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With all trustees present, the North Lamar ISD school board Wednesday gave unanimous approval to apply for $1.152 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief II funds provided by the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, signed into law in March 2020.

North Lamar ISD is to meet for a special session at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the North Lamar High School Library, 3201 Lewis Lane, to hold a public hearing on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding and to approve payment of property insurance for the 2021-22 school year.

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“One of the things the improvement plan should be asking is, ‘Why do we lose our experienced teachers?’” North Lamar ISD trustee Sheila Daughtrey asked at a board meeting earlier this week.

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North Lamar trustees at a Monday night meeting approved a $1.146 per $100 valuation property tax rate, learned enrollment numbers are on the increase and took action to move forward on bond-related athletic facility improvements in time for the 2020 school.

North Lamar ISD trustees are expected to adopt a 2022 tax rate of $1.15 cents per $100 valuation at a 6 p.m. Monday meeting in the Roy C. Chadwick Administration Office, 3130 North Main St.

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Like many school districts nationwide, nearly all Lamar County school districts are experiencing a shortage of bus drivers. Some districts are consolidating bus routes in order to meet their transportation needs.

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North Lamar ISD and Texas A&M University-Commerce have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that opens pathways for North Lamar student graduates and employees to receive financial and advisory assistance at TAMUC.

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A cadre of professional wrestlers took to the ring at North Lamar High School in partnership with King of Sports Championship Wrestling to provide wrestling fans, North Lamar families and everyone in between with a high-flying show.