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Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012, 08:00 - 17:00


Volume 27, No. 225 Monday, December 3, 2012


State Testing Change: A local school superintendent is pleased by Friday’s announcement by the Texas Commissioner of Education that he is deferring implementation of what’s known as the 15 percent grading requirement for the state of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness end-of course exams, commonly known as STARR. Under the 15 percent rule, a student’s score on the state’s STARR test counts as 15 percent of their grade in each corresponding school class. For example, a student’s STARR math score would count as part of the student’s grade in his or her school math class. LISD Superintendence Dr. Cody Abshier said deferring the rule for the current school year relieves some of the pressure being felt in school districts as Texas continues to transition to a more rigorous accountability system.


LISD Athletic Director: Liberty school trustees will hold a special meeting tonight to begin discussing the district’s athletic director position. The majority of the meeting is a closed-door executive session. Then, trustees meet in the open-to-the-public portion for possible action regarding an A.D. profile and/or recommendations for a selection committee. That meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the LISD administration building on Grand Ave.


Payge Davie Update: The 11-year-old Nottingham Elementary student who was critically injured in an auto-pedestrian accident last month is continuing to show improvement. She’s Payge Davie, and her mother, Nancy, said Payge has been moved from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston to a rehab facility to begin what may be a long process of recovery. Mrs. Davie said Payge has not been able to speak since being revived from her medically induced coma days after the accident. The 11-year-old also has little control over her arm and leg movement. Payge’s mom said her daughter went through her first session of rehab therapy on Friday and was laughing and smiling. For now, Mrs. Davie is grateful for these “baby steps” toward recovery.


Plea Agreement: A 38-year-old Liberty man pleaded guilty to two felony charges last week in the 75th District Court of Judge Mark Morefield. Jerry Lawayne Riggs admitted to credit or debit card abuse and evading arrest. Judge Morefield sentenced Riggs to nine years in prison on each of those charges.


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