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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says about 14-15% of Commerce students are engaged in online learning, down from 19% at the beginning of the school year.  He expects that percentage to decline further in the near future.  Only one student has tested postive for the coronavirus in about the past week and a half, the superintedent says.

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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Commerce High School reopens today (Monday, August 31) and Commerce Elementary School will reopen Tuesday, September 1.  The schools closed last week because at 10 percent of students had a "close contact" with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus.  The new standard set by the school board will be that the schools will close if one percent of students test positive for COVID-19.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says things went smoothly on the district's first day of schools since the coronavirus hit last March. For at least the first two weeks, students will use a "hybrid" schedule in which  they are divided in two groups, with each group attending classes two days per week and working online on  the other days.  Charlie says the students he saw were wearing their masks and maintaining social distancing on the first day.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board has decided to delay the start of the new school year one week, until Tuesday, August 11, and the schools will start with a "hybrid schedule" of two days in school and three days at home for at least the first two weeks.

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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, discusses the rules announced this week by the University Interscholastic League for fall sports and band.  Regular-season football at the 4A level and below will start as originally planned on August 28, but will be delayed several weeks at the 5A and 6A level.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the planning for students to return to school on August 4, under the guidelines announced by the Texas Education Agency.  Mr.

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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Commerce High School seniors will graduate in a video event on YouTube and Facebook Friday night.  Video clips of each senior receiving his or her diploma will be edited into a virtual ceremony that will be streamed online at 7 p.m.  Seniors participated in a car parade from school to school Tuesday night.  The school board has voted to re-open classrooms for the 2020-21 school year Wednesday, August 12.

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Charlie Alderman, superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says he, other administrators and the school board are considering several options for the Commerce High School graduation ceremony, which is currently still scheduled for May 22.  Charlie says one option is an online, virtual ceremony, but he hopes it will be possible to have an actual, in-person event.  Also, various plans are being discussed for the CHS prom, although it may be a privately organized affair this year.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the cancellation of school due to the threat of the coronavirus was accompanied by the cancellation of many events involving students, including the Commerce High School robotics team, coached by Earvin Larry, going to Iowa to compete in a national contest.  The superintendent says students will not be required to take the STAAR test this year because of the virus situation.

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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says while school is closed because of the coronavirus threat, food packets are being distributed in a drive-thru fashion from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch at the A.C.

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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Commerce's new UIL 3-A, Division 1 football district for 2020-21 will include Pottsboro, Bonham, Howe and Rains from the previous district, and Mineola, Mount Vernon and Winnsboro, which have been aligned with Commerce in the past.  The basketball and volleyball districts are also seeing some changes.  The pre-desegregation Norris High

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says a group of retired teachers will serve as mentors for new teachers starting in the spring semester.  The mentors will meet at least once per week with new teachers.  Alderman says the group has more than 300 years of teaching experience collectively.  Also discussed in this conversation, UIL realignment, Commerce High School boys and girls basketball, and cheerleading.

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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says Proposition 7 on the state constitutional amendment ballot November 5, would double the amount of money that could be taken from the Permanent School Fund for public schools each year.  Also, he says two persons have been hired (as required by the state) to oversee the Targeted Improvement Plan at A.C.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the the recently announced state accountability ratings, in which the district received an overall rating of B, up from last year's C rating,  and Commerce High School received a B, but the Commerce Middle School received an F rating and A.C. Williams Elementary received a D.  Alderman says the district and the high school ratings are multi-faceted, while the middle school and elementary ratings are based on a single-day of testing.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the beginning of a new school year Tuesday (August 13).  Among the major developments is the opening of the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center adjacent to Commerce Middle School, which will provide a variety of services to Commerce families, including medical services from the Carevide community health center in Greenville.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the school board's approval of a significant pay raise for all teachers, administrators and staff.  The Commerce ISD received a 19 percent increase in state funding, making the pay increase possible. Teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend and a minimum $2,200 salary increase.  Staff will receive an average 15 percent pay raise.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman comments on summer programs offered by the district, including new programs funded by a $1.5 million state and federal grant (shared with the Boles ISD) in cooperation with the Commerce Boys and Girls Club, and a continuation of the "Summer Experience," in connection with Texas A&M-Commerce, as part of the ASPIRE (A School Experience for Innovation, Recreation and Enrichment).  Around 300-400 children are participating.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the CISD other small-to-medium size school districts will benefit from the Texas Legilsature's actions on school-finance reform in the recently completed session, but the details of the legislation is still unclear.  On property-tax reform, Alderman says he understands that the owner of a $200,000 home will save about $140 per year.  Alderman says the Commerc

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the announcement Thursday that the district will provide a $500 stipend to each teacher and staff member from the Commerce ISD's fund balance.  Also, Charlie discusses the bi-district performance of the Commerce High School theater program's one-act play on March 22, and the upcoming Commerce Schools Education and Enrichment Foundation's "Boots and Barbecue" fund raiser on Saturday, April 6.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the district is taking comments on the proposed 2019-20 school calendar through Monday, February 18 on the Commerceisd.org website.  We discuss the no. 6-ranked Commerce Tigers boys basketball team that plays Redwater in a bi-district game at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Mount Pleasant.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the start of the 2019 state legislative session on Tuesday, January 8.  One of the top issues will be "fixing" the school finance system, but as we discuss, agreeing on what it means to "fix" the system is not easy.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board is considering a partnership with the health care non-profit organization Carevide to operate a clinic for students in a building adjacent to Commerce Middle School.  Carevide is a community health center with clinics in Hunt, Delta, Fannin, Collin and Kaufman counties. 

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On the first day of the 2018-19 school year for the Commerce ISD, Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the CISD and the Boles ISD have partnered to receive a "21st Century Grant" from the state of Texas and the federal Department of Education.  It will provide $850,000 per year to Commerce, or $3.4 million over four years, to provide after-school and summer programs.  Activities in the new program will begin September 4.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says its a busy season for the school district with the school year coming to an end May 18 because of the early start to the school year last August.  The 2018-19 school year will start August 13, a week later than last year.  The Commerce ISD and others can start and end the school year earlier because it is a

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Commerce ISD  Superintendent Charlie Alderman says applications for students in the eighth grade are now being accepted for the Pride Prep Academy, offered by the Commerce ISD and other nearby school districts.  Pride Prep accepts high-achieving students and allows them to start taking college courses as a high-school freshman.  The students graduate with 36 hours of college credit.  The Commerce ISD pays the college tuition for its own students, Alderman

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board will take up the issue of making improvements in school safety in an executive session Thursday evening. Commerce ISD police chief Joe Venable will present options to the board for making the schools safer.  On Friday from 11:30 a.m.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the State Board of Education is conducting an online survey of the public on long-term goals for the Texas public schools.  Among the areas the board is interested in are educational access to funding, technology and advanced courses; and educator preparation, recruitment and retention.  The survey remains open until March 2.  Also, the superintendent discusses the recent UIL realignment of districts

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses a recently enacted Texas law that allow for schools to take action for cyberbullying by students who post bullying messages from home.  It's called "David's Law," for David Molak, a 16-year-old San Antonio student who was the victim of cyberbullying.  Otherwise, the superintendent discusses a recent "superior" rating for the Commerce ISD's financi

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The Commerce Independent School District voted this week to increase bus driver pay in an effort to replenish its decreasing driver numbers. 

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce schools "met standard" on the  most recent STAAR exam, with three "distinctions" for high-level performance at Commerce High School.  He says enrollment for the Commerce ISD is down about 40 students in the first two weeks, but that may be partly because classes started on August 7, three weeks before classes begin at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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