Bus service will change for WSISD

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A State Senator plans to introduce legislation this week that would do away with Dallas County Schools (DCS) and their bus service. Currently, 12 school districts use DCS for bus transportation including White Settlement ISD. Continue reading

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Man shot in robbery of store on Cherry Lane

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A man was transported to the hospital after being shot during a robbery at this Quik Sak on Cherry Lane near Brewer Middle School this past Friday night. Police are looking for two black males, one being 5’4”-6” and the other 5’8”-10” tall, thin build.

Police are looking for two men who held up the Quik Sak convenience store located at 898 S. Cherry Lane in White Settlement. The store is located across the street from Brewer Middle School. The call came in at 8:21 p.m. on Friday night. Continue reading

Education agency releases ratings for Texas school districts

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by Ben Posey

The Texas Education Agency released this week the 2016 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses statewide.
Local School District Results:
Each campus in the White Settlement ISD and the Lake Worth ISD received the rating of “met standard” and in Fort Worth ISD, all high schools received the rating of “met standard” except Eastern Hills High School, which received “improvement required.” Twenty-one other middle and elementary campuses in the Fort Worth ISD were rated as “improvement required.” Continue reading

Local student hits the links at inaugural Junior Invitational at Colonial last week

Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.

Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.

by Ben Posey

Javie Cerda, a Brewer Middle School student and soon to be freshman at BHS, was selected from the local chapter of First Tee players to participate in the Inaugural Junior Invitational at the Dean and DeLuca held at Colonial Country Club during the Memorial Day weekend pro golf tournament. The event, which was held on the Sunday prior to the tournament start, was part of the Nike Golf Youth Clinic, which was open to kids of all ages. Continue reading

School hours changing next year for kids

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by A.C. Hall

A new piece of state legislature has influenced a change in the hours of operation of White Settlement Independent School District schools for the 2016-2017 school year.  House bill 2610 changed the attendance requirement from 180 days annually to 75,600 minutes annually.  WSISD will shift to a seven and a half hour school day to accommodate this change.  This slight increase in the amount of time spent at school will allow for students to get out for summer one week earlier than they currently do.   Continue reading

Brewer Middle to be closed Wednesday, March 30 due to major electrical outage

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White Settlement ISD closed Brewer Middle School for the day on Wednesday, March 30, after a major electrical power outage shutdown the campus on Tuesday evening. School, city officials and electric providers were evaluating the situation to hopefully ensure the campus would be open on Thursday, March 31. None of the other district schools were affected or closed. The school was in the middle of STAAR testing this week. Administration will make an announcement later today or Thursday morning on the status of the school.

BMS team wins basketball tournament

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The Brewer Middle School eighth grade A boys’ basketball team won first place at the Stephenville Tournament. Pictured l-r are: (front row) Trey Yount, Travis Bradley, Antjuan Geiger, Brayton Chitty, Alonzo Wright, (center) Andrew Juarez, Skylar Vaughn, Devin Avent, Brandon Debaca, (back) De’marques Henry, Josh Uranga, Devan Soucy and Ryan Harris. Coaches are Dustin Burchfield and Zach Redden.

Tennis team wins district

Middle School Tennis Team Members Take First in District Tournament

Kneeling: Jason Ervin, Kamryn Martinez, Clarissa Huckins, Dariana Jimenez, Kyle Dodson, Keegan Belcher, Alex Jones, Cater Starr, Jaelyn Herod

Standing:  Coach Green, Christa Brown, Taylor Crist, Shawna Moore, Carlos Alvarez, Valentin De La Rosa, Bayley Hollad, Logan Jones, Brianna Smoot

Old BHS Auditorium on its way down

A large demolition claw took only minutes to start tearing away

the sheet metal and brick from White Settlement’s McKinney

Auditorium. A row of balcony seats could be seen from the gaping

hole as debris was loaded onto an 18-wheeler.

The area around the auditorium on the Brewer Middle School

campus will be renovated to include sidewalks that meet (ADA)

requirements; repairs to the entrance of the Dorothy Morris Multi-

Purpose Center (new gym); and new landscaping.

Construction will be completed before the 2012-13 school year

begins.

Monster crane gets airspace clearance for maneuver

A super-sized crane hoisting a new air conditioning chiller unit into place at Brewer Middle School this past Sunday drew a crowd of people watching from the parking lot. The crane, which reached a whopping 307 feet into the air required special clearance from nearby NAS JRB Fort Worth. 

“I was a little concerned about the low clouds and fog early this morning,” said operator Bob Franklin. “We had to file some paperwork to make sure they were aware of this tall structure near the flight line.”

The operation, which took only minutes for the crane to put the 12,000 pound unit in place, took nearly 12 hours from the time the crane traveled to the school from Irving.

“It takes several hours to set up this crane,” said Franklin. “We used about 220,000 pounds of counterweight to offset the 193 foot reach.”

Once everything was in place, the cloud-reaching crane brought the nearly 20-year-old unit to a flat bed trailer and the new chiller was set in place which will be made operational when the students return from spring break vacation.