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.
As far back as most can remember, Uvalde has been known as Tree City USA, thanks mainly to the thousands of pecan and oak trees that blanket the town. But that designation has been suspended – at least temporarily – until further approval is granted by the Texas A&M Forest Service. “They are the ones that will grant us the recertification once everything is said and done,” said Joe Cardenas, assistant city manager. “We’re supposed to renew it every year, but we just dropped the ball this time.”
The future of Excel Academy will be decided tomorrow when Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees meet for a regular school board meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Uvalde High School library.
City officials say citizens should not be too quick to sign the petition to block the borrowing of $10 million to fund street repairs. The petition, which was generated just one week after the city announced intent to borrow the money, went into circulation on Friday.
The County-Wide Market and Family Fun Day was such a success that one young girl proved she didn’t want to leave. She competed in a hula hoop contest for one hour and 39 minutes straight. Sophia Medina’s resolve never wavered, even as competitors tried to distract her from her goal on Saturday at Uvalde County Fairplex Event Center and Pavilion.
Rudy Perez (left) and Richard Najera hold the Uvalde Leader-News while standing at one of the end zones of the AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Also pictured is Perez's son, Alex, who wanted to be a “newspaper boy.”
A plan to fund a street repair project was set in motion last week when Uvalde City Councilmen authorized advertising their intent to borrow up to $10 million; however, several city residents are already voicing their opposition. The notice of intent to borrow money, which outlines the plan to issue certificates of obligation, was published in this newspaper on July 10 and again today.
Students being sent to the principal’s office at Uvalde High School this upcoming school year will be met by a new face. On Monday, Jose Hernandez began his first official day as principal of UHS. He replaces Victor Baron, who still works for the district as assistant director of special education.
The Uvalde Police Department recently welcomed another crime-fighter to the agency: four-legged officer Max. The 3-year-old German Shepard joined the department on June 30. He is paired with K-9 officer Felipe Ramon and has taken the place of Kevin, the department’s previous police dog who developed a health issue.