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Scott Sheppard has his eyes on the classroom and customer service in a new vision for HISD

New HISD Superintendent is talking….customer service By Rich Heiland Free Press Publications, LLC For Walker County News Today     Last of Six Parts            SCOTT SHEPPARD HAS a road map for improving the Huntsville Independent School District. It comes more out of some cutting-edge leadership approaches ...

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HISD’s New Leader Bringing a New Message and Style

Part 5 – A new superintendent brings new views, and new energy By Rich Heiland Free Press Publications, LLC For Walker County News Today Fifth in a series               SCOTT SHEPPARD’S bookshelf isn’t a typical school superintendent’s bookshelf. It’s lined with books right out of the best seller list ...

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Part 4 – Looking at Issues Inside and Outside Huntsville Schools

Not all issues impacting HISD can be controlled from inside By Rich Heiland Free Press Publications, LLC For Walker County News Today Fourth in a Series             ASK MOST ANYONE who’s been in town long what’s wrong with the Huntsville Independent School Districtand they’ll tell you. Odds are they will ...

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Texas Education Association Measures Don’t Add Up To HISD’s New Leader

Part 3 – Supt. Scott Sheppard responds to TEA measures By Rich Heiland Free Press Publications, LLC For Walker County News Today               HISD SUPERINTENDENT Dr. Scott Sheppard is not a big fan of the logic or methodology the state of Texas uses to assess and grade the local district. ...

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Celebrating Its 10th Year, Texas Tuition Promise Fund® Opened for Enrollment Sept. 1

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, turns 10 years old this month. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today reminds families that open enrollment for the program began Sept. 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2019. The Texas Tuition Promise Fund offers parents and loved ones the ...

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How Did Huntsville Schools Get an “F?” Looking at the Process

How Were Grades Arrived At? By Rich Heiland Free Press Publications, LLC For Walker County News Today First in a Series  WHEN THE TEXAS Education Association released its grades of Texas school districts, from district-wide down to pre-K, the new accountability system was not well-received by educators around the state.Huntsville Independent ...

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SHSU Named ‘2018 Great College To Work For’

by SHSU staff Sam Houston State University is known as a “Great Name in Texas Education” but it is also consistently named a great college to work for, according to the newest survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, one of the nation’s most recognized source of news about colleges ...

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HISD Trustees unanimously approve balanced 2018-2019 budget, and lower tax rate

By Rich Heiland Free Press Publications, LLC For Walker County News Today             THE HUNTSVILLE Independent School District will have a balanced budget for the 2018-2019 school year and taxpayers will see the tax rate drop from $1.18 per $100 valuation to $1.175. Total revenues will be $70.6 million offset ...

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Texas Education Association gives Huntsville schools an “F” on new accountability ratings

By Rich Heiland Free Press Publications, LLC For Walker County News Today             THE TEXAS EDUCATION Agency released its new, and controversial, report grading Texas school districts and the report cards were mixed for Walker County school districts. The Huntsville Independent School District got an “F.” The New Waverly Independent ...

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Sam Houston State University’s Proposed College of Medicine Moves Forward In Accreditation Process

by SHSU staff Sam Houston State University has reached a key milestone in the mission to support the state’s rural healthcare needs. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved SHSU’s doctorate in osteopathic medicine, bringing the university one step closer to helping millions living in ...

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