Education

  New magnet school named after Lubbock-native Willie McCool

The Lubbock Independent School Board voted Thursday morning to name its new STEAM magnet school after Lubbock-native and NASA astronaut Willie McCool.

Texas Tech’s Hayhoe named one of Canada’s leading women of the year

Frenship board approves recommendation for construction of new high school

Tech engineering professor to testify before House Science Committee

State-ordered study finds STAAR not too hard for young readers

Local firefighters provide coats for Lubbock ISD elementary students

Texas Tech University, Midland College sign agreement

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Texas Tech signing agreement with Midland College

LISD board approves re-zoning Smylie Wilson Middle School

Search committee organized, interim president formally appointed to Health Sciences Center

Texas education board likely to approve African American studies course in 2020

Texas Tech Regents meeting Friday to consider president’s position

  Snyder ISD to undergo realignment after petition allows closure of junior high

Snyder administration to meet with TEA commissioner on school board overhaul, possible junior high closure

Three Snyder Independent School District administrators will meet with the Texas Education Agency commissioner to discuss the possible closure of its junior high school and the overhaul of its board of trustees.

  Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet: Scholarship Fundraiser happening Wednesday, Nov. 6

Each fall, the Office of Institutional Diversity hosts the Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet to generate scholarship funds for deserving students...

Lubbock-Cooper’s Keith Bryant nominee for National Superintendent of the Year

The Texas Association of School Administrators has picked Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District’s Superintendent, Keith Bryant, as the Texas nominee for the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year.

4 Snyder girls win STEM competition, scholarship with mobile learning bus

Four young women from Snyder High School are winners of the 2019 Texas Midwest Community Network Youth Leadership competition for their work on the STREAM mobile learning unit.

John Dascanio Joins School of Veterinary Medicine as Senior Associate Dean

LISD schedule of events for Halloween

Teachers from Frenship, Levelland recognized as Teachers of the Year for Region 17

Tech System’s Tedd Mitchell to leave position as HSC president to become full-time chancellor

Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master’s Program offers $5,000 grant for creative students

Chemistry professor from Texas Tech given presidential mentoring award

Texas Tech to sign ‘fast track’ agreement with Austin College for undergrads to get master’s degree

Texas Tech has solidified two agreements that will allow undergraduate students from Austin College to earn their master’s degree from Tech, and faculty from Tech to teach on the Austin College campus.

Schedule of Texas Tech Homecoming events, Oct. 14-19

Texas Tech University Homecoming Week events will begin at noon on Monday (Oct. 14) with a kickoff event at the Student Union Building (SUB) North Plaza and end Saturday (Oct. 19) with the football game against Iowa State at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Perry, Frullo, Burrows to host education town hall inside Dunbar Prep

Residents will have the chance to ask state legislators about education funding, accountability and school choice during a town hall hosted by Lubbock Independent School District.

Shallowater Intermediate hosts High Fives With Heroes

Shallowater Intermediate School hosted its first “High Fives with Heroes” event Friday morning where all local first responders were invited to greet students with smiles and high fives as they entered the school.

Shallowater High School to enhance STEM curriculum with $25,000 grant and support of local farmers

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program is awarding Shallowater High School a $25,000 grant to improve the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, thanks to support from local farmers.

Texas A&M University System issues ban on e-cigarettes and vaping

The Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System has issued a ban on vaping and electronic cigarettes.

TTUHSC names Lori Rice-Spearman new provost, chief academic officer

Lori Rice-Spearman has been named the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s new provost and chief academic chair.

LCU placed on Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work for 2019 list

For the sixth consecutive year Lubbock Christian University has been placed on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Honor Roll of Great Colleges to Work for.

  Tech administration host vet school groundbreaking in Amarillo

Administration with Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University System are in Amarillo for the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming School of Veterinary Medicine.

Texas Tech Professor Katharine Hayhoe Named UN Champion of the Earth

Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University, has received a 2019 Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nations’ highest environmental honor, for her commitment to understanding the effects of climate change and efforts to transform public attitudes.

Lubbock ISD home to four National Merit Semifinalists

Lubbock ISD is home to four National Merit Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program...

