Board to consider contract with Texas Tech

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – April 25, 2018 WhatsApp Board to consider contract with Texas Tech Local NewsGovernment Facebook Texas Tech, ECISD logos The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will have a special meeting with its attorneys at 6 p.m. Thursday to talk about a proposed contract with the Texas Tech University College of Education to make Ector Middle School into an in-district charter school.The meeting, which will be largely closed, is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Mike Atkins, the attorney for the school district, said he and Tatiana Dennis, also with his firm, will be on hand.Texas Tech presented its plans at a parent meeting earlier this month at Ector.ECISD has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability standards. Ector, Noel and Zavala elementary schools are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Ector has about 1,500 students. If the board approves the plan it would stay action by the Texas Education Agency and provide more state funding per student.The district asked for applications from colleges and universities to work with ECISD and implement innovative ideas, Superintendent Tom Crowe has said.At the parent meeting, Robert Bleisch, director of Safety Net East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood, said conditions for success will include offering tutoring, targeted teacher training, providing tools, equipment and materials to teachers, administrative support and neutralizing barriers. Barriers include irregular student attendance, poor behavior and lack of academic effort, Bleisch said.Bleisch said the focus will be on the whole child, an innovative school schedule and rigorous academics. Reading also will be a focus because if a child doesn’t read, they won’t be going to college, Bleisch said.Electives will include music, art, dance, theater, computers and athletics. Bleisch added that there also will be a focus on college and career readiness.Texas Tech also will monitor attendance, behavior, homework and tests.In an interview last week, Crowe said Bleisch enacted similar plans in California. He added that other districts wanted certain aspects of the plan, but ECISD said, “bring it on.”Crowe said Texas Tech wants to keep most of the teachers and the principal, Charles Quintela, because Quintela’s philosophy fits right in. He added that Tech wants to train personnel at the school not to bend or give.“You still love them and care about them, but you don’t bend,” Crowe said.In education, Crowe said people too often expect immediate results.“Any change worth the while takes three to five years before it just becomes the way we do business,” he said.He said who will be working for whom is still being worked on, but the district — and Tech — want to make sure teachers still qualify for the Teacher Retirement System.“It’s not us against them. It’s a how do we make it work for the teachers and we’ve talked about that. They want to make it work for the teachers,” Crowe said.More Informationcenter_img Twitter Twitter Pinterest ECISD meeting agenda. Facebook Previous articleSmokey Robinson to headline Education Foundation benefitNext articleCHAREN: Playboy comes to Washington, D.C. adminlast_img read more

Housing Outlook Maybe Not as ‘Rosy’ as it Seems

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Housing Outlook Maybe Not as ‘Rosy’ as it Seems Previous: How Real Estate Professionals’ Lives Are Changing Next: ‘Slow and Steady Decrease’: Shifts in Mortgage Forbearance Rates Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News, REO The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago October 6, 2020 1,695 Views 2020-10-06 Christina Hughes Babb Share Save About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post In 2021, America will experience a shift in the housing market, as millions of borrowers will emerge from forbearance plans.  RealtyBid and parent company Covius Tuesday hosted a webinar entitled “A 2021 Housing and REO Outlook: What to Expect and How to Prepare.”The presentation featured a panel of industry veterans who discussed how to think ahead to and prepare for this development, what macro-economic factors will influence the 2021 housing market, appreciating and depreciating MSAs, how to consider modeling for borrower in-flows and out-flows, needed operational capacity, and best practices to test now for 2021 REO inventory.The panel included Allan Weiss, founder of Case-Shiller Weiss and of Weiss Analytics; Sean Ryan, founder and CEO of Aspen Grove Solutions; Joe Chappell EVP at Covius; and Pete Pannes, Chief Business Officer of Covius.The housing outlook might seem “rosy,” Weiss began, but tracking particular data—namely interest rates, forbearance numbers, and stimulus developments—”will give people a better sense of the news.”Weiss, shared macro-economic factors likely to influence the 2021 housing market and discussed how servicers and investors can evaluate properties for underlying appreciating or depreciating indicators. He has lived through and tracked a few major housing market disruptions in his career, and he says this “shock” is like no other.Rates are remarkably low, especially in relation to inflation, he said, but warned, “If and when rates adjust, the party will be over.”He used the term “forbearance,” he said, to describe all the things banks do to impact homeowners. He went on to note that, while loan mitigation has the potential to help situations for homeowners, “help prevent worst case scenarios,” certain actions by banks can cause homeowners who are “facing a liquidity crisis” to “throw in the towel.” Something like that, happening in bulk, and across the nation, would lead to the risk of prices falling and, worst case scenario, America could experience a $450 billion loss, he said.”Any sort of price reducing meltdown could set off a chain of events that needs to be managed now and not later,” he said. The course of COVID-19 and related stimulus provisions to Americans, he said, would “inextricably” correlate with the housing market’s trajectory.An in-depth interview with Weiss about the current recession can be read at Millionacres.com.Ryan also led off with the direct ties that bind the path of a pandemic to developments in housing and default servicing, an industry in which he has served 20 years.He agrees with Weiss, saying that “Covid 19’s impact on the mortgage servicing industry is unlike anything we have seen before, not just in the magnitude of the economic downturn but also in its suddenness.”Ryan quoted and backed Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard, who said in September, “Simple mortality risk-mitigation strategies hold the promise of delivering higher household incomes along with lower fatalities from Covid-19, thus improving outcomes along both dimensions. The downside risk remains substantial and continued execution of a granular, risk-based health policy will be critical in the months ahead.”White Papers penned by Ryan in April, July and September—on modeling default projections and measures that servicers might take to prepare—were widely recognized for their cogency.He co-authored “Mastering the Hard Part: Creating Positive Forbearance Outcomes From COVID-19,” in which he helps “evaluate current trends and asses a likely range of outcomes using a novel approach based on forward-looking market segmentation, outlines how servicers can leverage technology to address these segments … and offers a new baseline trajectory given updated assumptions on the progress of efforts against the disease and the level of government unemployment support.”He’s also penned papers on “Digital Borrower Engagement” and contributed to “Forbearance in the CARES Act: A Review of Issues, Impact, and Mitigation Strategies,” to name a few.His papers can be read in full on Aspen Grove Solutions’ website.Chappell who said, the pandemic is driving the “need for ongoing calibration” inside the industry,  took an operator’s view of designing processes and modeling capacity to assist borrowers exiting forbearance, using leading borrower indicators as well as external data, including MBA data, and models like Aspen Grove’s.Pannes said that while REO inventory is at historic lows, now is the time to test the readiness of teams, tactics, and strategies.Learn more about the contact of this webinar at Covius.com. 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Flowers offers insight into GOP domination

