In an effort to beat the holiday rush, Santa Claus hopes to receive letters from area children by Friday. The generous benefactor recently announced his intentions to go digital this year and asked that teachers and parents submit wish lists via e-mail, as long as the children’s spelling remains in original form.
The average salary for a full-time superintendent in the state of Texas is $131,250, and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is slightly ahead of the curve when it comes to the salary it pays Jeanette Ball. Ball, who is the current superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s approximately 5,000 students, is paid a salary of $144,000 a year.
The Weisman Museum of Southwest Texas is opening a major exhibit, Green Gold: Farming in the Winter Garden Region. This exhibit tells the story of farming from its beginning in Southwest Texas to 1960. Through photographs, artifacts and personal stories, the exhibit highlights the gritty tales of farming, crops, innovation, water and people.
The misuse of the center turn lane is a common occurrence around town, and to some drivers it is a major pet peeve while others are in the dark about its proper use. The turn lane is the lane in the center of many streets and highways that both directions of traffic can use to make left turns. In Uvalde, there is a center turn lane on Main and Getty streets. The Texas Driver’s Handbook regards the turning lane as a way for drivers to safely make left turns from the roadway. “The center lane should never be used for passing or as a through-traffic lane,” it reads.
Uvalde and area residents have multiple opportunities to give back this holiday season. Food, clothing and toy donations are being collected by different businesses and agencies to help provide some holiday cheer to those less fortunate.
Uvalde Consolidated School District is proving they have officially accepted the role of technology and social media in education with the implementation of their new district application, or app. The UCISD app, which is now available for free download from any app store, is compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems. Find it by entering “Uvalde CISD” into the search field.
Karen Eagle reads the Uvalde Leader-News while aboard a train on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Gary and Karen Eagle recently traveled to Colorado, where they enjoyed a historic train ride along the 45 mile line between Durango and Silverton. The train has been in operation for 130 years, carrying passengers behind a vintage steam locomotive. The line was constructed to haul silver and ore from the San Juan Mountains.
An expenditure of $300,000, made possible by funding procured as a result of the Tax Ratification Election earlier this year, was approved for necessary infrastructure upgrades to the district’s network operations and data center. District trustees approved the spending after district superintendent Jeanette Ball introduced the item for discussion at their Monday meeting at the Uvalde High School library.
A full crowd turned out Thursday, when Justice Sandee Bryan Marion was in Uvalde to discuss the structure of Texas courts and a wide variety of recent cases, including cases involving First Amendment rights. Marion, who has served on the Fourth Court of Appeals for 12 years, was the featured speaker during Thursday’s Uvalde Rotary Club meeting. In the state of Texas, there are two supreme courts. The first is the Texas Supreme Court.