Edgewood ISD moves to full day Pre-K program

During their regular monthly meeting March 20, the Edgewood ISD Board of Trustees decided to move from a half-day to a full day Pre-K program.

Superintendent Andy Baker stated the district was very excited about the change. “We have monitored our Pre-K program and students for the last two years to determine their levels of preparedness for kindergarten and elementary school,” said Baker. “We believe that by moving to a full day Pre-K program, we will be able to provide a much stronger educational beginning for Edgewood’s 3 and 4 year olds. This stronger beginning should help these students throughout their elementary school years.” The change will take effect for the 2017-18 school year.

In other business, the school board election scheduled for Saturday, May 6 was cancelled. Originally, EISD had three people signed up to run for school board places #6 and #7.


MM trustees approve awning, discuss TRE

Martins Mill ISD Board of Trustees took to business March 7 by recognizing students of the month for March. In elementary, Grace Godwin and Santiago Reyes were introduced by Principal Suzzette Stringer.  Junior high student Samantha Nicodemus was introduced by Principal Don Layton.  High school student Yuyao Huang was unable to attend due to a softball game but will be presented at the next meeting. 


City of Edgewood proclaims poison prevention week

Edgewood Mayor Steve Steadham began the Feb. 27 Edgewood City Council meeting with a proclamation observing March 19-25, 2017, as Poison Prevention week in the City of Edgewood. The proclamation stresses the importance of proper handing and disposal of household chemicals as well as education on the safe guards individuals need to take in their homes, according to Steadham.

After the proclamation, city officials took to business passing an ordinance concerning the use of Edgewood City Park and also announced that a city park board was established.

The council approved an ordinance that would regulate the use of the Edgewood City Park.


GISD trustees talk awards, maintenance

Photo by Ayla Rightenour Indian award recipients for the month of February were Jase Melton, Adam Davis and Delana Meyer. Not pictured is Carson Brown.

The Grand Saline ISD Board of Trustees presented several awards and were given a maintenance facilities update in addition to hearing the superintendent’s report during their regular monthly meeting recently.

Indian Awards

Adam Davis received the Indian Award for the month of February. Davis likes to play baseball and his favorite subject in school is math.

Davis wants to be a baseball player when he grows up. His teacher, Mrs. Sherman, says he is a joy to have in her classroom. He is a hard worker, courteous and polite, according to his teacher.

The Indian Award recipient for the Intermediate School was given to Carson Brown. Brown was unable to attend due to an end of the year basketball tournament.

His teacher says he is always respectful, polite and willing to help others. Brown always does his best and works great with every student in the class and he is a joy to have on campus, according to his teacher.


Norrell, Valenzuela qualify for state debate

Martins Mill High School has qualified two students for the 2016-‘17 University Interscholastic League State Cross-Examination District Meet to be held March 13-18 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Qualifiers include Ethan Norrell, first place team member and Marcuz Valenzuela, second place team member.  The students qualified for the state meet by placing first or second at the UIL Cross-Examination District Meet held at North Hopkins ISD in February.

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Martins Mill recognizes robots, students

Photos by Jennifer Ball The first place winning robot of the Martin’s Mill Robotics Team.

Martins Mill Board of trustees held their regular meeting Feb. 15.  The meeting began by recognizing the students of the month.  Elementary students Codi Posey and Ricki Hurt were honored by Principal Suzzette Stringer.  Junior high student Paige Gaines and high school students R.C. Holleman and Haley Celsur were awarded by Principal Don Layton. 

 The robotics team was also recognized for their performance in the first UIL robotics competition.  The team gave the board a preview of their robot and the tasks they must complete during the judging.  Not only did they meet the criteria needed, they excelled on every level, remarked school officials.  The team won first place and the coveted BEST award.  The team then thanked the board for their support by awarding them with the first place medals they received. 

As the board began regular business of the meeting, they reviewed the plans and rendering for the elementary sidewalk awning. 


Edgewood ISD school board election cancelled

Due to a candidate withdrawing from the race, the Edgewood ISD school administration office announced recently that the scheduled May 6 trustee election will be cancelled.

Incumbent candidate Gary Pool has withdrawn his name for re-election in Place 7 leaving Judy Steadham as the only remaining candidate for that position. Incumbent Jody McPherson is unopposed in Place 6.

With currently two candidates signed up for the two available positions on the school board, the Edgewood ISD Board of Trustees will plan to officially cancel the race and declare Steadham and McPherson as the winners.

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Supt. Baker updates board on legislation

Edgewood ISD Superintendent Andy Baker updated the Edgewood School Board at the February meeting on a few bills that will be in the legislature this session.

“Governor Abbott wants to increase funding for education, including pre-kindergarten, but the House of Representatives has removed all state funding for the program. Edgewood offers half day pre-k classes; therefore, the funding they receive is minimal,” said Baker.

 Superintendent Baker also updated the board that funding “funding might be changing depending on the actions of the Senate.”

Baker reported that new bills will address funding issues for school districts that cover less than 300 square miles.

“The small districts have received less funding for the past 30 years but the legislature will be reviewing the process.”


University News

Stephen F. Austin University

The following students have been named to the dean’s list at Stephen F. Austin University for the fall semester.To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5.

Ben Wheeler-Madison Daniel, Hospitality Administration; Edgewood-Chase Cairns Mathematics and  Phebe Foster, Interdisciplinary Studies; and Grand Saline-Celeste Person, Interdisciplinary Studies.


The following student from Grand Saline received a degree from Stephen F. Austin State University during December commencement exercises.
Emily Rohrman, BA, Theatre, College of Fine Arts.

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EISD Mindset team caps first

Six Edgewood High School students traveled to Tyler on Feb. 3 to compete in Round 2 of the East Texas Academic Rodeo Mindset Competition against several large schools.  The competition tests the participant’s ability to think creatively on their feet and to solve a problem within a set time period.  Points are awarded for teamwork, creativity, and the solution generated by the team. J\uniors Mary Sharf, Jordan Beckham, Danae Rivers, and Kassidy Snyder, along with freshmen Ashlie Thorn and Kenzie Smith, won the competition beating out five other teams in this play-off round.  Each particpant is now eligible to apply for a scholarship sponsored by The East Texas Academic Rodeo.  On Friday, Feb. 24, the students will head to Tyler once again for the awards ceremony.

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