In 2017, Krum ISD changed the way it tabulates class rankings. The changes took effect with students entering their junior year in the 2017-2018 school year. Those students are now seniors. The change combined dual credit courses and AP courses into the same category.
Krum ISD issued a statement, which read, in part: "While we do not believe there have been any unethical uses of administrative power, we will be conducting an audit of our procedures and policies and how they are being applied."
District officials said on Monday, to maintain transparency, they ask the Region 11 Education Service Center to investigate. The district says all records will be opened and employees will be made available to the Service Center for the independent investigation.
In a statement, district officials say "KISD believes the independent investigation will exonerate the district and its employees of what KISD is confident are false accusations. The independent investigation’s report will be received by the Board of Trustees and shared with the public to the greatest extent permitted by law. KISD takes its reputation for integrity and honesty seriously, and will take whatever steps are necessary to maintain and protect its reputation, including, but not limited to, actions against anyone who would dishonor our institution by violating our rules or policies."
Later in the press release, the Board of Trustees says an unrelated personnel issue has been mischaracterized as being part of this investigation, however adds that personnel matters can not be discussed publicly but assures that any personnel matters will be made independent of the investigation.
Last week, Bernard Lightfoot, an assistant principal at Krum High School, was called to a meeting at district headquarters. Earlier, a family friend told NBC 5 Lightfoot was given the option to resign or be fired for bringing the grading issue to administrators. Following Friday's meeting, Lightfoot left without comment. District officials also had no comment.
The Board of Trustees has called a special meeting that will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Krum ISD Administration Building. The only major item on the agenda, which will be handled in a closed session, is the employment of Lightfoot. Board members will then return to the public meeting to discuss any action taken on the closed session discussion.
A Johnson County woman is safe at home after a dramatic rescue Monday morning. She was stuck on the roof of her car, surrounded by rising floodwaters. It happened on County Road 1224, south of Farm-to-Market Road 1434, about 15 minutes southwest of Cleburne.
First responders said the area is prone to flooding. Firefighter-engineer, Corey Bauman, who carried her out of the water, said he's performed 10 swift water rescues and he's just glad this one had a happy ending.
"Water pushed her up into some trees, she was on top of her car waiting on us," Bauman said.
Jackie Anderson was on her way to work in Johnson County around 8 a.m., when she underestimated the strength of a fast-moving current. Anderson said a vehicle just ahead of her drove through it and she thought she could too.
Bauman, also a swift water tech with the Cleburne Fire Department, helped with her rescue. With rain still falling and the water quickly rising, he said the game plan was tough.
"One of the other swift water techs and myself, we decided that we were going to swim across and get out to her, get her life vest and then figure out how we were going to move her back from there," he said.
Unable to secure a line, or tether a boat, Bauman went in and carried Anderson to safety.
"We slid her off the car. I just told her to go ahead and get on my back, just wrap her arms around me and I was going to get us out," Bauman said.
The whole time, Anderson was thankful her little boy wasn't in the car.
"She talked to us that she was glad that she didn't have her son with her. She's got a 2-year-old that she was worried about," Bauman said.
Anderson shared pictures with us. They survived too because her rescuers made sure to keep her purse and phone dry. Those were about the only things not submerged in frigid water.
"It was freezing, yes ma'am. We were all cold, especially when we got out and were standing around. That was the biggest fear for her on my aspect was that she was just continuing to be cold," Bauman said.
The firefighter, a father himself, is thankful this ended well.
"We've seen cars do lots of things and luckily she got pinned up and got where she could get out. There's lots of times where people don't make it out," he said.
As for Anderson, she's incredibly grateful to the many kind strangers who made that happen.
Saudi Arabia’s government is discussing a plan to admit that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, three people with knowledge of the situation tell NBC News.
According to two of the individuals, the Saudis are putting together an explanation that would absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the putative leader of Saudi Arabia, of responsibility by giving him plausible deniability to say he didn’t order the killing and didn’t know about it.
The maker, Glaxo Smith Kline, says it is shipping large volumes of Shingrix every two to three weeks and expect that schedule to continue for the remainder of the year.
Patients can use this vaccine finder at Shingrix.com to locate providers or pharmacies that have been offering the vaccine, but you should call locations before you visit to ensure the vaccine is in stock.
On September 22, there were more than 30 water rescues in Everman. Houses were flooded and some structures were a total loss. Nearly four weeks later, people living on Christie Lane are living it again.
“Its just a bad dream guys,” said Cody Cullison. “Its all I can tell ya. It feels like a nightmare and you're not going to wake up from it."
Cody quickly evacuated his mom from their home in Everman during the flooding in September. Monday, they went back to the house just to check on it during the rain and worry, there may not be much to save.
The creek just across the street from their home helped to bring in nearly four feet of water in. The house could soon be considered a total loss.
Many of their neighbors still have damaged or destroyed belongings on the curb from the recent flooding. Some have already started repairs on their homes, not thinking they would be in this situation again.
Residents who choose to evacuate and need a place to go can call 817-293-2923 for information on the Everman Multi Resource Center shelter at 213 Race Street.
During a weekly radio appearance on NBC 5 partner 105.3 The Fan's G-Bag Nation at noon Mondays, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones talks about the Cowboys decisive win over the Jags and gives an injury update on DeMarcus Lawrence, Tavon Austin and Randy Gregory.
We asked Valdez what she needs to accomplish in the next few weeks, with the governor's lead so large.
"I think what is going to be important is early vote and Election Day. You know as I mentioned before, polls aren’t always correct, and so we are going to continue to make sure that we can get the vote out. Getting the votes in is what is going to be important, and we are going to aggressively work to do that," said Valdez.
She has to do that on limited funding. Valdez raised almost $680,000 in the third quarter. That is her biggest haul yet, but Abbott took in $5.7 million and has more than $26.5 million cash on hand.
“We have raised what we need. We continue to raise daily what we need, and as we come up with a challenge somehow it is always there,” said Valdez.
2018 Fair Shot Bus Tour
Confirmed candidates: Lupe Valdez for governor, Mike Collier for lieutenant governor, Joi Chevalier for comptroller, Miguel Suazo for land commissioner, Kim Olson for agriculture commissioner, and Roman McAllen for railroad commissioner. Additional candidates will be joining during certain stops.
"Texas Democrats will talk about healthcare for all, strong neighborhood schools, an economy that works for everyone, fair immigration and criminal justice systems, common sense gun reform, and the dignity, respect, and opportunity that every Texan deserves. Events will include, rallies, roundtables, block walk kickoffs, phone banks, text banks, and of course, some good barbeque because this is Texas. Keep up online using the hashtag #TXDemsTour."
Oct. 17 - Austin, College Station, Katy
Oct. 18 - Beaumont, Port Arthur, Prairie View, Canton, Wylie, Fort Worth
Oct. 19 - Fort Worth, Temple, Killeen, Round Rock, San Antonio, Laredo
The Department of Homeland Security says it's working to identify who — or what — is behind an increasing number of attempted cyber attacks on U.S. election databases ahead of next month's midterms.
"We are aware of a growing volume of cyber activity targeting election infrastructure in 2018," the department's Cyber Mission Center said in an intelligence assessment issued last week and obtained by NBC News. "Numerous actors are regularly targeting election infrastructure, likely for different purposes, including to cause disruptive effects, steal sensitive data, and undermine confidence in the election."