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SCHERTZ PUBLIC LIBRARY WAIVED ROUGHLY $400 IN OVERDUE FINES during its special Christmas in July amnesty month. Late borrowers donating a new toy for the Schertz Police Department’s Blue Santa program were pardoned. Dismissals ranged from a few dollars to more than $40.

THE JUDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT IS BREAKING GROUND IN MID-OCTOBER ON A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, scheduled to open August 2018. Construction has already started at the unnamed campus, located at 5182 Texas Palm Drive in Converse in the Escondido North area. JISD’s 19th elementary school will have space for 750 students, taking enrollment pressure off of Masters and Paschall elementary schools. Voters in 2016 approved a bond issue that included $214 million for construction projects, including two elementary schools. Work on the second campus should begin in late fall, according to a JISD spokesman.

CRESTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS NAMED a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, according to officials with the Judson Independent School District. Only two schools in the San Antonio metropolitan area have received the honor so far this year. The accolade recognizes public and private schools where students either achieve high grades or work hard to close the achievement gap. Educators said 65 percent of Crestview’s enrollment is classified at a low socioeconomic level. The confirmation announcement was Sept. 29.

THE RECENTLY APPROVED “CONVERSE MOVING FORWARD PROJECT” UNDER DEVELOPMENT BY GORDON HARTMAN will include 780-plus new homes in the $200,000s, according to a city newsletter, as well as a new $9 million roadway extension of Binz-Engleman Road from FM 1516 to Loop 1604. A 3-acre park and 4 acres are reserved for future use by the city.

PHASE TWO OF THE WEST BORGFELD ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT from Dobie Boulevard to Thistle Creek Drive in Cibolo started Aug. 28, and should be completed in mid-November, barring inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances. Spectrum has started relocating cable and other equipment, so as to not interfere with roadwork, officials said. For more, call the Public Works Office at 210-658-9900.

BOLO, A DOG WITH THE LIVE OAK POLICE DEPARTMENT’S K-9 UNIT since 2013, recently retired, officers said. Bolo trained for both patrol and drug detection. During his tenure, the canine’s participation on investigations helped recover an estimated $2.7 million in narcotics, investigators said. Over the years, Bolo developed arthritis in his back, so it was time to step down, an officer said.

CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH OCCUPATIONS STUDENTS OF AMERICA received the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Award for the most units of blood donated during a recent drive, as well as highest participation. The pupils have earned both distinctions six consecutive years. Officials said the 707 units could help as many as 2,121 patients.

ROLLING OAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S National Elementary Honor Society recently added a Little Free Library near the Stage Stop Park restrooms in Selma. It was built in honor of late librarian Dawn Mulder, a champion of childhood literacy. Kathy Whitlock, an NEHS sponsor, coordinated the library at 9374 Valhalla St. The “take-a-book-give-a-book” program is free to the community.

CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL AQUATIC SCIENCE TEACHER JOSEPH MENCHEY is a finalist for the Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher Challenge for his proposal, “Texas Watersheds Conservation Project.” As one of 15 candidates nationwide, he could win a $100,000 grant. Through Oct. 30, the public can determine the recipient by visiting thankamericasteachers.com. Menchey received extensive help from his students via water-quality tests at Crescent Bend Nature Park, as well as other efforts. The survey involved using chemistry, biology and hydrology techniques pupils learned in class.

CONVERSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL recently rolled out its latest student ambassadors. Their tasks include showing townspeople, district staff and new students around campus. All are members of the school chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society. They are Kayla Jahn, Emily Hedlund, Austin Dekens, Serenity Rodriguez, Jovie Zamarron, Jasmine Aguilera, Alanys Velez-Cruz and Ty Aiken.

CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR RECEIVER TOMMY BUSH has been selected for the 2018 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game Jan. 4 in Orlando, Florida. Game representatives visited the campus Oct. 11 to present Bush his jersey.

RACKSPACE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED IT’S ACQUIRING DATAPIPE, A PROVIDER OF managed services across public and private clouds. Officials from the Windcrest-based company called the deal the biggest acquisition in its history. Datapipe has 825 employees and 29 data centers; many workers will relocate to the international headquarters located in Windcrest. It is anticipated the transaction will increase Rackspace’s revenues to an estimated $2.4 billion annually. Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter said on the city’s Facebook page he believes the purchase signals “Rackspace is healthy, stable and strong” and is “continuing to grow.”

WINDCREST HAS LOANED THE CITY POOL to Roosevelt High School so the swim team can continue practicing after being displaced during construction at the campus aquatic facility. Coach Lee Willing said the team is “very grateful” for use of the pool.

AFTER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE, THE LIVE OAK MARQUEE ON TOEPPERWEIN ROAD was replaced in September. Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union contributed $20,000 of the $45,000 budget. The company was a corporate partner for the former sign, which featured its logo.

SANDY BRYANT RECEIVED A 25-YEAR SERVICE PIN RECENTLY FOR HER WORK with Schertz Public Library, plus the departments of Parks and Recreation and Community Services. Bryant, who received a 20-year pin five years earlier, is the first city employee honored with a second recognition from the program started in 2012, officials said.

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