Board OKs $116 million bid

The Denton school board approved a $116 million price tag Tuesday for the construction of a new high school.

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First day goes smoothly

Monday brought a couple of firsts for fourth-grader Samantha Raney. It was her first day at a brand new school and in a new district. The Adkins Elementary School student transferred from Lewisville ISD. She said she felt edgy and nervous being at a new school.

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New school opening in Lantana

The Denton school district is slated to open a new elementary school today in the Lantana area. Adkins Elementary School will open its doors to about 300 students, according to district officials.

Teachers get first-day jitters, too

The anxiousness young children get about the first day of school is no different from what some Denton teachers are experiencing.

Accident sets back start in classroom

DALLAS — In life comes the unexpected. What matters is how one recovers when the unexpected occurs. It’s a lesson one Denton High School teacher is currently enduring.

School zones to get scrutiny

School starts Monday for most Denton County school districts, and that means school zone speed limits and traffic signs will be active.

Words from a pro

Former Dallas Cowboys star Herschel Walker speaks to students during freshman orientation at Denton High School on Friday. The Heisman Trophy winner spoke during the Denton school district’s Freshman First Day program, an orientation for incoming ninth-graders at Denton, Ryan and Guyer high schools.

Two area school supply events set for Saturday

Two area school supply events are planned Saturday — one for Denton County schoolchildren to pick up supplies and one for personnel of two Denton district schools in the Shady Shores area to collect supplies for their classrooms.

Sanders confirmed as new superintendent in Aubrey

Longtime Aubrey school district employee Debby Sanders was named the district’s superintendent, as trustees voted to officially hire her during Wednesday night’s board meeting.

Lake Dallas set to swear in new board member

The Lake Dallas school district will swear in a new board member Sept. 15. On Tuesday, Lake Dallas school trustees unanimously appointed Steve Payne to fill the unexpired Place 2 school board term. Carol Jula, who resigned earlier this summer, previously occupied the seat.

Walker to keynote event

Heisman Trophy winner and former professional football player and mixed martial arts fighter Herschel Walker will be the keynote speaker for Denton ISD’s Freshman First Day events Friday.

Denton schools release own ratings

Denton public schools have released their own ratings for the district and its individual schools, and marks were mostly favorable.

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TEA: All Denton County school districts meet accountability standards

The Denton school district and the 10 other districts in the county met accountability standards, according to data released by the Texas Education Agency on Friday. 

Public schools outperform charters

Charter schools in Denton County did not perform as well as public school districts in the area in 2014 accountability ratings, according to data released Friday.

Hunts for superintendents progress

The Aubrey and Little Elm school districts have made progress with searches for their next superintendents, but Pilot Point hit a speed bump this week.

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Kids brace for start of school

As days inch closer to the bell ringing on a new school year, families can expect longer wait times for back-to-school immunizations, according to officials at local health clinics.

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District plans to add pre-K programs

The Denton school district plans to expand prekindergarten to four more elementary schools this fall.

Pre-K registration set for Wednesday, Thursday

Registration for the Denton school district’s pre-kindergarten programs is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Denton High School.

3 districts seeking superintendents

Three Denton County school districts are trying to find new superintendents this summer as the school year rapidly approaches. Aubrey, Little Elm and Pilot Point are among 42 Texas school districts with superintendent vacancies, according to TexasISD.com. The website is a source of school news for educators.

Solar-powered fusion: Team heads to Austin as part of challenge

A ray of sunshine is what it takes to fuel one Liberty Christian School team. On Wednesday, 11 students from the Argyle school hit the road bound for Austin as participants in the 21st annual high school Solar Car Challenge.

Lone Star Technology in Action conference begins

From tips for creating a website to learning Google basics and from using 3D printers and pens to building a social media presence, the fifth annual Lone Star Technology in Action conference offers something for educators and local residents alike.

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Dismissal bell marks start of program

Lake Dallas school district parents will have an opportunity Tuesday to preview the district’s new after-school program, InZone Extended Day.

Apple Tree reaches its goal

An official with Interfaith Ministries of Denton said the nonprofit agency has met its Apple Tree Project donation goal, which will allow distribution of backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes to 1,500 needy schoolchildren in Denton next month.

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School board weighs costs

The Denton school board will convene for a special meeting today to consider the guaranteed maximum price for grading work on the district’s fourth comprehensive high school and roof repair for facilities damaged by hail in April.

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CyberCamp reaches out to girls

A new camp is on the Texas Woman’s University campus this week, teaching local high school students about cybersecurity and how to protect a system online.

Lake Dallas school trustee resigns

Lake Dallas school board secretary Carol Jula said the July 21 meeting will be her last as a school board member. Jula said she plans to relocate to Fort Worth and gain “some personal time.”

New Sanger principal from down the road

Charlene Parham, an assistant principal at Guyer High School, will begin work as principal at Sanger High School on Monday, according to the district’s superintendent.

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Ex-choir director pleads guilty

A former Guyer High School choir director has pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a student, according to county officials.

Argyle wins third straight Lone Star Cup

Tuesday’s announcement from the University Interscholastic League was something folks in Argyle knew was coming for a third straight year. The Class 3A Lone Star Cup is going to be in Argyle for another year.

Lake Dallas changes school attendance zones

Four future housing developments within the Lake Dallas school district have had their elementary school attendance zones changed, according to school officials.

Denton ISD suggests seeking more support

The Denton school board on Tuesday night encouraged city officials to reach out to other interested parties in their efforts to sell the full-service hotel, restaurant and convention center project to the community.

Argyle, Lake Dallas schools boost pay

Most employees working for the Argyle and Lake Dallas school districts can expect a pay increase come next school year.

Board approves 4 new buses for Sanger ISD

The Sanger school district will soon add four new school buses to its fleet. At a school board meeting last week, trustees gave their approval for the district to purchase two 71-passenger buses and two 14-passenger buses, according to Eric Beam, Sanger’s deputy superintendent.

Denton ISD eyes 1-cent tax hike

The Denton school district is proposing a 1-cent increase to the debt service portion of the tax rate, which would take the debt service rate to the state’s 50-cent cap.

Terrier leaving Pilot Point

PILOT POINT — Just a year into his superintendent contract, Byron Terrier and the Pilot Point school district are parting ways.

Charter school to break ground on new facility

Vista Academy intends to break ground today on a facility slated for construction on property located at Interstate 35 East and Meadowview Drive in Corinth.

School districts begin summer hours

Through Aug. 1, Denton school district facilities will have extended hours Monday through Thursday and will be closed on Fridays.

Denton school district plans public hearing

The Denton school district will have a public hearing for its proposed tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year at 6 p.m. today.

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Graduation day arrives

Today is graduation day for nearly 1,500 high school seniors from the Denton school district. Ceremonies for Denton’s three comprehensive high schools begin at 11 a.m. with Denton High School, followed by Guyer High at 2:30 p.m. and Ryan High at 6 p.m. All three graduation ceremonies will take place at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

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Inspiring confidence

It’s the last week of school at Hodge Elementary and Principal Mary “Sam” Kelley is briskly walking up and down the hallways.

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Cap and gown season

Several thousand Denton-area teenagers will close one chapter of their lives and enter another in coming weeks as they pick up their high school diplomas and enter adulthood.

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Known for her presence

AUBREY — Maintaining perfect attendance is something Aubrey High School graduating senior Bridgett Parker has worked on her entire school career.

Next principal visits Argyle Intermediate

ARGYLE — Renee Funderburg, assistant principal at Prairie Trail Elementary School in Flower Mound, has been named the new principal at Argyle Intermediate School.

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