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Yesterday, a House committee backed $115 billion budget plan with an extra $9 billion for school finance and property tax reform. Speaker Bonnen announced Monday that the bill would likely hit the floor on March 27. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Jose Cervantes, current Superintendent of La Villa ISD, has been named New Super of Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

D'Andre Weaver, current Superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, has been named New Super of Desoto ISD.

Yolanda L. Carr, current Associate Superintendent of Crane ISD, has been named New Super of Odem-Edroy ISD.

Andy Reddock, current Superintendent of Pewitt CISD, has been named New Super of Flatonia ISD.

 

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Vacant Spring Hill ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Plains ISD - Robert McLain ,Channing ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
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Lone Finalist Pleasant Grove ISD - Chad Pirtle , Assistant Superintendent ​,Liberty Hill ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, IncINFO
Lone Finalist Fairfield ISD - Dr. Jason Adams , Superintendent,​North Lamar ISD; Search by: Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Lone Finalist Whitney ISD - John McCullough , Director of Secondary Education and Career and Technical Education ,Paris ISD; Search By: Whitney ISD School Board adINFO
Lone Finalist Italy ISD - Dr. Michelle Schwind , Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning ​,Desoto ISD; Search by: Italy ISD School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Hardin-Jefferson ISD  - Brad McEachern , Superintendent ,Warren ISD ; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Stamford ISD - Will Brewer , Administrator ​,Wylie ISD; Search by: Ronnie Kincaid adINFO
Lone Finalist Hermleigh ISD - Cassie Petty , Elementary Principal ,​Post ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
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Lone Finalist Onalaska ISD - Anthony Roberts , Principal ,Onalaska ISD Junior-Senior High School ; Search by: Onalaska ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Latexo ISD  - Michael Woodard , Principal ,Latexo High School; Search by: Latexo ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super New Boston ISD; Brian Bobbitt; Superintendent of Malta ISD; Search by: New Boston ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Goodrich ISD - Dr. Bryan Taulton , High School Principal ,Hardin ISD; Search by: Goodrich ISD School Board adINFO
New Super Kennedale ISD - Chad Gee , Superintendent ​,Yorktown ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Elida Bera , Deputy Superintendent ,Judson ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Mabank ISD - Lee Joffre , Superintendent ,Italy ISD; Search by: Jim Dunlap - Click Here for Application InstructionsINFO
New Super Hull-Daisetta ISD - Tim Bartram , Superintendent ,​Aspermont ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Damon ISD - David Hayward , ​Principal ,Moulton ISD ; Search by: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
New Super Carthage ISD - John Wink , Superintendent ,​Blue Ridge ISD ; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
New Super Holland ISD - Shane Downing , Elementary Principal,Holland ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Point Isabel ISD - Theresa Alacron , Assistant Superintendent,​Brownsville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Santa Rosa ISD - Angela Gonzalez , Superintendent ,​Ramirez CSD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Yorktown ISD - Katherine Kuenstler , Assistant Superintendent ​of Curriculum and Instruction,Comfort ISD; Search by: Yorktown ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Whitewright ISD - Brian Garner , Superintendent,Riesel ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
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Superintendent Search: Pettus ISD hires New Superintendent

March 1908:29 AM
 

Pettus ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Michael E. Homann, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance of Medina Valley ISD, as the district’s new superintendent for Pettus ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page.

DOUGLASS ISD HIRES ARROW EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO CONDUCT SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

March 1908:29 AM
 

The board of trustees of the Douglass Independent School District has contracted with Arrow Educational Services, Inc. to assist them in their search for a new superintendent. view article  arw

Deer Park Classes Resume:  Day 3: Chemicals burn at ITC facility in Deer Park as fire intensifies and spread to more tanks

March 1906:46 AM
 

DEER PARK, Texas (KTRK) -- The fires at the ITC facility in Deer Park have intensified now burning eight tanks, days after the fire started.  The fire has been burning since Sunday around 10:30 a.m. It started with one tank at Intercontinental Terminals Company. Emergency responders have been working with foam and water to try and control further spreading. Six tanks were on fire as of Monday, but ITC officials said flames spread to two empty tanks due to a temporary reduction of water pressure.  view article  arw

Brownsville:  BISD hires TASB; Association to assist with superintendent search

March 1906:22 AM
 

Brownsville Independent School District trustees on Monday hired the Texas Association of School Boards as a consultant to assist the district in hiring a new superintendent of schools.  The trustees voted 4-3 at a special-called meeting to hire TASB for a fee of $19,500. Board President Minerva M. Peña and Trustees Philip A. Cowen, Laura Perez-Reyes and Erasmo Castro voted to hire TASB, while Trustees Sylvia Atkinson, Drue Brown and Prisci Roca Tipton voted against. view article  arw

TASB Talks

March 1808:41 AM
 

TASB Talks Lege Update March 18, 2019 - (9:25) On this week's episode, we dive into House Bill 3 with Dax Gonzalez of TASB Governmental Relations. What's the timeline for the bill? What's going on with the gifted and talented allotment? How does the Senate's school finance bill compare?   view article  arw

May 2019 Bond List

March 1808:13 AM
 

Bond Election Data collected by TexasISD.com for public school bonds in the upcoming May 2019 election cycle.