first_img Print Article Latest Stories Rotarians Jim Medley, Cot Wallace and Dixie Shehane discussed Alabama politics with political analyst, Steve Flowers, center, following his presentation at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday.The 2010 elections wiped away the last vestige of Democrats and the days of the Blue Dog Democrats are over in the South.That’s the message Steve Flowers, political analyst, delivered to the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday.“Tip O’Neill, Speaker of the House, said that ‘All politics is local.’ But that’s no longer true,” Flowers told the Rotarians. “There have been recent significant changes in Southern politics and those changes have been driven from Washington. The November elections were a historical watershed.” Skip Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Flowers offers insight into GOP domination By The Penny Hoarder “Many of the voters didn’t even know the candidate they were voting for,” he said. “They were just voting a Republican ticket. Alabama is a Red State and I don’t see how that will change.”Flowers also spoke briefly on the ethics bills approved by the Alabama Legislature in the special session call by Gov. Bob Riley in December.He approved of the elimination of the double dipping of educators/legislators and called PACs a “circus” where “you can’t tell who gave to whom.”On Dr. Robert Bentley as governor, Flowers said Bentley is “as good a man as elected to the governorship in a long time.”“He’s as good as his word and he ran for governor for the right reasons,” Flowers said. “Robert Bentley will be good for this time.” Looking back, Flowers said the election of 1876 was the first national change in politics, as the South became a Democratic region.“There has never been an enemy that bestowed such vindictiveness as was shown to the South after the Civil War. The South was held in bondage,” Flowers said. “The election of 1876 removed the shackles of Reconstruction and the South became a Democratic region.”And, Southerners swore they would never be Republicans. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 9:00 pm Wednesday, January 12, 2011 On their deathbeds, men would give two commands, “Never sell the farm and never vote for a @*& Republican,” Flowers said, laughing.For 90 years, the Yellow Dog Democrats ruled the South. Then, in 1964, all of that changed when the five Deep South states, including Alabama, voted for Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and set a trend for the future.“A tidal wave was coming,” Flowers said.In the 2010 election, Flowers said that legions of voters went to the polls and voted straight Republican tickets. You Might Like Thomas begins fifth term as sheriff Pike County Sehriff Russell Thomas, center, is surrounded by his family and deputies after swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at the Pike… read more By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies…last_img read more

I-86 Westbound Exit 13 Closed For Hours Following Truck Rollover

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) FALCONER – A single Tractor-Trailer accident led to the closure of the I-86 westbound off ramp towards Falconer Wednesday morning.There is no word as to any injuries or a cause of the crash. Crews are currently finishing the cleanup at the scene.The Falconer Fire Department, Chautauqua County Health and Human Services, New York State Police and Ellicott Police Department assisted on scene. last_img read more

Caribbean Senior Squash Championships

first_imgGuyana ladies make clean sweep against BermudaTHE Guyana ladies got off to a very good start in defending their title after taking Bermuda down 5-0, when their battle in the team competition of the Caribbean Senior Squash Championships began yesterday in Trinidad and Tobago. Ladies singles third-place winner Ashley Khalil and the Wiltshire sisters Akeila and Larissa were all victorious in their matches while the other two matches, scheduled for the day, saw Guyana gain walkovers.Two-time former Caribbean junior champion, Khalil, took a straight-sets win against Grace Eddy (11-3, 11-0, 11-3). Akeila took a similar score against Meagan Jackson (11-3, 11-6, 11-7), as did Larissa who overwhelmed Morgan Lightborne (11-6, 11-0, 11-6).The women will play the Trinidad ladies, today, as they continue on the road to clinching their fourth consecutive title.In other good news, former Caribbean champion Richard Chin, Alex Arjoon and Kristian Jeffrey, arrived in Trinidad just in time to give the Guyana men’s team a much needed boost, following the injury of star player Sunil Seth.The men’s team open their bid for the title when they face the Jamaica team early today, before opposing the Cayman Islands team later this evening.Meanwhile, the Guyana veterans team fared somewhat better in their second matches of the team competition, coming up just one win short of an upset against the defending veteran’s team champions. In the day’s matches Ramon Chan-A-Sue defeated Don Benn 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 in the men’s 40-and-over category.In the men’s 60-and-over category Alwyn Callender outplayed Leon Truss 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8. The good fortune did not extend to Joe Mekdeci who lost 0-3 against Mark Sealy, and Juanita Fernandes who also lost 0-3 against Lynn McLeod.Guyana play OECS today.last_img read more