Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District received a ranking of “superior achievement” and a perfect score of 70 for managing the district’s finances. Trustees were given the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, or FIRST, presentation by UCISD chief financial officer Becky Robinson on Oct. 21 at a special board meeting. The Texas Education Agency website states that “the purpose of the financial accountability rating system is to ensure that school districts...are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and achieve improved performance in the management of their financial resources.
Johnny Arreola of Los Palominos gifted CDs and took along his Grammy Award when he visited Sandra Vasquez’s first-grade bilingual class on Friday at Anthon Elementary School. Vasquez said Arreola is a great Hispanic role model in the community and that children can relate to him. Arreola attended Anthon Elementary, and on Friday he talked to students about the importance of staying in school and believing in themselves.
Tony Arce Jr. reads the Uvalde Leader-News on the banks of the Clark Fork River in Thompson Falls, Mont. on Aug. 6. The Clark Fork is the largest river by volume in Montana and was named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
By KIM EAGLE. Uvalde High School has issued 130 parking permits this year, nearly three times as many permits as the 46 issued last year. Trustees of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District were given an update on the parking changes recently implemented at UHS by principal Victor Baron.
Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell has announced his candidacy for re-election and is seeking his eighth four-year term. He first took office as county judge on Jan. 1, 1987. Prior to that, Mitchell served four years as Uvalde County justice of the peace and eight years as a member of Uvalde City Council. “It has been an honor.
By KIM EAGLE. One in eight women will get breast cancer during their lifetime and of those diagnosed, one in 36 will lose the battle. Those figures come from www.cancer.org, and according to the website, the chances of surviving cancer get higher and higher each year. A focused increase in awareness, improvements in early detection, and advances in medication, have contributed to the increased survival rate. Two local women were gracious enough to share their cancer stories with the public in an effort to continue increased awareness and early detection.
Addison Brewster is the 2013 Uvalde High School homecoming queen. She was crowned during a halftime ceremony during the Uvalde Coyote’s homecoming football game on Friday night. Happy tears were plentiful as her name was announced and her classmates celebrated the honor with her. Brewster is the daughter of Lori and Neal Brewster, of Uvalde. Brewster represented the office assistants and she was escorted by Coleman Klein.
By MEGHANN GARCIA. In just a few years, visitors to the Memorial Park Amphitheater will be enjoying a completely reworked setting if the Uvalde Rotary Club’s fundraising ventures go as planned. The club, represented by Richard Whipple, got the go-ahead from Uvalde City Council on Tuesday night to begin fundraising to improve the current open-air theater by adding a seating and stage area where there is currently only a round slab along the Leona River Walk by Uvalde Memorial Park.
iPads in hand, several Uvalde Junior High School eighth-grade students talked to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board members about how they use new technology in class on a daily basis. The presentation took place Monday, during a meeting at the Uvalde High School Library. Angela Gutsch, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, introduced students Ryan Perez, Jesse Davila, Armando Garcia, Louden Rowe, Bailey Chapa, Eduardo Gonzales and Zack Hernandez.
Jimmy Joe Howard reads the Uvalde Leader-News in front of the The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. The hotel was built in 1909 and is possibly best known for its role in Stephen King’s novel, “The Shining.” While in Colorado, Howard won third place in his age division in the Rocky Mountain Half-Marathon on Aug. 17. He was particularly excited about that feat since he is not used to running in 8,000-feet elevation.