Mariel Williams


The Texas Education Agency released preliminary STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) results last week.

Parents can look at their children’s individual scores by logging on to the state’s system online. Superintendent Susan Kincannon said Belton Independent School District is happy with its scores.


The Temple school board is almost ready to vote on a $119.8 million budget for the 2019-20 school year.

Last year, the district had a budget of $111.5 million. Preparing school budgets has been tricky this year, as districts across the state waited for the Legislature to make a decision on school finance before projecting their expected revenues.

Education options have expanded dramatically in recent years, adding home schooling, charter schools and other new choices to the traditional public and private campuses.

The Johnson family of Temple was able to find a school that helped them by combining home-schooling flexibility with public-school curriculum structure.

Two decades on, victims of the famed Jarrell tornado will be memorialized by a new elementary school opening this fall.

The Jarrell Independent School District board of trustees decided its upcoming campus will be called Igo Elementary, after the family of five who died tragically in 1997.


BELTON — Middle and elementary students gathered to learn about creativity and technology in a nationally-recognized camp this week.

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