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Falls Career High School teacher Mike Saenz earns national honor

Falls Career teacher’s customized lessons earn national honor

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Falls Career High School English teacher Mike Saenz admitted he bounced around in college before deciding education was the path for him. All that bouncing taught him not everyone travels at the same rate to get where they’re going, and it’s a lesson that has helped him as an educator. In June, […]

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Marble Falls theater arts students at international festival

Marble Falls thespians take big stage in ‘hat trick’ year

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON All dedicated actors hope to get a callback, a chance to perform one more time. And four Marble Falls High School theater arts students, duos Abigail Collard and Charles “C.W.” Hellen and Charles McLean and Gillian Goff, earned that coveted callback at the International Thespian Festival with Collard and Hellen picked to […]

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BCISD board member Earl Foster earns Master Trustee designation

Burnet school district trustee earns Master designation

After extensive training, a yearlong research project, and final presentations, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board member Earl Foster earned his Master Trustee designation. Foster, who’s been on the BCISD board since 2016, was a member of the 2018-19 Leadership TASB program that helps trustees become better leaders and more knowledgable about issues facing Texas […]

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Backpacks just like these will be handed out to more than 2,000 students of Marble Falls and Llano Independent School Districts during the annual Back to School Blasts. Llano’s event is Saturday, July 27, at Packsaddle Elementary School, 150 Pioneer Lane in Kingsland, while Marble Falls will host an event Saturday, August 3, at Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Circle Drive in Marble Falls. File photo

Donations, volunteers needed for upcoming Back to School Blasts

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Back to School Blast may be over two weeks away, but board members are hard at work preparing for the more than 2,000 backpacks that will be handed out to students at Marble Falls and Llano Independent School Districts. (more…)

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Jeremy LeJeune

Principal of the Year picked to lead Burnet Middle School

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet school district officials found an experienced principal to take over the reins at Burnet Middle School with the selection of Jeremy LeJeune. (more…)

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Texas Tech-Highland Lakes offering Professional MBA

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Texas Tech University at Highland Lakes is offering a new Professional Master of Business Administration degree beginning this fall. The program is designed for managers and professionals who wish to remain fully employed as they pursue a graduate degree. (more…)

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New Falls Career principal ‘a champion’ for students

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Spend a few minutes talking to new Falls Career High School Principal Allie Hampton, and you’ll quickly understand why Marble Falls Independent School District Superintendent Chris Allen recommended her for the job. (more…)

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MFISD considers new campus as officials monitor growth

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Anticipating continued growth in the Marble Falls Independent School District, board trustees adopted amendments to the long-range facilities plan at their regular meeting June 17. (more…)

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Burnet school bands shouldn’t miss a beat with new directors

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet High School and Burnet Middle School each have new band directors. Hired to lead the high school was Nick Stephenson. The new middle school director is Allen Andrus. The hirings and several other band-related changes were made at the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board meeting June 17. (more…)

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Gov. Greg Abbott signs HB3

Burnet and Marble Falls teachers and staff getting pay raises

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Teachers and staff in the Burnet and Marble Falls school districts are getting pay raises now that House Bill 3 has been signed into law. The boards of trustees for both districts voted in the pay increases at their meetings June 17. The increases — but not the amounts — were […]

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Marble Falls sidewalk plan

Marble Falls seeks $500,000 sidewalk grant to connect schools, neighborhoods

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A grant to build a network of sidewalks connecting three school campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods is in the works for Marble Falls. The city applied for more than $500,000 worth of sidewalk construction through the Texas Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School project. (more…)

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MFISD bond projects on schedule; student safety priority

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Taxpayers passing by Marble Falls Independent School District campuses might not be able to see it, but implementation of the projects they approved in a $55 million bond election last year are underway and on schedule, including programs and facility enhancements designed to make the schools safer. (more…)

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More than 50 Marble Falls High School graduates received Lemmah A. Perry Fund scholarships during Senior Scholarship Night earlier this year. Perry, a former Marble Falls High School home economics teacher who passed away in 2008 at the age of 86, left her estate to provide scholarships to students who might otherwise not be able attend a university, college, or technical school. Courtesy photo

Teacher who died in 2008 still helping students achieve

FROM STAFF REPORTS Though retired Marble Falls High School home economics teacher Lemmah A. Perry passed away in 2008, she continues to impact students’ education, even helping 2019 graduates to pursue their dreams of higher education. (more…)

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Leslie Talamantes

New Highland Lakes Elementary principal is MFISD ‘grown’

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When Leslie Talamantes stepped into the meeting chamber of the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees on June 3, she immediately felt right at home. (more…)

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Marble Falls school bus crash sends one person to hospital

