of its reclaimed water system. Most of the requests are for low-interest loan commitments. 
San Antonio River Authority OK's new wastewater plant funding
sara_logo San Antonio River Authority (SARA) board members recently adopted a $162 million budget that includes funding to build a new regional wastewater treatment plant to serve an existing wastewater collection system in the Graytown area of Bexar County.

Other capital projects included in the 2016-2017 SARA budget are several projects to restore creeks and trails in Bexar County, upgrade SARA parks in Bexar, Karnes and Goliad counties and create comprehensive watershed master plans to address storm water management, flood control and water quality in the four counties in which SARA operates.

El Paso to move forward in $70M downtown hotel upgrade project
tommy_gonzalez El Paso City Council members recently authorized city staff to negotiate an incentive agreement with a private company on a $70 million project to renovate the Camino Real Hotel. The project is part of a downtown revitalization project undertaken by the city.

The city, county and state will offer $34 million in state and local tax incentives. City staff members are expected to present a final draft of an incentive agreement for the hotel project to city council for its approval in September, said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez (pictured).

As part of the draft contract, the company agreed to pay the city a percentage of net profits of the renovated hotel in perpetuity, Gonzalez said.
Mesquite Council weighing downtown redevelopment plan
Mesquite City Council members recently began reviewing a proposed community-wide redevelopment plan for the downtown area. City staff began developing the plan after the council agreed that downtown redevelopment is a priority.

A major feature is a recommendation to establish a staff manager to manage downtown activity and act as a liaison between stakeholders and the city. The proposal also calls for council to allot funding in 2018 to hire a downtown manager and for a current city staff member to temporarily serve through 2017 to create an inventory of assets. Consultants would use that information to create a brand for downtown and a marketing plan to attract more downtown development.

The proposal also calls for allotting $250,000 to attract a destination-type business to use part of Heritage Plaza building by renovating the city-owned building in a possible public-private partnership. Council members expect to continue discussion on the proposed downtown redevelopment plan throughout the budget process for the next fiscal year.

McLennan County may partner on emergency operations center
McLennan County commissioners recently began reviewing a proposal by the City of Waco to partner in a $1.8 million project to renovate the city's former police headquarters into a city-county emergency operations center and to house the city's information technology department.

The agreement calls for the county to provide no more than $400,000 to the project to remodel the former police headquarters into an emergency operations center that would serve both the city and county.

The police department in 2013 moved to a 10-story building on North Fourth Street, leaving all but the basement vacant of its former headquarters on N. Fourth Street and Waco Dr. 
TCEQ: $5.9M in Clean School Bus Program grants available
bus_grants Texas public school districts or charter schools that use diesel-powered buses to transport students to and from school each day are eligible to participate in the Texas Clean School Bus Program. Sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), schools can apply to the agency for some of the $5.9 million in grant funds available through the program.

The grant funds are available for schools seeking to recover the cost of retrofitting diesel-powered buses with emission-reduction devices. The advantages are twofold - students face less exposure to diesel exhaust and there will be less air pollution from the exhaust.

Grant application forms are available on the Texas Clean Bus Program web page. Applications, which are due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Gainesville ISD begins planning for $3.5M multi-purpose facility
Gainesville Independent School District officials recently announced plans to build a new $3.5 million multi-purpose facility to be used as a practice field in inclement weather and for other events. Current plans call for the new facility to have no air conditioner and to use only enough heat to prevent pipes from freezing, said Superintendent Jeffrey Brasher.

District officials also plan to renovote the former weight room into a dressing room for visiting teams and build a new weight room near the proposed multi-purpose facility. The estimated $3.5 million cost of the new multi-purpose facility does not include the weight room project, Brasher said.

The superintendent also said he expects the district to seek bids soon, but has not decided on a specific date to request bids for the new facility.

S. Padre Island eyes increase in city's hotel occupancy tax
south_padre_logo Pledging to improve South Padre Island as a vacation destination, city council members of the island city recently agreed to schedule a special election in November asking voters to approve raising the tax on hotel occupancy from 14.5 percent to 16.5 percent to improve tourist attractions.

If voters approve the increase in the hotel tax, city officials plan to spend the additional funding on projects such as building an amphitheatre, a parking garage, increasing access to the bay and buying land for an annex to the convention center. City officials, however, must send a resolution with a list of projects to be funded by the proposed increased hotel tax to the Texas Comptrollers Office for approval.

