Aledo ISD School News
Tim BuchananThe much-heralded era of Tim Buchanan as Aledo High School football coach is apparently over.
Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty announced Thursday afternoon that Buchanan’s request that he be made full-time athletic director and relinquish his football coaching duties has been granted – effective immediately.
Defensive coordinator Steve Wood has been named the interim head football coach. The district will post the position for a permanent replacement after the 2014 football season.
Steve WoodBuchanan has coached the Bearcats since 1993, winning state championships in 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. This year’s Bearcats earned preseason favorite status as the top team in the new Class 5A.
They are set to begin summer workouts Monday, Aug. 11 and open the season Aug. 29, inaugurating the new stadium at Baylor University in Waco against Cedar Park.
Coach Buchanan said he’s been thinking about this over the last year since football season ended.
“The job is getting so big that it is getting more and more difficult to be football coach and athletic director,” he said.
“It’s hard to do a great job at both jobs in a district like Aledo. AD is a full-time job and football is a full-time job. No programs have suffered because I’ve been AD and football coach, but it is getting harder to do both. With the team we have coming back this year it’s good time to do this.
Randy Keck/The Community NewsMembers of the Aledo Education Foundation Board of Directors announced an additional $35,000 of grant funding to the Aledo ISD on Thursday night at the first Bearcats N Boots fundraising Gala.
The gala drew more than 400 people to the Cendera Center. AEF President Shawn Callaway announced that the foundation has raised about $250,000 in its first year.
Shown in the photo are (from left) Jay Bartley, Jay Stringer, Shawn Callaway, AISD Superintendent Derek Citty and Hoyt Harris.
Read more about the gala in the May 2 issue of The Community News.
Aledo ISD has announced the start of school on Friday will be delayed two hours and bus routes will run two hours later than normal.
From the Aledo ISD
Due to worsening weather conditions, Aledo ISD will release early today. Elementary campuses will release at 11:40 a.m. and secondary will release at 12:40 p.m. Bus schedules will run according to the early-release time. Due to weather conditions, anticipate longer than normal AISD bus routes. Afternoon Pre – Kindergarten and Early childhood classes have been cancelled for today.
After-School Athletic Activities Canceled
According to Athletic Director Tim Buchanan: All after-school athletic activities are canceled today, February 6, 2014.
Statement from Aledo ISD:
With secondary road conditions improving with today’s warmer temperatures, Aledo ISD will begin school on Thursday, December 12th with a two-hour delay.
All schools and bus routes will run two hours later than the normal schedule.
Citing about 30 percent of the school bus routes as being impassible, Aledo ISD has canceled classes for Wednesday, Dec 11,
Statement from Aledo ISD:
Aledo ISD will begin school on Wednesday, Dec. 11 two hours later due to continued icy conditions on secondary roads. All bus routes and schools will begin their schedule tomorrow two hours later than normal.
The District will continue to monitor road conditions in the early morning hours to ensure that the two-hour delay is the best strategy for our students. Please continue to monitor the District website for any possible changes to this schedule.
Aledo ISD will not hold classes on Monday, Dec. 9. Aledo ISD crews will be working to clear parking lots and sidewalks during the day.
Marty Plumlee, long-time cafeteria manager at McCall Elementary School, passed away last night (Monday) following a battle with cancer.
"The Aledo ISD family has lost a wonderful person who served our community and the children of Aledo for more than 20 years," said McCall principal Jason Beatty. "Please speak with your children as you see appropriate about this loss. Mrs. Reynolds, our school counselor, will be available to anyone who may need her assistance, also."
"Please keep Marty’s family and the McCall Elementary Family in your thoughts as we prepare to celebrate Marty’s life," he added.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Greenwood Funeral Home chapel. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood.
Randy Keck/The Community NewsAdaline James is accompanied by her father Devin prior to the announcement that she is the 2013 Aledo High School Homecoming Queen. Click on the photo for a gallery of Friday night's homecoming activities: Volleyball, Football and Homecoming.