Thorndale ISD looking at next steps toward bond at meeting

Thorndale Independent School District trustees meet on Oct. 16.

There was a presentation by Casey Sledge of Sledge Engineering to inform the board about the facilities planning and construction management services that his company offers through an agreement with the Region 13 Educational Service Center.

Administrators were on hand to answer questions about their campus reports. There were a few questions for administrators including a question for Elementary Principal Meghan Esau concerning the use of a new reading program called Reading Plus. She reported that this program has been offered as a trial and that she was planning to use it in second through fifth grades. 

Middle School Principal Lee Hafley had previously reported that his campus had started using the new program and he was very impressed with the level of data that his teachers were getting from the diagnostic assessments they had given. 


TISD sets facilities committee meeting

Thorndale ISD will have a facility meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the administration board room.

TISD Superintendent Adam Ivy said the meeting will continue discussions and planning that started at the district’s facility tour on Sept. 27.  

“The purpose of this meeting is to answer as many questions as possible and gather as much feedback from the community as possible to allow us to have a positive, strategic plan for addressing our facility needs,” Ivy said. “We welcome anyone that would like to be part of this committee to attend and help us to make important decisions that will affect our students for years to come.”

The community is invited to come share with the district as it plans for the future.

The board room is located at 300 North Main Street in Thorndale.



TISD invites community to tour facilities

Thorndale ISD invites any community members to come take a tour of the facilities on Sept. 27.  

“We will be showing some of the improvements that have been made over the past two years and highlighting some of the areas that are still in need of improvement,” TISD Supintendent Adam Ivy said. “Part of this meeting will be to review the recent bond proposal and continue the process of seeking feedback from the community.”

Ivy said anyone with an opinion about updating our school facilities is invited to attend. He said those that voted no on the bond issue are especially needed to give input so that we know what the community wants for their schools.  


Thorndale Homecoming Court

Joshua Caffey and Allison Betak were crowned 2017 Homecoming King and Queen for Thorndale High School during Friday night’s football game against Lexington.



Bulldogs 2017 season kicks off against Milano

Lane Niemtschk cuts up field on a kick off return during the Sept. 1 game with Milano.







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In 2016 Thorndale defeated Milano in the season opener, this year the Eagles returned the favor, winning over the Bulldogs 47-28 in both teams’ season opener at Pruett Field.

Milano (1-0) took a 28-14 lead into halftime, but the Bulldogs (0-1) were able to tie things up in the third.  With the game knotted at 28-28 going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles put three unanswered scores on the board and ran away with the win.

Thorndale head coach Scott Hawkins said despite the loss, the Bulldogs played well.


Rabies alert in Thorndale

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, a bat was found at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the 100 block of East Quinn Street in Thorndale. 

Thorndale Police Chief Martin Jackson said contact had been made between the bat and the resident’s dog. It is unknown how long the bat was located near this area. The Thorndale Police Department impounded the animal and submitted it for testing at the Department of State Health Services where it tested positive for rabies.

The bat was tested by the Department of State Health Services and was found to be positive for rabies. If you think that you or someone else may have come in physical contact with this animal, please call the Thorndale Police Department at (254) 697-7033 (Milam County Sheriffs dispatch) or Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control at (254) 778-6744.


Thorndale student collecting supplies for hurricane victims

Thorndale sixth grader Stiles Patin has started collecting supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Thorndale Uptown Cafe surprised Stiles with a sign and trailer for his project on Tuesday.





The rains have passed here in Milam County and residents are now working to gather much-needed supplies, clothing and food for those affected by Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf Coast.

Thorndale sixth grader Stiles Patin has started collecting those supplies in hopes of helping people.

Stiles’ mother Tammy said that after seeing the devastation on TV this weekend Stiles decided he wanted to do something to help and started collecting things to take to shelters in our area.

“I would like to ask anyone to look through their closets to see if they could donate clothes, towels, shoes or really anything you think these individuals and families could use in the shelters,” Tammy said.


Thorndale proposes higher tax rate

The City of Thorndale proposed a tax rate of 84 cents during its meeting on Aug. 9.

There will be two public meetings on the proposed tax rate on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 5:20 p.m.

Council did not approve the budget during the meeting to give time to find the money to budget a $108 stipend for police when they are on call for the weekend and to recalculate health insurance rates for the coming year in the budget. Council is expected to hold a special meeting about the budget tonight, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is set for Sept. 13 at 5:15 p.m.

Both the budget and tax rate will be adopted on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

In other business the council also: approved a criminal justice grant for police body armor, approved a four-way stop sign at the Second and Gibson Streets; and approved new rates for life, health and dental insurance.


Thorndale ISD proposes tax rate of $1.17 for 2018

The Thorndale ISD Board of Trustees will not raise the tax rate for the coming year.

A public hearing for the 2017-18 tax rate was held during the board’s Aug. 7 meeting. TISD Business Manager Rebecca Peel stated that the recommendation was to leave the tax rate at $1.17 for maintenance and operation with no tax levied for Interest and Sinking (bond service). The board then voted 6-0 to propose that tax rate to be voted on later in August.

During the budget workshop TISD Superintendent Adam Ivy and Peel explained that the state formula for 2017-18 would result in around $150,000 less in revenue than in 2016-17. They stated that they had worked to make the budget fit into that new revenue figure and that they were confident that a balanced budget could be reached. They stated that the general supply budgets line items were generally left the same as 2016-17.


Thorndale community plays Summer Santa

The Thorndale Police Department held its Summer Santa program earlier this month.

“With all the organizations and focus, often times our senior citizens are overlooked,” Thorndale Police Chief Martin Jackson said. “Our seniors and shut-ins need our attention as well. During the summer many seniors are alone, some have no family, and others are just simply ignored. Thorndale has many seniors throughout the community and we wanted them to be honored and supported during the hot summer months. We wanted to organize a special program to focus on our seniors and make their summer more bearable. So, the Thorndale Police Department developed Summer Santa program.”


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