Lubbock ISD CFO on paid leave

Lubbock ISD officials have confirmed the district’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Baum has been placed on paid administrative leave.

TEA commissioner to visit Dunbar College Preparatory Academy

Mike Morath, the Texas Education Agency commissioner, will make a visit to Dunbar College Preparatory Academy Wednesday afternoon and speak with students as part of a scheduled trip to Lubbock.

Report: Student suspensions drop after Texas modifies law

A nonprofit that advocates for children says the rate of student suspensions has fallen by nearly a third since the state implemented a law barring suspensions except in extreme circumstances

Lightning bolt hits Brownfield ISD administration building, chars electrical wiring

A bolt of lightning struck an elevated electrical breaker box at the top of the Brownfield Independent School District Administration Building at 601 Tahoka Rd.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Photo time!

With school starting up, we want to see your first day of school photos! Elementary through college and beyond, we want to see them all.

LISD board approves 7 cent tax drop

The Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a 7 cent tax rate decrease for the 2019-2020 school year during a morning board meeting on Thursday.

Plainview ISD to provide free breakfast, lunch to students

Plainview Independent School District has announced it will provide free breakfast and lunch to its students.

Shallowater ISD announces salary increase for every employee

At Monday’s night’s Shallowater ISD school board meeting, board members approved raises for every employee within the district.

Frenship board approves pay increase for staffers

The Frenship ISD Board of Trustees has approved salary increases for most of the district’s staff.

New Mexico Junior College plan eyes 4-year degree under $10K

New Mexico Junior College has announced a plan aimed at helping eastern New Mexico students earn a college degree for under $10,000

TEA issues mostly Bs to area school districts in accountability scorecard

The Texas Education Agency has released its annual academic accountability ratings and most of the schools around the South Plains are in good standing with the agency.

One Class At A Time

Join KCBD, Frontier Dodge, and Spirit Chrysler in honoring our local educators by nominating a teacher for a $500 prize, and $500 to the charity of their choice.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Important dates to know

We’re in the final stretch of summer and schools across the South Plains are about to start their 2019-2020 school year. Here are the dates for the first day of school for some schools in the area.

Lubbock Habitat for Humanity hosting school supply drive with Children’s Hope

Lubbock Habitat for Humanity will be partnering with Children's Hope, a non-profit providing a nurturing home for abused children, for a school supply drive Saturday, August 10th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Restore 8004 Indiana Ave B-8.

Most area schools receive A or B rankings for financial accountability

The Texas Education Agency released their financial accountability rankings on Friday, judging how well local school districts handle their finances.

Texas Tech University System Regents to Meet August 8-9

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents will meet Thursday and Friday (August 8-9) in Lubbock.

LISD weighs options available to arm teachers

A workshop during the Lubbock Independent School District’s Board of Trustees meeting Thursday morning shined a light on two options the district has if it were to arm teachers.

Tech to host Back to School Fiesta Saturday

Texas Tech’s College Connect will host the 20th Annual Back to School Fiesta event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 3, on the west side of Jones AT&T Stadium.

Brownfield ISD issues raises to all employees

The Brownfield Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously during a Wednesday night board meeting to approve raises for all employees in the district.

  New UIL rules will require physicals for marching band students

Football and volleyball two-a-days are about a month away. By the time the athletes hit the gridiron or court, they have to have their sports physicals done. A new rule from Texas’ University Interscholastic League, or UIL, is requiring another group of students to that list this summer.

New Texas UIL rule means physicals for many in marching band

A new University Interscholastic League rule requires physical exams or medical histories for students in school marching bands across Texas

For 4th year, feds say Texas special ed. ‘needs assistance’

For the fourth year in a row, federal education officials have found Texas "needs assistance" providing special education services required by law

Wichita Falls native picked as Tech’s College of Education dean

Jesse Perez Mendez has been announced by Texas Tech as the university’s next dean of the College of Education. He will begin his role on Aug. 1.

Tech Board of Regents approve design plan for vet school

The Texas Tech Board of Regents approved an $8.4 million budget that will establish a design, professional services, administrative costs and other items related to the new School of Veterinary Medicine.

