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TRUSTEES WITH THE NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT have adopted a $1.3 billion budget with no property-tax increase for the seventh year in a row, according to officials. The board during its Aug. 22 meeting also approved salary increases for about 14,700 employees as part of an $18.7 million compensation package. The hikes include an overall 2.1 percent increase for teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses, or about $1,200. All other employees will receive an overall midpoint 2.1 percent increase. According to a statement, “First-year teachers with a bachelor’s degree will earn $52,615, and first year teachers with a master’s degree will earn $54,115.”

RECENT NEW ADVISORY ORGANIZATIONS IN DISTRICT 9 will provide community feedback to help with projects. Councilman John Courage said the District 9 Advisory Committee and the District 9 Military & Veterans Affairs Committee will assess the region’s needs in relation to city polices. The former is open to residents interested in voicing their opinions on municipal policy; the latter is for active-duty service members and vets interested in “giving their unique perspective” on city business and its impact on their lives. For more, call 210-207-7325 or 210-207-0955.

LAURA KWON, A CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, has been selected from hundreds of cadets as the 2016-17 Cadet of the Year. North East Independent School District Superintendent Brian Gottardy on Aug. 15 made a special visit to present a certificate of recognition to the cadet.

HUNDREDS PACKED THE MACARTHUR HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM for the annual back-to-school convocation Aug. 21 in the North East Independent School District. Superintendent Brian Gottardy kicked off the new school year with a whirlwind tour during the pep-rally style convocation to motivate teachers. According to a spokeswoman, “NEISD high school dance teams, cheerleaders and drumline members fired up the crowd with cheers, chants and beats while district teachers and staff showed their school spirit.” During the tour, Gottardy visited all seven NEISD comprehensive high schools in two days, with each campus hosting faculty and staff from that school’s feeder campuses.

COLONIAL HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS THE ONLY CAMPUS IN SAN ANTONIO TO REACH Gold Status in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, according to school officials. The alliance empowers students to develop lifelong healthy habits. Only 10 schools in the nation were named Gold Status schools, according to a release. “At Colonial Hills Elementary, we set a goal to ensure that all children have access to a healthy school environment where they can learn and flourish,” coach Terri Pitts said in an online newsletter. “Our hopes were that the children would use their gained knowledge in future endeavors.”

THE LEE HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE recently organized the planting of red rose bushes and cleaning the campus’ front entrance.  The PTSA-led project saw students from Lee-based schools — Lee, International School of the Americas, North East School of the Arts and the STEM Academy High School —coordinating, cleaning and planting together. “It was a team effort and a lot of work,” said Principal Nicole Franco. “Our PTSA plans on two more campus beautification projects during the course of the school year and look forward to continue beautifying our campus.”   

THE NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS WELCOMED MORE THAN 650 new teachers for the 2017-18 academic year, officials said. The new and new-to-NISD teachers went “back-to-school” during the New Teacher Academy, an intense, three-day professional development session designed to share the culture and the expectations of South Texas’ largest school district. Northside’s newest staff members are a mix of veterans from other districts, professionals who decided to change careers and teachers straight out of college, according to a release.

THE ANTONIAN COLLEGE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL baseball team has been honored with an Academic Excellence Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The Apaches had to post a team overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher to be considered for the award, which is for the 2016-17 academic year.

HARMONY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S FIRST-YEAR PRINCIPAL, PHILLIP BENNETT, AND North East Independent School District trustee Sandi Wolff greeted students on the first day of school, Aug. 28. Parents led their kids to new classrooms, then enjoyed coffee and breakfast courtesy of the PTA, according to NEISD officials.

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