Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball received a new contract and a raise this week. The decision came during a closed-session meeting of UCISD trustees held Monday evening at Central Office. “Trustees unanimously approved extending Dr. Ball’s contract to June 30, 2018, and moved her salary from $150,000 to $157,500,” said Mickey Gerdes, school board president.
Recent complaints have surfaced regarding the amount of trash being left behind by summer river goers, and one concerned resident went so far as to document the litter she found during a visit to 19 Mile Crossing. “It is disgusting, I mean just absolutely horrible,” said Sabrina Rodriguez, who lives near 19 Mile Crossing, which is just northwest of Uvalde on the Nueces River. “And what’s worse is that people are actually adding to the pile rather than picking it up.”
A round of applause echoed across Uvalde Memorial Park on Thursday night after Continental Tire presented a $20,000 check to the city of Uvalde to go toward the $175,000 skate park project. The check, which was given at the start of the public meeting, was presented by Continental Tire representatives, Christian Brielmaier, Thomas Conklin, Angelo Perez and Annette LeMay.
Uvalde EMS staff help place Christina Rivera onto a stretcher as a Uvalde Police officer speaks to Omega Delgado following a two-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday night. According to a police report, Rivera struck Delgado after running a stop sign at the intersection of East Canales Street and South Camp Street.
It has been four months since the city of Uvalde hired a new police chief, and Eric Herrera said he has several plans in motion to improve the department. On Tuesday, Herrera presented an overview of his department to City Council during a regular meeting. He also discussed department goals, projects and a five-year vision plan.
Ten percent of Uvalde County residents have diabetes, a disease that kills more people in America each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The number of diabetes cases in Uvalde County is higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. In 2011, the latest statistical year available, there were 1,878 diagnosed cases of diabetes in Uvalde County, which affected 10.4 percent of the population.
Library enthusiasts picket City Hall in opposition to a proposed $50,000 budget cut to El Progreso Memorial Library. Protesting Tuesday outside City Hall were (left to right) Caroline Bevis, Sharon Colwell, Kathy Voss and Norma Stegann.
Uvalde was the talk of New York City on Monday when local graduate Daren Redfearn visited the set of Good Morning America with a sign showing everyone where he was from and where he’s headed. Redfearn, of Uvalde High School’s Class of 2014, received the graduation present of a lifetime from his grandparents – a surprise trip with grandma and grandpa to New York City.
Opponents of a $10 million city street improvement project are willing to take the petition off the table if city fathers distribute funds equally among all five districts rather than repairing only primary streets. The announcement was made during a regular meeting of Uvalde City Council at City Hall, after it was brought up for discussion by Mayor Don McLaughlin.
Excel Academy might no longer have a Texas Education Agency identification number, but the ideas that the school represent and the programs offered will live on through the students at Uvalde High School. On Monday night at the regular school board meeting of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees unanimously approved closing down Excel Academy, and have all current Excel students attend Uvalde High School. Trustees Carlos Fernandez and Brent Rutledge were not present.