Thank you, Commerce! Both propositions pass

“The Board of Trustees and I thank the voters for supporting this bond proposal. It is a great step forward for both the students and the entire Commerce community. You have our commitment to continue being good stewards of your money as we move forward with the construction projects. We appreciate your trust and support.”

Charlie Alderman
Superintendent of Schools

Both propositions pass, unofficial results in bond election

Proposition A--FOR 482, AGAINST 330

Proposition B--FOR 447, AGAINST 363

Hunt County results

Delta County results

Daily voter counts for bond election

Texas law requires CISD to post a roster online of the names, voter registration numbers and precincts of early voters casing a ballot for the November 2 school bond election. Senate Bill 902 went into effect on September 1, 2019. The daily voter counts are as follows:

October 18 23 Mail-in ballots 4

October 19 35

October 20 32

October 21 29

October 22 23 Mail-in ballot 1

October 25 31 Mail-in ballot 1

October 26 33

October 27 24

October 28 57

October 29 53

Total early votes 346

Early voting in Delta County

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Election Day

Hunt County Mail-in ballot

Delta County

Board president signs contract to purchase CHS property

After months of negotiations, the CISD Board of Trustees and the Texas A&M University System Regents have agreed on the sale and purchase of 83.63 acres of property on which CHS is built. The purchase price of $520,000 was based on an appraisal of market values. Funds for the purchase are coming from CISD's fund balance and will not require levying additional taxes. 


In the late 1990's, the District entered into an agreement with the A&M System to lease the property for 99 years at $1 per year. With the proposed construction of a new middle school adjacent to the high school, the Board wanted to outright purchase the property to avoid any complications based on approvals by the A&M System. 


CISD Board President Kathleen Hooten signed the agreement for the purchase of the CHS property. 


Board President Kathleen Hooten signs contract

Notice of Election posted for November 2

CISD will conduct a bond election on November 2. See the Notice of Election



Bond election set for November 2

The Commerce ISD Board of Trustees voted to hold a bond election for the construction of a new middle school on November 2. Also included in Proposition A, totaling $62.5 million, would be renovation and turf install at baseball and softball fields, new restrooms and concessions next to the stadium, construction of a new agriculture facility with pens and a shop and a band practice area and ball field parking. Proposition B calls for the construction of a multipurpose facility adjacent to the stadium which would host fine arts and athletic events, student field days and community events such as concerts and sports tournaments. Proposition B comes in at $5.5 million. The total bond package totals $68 million. 


The tax rate is expected to increase to $1.46 from the current $1.31. To measure the impact on your household, use the tax rate calculator. For more information, click here


The current middle school was built in 1967 and served as Commerce High School until 2000 when it was renovated to house middle school students. 


Superintendent Charlie Alderman will present information about the upcoming bond election at civic organizations throughout the community. 

Return to in-person instruction plan released

School starts on Thursday, August 12 and we wanted to give parents an update on our health and safety protocols as we begin face-to-face instruction. Remote instruction will not be offered unless mandated by TEA. 

In-person instruction and continuity of service plan

Free meals offered to all students this year

Commerce ISD will offer meals every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student's household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows school to offer free meals for the 2021-2022 school year. 

While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such CISD Food Service Dept. will process household applications during 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Applications for next year's free and reduced-priced meals are available at each campus.

Coming to a campus near you!

New Chromebooks are being set up and will be delivered soon to each campus. Each student will receive a new Chromebook complete with a case this school year. Teachers will also be receiving a new laptop. 

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Share your feedback on the use of ESSER III funds

Commerce ISD seeks community input on using the federal ESSER III funds to increase student achievement and combat the learning gap caused by the pandemic closures. 


Survey for feedback

Rocking into retirement

Machelle Burns was presented a rocking chair by Superintendent Charlie Alderman upon her retirement from CES as the school's secretary. Burns joined the district in 2017 after working at Texas A&M University-Commerce for several years. She plans to spend a lot more time with her grandchildren in her retirement. She is shown with CES Principal Wanda Beane, Assistant Principal Patricia Nelle and Superintendent Alderman. We wish you the best, Machelle!


Machelle Burns retirement rocking chair with administrators

Two file for CISD Board of Trustees

Current officeholders Randy Starks and Kelsey Lytle have filed for positions on the CISD Board of Trustees.  One position, currently held by Etta Herring, remains open. The deadline for filing an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 12. Applications are available at the CISD Administration Building at 3315 Washington St. The election will be held on Saturday, May 1 at City Hall. 

Starks was elected to the board in 2009. Herring joined in 2012. Lytle was appointed in December to fulfill a vacated position.  

For information on Board qualifications, click here

Tiger Cheer finishes 5th in State UIL competition
The CHS Tiger Cheer Team finished in fifth place at the State UIL Championship held in Fort Worth last week.