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Little Cypress and Mauriceville Elementary Schools Now Offer Full-Day Pre-K Classes

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Little Cypress and Mauriceville Elementary Schools Now Offer Full-Day Pre-K Classes

According to KOGT Radio, Little Cypress and Mauriceville Elementary Schools will begin providing full-day classes for qualifying pre-kindergarten (pre-k) students to comply with new state regulations. Student registration for the program will be July 30, 31 or August 1, at the campus which they will attend. More information is available at Mauriceville Elementary, 409-745-1615, or  Little Cypress Elementary, 409-886-2838.

Even though the class extension time is stipulated by new regulations, this move to full-time Pre-K will be a godsend to working parents and enable those with multiple children enrolled in school to more easily coordinate school schedules.

Orange County Schools Receive More Than $2 Million from Rebuild Texas Fund

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Orange County Schools Receive More Than $2 Million from Rebuild Texas Fund

According to 12NewsNow and the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to several Orange County school districts. As seen in its mission statement, the Rebuild Texas Fund has committed to helping areas of Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey to recover but focuses on smaller communities. Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD received $500,559 and West Orange Cove CISD received $578,565.

These funds are desperately needed in these communities, which were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey. It is unfortunate that there is such a gap between the occurrence of the natural disaster and the allocation of the funding. With all of the technology available to government, businesses, and individuals, I’m not sure why there is about a two-year gap between the disaster and funding appropriation unless the traditional excuse of government red-tape is the culprit. There must be a better way to bridge that gap to get funding into needy communities in a more timely fashion.

Back to School Orange County Underway

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Back to School Orange Country Underway

Back to School Orange County will be held on Saturday, August 3 from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. at Lamar State College-Orange Student Center. This event provides school supplies and immunizations on a first-come, first-serve basis. All parents or legal guardians must be present with children and must bring proof of the child’s enrollment in an Orange County school such as a student id, report card, or letter from the school.

For additional information, please visit www.backtoschoolorange.com.

 

Lamar State College Orange Tuition Capped by TSUS Board of Regents

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Lamar State College Orange Tuition Capped by TSUS Board of Regents

Students at Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College Orange, and Lamar State College Port Arthur will pay substantially lower tuition and fees starting this fall. Officials from the Texas State University System announced the tuition cut today during a news conference at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum in Beaumont.

Last week, the TSUS Board of Regents voted unanimously to reduce tuition and fees at the Lamar State Colleges by an average of 25 percent. Starting this fall, full-time students will pay standard tuition and fees of $1,995 at all three colleges – roughly the same price as in 2009. The board also reduced the fee for dual credit courses from $75-$110 per semester credit hour to $50 per semester credit hour at all three colleges.

Although their mission is similar to the state’s community colleges, the Lamar State Colleges receive no local tax revenue, resulting in an overdependence on tuition and fees. Last year, tuition and fees at the Lamar State Colleges were about $1,800 higher, on average, than Texas community colleges. Now, the cost difference is roughly half that amount.

“The Texas Legislature and Governor Abbott deserve enormous praise for creating a more level playing field for college students in Southeast Texas,” said TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall. “Cost should not be a barrier to a college degree if we have the means to address it. This additional funding shows a strong commitment by our state leaders to the students of Southeast Texas.”

Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College Orange, and Lamar State College Port Arthur are the only public, two-year colleges serving the Golden Triangle area of Southeast Texas.

The full news release can be found here.

WOCCISD Summer Programs for Children

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Mustang Read and Roll Book Bus

West Orange – Cove CISD Child Nutrition Services is providing breakfast and lunch for free Monday through Thursday to all children 18 and under through the Summer Feeding Program. Meals are available at WOS Elementary through August 8. Breakfast is served from 8 – 8:30 a.m. and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to noon. Meals are served regardless of enrollment and financial status.

Free lunch and books are also available for students through the Mustang Read and Roll Book Bus program. The Mustang Blue Activity Bus stops for lunch service and book time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on dedicated weekdays at these locations:

Monday – Navy Park, 415 Morrell Blvd.
Tuesday – Sunset Park, 55 E. Sunset Dr.
Wednesday – Sabine Park, 111 Pine Avenue
Thursday – Ridgemont Park, 3505 Ridgemont
The Mustang Read and Roll Book program will operate through August 1.

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