The improvements paid for by the new tax dollars will provide more attractions and entertainment to visitors to the island and help make it a world-class vacation destination, said Interim City Manager Darla Jones. Council members are still identifying projects to submit to the comptroller's office for approval, Jones said.
Conroe approves $48 million to upgrade facilities, water system
The Conroe City Council recently approved issuing $30 million in certificates of obligation to fund capital improvement projects to city facilities. Council members also agreed to issue $18 million in bonds to upgrade the water and sewer system.

Among the major capital improvement projects are a new fire station, the first phase of a fire department training center and upgrades and repairs to the Dean Towery Service Center.

Water and sewer projects include the addition of a 1 million gallon storage tank and pump station and Phase 4 of building a new treatment plant and designing and rehabilitating existing treatment plants.

Bellair approves design for new facilities at Town Square
Bellaire City Council members recently approved the preliminary architectural design for a new city hall, civic center, police department and municipal court at Bellaire Town Square. A proposal to buy additional land for the police and court building failed to gain majority support.

The new municipal complex will be paid for by $11 million in bonds approved by voters in 2013, according to one council member, who also noted voters rejected a proposal to buy land and relocate city facilities away from the town square area. Council members also agreed to increase the size of the new police and courts building at an estimated additional cost of $1.7 million, bringing the new cost estimate to $18.7 million.

Council members are discussing using $1.5 million in bond funding remaining from a 2005 bond issue and asking voters to approve an additional $5.6 million in bonds in November in order to provide sufficient funds to build the new civic complex.
Socorro ISD studies proposal for four new schools in next decade
socorro_logo Socorro Independent School District trustees recently began reviewing a preliminary facility assessment report recommending the district build four new schools in the next 10 years to meet continued growth in enrollment.
Trustees approved $295,000 for the facilities study that is still examining 12 campuses and two other facilities in the district in an effort to make a decision on whether to call a bond election.
So far, the report recommends building two elementary schools, one costing about $83 million, another elementary campus estimated to cost about $41 million and a new middle school estimated to cost about $64 million, said Maribel Macias, assistant superintendent for administrative services.

Preliminary findings also indicate that continued growth east of El Paso is expected to bring more than 46,000 students to the district by 2019 and almost 50,000 students enrolled by 2025, Macias said.

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Bastrop focusing on drainage in city council budget discussions
Bastrop City Council members recently focused on finding a solution to drainage problems in their discussions on adopting a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Council members also said they are considering issuing $2 million in certificates of obligation to upgrade drainage.

The drainage discussion arose after several residents said city officials had failed to pay attention to drainage and to a dry creek that runs through the town, but floods in heavy storms, leaving debris that clogs drains.

Council members also discussed the possibility of scheduling a bond election in November or May to ask voters to approve funding for drainage upgrades.

Calendar of Events

TASSCC 2016 Annual Conference set in Galveston in August
Aug. 7-10, 2016
With a theme of "Catch the IT Wave," the 2016 Annual Conference of the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications (TASSCC) will be held Aug. 7-10 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. The conference will feature individual sessions on subjects such as IT Strategy, Roadmaps and Governance; Infrastructure and Cybersecurity; Leadership; and Data Management and Analytics. Addressing Organizational Leadership Perspective of Information Technology - "Current and Future Landscape" will be Phillip Ashley, associate deputy of fiscal matters, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Larry Temple, executive director, Texas Workforce Commission; Whitney Brewster, executive director, Department of Motor Vehicles; and Thomas Suehs, former commissioner, Health and Human Services Commission. There will also be keynote speakers each day. The agenda is available and registration is now open.
LBJ School offers Construction Purchasing Certificate Program
July 26-27, 2016
Buyers, contract administrators and project managers interested in earning a construction purchasing certificate can do so through The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. The program aids in understanding and using new terms, remaining compliant with unfamiliar laws, developing control plans and schedules and staying on budget. The LBJ School's Construction Purchasing Certificate Program consists of four core courses and one elective to be completed over a period of two years. The goal of this certificate program is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to ensure that their organization's construction projects are well managed and secure the intended results and value. The courses are complementary in nature, and each course repeats annually. The next available course is Legal Aspects of Construction Contracts and will be held July 26-27. Registration is open.

