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June 20, 2018: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: Retired educator would like to see more for substitute teachers


During the audience portion of the June 11 Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees meeting, retired Mesquite ISD educator Sharon Davenport spoke about substitutes and what she would like to see, specifically more pay and incentives for substitutes.

"About a year ago, I think it was stated that the district had about 500 substitutes on their list, but of that 500 about maybe one-third of those are active," she said.

Davenport said she would like to see a pay increase for the substitutes, and recently she discovered substitutes are getting paid less per hour than crossing guards.







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June 18: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: Doherty wins Allen City Council runoff by 44 votes

With accumulated totals from early voting and Election Day ballots reported on the Collin County website Saturday night, Lauren Doherty squeaked by in the Place 3 runoff race for the Allen City Council against opponent Shirley Mangrum by winning 50.7 percent, or 1,595 votes.

Mangrum finished on Doherty's heels, winning 49.3 percent, or 1,551 votes. Mangrum closed a 10 percent gap after claiming a flat 31 percent of votes on May 5 compared to Doherty's 41.23 percent. A runoff was required as no candidate won the 50 percent majority needed to claim the council seat.

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June 14: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: Lake Dallas resident named a finalist for an Entrepreneur of the Year award

EY, formerly Ernst & Young, has announced that Lake Dallas resident Cade Griffis, founder and CEO of D-BAT, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Southwest region.

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Griffis was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala June 23 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

"This is a tremendous honor to be an EY Finalist in the Entrepreneur Of The Year program," Griffis said. "We are very proud of our team at D-BAT and the positive impact we are having on youth baseball and softball, not only in the United States, but overseas as well. We know how competitive the business atmosphere is in the Southwest, and we are thrilled to be included in this amazing group of finalists."

Now in its 32nd year, EY has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards.

Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 10.

The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The national overall award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2019.

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June 08: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: LISD celebrates STEM recognition for Donald Elementary

When Donald Elementary School begins the 2018-19 school year as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy, it will be well equipped to do so.

After all, the school recently became a nationally recognized STEM campus by the National Institute for STEM Education.

Donald is the first elementary school in Texas and fourth in the country to receive that distinction.

In addition, 22 Donald teachers have earned their national STEM certification with 10 more on their way to achieving that.

Students, teachers and administrators celebrated those feats Thursday morning.

"We are extremely proud Donald is our first elementary STEM academy, but even more so now it is a nationally recognized STEM campus," Superintendent Kevin Rogers said. "Our slogan is Real Innovation. Limitless Opportunity. And this is really about the opportunities for our students."

The academy will open in August. Students will learn STEM practices in their core classes, and they will receive additional instruction in engineering, robotics, computer programming and career exploration.

Becoming certified was a long process but an important one, said Donald Principal Michelle Wooten.

'This wasn't just like an online test where you take it and then get certified,' Wooten said. 'There were 38 modules that took us through the whole process. How we ask questions, how we work with students, so they can explore and manipulate the world around them.'

Wooten said one of the biggest challenges for the teachers during this process was finding the time to learn something new.

'They had to figure out how to get into the classrooms that's not they're own,' Wooten said.

Wooten said while the first 15 of 38 modules were broad, the rest were more specific, such as reading and science or writing and science.

Wooten said many of the staff members who became certified did so despite having no background in science, technology, engineering or math.

June 02: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: McKinney teen wins National Spelling Bee

For Karthik Nemmani, spelling bees are not a competition against other people.

The main foe for the 14-year-old national champion is, in fact, the dictionary.

The eighth-grader from Scoggins Middle School, a Frisco ISD school in McKinney, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday after spelling out "koinonia," a word meaning "intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community," according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Eleven million students participate in the Bee each year, according to the competition website. North Texas found victory in the first-, second- and third-place winners of the Bee. Naysa Modi of Frisco and Abhijay Kodali of Flower Mound won second and third places, respectively.

The Spelling Bee began in 1925 and continues today with the goal of helping students improve spelling, vocabulary and correct English usage, according to the competition website. +1 Karthik

Photo courtesy of Mark Bowmen/Scripps National Spelling Bee

Karthik Nemmani sports his championship trophy after winning the National Spelling Bee.

For Nemmani, preparation goes beyond the English language and extends to understanding the patterns and roots of other languages including French, Italian and Greek.

"If you broaden your language knowledge, you can broaden your word knowledge, which is very important in Bees," Nemmani said.

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May 27: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: C-FB ISD selects lone finalist for superintendent: Choice sparks controversy

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD recently announced John Chapman as the lone finalist for superintendent of schools, causing a stir among residents.

Many residents said they were disappointed and concerned about the decision.

The decision was solely made by the C-FB ISD Board of Trustees. John Mathews, C-FB ISD board president, said the board used the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) executive search service. TASB was hired to publicize the opening and take applications for the job.