FROM STAFF REPORTS A Cedar Park teen was transported to an Austin-area hospital after the SUV she was driving crashed into a Marble Falls Independent School District bus carrying 11 Colt Elementary School students Wednesday morning. (more…)

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Mustang Stadium turf, track work to begin after graduation

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Mustang Stadium is getting a new ground-level look as crews start work June 3. Marble Falls Independent School District has contracted with Paragon Sports to rebuild the track and install new turf at the high school stadium at a cost of $944,0282. The cost is part of a bond that voters […]

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls is located at 3151 RR 1431 East. Call (830) 798-1333 or go to famf.org for more information. File photo

Faith Academy announces Dean’s List for Spring 2019

Faith Academy of Marble Falls recently announced its the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester. “We are so proud of these students for making every effort to achieve the Dean’s List,” said Amy Cozby, Faith Academy Head of School. “We push our kids to do the hard work, and with the support of their […]

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Highland Lakes school districts offering summer meal programs

Highland Lakes school districts offering summer meal programs

FROM STAFF REPORTS While school’s out, kids can still get free meals through the local districts’ summer food program. Check each site for hours and dates as well as if it serves breakfast and lunch or lunch only. The meals are free to ages 18 and younger. (more…)

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Marble Falls school district names Teachers of the Year

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Marble Falls Independent School District named Lezlie Lust and Patrick Minor its Teachers of the Year. (more…)

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New Marble Falls High School head boys basketball coach Travis Crain (left) stands with retired Mustangs head basketball coach Larry Berkman, who is now a member of the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees. The board approved Crain’s hire May 9. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Travis Crain returns ‘home’ as Mustangs basketball coach

  CORRECTION: A previous headline for this story had coach Travis Crain’s name misspelled as Cain. DailyTrib.com apologizes for the error. STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Travis Crain is back in purple and gold — this time as the head boys basketball coach at Marble Falls High School. And he couldn’t be happier. (more…)

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Burnet High School’s Health Occupations Students of America are organizing their final blood drive of the school year to help Thiago Paxtor, the 3-year-old son of a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District teacher. The blood drive is 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Burnet High School, 1000 The Green Mile. HOSA students include Lucila Ortiz (front row, left), Mikayla Whitus, Samantha Robison; Lillian McLeod (back row, left), Stephanie Lemus, and Kathleen Fipps along with teacher Sharon Massey. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet High School blood drive May 13 for Team Thiago

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet High School’s Health Occupation Students of America say their upcoming blood drive has a greater significance than the ones they helped organize in the past. (more…)

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Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Steiner is the new R.J. Richey Elementary School principal, while Alicia Harris was named the new principal at Bertram Elementary School. Courtesy photos

Burnet school district hits ‘home run’ with new principals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Superintendent Keith McBurnett described the Burnet school district’s two new principals in sports terms. “This is like getting two first-round draft picks for us,” he said. (more…)

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Not too late to register students for MFISD pre-K, kindergarten

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Parents and guardians who missed the Marble Falls Independent School District’s Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup at elementary campuses on April 30 can still register their children. (more…)

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The 2019 Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Volunteers of the Year are Afton Floyd (front row, left) at Bertram Elementary School, Kristina Bailey at R.J. Richey Elementary School, Nancy Cranfill at the Parent Resource Center, Mark Barnard at Quest High School (back row, left), Gloria Flores at Burnet High School, Vicenta Stafford at Shady Grove Elementary School, and Craig Lindholm at Burnet Middle School. Thanks to the success of this program, Burnet CISD officials have created the Adopt-A-School program for businesses, churches, and the like to volunteer together at a campus of their choosing. Courtesy photo

Burnet CISD invites the community to ‘adopt’ a school

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is inviting businesses and civic organizations to become more involved in campus life and boost student achievement through Adopt-A-School. (more…)

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The Faith Academy of Marble Falls middle school robotics students are preparing for the 2019 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll compete on the world stage in the Botball tournament. The event draws teams from across the United States and as far away as China and Qatar. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Programmed to win: Faith Academy students in world Botball competition

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Faith Academy of Marble Falls robotics team swept the Texas Region Botball Tournament, winning first place and earning a trip to the Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll take on the world. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School theater students and teachers celebrate after a successful one-act play season. The troupe performed ‘The Storm in the Barn’ at the UIL one-act play 5A state meet April 24 at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center. Though they didn’t win, the Marble Falls program was only one of eight 5A schools to earn a spot in the state contest. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls theater students have best performance at state

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON While the Marble Falls High School one-act play troupe didn’t win the state competition at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center on April 24, actors hit a goal they and their directors had set. (more…)

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