Follow the money: How a political action committee disrupted the status quo within North East ISD
Campaign finance reports obtained by KSAT Investigates from the Texas Ethics Commission show that Steve Hilliard, Marsha Landry, Diane Villarreal and Jacqueline Klein all have ties to a socially conservative political action committee (PAC) called Parents United for Freedom.
Two NEISD teachers honored as Music Teachers of Excellence by Country Music Association
Johnson High School Band Director Jarrett Lipman and Roan Forest Elementary School Music Teacher Matthew Trevino will be honored at an event hosted by Country Music Hall of Fame member Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn on Oct. 19.
‘We want to be proactive’: North East ISD hires Secret Service agent for new security position
A 29-year veteran of the federal agency, Paul Duran is currently the head the of the San Antonio Secret Service Field Office. When he starts his new role with NEISD on Oct. 3, Duran will establish and enforce safety and security procedures.
North East ISD superintendent strongly recommends face masks to avoid campus closures amid local COVID-19 surge
North East Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Sean Maika strongly recommended the use of face masks to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections on campus and says if the spread continues, the district may be forced to close schools.
North East ISD students start school year same day as American Academy of Pediatrics announce mask recommendations
Monday is the first day of school for kids at Castle Hills Elementary and it happened to fall on the same day the American Academy of Pediatrics announced new recommendations for the 2021-2022 school year.
NEISD police chief admonished after job recommendation for staffer who resigned amid scandal
The police chief of North East Independent School District will remain in his position but has been told to be more careful when giving references, weeks after a Defenders investigation showed him recommending an employee for a job with another agency days after she resigned amid scandal.
San Antonio school superintendents look back at lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic shutdown
SAN ANTONIO – One year ago, San Antonio students began their 2020 spring break only to learn it wouldn’t end as planned. COVID-19 pandemic worries had reached a tipping point by then, and schools around the country shut down. San Antonio school superintendents are now looking back on lessons learned and where we are going from here. Speaking of tests, most school districts are now offering regular COVID-19 tests for staff and students, and vaccinations are now being added the mix. District leaders said look for the fall school plans to roll out by the end of this semester.
These San Antonio area school districts will still require students to wear face coverings
SAN ANTONIO – Private and public businesses and service centers are beginning to announce their own changes to COVID-19 safety protocol following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement of the state’s “100% reopening.” Since then, area school districts have explained their safety protocols going forward. Bandera ISD - The district said it will not change its current COVID-19 safety protocols following Abbott’s announcement. South San Antonio ISD - South San ISD will continue to include required mask usage as part of COVID-19 safety protocols. This list will be updated as more schools in the area begin to examine their own COVID-19 safety protocols.
North East ISD reports up to $2 million in winter storm damage
SAN ANTONIO – The North East Independent School District had its share of water lines that burst, but the costliest damage to the city’s second largest school district was to four large chillers at three of its schools. “Some of those chillers just froze over, broke and have to be replaced, unfortunately,” said NEISD spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor. Normally used for air conditioning systems, the chillers affected were at Churchill High School, Bush Middle School and Garner Middle School. “We had so many wonderful, wonderful maintenance staff, custodians, everyone who left their own families at home,” she said. “When it’s all said and done, we’re probably looking at about two million.”Chancellor said the school district is covered by insurance, but it has a $100,000 deductible.
North East ISD librarian creates social-emotional learning section to help students amid pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – As students continue to adjust amid the pandemic, a North East ISD librarian says social and emotional learning is still essential for students. When the school year started, Wright said she created different kits for students. Wright said that making the kits for the students led her to create a social-emotional learning section at the library. “So, those are the things that help me to understand that there’s a need.”Wright said there is also a section for teachers with books that can help incorporate social emotional learning in the classroom. Related: Northside ISD, North East ISD will delay in-person learning at start of the new school year
COVID-19 cases on the rise in Bexar County schools, data shows
Northside ISD reported 191 student and 161 staff cumulative cases in the state’s last report for the week ending on Nov. 15. Staff cases went from 17 new cases in the Nov. 1-8 report to 44 new staff cases from Nov. 8-15. The state failed to add the district’s data for Nov. 8, but the NEISD website shows 15 new student cases and 17 new staff cases. The district reported 183 student cases and 49 staff cumulative cases on Nov. 15. NEISD reported 15 new student cases and 17 new staff cases for this period.
