Hoffman replacing Long as principal at Finch Elementary in McKinney

Becki Hoffman has been named principal of Finch Elementary School in the McKinney ISD after the retirement of Finch Elementary School Principal Harry Long.

Hoffman has served for more than 32 years as a teacher and administrator, most recently serving as Assistant Principal of Finch Elementary School since 2006.

Hoffman has served as acting principal of Finch Elementary School and has continuingly managed staff and resources while focusing on increased student engagement.

During her time at Finch, she has initiated Rachel’s Challenge, a nationwide student service project, and served the campus in many areas of strategic planning and grant management. She also facilitated and supported an ongoing training and enhancement of integrated technology resulting in an increased innovative engagement by Finch staff and students.

Prior to serving at Finch Elementary School, Ms. Hoffman served for five years as an Instructional Specialist at Burks Elementary School in McKinney providing instructional training, modeling and planning assistance to teachers.

Hoffman began her teaching career at Kountze High School in Kountze, Texas, as a resource teacher for grades nine through 12. She served five years as a supervising teacher for the Beaumont State Center for Human Development managing the Early Childhood Program.

Hoffman taught third grade at Ney Elementary School in Lake Jackson, Texas, for two years before beginning a 16-year career at Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston.

At Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Hoffman served as a classroom teacher and developed fifth grade curriculum at Owens Elementary School, served as Grant Facilitator for 12 years working in the District Central Office, and served as Language Arts Instructional Specialist at Walker Elementary School for one year.

Hoffman earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lamar University and Master of Education from Dallas Baptist University.


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McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller on Bike the Bricks 2011:

1) mountain bikes bounce and bodies don’t
2) bike the bricks is not being renamed bite the bricks
3) the new Mayors Challenge will be whether we can avoid injury-maybe tricycles or stationary bikes
I hope to get out of hospital tomorrow. Still sore and on oxygen but spirits high. Thank you for all the kind thoughts and prayers.

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Plano: Two charged in murder of 67-year-old man; bank robbed

On May 26, 2011 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Plano Police Officers responded to a Welfare Concern call in the 7400 block of Alma Drive.

Police found a deceased white male was located with apparent head injuries and transported to the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The deceased has now been identified as Paul W. Halperin, a 67-year-old white male from Plano.

On May 26, 2011, Plano Police Officers arrested Lakeisha Jean McWay (pictured on right), a 19-year-old black female from Dallas, and Shaniqua Shuntay Shelton (pictured at left), an 18-year-old black female from Dallas’ Pleasant Grove in connection with the homicide of Paul Halperin.

Both suspects have been charged with Murder and are being held on $500,000 bond amounts in the Plano City Jail.

This investigation, by the Plano Police CAPERS Unit, is on-going.

Bank robbery

In another crime on May 24, 2011 at approximately 6 p.m., Plano Police Officers responded to a Bank Robbery at the Chase Bank in the 5900 block of West Parker Road.

Upon Officers’ arrival, it was determined that the suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money.

The teller complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect fled the location with an unknown amount of currency.

The suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5-9, in her mid-30s, thin build, and was last seen wearing a purple jacket, white shirt, and a black hat.

If you have any information regarding this offense or the location of the suspect, please call the Plano Police Department Tip Line at 972-941-2148 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 877-373-8477.

Kidd’s Memorial Day blog


If you were new to America and you went by what you see and hear on TV and radio, you might be convinced that Memorial Day is the one weekend a year to save big money on cars and electronics. You almost never hear the words Memorial Day anymore unless they’re followed by the word “sale.” People always complain that we’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas or Easter.

I think the attention we give Memorial Day is the holiday we should be most embarrassed about. Unlike Christmas or Easter, remembering our fallen soldiers doesn’t require that you be Christian or Jew or Muslim. Just American. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, pro-war, anti-war. We should all come together on this day…not the whole weekend. … just Monday, and remember what the holiday means and how we’re supposed to observe it.

When America was trying to recover from the Civil War, nearly every family in this country felt the direct loss. Imagine a country one fourth the size it is now and then imagine nearly 700 THOUSAND casualties. On those first few Memorial days, I’m pretty sure they didn’t celebrate with hot dogs and three day weekends and a sale on video games.

In the last seven years, Memorial Day has meant something for the first time to hundreds of families. Families who’ve been through the scope of emotions that started with pride of service, fear of loss, and finally numbing grief that the person they love is gone forever. Ask the families and they usually won’t use the word hero. Instead they’ll use words like “friend”, “brother”, “son”, “confidant”, “full-of-life”, “passionate”, and sincere.

Just my opinion, but Monday is not the day to debate the war in Iraq. It’s offensive. It’s offensive to say our soldiers died in a meaningless war. It’s equally offensive to defend the cause. On this day it is. We’ve got 364 other days for that.