Waco ISD superintendent enters plea deal in marijuana possession charge

March 1805:53 AM
 

Waco Independent School District Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson entered a plea agreement with the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office to have his misdemeanor marijuana possession charge dismissed if he completes a 90-day diversion program, Robertson County District Attorney W. Coty Siegert said in a statement. view article  arw

Waco ISD Superintendent Marcus Nelson speaks out following his drug arrest

March 1805:52 AM
 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) After being arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge early this month, WISD Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson spoke with KWTX News 10 about what happened that night and the rumors surrounding his potential departure from the school district.  Below is the full interview between Drake Lawson and Dr. Marcus Nelson.  Drake-  So first Dr. Nelson just want to say thank you for sitting down with us today and for doing the interview we appreciate it.  I just want to go through that night, where were you coming from and where were you going and tell us about the situation. view article  arw

Superintendent Nelson to seek forgiveness from Waco ISD board for pot arrest

March 1805:51 AM
 

Waco Independent School District Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson said he is remorseful for his marijuana possession arrest but plans to ask the school board Tuesday for the chance to “redeem” himself.  He said he can use his mistake as an opportunity to warn children about the danger of drugs and “making poor choices,” the superintendent said in an hourlong interview Sunday with the Tribune-Herald. view article  arw

Former Waco ISD aide told to resign or be fired after marijuana possession arrest last year

March 1805:50 AM
 

A 24-year-old former special education aide at Waco Independent School District said she was forced to resign after she was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge last year, the same charge for which Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson was arrested.  The former aide, who asked to remain anonymous for fear that publicizing her arrest would hinder job prospects and disappoint family members, worked for the district from August 2017 to August 2018. view article  arw

Analysis: Asking Texas voters to swap higher sales taxes for property tax cuts

March 1505:59 AM
 

In the rush of legislation filed before last week’s deadline, you wouldn’t be the only person who missed the measure proposing a 6.26 percent state sales tax rate. No reason you should have seen it or made note of it.  For one thing, it’s a teensy tax increase, at least on paper — at least for now. The state’s current sales tax rate is 6.25 percent, and local governments can add two cents on top of that rate. The increase to 6.26 percent is a placeholder in a proposed constitutional amendment — a place to put the real number when it’s available. view article  arw

Preventive Law: Update from the Feds: SROs, School Law Enforcement Units, and FERPA

March 0408:31 AM
 

In February, the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance concerning School Resource Officers (SROs), School Law Enforcement Units, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The guidance answers some of the ongoing questions that districts have wrestled with as they try to balance the need to share information with law enforcement with FERPA’s confidentiality provisions.

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Design Phase

Episode II: The Best Laid Plans

April 2019

This session teaches How to handle negotiations, communications, and pressure when dealing
with designers, contractors, and even the board; unique problems and features of the available
methods of delivery; and what your architect and construction manager should deliver during
the design phase.

 

To get the true benefit of your contract, you have to know what to expect from your contractor
and from your design professional. This advanced course provides you with a next-level
understanding of the generally recognized responsibilities of the design professional, the
construction team, and the owner. We take complicated industry norms and break them down
into simple requirements so you won’t get lost. The purpose is to wool-proof your eyes.
Session

 

Who Should Attend

Superintendents, CFOs, Assistant Superintendents, District Construction Professionals, Board Members, Purchasing and Procurement Managers, Coordinators, Agents, Specialists, Directors, Contract Coordinators, Business Managers, Bond Professionals, Controllers, Auditors, Buyers, Finance Directors, Facilities Directors, Business Services and Operations Directors, Accounting Directors, and Accountants.

