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EISD makes the grade in state assessment

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released numbers for the 2014-2015 school year regarding education standards in the state, with 94 percent of districts and 88 percent of public schools meeting minimum education standards. Learn how each individual school in the district scored… Pick up a copy of Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

GAKAC event set for Saturday at EHS

Saturday’s community event for children, youth and families, Give-A-Kid-A-Chance, takes place at Ennis High School from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. More than 1,400 kids along with their parents will receive a boost of support prior to the start of the school year. Hundreds of volunteers will be providing a new uniform and school supplies, […]

EISD preps for new year, new timekeeping

The Ennis Independent School District is keeping up with the times. Rather than requiring 180 days in the classroom each scholastic year, district officials announced a decision to count like their students do, watching the clock by minutes and hours. The move to make a shift in timekeeping methodology was unanimously approved by the Ennis […]

Tax-free weekend kicks off back to school season

Families across Texas will take advantage of the sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 5-7. The annual event gives parents an opportunity to make back-to-school shopping more affordable. Find details on this report and much more in the Friday edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Ennis responds to Boston’s passing

Response to the tragic accident on July 29 in Colorado that took the life of Ennis High School herbology teacher, Kelly Boston, one of the city’s most respected people, continues to have a ripple effect. Students and friends created a memorial in Kelly’s honor outside the greenhouse where Kelly spent much of his time while […]

Former Teacher of the Year killed in head-on crash

Kelly Boston, a beloved Ennis High School teacher, husband and father of two was killed Friday night in a car accident while on a family vacation in Colorado. The 47-year-old teacher was driving on Colorado State Highway 9 near Fairplay when the GMC Acadia he was driving collided head-on with a Chevrolet 1500, according to […]

Good stories abound at Ennis Public Library

The Ennis Public Library has been busy the past couple of months encouraging children to read throughout the summer. Tuesday afternoon the EPL hosted an End-of-Summer water party on the back lawn. Giant inflatable bounce houses, the kind made for water, welcomed 160 kids and parents who earned an invitation for meeting the goals of […]

Ennis girl plans trip to inauguration

April Dvorak wants to be president of the United States. First, though, she plans to see the next president sworn in at the inauguration in January 2017. For more on this story, pick up Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe today and get both print and digital for one low price!

Ennis HS band gets marching orders

Ennis summer band gets started Monday, August 1, and the rewards of their dedication begin rolling in throughout the fall. Gary Goodwin, their veteran director, is confident this edition will continue the tradition of excellence fans have seen for nearly 60 years. Pick up The Ennis Daily News Tuesday edition to get the full story… […]

Ortiz details info about mediation, how EISD built case

This is the third and concluding installment in a series concerning Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis Independent School District. For Cassie Ortiz, the decision to sue Ennis Independent School District was something she believes she had to do. Her feelings of frustration toward school administrators had festered until she could no longer sit around, which is […]

Give a Kid a Chance preps for Aug. 13 event

Give a Kid a Chance is set for its ninth year of service to kids and families in Ennis. Slated for Saturday, August 13 at Ennis High School, more than 1,400 youth will experience what it means to live in a community that cares for its own. “It’s right around the corner,” said coordinator Marty […]

Ortiz recounts how relationship with EISD began to sour

This is the second in a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Ennis Independent School District emails between administrators and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz illustrate there was more than one issue with Ortiz leading up to Oct. 1, 2015, when she received a message instructing her not to come back to work […]

Ortiz opens up about lawsuit

This is the first of a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Part one focuses on Ortiz’s relationship with the Lionettes and Ennis ISD and the differing stories of the two sides. Ennis ISD emails and documents obtained by The Ennis Daily News paint a clearer picture as to what soured the relationship between […]

Athlete of the Week: Jose Loera

Entering his junior campaign at Ennis High School is junior Jose Loera. As a member of the Lions cross country team, he has been training by covering 30 or more miles per week for the last six weeks, all on his own while preparing for the upcoming cross-country season. The boys team, under head coach […]

Summer reading program wraps up at library

The Ennis Public Library’s Summer Reading Program celebrated its final program of the summer Thursday… See more on this in today’s print or e-edition online.

Lions FB schedule includes shift to Region III

When the University Interscholastic League announced reclassification and district alignments in early February, Ennis already knew they would remain in the middle of Class 5A. Their league opposition would change very little, though it is now called District 17 rather than 16. Get the season preview exclusively in The Ennis Daily News… Football fans click […]

Del Barrio takes post in Pasadena

Art Del Barrio, the communication officer at Ennis Independent School District has accepted a similar position within the Pasadena (Texas) ISD, effective Aug. 1. To get the rest of this story and more, become a subscriber today!

Settlement sum remains undisclosed

By Justin Tubbs A few questions remain in the now-settled civil suit of Cassandra Ortiz v. Ennis Independent School District. One question that’s yet to be answered is, “What amount did the former Lionettes instructor settle for?” School board members have declined to comment on the settlement, and Ennis ISD officials and Ortiz’s lawyer have […]

Lionettes, colleagues react to Ortiz’s exit

By Justin Tubbs When Ennisites think of drill team, they think of the Lionettes. For close to six years, colleagues and students agreed Cassie Ortiz, the former drill team instructor, was the heart of the  regionally-known, award-winning group of performers. When people in the niche drill team community heard Cassie Ortiz would not return as […]

EISD, former drill team instructor settle lawsuit

Ennis Independent School District and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz have settled a discrimination lawsuit. Ortiz told The Ennis Daily News Tuesday that she and EISD came to terms for the settlement Monday and that the details in the settlement will soon be made available to the public. She couldn’t give a timeframe as […]

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