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Vocalists Sydney Moxley and Savannah Beddingfield (standing) and pianist Caileen Tallant earned UIL Division I at the Solo and Ensemble contest at Crowley High School on Feb. 27.
Caileen performed Chopin's "Mazurka Opus 33 No.1."
Sydney sang "El Majo Discreto" by Granados and Savannah's song was "Nel Co Piu Non Mi Sento" by Paisiello.
The Aledo High School students are scheduled to compete at the State UIL contest in Austin May 29 -31.
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The McCall Elementary Student Council attended their Texas Association of Student Councils Spring Retreat in Cedar Hill last month where they won the Sweepstakes Award for the second year in a row. This award is the top honor given by TASC each year. McCall’s young leaders were also elected to serve as a TASC District 3 Officer School for the 2010-2011 school year. They will hold the office of Corresponding Secretary. The sponsors for the group include Shannon Reynolds, Tanya Smith, LeeAnn Griffith and Laura Gloor. All four teachers are very proud of the commitment of these children and said they look forward to many more great leaders in the future.
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Seven Aledo Middle School choir students received a Division I, Superior, rating on their solos at a UIL Solo & Ensemble Competition at Crowley High School. Two ensembles also received Division I ratings. Shown are (Front row from left) Lauren Roubicek, Kelsey Kovar, Cassidy DellaRocco, Nicole Patterson and Lauren Craine and (back row) Annie Ratcliff, Madelyn Robertson, Makenzi Zimmermann, Summer Richman, Katie Collard, and Mrs. Johnson.
Action saves academic, special programs across district
In a gut-wrenching, emotional decision, Aledo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan Tuesday morning in a special meeting that lasted an hour and 15 minutes to help ease the budget for the 2010-11 school year that could possibly cut 15 teaching positions and reduce teaching salaries across the board by five percent, but will also save academic and special programs in the district.
The district – which has received a superior financial rating by independent auditors for the past 10 years – needed to make the reductions and adjustments due to a state-mandated cap on maintenance and operations budgets.
Trustees opted for the “Reduction in Force” option for two reasons: To save academic programs and lessen the reduction of teaching positions that could be cut.
The other option – called “financial exigency” – could have cut up to 56.25 teaching positions without the across-the-board salary scale adjustments (reduction) but would have also cut academic and special programs.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Jaycie Case and Olivia Dickey work on the midsection of a snowman during snowfall in Aledo.
Due to snow and possible ice with near-freezing and freezing temperatures, which will make roads hazardous, Aledo ISD announced at 5:50 a.m. this morning (Thursday, Feb. 11) that all campuses will be closed for the day.