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QISD board approves tax rate, budget

The Quitman ISD school board approved a new property tax rate and the budget for the upcoming school year at a noon meeting Monday. The board approved a tax rate of $0.8989 per $100 valuation. … more

Mineola homecoming 2023

Mineola celebrates homecoming this week. The bonfire has been postponed until Nov. 1. The parade steps off downtown at 3 p.m. Friday. more

State accountability standards won’t reward better Mineola test scores

Mineola students performed well on the latest round of state testing last spring. Still, it likely won’t be enough to help the district keep its hard earned “A” rating from the … more

Diagnosis set family on different path

Life changes, often in dramatic moments – moments which rewrite priorities, challenge faith, stress hearts and cause questioning of everything one believes in. 

Mineola athletic director Luke Blackwell and his family have had more than their share of these dramatic moments over the past two years. more

Mineola, Quitman schools fare well on tests

The latest round of Texas public schools test scores was released last week by the Texas Education Agency.

The results were mostly positive for Mineola and Quitman, while Alba-Golden had a few areas of concern. more

Retired ag teachers honored

AG foundation off to great start

The newly-created Alba-Golden Education Foundation briefed district trustees at Monday’s board meeting that they had raised $65,000 in the first three weeks of fundraising. A comprehensive … more

ISDs propose lower property tax bills

Texas public school districts are in the process of setting their budgets and property tax rates in line with the new tax reduction measures passed recently by the state legislature. Lawmakers … more

Yantis students can eat for free

The Yantis Independent School District announced it will operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2023-2024 school … more

Ag teachers honored by hall of fame

Two retired Wood County ag teachers have been inducted into the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas Hall of Fame. Glen Dossett of Mineola and Gary Don Chandler of Quitman were honored in … more

AGISD hosts kick off for school year

Alba-Golden ISD kicks off the new school year Friday with a community event, culminating in the Meet the Panthers pep rally, introducing all the participants in fall sports and activities at 7:30 … more

Sound of the Swarm adds 2nd state honor band award to accolades

The three-time state champion marching band is now also the two-time state honor band. The Mineola High School Sound of the Swarm received notice recently that it had earned that honor for the … more

Yantis graduate on dean’s list

The University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. has announced that Kelsey Coyne of Yantis has been named to the Dean’s List for Spring 2023. more

Alba-Golden school district announces food assistance guidelines

Alba-Golden ISD announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the current income eligibility guidelines. more

Mineola High School grads can benefit from new UT-Tyler and TJC collaboration

Leaders from Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Tyler signed an agreement Monday to create the TJC & UT Tyler Promise Transfer Scholarship. It will benefit Mineola High School graduates and students from other area school districts. more

East Texas welcomes first medical school

The very first class of medical students in East Texas has begun its journey at the University of Texas at Tyler.

A White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2027 was held at the Tyler campus recently, and the university announced that 95% of the students in the inaugural class are from East Texas. more

Quitman ISD School Board approves copiers, hears new shop building nearing completion

Quitman ISD school board members quickly disposed of their agenda Monday night. The board approved Xerox for district-wide copiers for the upcoming year and approved revisions to the Employee … more

Mineola ISD buys property next to school

The Mineola school district is buying more property. The school board voted Monday to spend $500,000 to purchase the property on the north side of the campuses along West Loop 564. The … more

Mineola Middle School restricts cell phone use

Mineola Middle School students will no longer have their cell phones during the school day. Principal Brittany Thompson announced the change to the student handbook at Monday’s school … more

Alba-Golden welcomes new superintendent, campus administrators

The full Alba-Golden school board met Monday evening, beginning a new chapter in the story of Alba-Golden ISD. Three new members – Jessica Christian, Terry Clark and Kristopher Quintana … more
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