Molly Smith, El Paso Times

Molly Smith

El Paso Times

El Paso, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Molly:

Officials warn of Memorial Day gatherings as El Paso hits record COVID-19 hospitalizations

El Paso reached a record number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized this week and officials fear that number will grow after the Memorial Day weekend. → Read More

EPISD trustees approve 2% employee raises, adopt $641 million budget

The 2% pay increase translates to a $1,150 annual raise for EPISD teachers, which will go into effect July 1. → Read More

EPISD trustees approve 2% employee raises, adopt $641 million budget

The 2% pay increase translates to a $1,150 annual raise for EPISD teachers, which will go into effect July 1. → Read More

YISD trustees okay 2% employee raises, $489 million budget

Ysleta ISD employees will receive a 2% salary increase of the midpoint value for the 2020-2021 school year in addition to a $500 stipend. → Read More

UTEP to hold spring 2020 outdoor commencement ceremony in September

Coronavirus led UTEP to cancel its May 16 commencement ceremony, which has been rescheduled for Sept. 12 at the Sun Bowl Stadium. → Read More

Worried your kids will suffer 'COVID slide'? TEA has a tool to diagnose student learning

TEA is offering optional year-end assessments parents can give their kids to find out whether they meet grade-level expectations. → Read More

El Paso to use $84 million of CARES Act funding to expand COVID-19 testing

The El Paso City Council approved using $84.2 million of the $119 million CARES Act funds on expanding COVID-19 public health efforts. → Read More

City, county officials announce COVID-19 testing goals for El Paso

Officials estimate that as of Sunday, 12,050 tests have been conducted by private and public laboratories. → Read More

El Paso City Council extends COVID-19 emergency ordinances through early June

The declaration gives El Paso Mayor Dee Margo the ability to issue local directives to curb the spread of COVID-19. → Read More

COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high in El Paso as impact of reopening still unknown

As COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a record high this week, health officials say it's too early to tell what impact Texas' reopening will have on cases. → Read More

El Paso officials report record high of 86 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths

Friday marked a daily record for new COVID-19 cases in El Paso, as well as a record high of coronavirus hospitalizations and ICU patients. → Read More

YISD Board of Trustees appoints former trustee Shane Haggerty to board vacancy

The Ysleta school board appointed former trustee Shane Haggerty to fill the remainder of Richard Couder's term, which ends May 2021. → Read More

Texas-based charter chain to open new school in August at El Paso parochial school site

El Paso Classical Academy, a K-12 school, will open in August at the site of Faith Christian Academy and aims to enroll 500 students. → Read More

East Point Elementary School Principal Dana Boyd wins H-E-B Excellence in Education award

East Point Elementary School Principal Dana Boyd was named a 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award winner. → Read More

Texas Education Commissioner: Indoor graduation ceremonies not allowed due to COVID-19

Only four types of high school graduation ceremonies will be allowed for the Class of 2020. → Read More

As Texas reopens, El Paso mayor says city not yet 'out of the woods' with coronavirus

El Paso braces for reopening; retail stores, shopping malls, movie theaters and restaurants can reopen today at 25% capacity. → Read More

El Paso City Rep. claims he was not referring to member of public as a 'f---ing idiot'

City rep. Henry Rivera is denying he used an expletive in reference to a city resident during public comment at Tuesday's council meeting. → Read More

El Paso Psychiatric Center: Coronavirus spread 'like wildfire' among staff, patients

Forty-two COVID-19 cases have been tied to the 74-bed state hospital, and employees allege the outbreak was due to lax infection control protocols. → Read More

Two Logan Elementary School food service workers test positive for COVID-19

EPISD is asking families who visited the meal distribution site to monitor their health as a precaution. → Read More

EPISD to offer COVID-19 testing to employees, students, in addition to El Paso community

A COVID-19 test site at Burnet Elementary will open Friday to EPISD students and employees. It will expand to the greater El Paso community on May 27. → Read More