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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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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the new ASPIRE program, which involved around 100 children going into the first through the fifth grades in a summer enrichment program.  As part of ASPIRE, Texas A&M University-Commerce, provided the "Summer Experience," a variety of activities showing the children what college has to offer.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says if the state legislature mandates raises of around $1,000 per year for teachers, school districts will have difficulty in providing the pay increase because the state will not provide additional funding.  He says districts will have to make cuts in other areas, possibly laying off teachers to allow for the raises.  The raises are being considered in the current special session of the legislature.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the results of the state legislative session were not good for public schools.  He says the legislature has reduced direct state funding to public schools by $1.2 billion, in hopes that rising home values will increase local property-tax revenues and offset the cut.

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Charlie Alderman, superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the 2017-18 school year will start much earlier than in recent years, on Monday, August 7.  The schedule will allow the schools to have a break every nine weeks, which Charlie says research shows prevents student and teacher burnout.  The first week-long break will be in October.  The school year will end in the third week of May.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams and Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discuss the results of a series of 17 community meetings attracting a combined attendance of 1,600.  The concluding meeting took place Tuesday, February 7, and resulted in 11 initiatives, mostly aimed at improving education and reducing poverty in Commerce.  A website, Commercetogether.com,  has been launched  detailing the plans.

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce High School cheerleaders recently won the UIL co-ed spirit cheer championship.  The cheerleaders are under the direction of Sawyer Colvin.  The superintendent says the Commerce ISD received three Ds and a B in the recent announcement of unofficial A-F school grades.  He says the grading system seems to be related more to demographics than actual school performance. The last official evaluation for the Commerce ISD was "met standards."

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses a project of about $825,000 in improvements at the district's facilities.  Included are a new roof on the Commerce Middle School gym and new doors for the building, replacing the original doors that were installed when the structure was built as Commerce High School in 1968.  Another project is a resurfacing of the Commerce High School track.  Also, the Commerce ISD board is expected to seek "district of innovation" status, which would allow the district to eventually sch

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the recent series of "Charting the Course" meetngs in the school district will culminate with a community meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, November 28 at the administration building on south Washington Street (the former A.C. Williams Elementary School building).  Mr. Alderman says the Commerce ISD is trying to learn what the citizens want the schools to teach the children and what personal characteristics they want graduates of the Commerce ISD to have.

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Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the district is holding a series of meetings called "Charting the Course of the Commerce ISD" Monday, November 7 at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church; Wednesday, November 9 at the First United Methodist Church; Monday, November 14, at Texas A&M University-Commerce's Sam Rayburn Student Center; and Tuesday, November 15 at the First Baptist Church.  All of the meeting start at 6 p.m.  The district has recently completed surveys of Commerce ISD residents, teachers, staff and students.

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Charlie Alderman, the superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the school board has hired a new assistant superintendent, Dr. Patricia Tremmel.  She is a Commerce native, and has served as a principal in Garland and Richardson.  Alderman says Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Ray Keck recently met with the school board and offered the University's resources in support of various CISD academic programs.

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Charlie Alderman, the lone finalist for the position of Commerce ISD superintendent, is expected to be officially hired for the job at a meeting of the Commerce school board tonight (Wednesday, August 24).  Alderman is a Commerce native, the son of long-time CISD teachers and administrators Alvis and Marcie Alderman.  In this program, Charlie says the Commerce ISD met accountability standards in 2015-16.  Also, the Commerce ISD has started a new Pride Prep Academy for high-achieving students, who will be taking college classes from Texas A&M Uni

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Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman says a new state law that requires school districts to be in session for 75,600 minutes per year rather than 180 days per year will allow the CISD to have a calendar of just 172 days in 2016-17.  The fall semester will end before the Christmas holidays, and the school year will end before Memorial Day.  Charlie says 20 minutes will be added to school day at the Commerce Elementary School,

The Texas Education Agency has issued "report cards" on all Texas schools.  Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the report cards, which show the Commerce schools all met standards with several distinctions.

Commerce ISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Charlie Alderman says the preliminary report on STAAR testing of students in the CISD is encouraging, although the official, complete results won't be released for some time yet.  Also, he discusses plans for the implementation of "endorsements" for students entering Commerce High School this fall.