Can new PAB legislation pass Congress? 

By Mary Scott Nabers, CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Public officials at the state and local levels of government have tried for years to get the federally imposed cap on Private Activity Bonds (PABs) increased. In spite of their efforts, there has been no success.

Tax-exempt PABs provide low-cost financing for projects that serve a public purpose. However, the current cap of $15 billion is woefully inadequate. It doesn't make a dent in the nation's critical needs.

A few sectors - airport, high-speed rail, and solid waste disposal - are exempt from PAB caps -but most projects are not. A bill currently in committee in the U.S. Senate seeks to exempt water and wastewater infrastructure projects. This would help launch many critical water projects throughout the country.  New construction is needed to meet population growth and to address the deterioration of thousands of water pipelines that are decades beyond their projected lifespans.

Everyone agrees that something must be done to preserve the nation's infrastructure. But, there is no adequate public funding. The only remedy available is to pass the cost on to taxpayers either through increased fees or taxes. 

De Leon chosen executive vice president at TSTC
javier_de_leon A 30-year veteran with Texas State Technical College, Javier De Leon (pictured), has been named the college's executive vice president of government affairs. As a member of the Government Affairs Division, he will join TSTC Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Government Affairs Officer Roger Miller and his team in Austin to provide legislative and agency outreach. He will also be working with TSTC Provost in Harlingen Stella Garcia and will serve as liaison to elected officials and community leaders throughout South Texas.

During his three-decade TSTC career, De Leon helped grow the College Readiness and Corporate Education programs on the Harlingen campus, establishing the Challenger Learning Center, an interactive learning experience featuring simulated space missions for junior high and high school students. The new executive vice president most recently served as Vice President of College Readiness and Corporate Education for TSTC statewide.

De Leon holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the former University of Texas-Pan American, now UT Rio Grande Valley.

Coppell ISD taps McCune for communications post
Coppell Independent School District board members recently selected Amanda "Mandy" McCune to serve in the newly created position of director of external communications.
The district previously had one communications director who handled both internal and external communications for the district.
McCune has a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.

Save the date!
The 2017 Legislative Communications Conference is set for Oct. 13 on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus of The University of Texas at Austin. More information will be made available as we get closer to that date.

Wylie ISD moving foward with $10M auditorium
Superintendent Joey Light of Wylie Independent School District recently announced plans to seek bids to build a new $10 million auditorium at the high school.

Current plans are to begin construction in September. Voters approved bonds to pay for the new auditorium.

McCasland new Houston
interim housing director
tom_mccasland The mayor of Houston recently appointed Tom McCasland (pictured) as interim director of the Houston Department of Housing and Community Development. He replaces former Director Neal Rackleff, who resigned in June.

Previously the chief executive officer of the Harris County Housing Authority, McCasland also worked as a contractor and for a law firm in Houston.

McCasland has a bachelor's degree from Hobe Sound Bible College, a master's degree from Baylor University and a law degree from Yale University.

Harlingen selects Sanchez as assistant city manager
Harlingen city commissioners recently selected Carlos Alberto Sanchez as the new assistant city manager for external services.

He replaces assistant city manager Dan Serna, who is now the city manager. In his new post, Sanchez will oversee public works, parks, golf courses, facilities and maintenance. Currently the public works director in McAllen, Sanchez also was a deputy city engineer and an assistant county engineer for Cameron County.

Sanchez has a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and a master's degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Elsom selected as new Chico ISD superintendent
don_elsom Don Elsom (pictured) recently won selection as the superintendent for Chico Independent School District.

Elsom most recently served six years as superintendent for Latexo ISD. He also was a principal for Cumby ISD and Buffalo ISD and a teacher for school districts in Stafford, Lovelady, Normangee, Cross Roads and Trinidad.

He replaced former Superintendent Mike Jones.

Rose to serve as city manager in Corpus Christi
Margie C. Rose (pictured), who recently served as the interim city manager in Corpus Christi, recently won selection as the new city manager.

Rose served as deputy city manager from June 2014 until being appointed as interim city manager in late June. She also served as an assistant city manager for the city. During her 29 years in local government administration, Rose has served as a director, an executive assistant and assistant city manager in Inkster, Mich., and in Wayne County, Mich.