Memorial Day to me isn’t about war or all the feelings that go along with it. It’s about individuals who chose to serve in the United States Military, they chose to follow orders and they made the ultimate sacrifice.Chances are there is a veterans’ cemetery within a few miles of you. You’ll find many soldiers buried there who returned from the war and lived full, productive lives. But you’ll no doubt find a bunch of headstones that tell the story of an abbreviated life. Each of those markers represents the crushed dream of a wife, a parent, a brother.

And I hope we will remember that on Monday, in between hanging out with family and firing up the grill and hanging out with friends. …I truly hope that Monday, if even for a fleeting moment, you will hit the pause button and realize that this is not just a day off from work or school. Our fallen heroes chose to put their lives on the line for many reasons, but I’m pretty certain that giving us a day-off is not one of them.

I sometimes regret that I did not have the privilege to serve my country. As much as I whine and complain about how imperfect America is (an inalienable right to do so in America, by the way), I wish that I had given a couple years of my life to demonstrate to others and myself that what we have here is more than worth defending. And for those who did–and paid the price–they will forever have my unwavering respect and admiration.

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First Prosper Founding Heritage Citizenship Award winner

In the picture, Jim and Betty Hughes admire the children’s art display at the 1st annual Prosper Founders Day Celebration.

The Prosper Founding Heritage Citizenship Award
is given to someone who ersonifies a lifetime of service to the Prosper community in the kind and generous pirit of our founding families. On May 21st, the first award was presented to James Albert (Jim) Hughes.

Jim Hughes is a third generation “Prosperite.” His great-grand parents came to Texas in covered wagons in the late 1890s and settled in the Prosper area to farm the fertile black land prairie.

His mother, Oberia Mae Johnson and father, T.M. Hughes, Sr., were also farmers.

While attending Prosper schools, both parents were very active in the athletic program. Oberia played on the famous 1923 women’s basketball team: the team was undefeated during the four years of area competition. T.M. played on the 1929 baseball team.

After their marriage they became very active in the community, school, and church. Serving on committees, School Board. P.T.O, and Organizing and serving on the Board of the Co-Op Cotton Gin. They were always willing to serve anyone!

As early settlers, the Hughes and Johnson families left a great heritage and legacy to Prosper and the Community. Through the years both families have been exemplary examples of loyalty, leadership, honesty, and integrity. They have been dedicated to serving the community and others. They developed a strong work ethic that was passed down to their children. Jack; T.M., Jr.; Jim; and Jerry Ann,

Jim Hughes exhibits all of these attributes of his heritage.

Ø Graduated from Prosper High School where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football,
Ø Attended Sam Houston State were he played baseball and basketball.
Ø Drafted by the Detroit Tigers, a professional baseball team; and later managed Minor League baseball teams.

Ø After serving a brief time in the US Army, he scouted for The New York Mets.
Ø From 1989 to 2002 he became scouting supervisor for the Toronto Blues.
Ø In 1997, Jim was named to the Texas Scout Association Hall of Honor.
Ø In 1995, Jim and his wife Betty (Hodges) moved back to Jim’s home place on Lane Street, in Prosper.

Since returning to Prosper, Jim has become the ‘Good Samaritan of Prosper,’ spending countless hours serving the town’s citizens constantly seeking ways to help the community.

Ø He mows yards for the elderly and sick.
Ø Mows ditches and vacant lots to keep the town looking neat and clean.
Ø Cuts and hauls limbs and other debris from yards, homes and churches.
Ø Delivers Meals on Wheels, and provides transportation for doctor appointments and hospital visits.

His service to Prospers senior citizens is equal to none. If you ask anyone in Prosper who knows Jim, “What does Jim Hughes do?” The answer is more like, “What doesn’t he do?”

He and Betty attend and support most events in the community. They are avid supporters of all sport events of the school. They rarely miss a game. (He does sneak in a game of hand ball too!)

Jim is one of the founders and supporters of the Prosper Historical Society and Museum. He has served on the Board of Directors for the last four years. His contribution to the establishment and development of the museum is superb and irreplaceable.

Jim and Betty have two children, Lequita Kinder and Marty Matthew, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He has been true to his family heritage; a lifetime of service, dedication, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to the betterment and preservation of the Town of Prosper.

He is a true “Home-grown Boy” who has excelled in the world and has returned to serve his community unselfishly.
The first Prosper Founding Heritage Citizenship Award was presented by Joey Womble, Chairman of the Prosper Chamber of Commerce and Judy Rucker, president of the Prosper Historical Society.

Plano picks Miner as Mayor Pro Tem, Smith as Deputy Pro Tem

At its City Council meeting last evening, the Plano City Council selected Pat Miner, Place 1, as Mayor Pro Tem.

Lissa Smith of Place 4 was selected as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem.

These selections establish the order by which proceedings are run in the absence of the Mayor. In addition, these representatives may also serve in any official capacity needed in the absence of the Mayor.

The Plano City Council establishes these seats annually after each spring election.

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