 

When and Where

4/23/19  |  9:30 am - 2:30 pm  |  Austin, TX

 

Register online at www.edlaw.com

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Schools to reopen as Texas chemical plant fire continues to burn. Health officials are not convinced that it’s safe

March 1908:42 AM
 

As schools and businesses reopen Tuesday amid a chemical fire in suburban Houston, health officials still worry about the possible effects of the flames on the air quality and the people of Deer Park and the surrounding communities. The fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) has been burning since Sunday. The cause of the blaze is under investigation and it could take until Wednesday to put out the blazes in tanks filled with gas, oil and chemicals, according to ITC. The Deer Park Independent School District said in a message to parents Monday night that its schools will reopen Tuesday. The school district said it made the decision to reopen, in part, because air quality monitoring has been "consistently favorable." view article  arw

House passes its budget out of committee

March 1908:41 AM
 

On to the full House, then the real fight occurs. A panel of House budget writers gave initial approval Monday to a budget that would spend $115 billion in state funds, including a $9 billion infusion of new funds for Texas public schools and property tax relief. view article  arw

To fund schools, lawmakers eye a swap: Higher sales taxes, lower property taxes

March 1908:40 AM
 

exas lawmakers are considering an infusion of $9 billion to improve public schools and lower property taxes over the next two years. The additional $6.3 billion in the classroom is being billed as a transformational effort to better educate the state’s 5.4 million students, while another $2.7 billion would stem the tide of escalating property taxes for homeowners.  “If we’re going to make some strides on these really big items, it really has to happen this session,” said Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, chairman of the influential Appropriations Committee. view article  arw

Second measles case confirmed in Collin County, officials say

March 1908:40 AM
 

COLLIN COUNTY, Texas — Collin County Health Care Services (CCHCS) has identified a second case of measles, the health organization said Monday.  The infected person was at a Kroger on North Preston Road in Prosper on March 15th between 9 a.m.-10 a.m. while contagious, officials said. The person did not go to any pother public locations, officials said,  view article  arw

Teen who refused chickenpox vaccine says school is limiting his activities. So he’s suing

March 1908:40 AM
 

A Kentucky student is suing his local health department after it barred students who aren't immunized against the chickenpox from attending school and canceled extracurricular activities during an outbreak that has affected 32 people. Jerome Kunkel, a senior at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy in Walton, Kentucky, refuses to get the chickenpox vaccine, citing his Christian faith, reported CNN affiliate WLWT. He and his father allege that he's being discriminated against because of religious beliefs. view article  arw

Teachers Union Backs Slate Against Best San Antonio ISD Board in 50 Years

March 1908:40 AM
 

It is sad to learn that the teachers union for the San Antonio Independent School District is endorsing candidates to oppose the board’s president and one other member, as well as backing a critic of the board for an open East Side seat. This, simply put, is the best board SAISD has had in at least 50 years. I’ve lived in the district for most of the past four decades and I could tell some stories. In fact, I have told some stories. There was the school board member who took the most junkets of any of the trustees, yet hadn’t paid her school property taxes for years.  view article  arw

House Appropriations Discusses Budget Bills: HB 1 and SB 500

March 1908:40 AM
 

Today, March 18, House Bill 1, the major budget bill in the House, and Senate Bill 500, which includes supplemental appropriation dollars for the state budget, were heard by the House Appropriations Committee. These are two of the most important bills the Legislature is constitutionally mandated to pass. view article  arw

Nederland ISD takes 3rd swing at passing bond issue

March 1908:40 AM
 

Jathan Garrett calls the proposed $155.6 million Nederland Independent School District bond issue a "pay-me-now-or-pay-me-later situation." "Young couples are going to look at the facilities and say, 'Is this where I want my children to go to school?'" the Mid-County dentist and bond proponent said. "We are all going to suffer if people say, 'I don't want to educate my child in this district.'" view article  arw

Deer Park plant fire could last two more days; authorities monitoring air quality

March 1908:40 AM
 

A Deer Park petrochemical fire sending smoke across Harris County has not immediately caused hazardous air quality conditions, county officials said early Monday afternoon, though the blaze could burn for two more days. Emergency crews have been working since Sunday morning to contain the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company in eastern Harris County, where thick plumes of smoke have covered the region. County and municipal officials said readings from multiple air quality tests prompt no serious health concerns, allowing them to lift a shelter-in-place order issued Sunday. view article  arw

Georgetown ISD leaders await legislative specifics on school finance reform

March 1908:40 AM
 

Georgetown ISD officials are unsure how reforms to the state’s property tax and school finance systems will affect the district’s bottom line as lawmakers continue to iron out the details of proposed legislation that includes a cap on annual increases in maintenance and operations tax revenue for cities, counties and school districts. Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2 would trigger automatic elections when taxing entities seek to adopt tax rates that allow for more than a 2.5 percent revenue increase over their effective rates, which calculate the rate needed for revenue equal to the previous year. view article  arw

Some Collin County school districts rally behind school finance reform bill

March 1908:40 AM
 

Several Collin County educators have thrown support behind Texas House Bill 3, a school finance reform bill that would add $9 billion in funding over the next two years. The bill not only increases teacher pay and student funding but also follows this legislative session’s theme of property tax reform by compressing school districts’ tax rate by $0.04 on average. House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, briefed representatives from nine Collin County school districts about the bill on March 15 in Plano. The group included superintendents and school board members from Frisco, McKinney, Plano  and others. view article  arw