Plainview board approves salary increase for district’s employees

Full-time employees of Plainview Independent School District should expect a salary increase this year.

3 LCU administrators picked as interim leaders before president’s departure

Lubbock Christian University has assembled a team of three administrators that will step into interim leadership roles after the university’s current president leaves in early July.

  LISD approves new budget including teacher pay increase

Lubbock ISD announced its new budget Thursday morning, which will allocate nearly $6 million to raising teacher pay. The increase comes as part of school finance reform passed by state lawmakers.

  Lubbock ISD announces teacher pay raises

Lubbock Independent School District has announced changes to teacher’s salaries following legislation that was passed by state law makers regarding school finance reform.

Lubbock, area schools named to education organization’s ‘Honor Roll’

The Institution for Productivity in Education and Educational Results Partnerships have released a list of 855 schools that have made the Texas Honor Roll list. Included in the more than 800 schools are some from the South Plains.

Frenship’s Legacy Elementary named to 2018-2019 Texas Honor Roll

The Educational Results Partnership has named Legacy Elementary School, with Frenship Independent School District, as one of the 855 public schools on the 2018-2019 Texas Honor Roll.

Texas Education Agency approves ACE program for Dunbar CPA

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has approved an accelerated campus excellence (ACE) turnaround program for Dunbar College Preparatory Academy.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs $11.6 billion school finance measure into law

The high-priority bill boosts per-student funding and reduces property taxes across the state.

Governor signs law boosting Texas’ lagging teacher pay

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law teacher raises and a sweeping overhaul of how the state pays to educate more than 5 million students in public schools

LISD middle school students compete in hovercraft STEM challenge

Students from each Lubbock Independent School District middle school tested hovercrafts they have been building this week with the help of teachers and undergraduate students from Texas Tech.

Lubbock HS graduate receives inaugural Team of Distinction recognition

Lubbock High School graduate Carson Freimuth was announced today as one of the 81 members of the inaugural 2019 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) Team of Distinction.

  LISD food programs provide for children during summer months

As summer continues, a number of children in Lubbock and across the South Plains face a problem: hunger.

American Meat Science Association Honors Two Texas Tech Faculty Members

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) will recognize two Texas Tech University faculty members for their contributions to the meat industry during its annual conference next month.

Texas Senate passes bill to give more teachers access to guns in classrooms

The bill needs a final stamp of approval from the Senate before it can head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature.

Lubbock teacher named first Christian Teacher of the Year Award winner

Mary Jo Newton, from Trinity Christian Schools, has been named the winner of the first Christian Teacher of the Year Award, given by Alpha Omega Publications.

State budget committee comes to agreement on Texas Tech vet school funding

The Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine is closer to reality thanks to legislators hammering out the state’s budget for the next two years.

Texas Tech commencement ceremonies take place Friday, Saturday

Opera singer Susan Graham and author Barry Lopez will take the stage this year as the spring 2019 commencement speakers for Texas Tech. The ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.

Perfect attendance could get LISD 5th graders a free bike

Two fifth-grade students who have a perfect attendance record from each of Lubbock Independent School District’s 32 elementary schools will receive a free bicycle, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lubbock.

Credit agency re-issues ‘elite’ rating for Texas Tech System

Moody’s Investor Service announced on Thursday the Texas Tech University System received, once again, an elite-level credit rating.

Area commencement ceremonies begin today for colleges, universities

Undergraduate and graduate students are wrapping up their college careers in upcoming weekends. KCBD has all the information you need on the local commencement ceremonies.

Julia Stephen announced as new Coronado High School principal

Julia Stephen, the current assistant principal at Irons Middle School, will step into a new role as the Coronado High School principal next year.

Texas Tech president to make fifth tour of West Texas high schools

Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech’s president, will stop at three high schools in the South Plains and Panhandle on Thursday, starting at 9 a.m.

  One Class At A Time: Atkins Middle School band director, Communities in Schools awarded $500

Atkins Middle School teacher Kelli Stevens is the eighth 2018-2019 recipient of KCBD’s One Class At A Time $500 donation and recognition sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive.