The Commerce Journal

September 3, 2013

District works out first week kinks

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — A couple of kinks have been worked out during the first week of school at Commerce Independent School District.

CISD Superintendent Blake Cooper said although there have been a few set-backs, the first week began smoothly.

After the first day of school ended on Aug. 26, students riding buses home from school were late due to a change in the bus route routine.

The district put a status on its Facebook page explaining the situation.

“We aplogize for the delay with our afternoon buses. Due to changes in our routine, we decided to hold CES students until we knew for sure all students were accounted for in their appropriate bus lines,” the status read. “We are continuing to work to make sure we are more effeicent in this process for tomorrow. Thank you again for your patience.”

Cooper said that problem has been worked out and the buses are back on routine.

“So far so good,” he said. “We’ve had a few hiccups with the bus schedule, but that has been taken care of. Everything’s going real smooth.”

Another hiccup came on the second day of school, when a Century Link fiber-optic cable was cut in Commerce, knocking out the phone system to all campuses. The line was restored around 8 p.m. that day.

Cooper said for parents who want to stay informed if anything like that happens again to keep up through CISD’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and through the school messenger mass communication application that can be added to a parent’s phone when they enroll their children at CISD.

The school has made a few changes in curriculum due to the implementation of House Bill 5 that passed earlier this year that puts new requirements on freshmen in order to graduate.

“The math TEKS realignment is going to have more of an impact,” he said, adding that math classes that were taught in third grade are now being taught in first grade.

Cooper said one of the biggest things he is looking forward to is something that new CISD Curriculum Director Charles Alderman brought with him.

“I’m excited about the Professional Learning Community on each campus to have teachers work and collaborate more together,” he said. “And we are looking at ways to integrate technology in the classroom.”