John Hoang

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John Hoang covers education in Hidalgo County for The Monitor. He can be reached at jhoang@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4435.

Progreso ISD unveils $3M tech building

PROGRESO — The Progreso Independent School District held a ribbon cutting ceremony for an over $3 million technology building here last week. After more than...

Former Monte Alto ISD employee files wrongful termination suit in federal court

A former employee is challenging his dismissal from the Monte Alto Independent School District, alleging he was wrongfully terminated by the district for “perceived...

Edcouch-Elsa ISD makes changes after data breach

The Edcouch-Elsa school district is taking further action to address the sale of computers with sensitive information through policy changes and efforts in public transparency after failing to do so earlier this year. Administration sent a letter Sept. 5 to all district parents with information about an April 6 auction in which computers with sensitive information, such as names, Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers, were sold.  The letter indicated the information on those computers came from two locations: Truan Junior High School and the Transportation Department. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

School financial integrity ratings released

School districts across the Rio Grande Valley either saw significant progress, regression or simply maintained their financial rating in the Financial Integrity Rating System...

Edcouch-Elsa computer sales probe intensifies

EDCOUCH — The Edcouch-Elsa school district Wednesday addressed the auction of computers with sensitive information, anticipating action such as reprimanding and possibly terminating those...

Edcouch-Elsa ISD approves pay raises

EDCOUCH — The Edcouch- Elsa school board last week approved pay raises for employees, with priority given to teachers who have more than five...

Edcouch-Elsa ISD may renovate old middle school into fine arts academy

EDCOUCH — The Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District may spend up to $350,000 for the creation of a fine arts academy that would incorporate various...

Mercedes schools cut work days for some to save funds

MERCEDES — Mercedes school board trustees approved reducing the days worked for some district employees in a 5-2 vote during a board meeting last...

STISD students take flight at aviation camp

HARLINGEN — Pilot Terry Barbee guided 16-year-old Joaquin Garcia around the white, 3,600-pound Bonanza A36 as he inspected the aircraft here at Sun Valley...

Mercedes ISD taps Sharyland administrator for super

The Mercedes school board approved Carolyn Mendiola as the lone finalist for superintendent during a special meeting last Tuesday. The board has been conducting the...