TASB then sent the district a list of 36 applicants with all their information and resumes. Each one of the board members went through all of the applications and narrowed the 36 down to seven. Those seven applicants were brought in for an interview, and the seven were then narrowed down to three applicants. The final three were brought back for a second interview and from those interviews the board selected a lone finalist.

The board voted 5-1 for Chapman, the current superintendent of Ennis ISD.

"What I want you all to understand is how hard the people up here have worked in the last couple of months during this process," Mathews said. "This is the hardest thing a school board has to do."

Matthews said Chapman had excellent interviews.

"He's knowledgeable, and he was very impressive in the interviews," he said.

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May 23: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: Allen City Council establishes regulations for temporary, permanent food trucks

Rules have been put into place to allow one of the hottest food trends in recent years to set up shop in Allen.

The Allen City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to the Allen Land Development Code (ALDC) that would allow for uses of food trucks at various locations in the city.

According to Marc Kurbansade, director of planning and development, the city groups mobile food establishments into three categories: temporary events, food truck sites and food truck parks. Temporary events means that food trucks would come in as part of an event like a festival, a la the Allen USA celebration this summer. Mobile food vendors would not require a permit on their own; they would be permitted as part of that short-lived event. The city has previously allowed for food trucks at such gatherings.

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May 23: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: Mesquite Police chief presents quarterly report

Mesquite Police Chief Charles Cato presented a quarterly report to the City Council Monday night, and the numbers show that recruitment has been successful.

Within the police department there's currently one vacancy each for public safety professional and records clerk, two vacancies for dispatchers and seven for police officers.

He then went over the DWI arrest numbers for the last four quarters. In the second quarter of 2017 the PD made 188 arrests, in the third quarter they made 162, in the fourth quarter they made 177, and in the first quarter of 2018 they made 217 arrests.

Cato said Sam Houston State University Criminal Justice agency tracks DWI arrests across the state and provide training to most agencies. They notified him that MPD is No. 1 in the region in DWI arrests and fourth in all of North Texas.

"Part of the reason is because one of our officers takes DWI very seriously, and he helped develop a system that simplifies the arrest reporting process," he said.

He also went over the burglary, vehicle theft and aggravated assault for the first quarter.

There was a noticeable decline in residential burglaries from last year. In January 2017 there were 67, and in January of this year there were 60, in February of last year there were 61, this year there were 28, and in March of last year there were 48 and 38 this year.

Commercial burglaries for the first quarter are: January 2017 - 23, February 2017 - 13, and March 2017 - 16, for this year - January had 22, February - 16, and March - 21.

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May 20: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: Coppell Arts Center business plan provides insight

After having to delay the discussion for several weeks, the Coppell City Council was able to discuss the business plan for the proposed performing arts center.

Michael Jenkins, president of LARC Inc. recently shared recommendations for the marketing and management of the center with the council.

"Our mission statement would be that this is something for all people of Coppell and primarily it would help the Old Town group," Jenkins said. "We got involved through looking at was this (center) viable at all as a profitable, break even operation. We found that it was."

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June 20: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: McKinney mayor joins business panel with area leaders

Collin County Business Alliance's annual State of the Business Luncheon, hosted by Capital One, gathered a panel of local mayors - Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, McKinney Mayor George Fuller, Frisco Mayor Pro Tem Shona Huffman and Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue - to discuss solutions for Collin County's most pressing issues: transportation, housing, education and property taxes.

Jennifer Lindgren, an anchor with CBS 11 News, moderated the discussion. Of the many contentious topics, several business owners agreed transportation is the most pressing issue in Collin County. As cities' infrastructures continue to age, local city councils are challenged to find solutions for constant congestion on the roadways.

"I think we're past the point of widening roads," LaRosiliere said on traffic solutions. So instead of overpasses and extra lanes, cities are looking at alternative travel options for the future. Over the next 15-20 years, LaRosiliere said he foresaw a community with more carpool, more Uber, more Lyft and less solo driving. In the meantime, communities like Plano will be preparing their infrastructure for their fast-growing future.

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June 20: The McKinney Courier-Gazette: Mesquite Rodeo's 2018 season underway

The Mesquite Championship Rodeo's 2018 season kicked off June 2 and promises a variety of events each Saturday through Aug. 25. As the season heats up, it's time to learn the ins and outs of Mesquite's hallmark destination.

There are two types of events in the rodeo; the roughstock events and the timed events. the roughstock events are the most common thought of when speaking of the rodeo, they include events such as: bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. while the timed events include: steer roping, tie down roping, barrel racing, and steer wrestling.

In roughstock events, a contestant must stay on the animal for eight seconds while using one hand to make a qualified ride and his score is determined not only by his performance but that of the animals as well. If a contestant touches the animal at anytime with their free hand, they are automatically disqualified.

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