Final town hall planned on $19.9M bond proposal

March 1908:30 AM
 

Officials with the Lindsay Independent School District are hosting another town hall on the district’s proposed $19.9 million bond at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Superintendent Trevor Rogers said Wednesday’s town hall at the Lindsay ISD cafeteria, 498 W. Sixth St., will be the “last full community-wide meeting to present comprehensive information about the bond program.” “Anyone who has not had a chance to hear about the program including why we are asking for public support, why we chose the plan we chose, how the whole process came about, etc. should come and learn more about the bond proposal,” Rogers said via email Monday afternoon. “We will also have a time allotted for questions for those who have questions or concerns.” view article  arw

Should Texas raise the smoking age from 18 to 21? Nation’s largest tobacco company agrees

March 1908:30 AM
 

AUSTIN — A long-stalled push to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes in Texas has a puff of momentum, thanks to early hearings in both chambers, strong support from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a surprising and quiet change of position by one of Big Tobacco's leading corporations.  GOP leaders of powerful committees in the House and Senate are again lead authors of proposals that would raise the legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.  view article  arw

Bond talk revived in Port Neches-Groves schools

March 1908:30 AM
 

Port Neches-Groves ISD has revived discussions about a multimillion-dollar bond issue to replace aging elementary schools. “There is a need for new schools in the district,” Matt Marchak, spokesman for a citizens committee that began looking at this issue four years ago, said after addressing the School Board on Monday night. “We established this prior when the committee originally got together.” view article  arw

Counselors available as Frankston ISD mourns death of Coach Reginald Clark

March 1908:30 AM
 

Frankston ISD announced on Monday the death of a teacher and coach in the district. Reginald Clark, who was a history teacher as well as a middle school coach, died after a sudden illness, the district reported on their Facebook page. “We have received some very sad news today, and we need to share it with our FISD community. One of our teachers, Coach Reginald Clark, recently became very ill and has passed away.  view article  arw

Student Robbed at Gunpoint Near Oak Cliff Magnet Center

March 1908:30 AM
 

Parents in the Dallas Independent School District were warned Monday of another armed robbery near an Oak Cliff school campus. Administrators at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center sent a letter to parents detailing the March 8 incident in which a student was robbed by gunpoint after classes were dismissed for the day. The student handed over their backpack and was not hurt, the letter said. Administrators said Dallas police and Dallas ISD police were investigating the crime and would provide additional security support. view article  arw

The Baby Bust Goes to School

March 1908:30 AM
 

It’s not easy to surprise demographers, given the long timelines with which they work. But back in 2007, when the number of babies born in the United States hit the all-time high of 4.32 million, topping even the baby boom peak, few could foresee the baby bust that was about to come. But come it did. By 2010, the number of children born in the U.S. that year had declined by 7.3 percent to 4.0 million. Perhaps that was understandable, given the shock of the Great Recession. (Birthrates declined during the Great Depression, too.) But another surprise followed: the birth rate continued to fall, even amid a historically long economic recovery, and even though the huge cohort of millennial women was reaching prime childbearing age. A decade after the peak, and seven years after the recovery began, the downward trend continues. The 3.85 million babies born in 2017 represent a 10.7 percent decline from the 2007 high. As alarming as these raw data are, what concerns demographers even more is the downturn in the “total fertility rate,” which estimates the number of children the typical woman is likely to have over the course of her lifetime.  view article  arw

Killeen ISD school board hopefuls face crowd in forum

March 1908:30 AM
 

Teacher pay raises and compensation for the superintendent of the Killeen Independent School District inspired strong responses from candidates for the KISD Board of Trustees in a Monday night forum. Nearly 100 residents Monday night filled seats inside the Killeen Civic and Conference Center for the KISD candidate forum sponsored by the Killeen Daily Herald. Candidates also shared their stances on the $426 million bond construction program, special education, standardized testing, transparency and more. view article  arw

Medical cannabis expansion has high support in the Texas Legislature. But Dan Patrick might stand in the way

March 1908:30 AM
 

State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, was on the floor of the Texas House in 2015 trying to convince her colleagues to open up the state to medical cannabis, and it was not going well. One lawmaker yelled, “This is a bad bill.” Others booed as Klick argued that her bill would legalize medical cannabis in the most narrow way possible. It only allowed the sale of specific medical cannabis products if they contained low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol — the psychoactive element in marijuana known as THC — to Texans with intractable epilepsy who had already tried two FDA-approved drugs and found them to be ineffective. Patients also needed to be permanent Texas residents and get approval from two doctors listed on the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas. view article  arw