She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University and earned her credentials as a city manager from the International City/County Management Association.
Milsap ISD taps Lee as interim superintendent
deann_lee Board members for Millsap Independent School District recently named Deann Lee (pictured), the assistant superintendent, as the interim superintendent. She replaced David Belding, who resigned to serve as superintendent for Aubrey ISD.

Lee was a teacher and administrator for Arlington ISD and Paris ISD before joining the Millsap district in July 2014. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in addition to certification as a superintendent.
Trustees plan to begin a search to find a new superintendent.
Two top water officials 
in San Angelo resign
Two top water officials in San Angelo, Water Utilities Director Will Wilde and Assistant Water Utilities Director Tom Kerr, recently retired, effective immediately.

In response, City Manager Daniel Valenzuela appointed Ricky Dickson, the city operations director, to be interim director for water utilities. He also appointed Shane Kelton, the assistant director for the operations department, to be interim director of operations. City officials have not yet selected an interim assistant director for water utilities to replace Kerr.

Wilde, an engineer, joined the city in 1977. He became public works director in 1989 and water utilities director in 2004. 

Millsaps chosen field office project manager
Jerry Millsaps (pictured) recently won selection as project manager and outreach specialist for the West Texas field office of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

His duties in the Lubbock field office are to provide local outreach for the Panhandle, South Plains and the most western areas in addition to managing area projects receiving financial assistance from the TWDB.

An engineer with 25 years of experience, Millsaps retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he was a civil engineer production manager and specialist in air traffic control. He also was operations manager at the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority, which won national honors for converting the former Reese Air Force Base into a technology center. Millsaps also was a manager for Lubbock ISD.

Stanford lone finalist 
for Westwood ISD leader
Westwood Independent School District board members recently selected Wade Stanford as the lone finalist for superintendent.

Currently an assistant superintendent at Marble Falls ISD, Stanford joined the district in 2012 as executive director of business operations.

Bradshaw selected Port Lavaca city manager
robert_bradshaw Robert Bradshaw (pictured) recently won selection as city manager in Port Lavaca.

Most recently a city manager in Fort Pierce, Fla., Bradshaw replaced former City Manager Bob Turner, who retired in April.

Bradshaw has a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from Arizona State University School of Public Affairs.

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Waco weighs privatizing
city's janitorial services
Waco City Council members recently began considering a proposal by city staff and three members of the council to privatize janitorial service in an effort to save the city $294,000 a year.

If council approves the proposal, the city would seek bids from companies to hire contract employees to perform the janitorial duties now performed by 22 full-time employees and three part-time employees. Privatizing janitorial services is expected to reduce the cost from about $950,000 annually to about $636,000 annually, said Kelly Holecek, the general services director.

The city already uses contract employees to clean the police headquarters, Holecek noted.
Castro picked to fill Murphy city manager job
mike_castro Jersey Village City Manager Mike Castro will be leaving the Houston suburb to take the city manager post in Murphy. He will begin his new charge on Sept. 12. Castro has more than 25 years of local government management experience and has served as the chief executive of two other Texas communities.

Before beginning his 11-year stint in Jersey Village, Castro spent four years as city administrator in Garden Ridge, three years in a similar position in Stephenville and was assistant city manager in Longview.

Castro is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West point, serving five years of active duty in Europe and Asia and completing his military career at Ft. Hood. He holds a master's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a master's and doctorate from the University of Houston. 
Allen ISD appoints interim superintendent
Allen Independent School Board trustees recently appointed Jenny Preston, a former superintendent for the district, to serve as the interim superintendent beginning on Aug. 1.
She will replace former Superintendent Lance Hindt, who resigned to accept a job as superintendent of Katy ISD.
Board members are beginning a search for a new superintendent.
Addressing water needs using aquifer storage and recovery, House Research Organization
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments:
  • Michael "Mike" Clements of Cypress, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services;
  • Jeffery Barnhart of Canyon, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services;
  • Sheila Faske of Rose City, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services;
  • Robert Isbell Jr. of Midland, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services;
  • Ryan Matthews of Holliday, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services;
  • Robert Vezzetti, M.D. of Austin, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services; 
  • Robert D. Greenberg, M.D., FACEP of Belton, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Service;
  • Ernestine Robles of Garden Ridge, Commission on State Emergency Communications;
  • William "Bill" Buchholtz of San Antonio, Commission on State Emergency Communications 
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