NEISD, NISD to allow more students to return to campus Monday
SAN ANTONIO – More students will be returning to the classroom Monday at North East ISD and Northside ISD campuses, school officials said Wednesday. Only students whose parents or guardians previously signed up for in-person learning for the second grading period will be allowed to return to the classroom. Parents can still keep their children in virtual learning, and they may change learning environments for them every four weeks. Once the new students are back on campus, they must wear masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing. Northside ISD also plans to accept new students Monday for in-person learning.
San Antonio’s 3 largest school districts have reported more than 80 COVID-19 cases for students, staff
Here’s some of the cumulative data from San Antonio’s largest school districts for the school year so far:North East ISD has reported 11 total cases among students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 14 staff cases . Boerne ISD has reported 17 total cases for students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 5 staff cases. Comal ISD has reported 25 total cases for students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 9 staff cases. The TEA will report COVID-19 cases in public school districts on a weekly basis. Below is a table with the updated COVID-19 case information for public school students and staff in the San Antonio and surrounding area districts.
Nearly 4,500 COVID-19 cases reported in Texas public schools
of State Health Services and the Texas Education Agency released its first set of numbers Thursday for confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools across the state. The total count of on-campus staff cases during the same period is 2,175 confirmed cases out of just over 800,000. Greg Abbott expands business capacity, keeps bars closedLast month, the TEA and state health department collaborated to create a new system to monitor and report confirmed cases across Texas. School systems started to report confirmed cases to state health officials this month. The San Antonio Metro Health Department initially required Bexar County school districts to report positive cases on the districts’ websites.
Some area school districts began in-person learning today
SAN ANTONIO A handful of students and teachers are back in the classroom as some area school districts have started in-person learning, with the majority having done remote learning since mid-August. Other area districts returning in person include Northside, North East and Alamo Heights ISDs. Northside ISD will have some students return and the district said it will continue to monitor the situation before fully having students and staff return. Alamo Heights had its Pre-K to third grade students return along with transitional year students in sixth and ninth grade. You can see all area districts full return plans by clicking here.
Northside ISD, North East ISD will delay in-person learning at start of the new school year
SAN ANTONIO – Northside ISD and North East ISD will delay holding in-person instruction for students at the start of the new school year. Instead, both school districts will utilize distance learning for students in an effort to stay safe and limit the spread of the coronavirus. Northside ISD will begin its 2020-2021 school year Monday, Aug. 24 with distance learning. According to school district officials, there will be no in-person instruction until at least the Tuesday after Labor Day, which is Sept. 8. The school district said it will also offer assistance to families that may not have devices or internet for their children to use for distance learning.
Great Graduates 2020: Caitlin Vela-Mota
Caitlin Vela-Mota of the North East Independent School District has exemplified academic prowess and perseverance and is now a KSAT12 2020 Great Graduate. “I was so happy, because I was actually losing hope at that time,” graduating senior Vela-Mota said about the moment she learned she was getting a special award. Vela-Mota received a scholarship for homeless youth and part of that award is a trip to Washington DC. Great Graduate 2020: Caitlin Vela-Mota (KSAT)“It was a healthy distraction for me and an escape and the best way I can get accepted or even go is to make sure that I am a good candidate,” Vela-Mota said. Caitlin currently has a home with a family she calls her godparents and the sky for her now has no limits.
San Antonio Food Bank, NEISD partner to feed families in need
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is working with the North East Independent School District to make sure families living in the district are being fed. The food bank kicked off the first of four food drives scheduled for the district this month on Wednesday and served about 1,800 families. Volunteers who helped during the drive included teachers, counselors and the National Guard. Families who want to take part in upcoming drives must register online.
North East ISD: Parents now can pick up free meals without children present
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – To make it easier for children to stay safe at home, the North East Independent School District is relaxing the rules a bit when it comes to its free meal pickup program. They can simply show proper documentation, such as the child’s birth certificate or school report card, to pick up meals. The goal of the program is to make sure children don’t go hungry while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to NEISD’S website, the program is open to all children, even if they don’t attend schools in that district. Several elementary North East elementary schools serve as the pickup locations, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.For a complete list of locations, click here.
Student dies at Reagan High School, officials say
SAN ANTONIO – A Reagan High School student who was found unconscious in the school’s weight room has died, officials said. Reagan High principal Brenda Shelton said the student was found around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Staff members attempted livesaving measures, but the student did not survive, Shelton said. The San Antonio Police Department is investigating the case as an apparent suicide, according to officials with the North East Independent School District. Shelton said no other student was involved, and no one else is in danger.