I know those of you on campuses across the state are looking forward to a respite. The years when the legislature is meeting to decide the future of Texas Public Schools are especially difficult. I wish you a Happy Easter season. We will be back on Tuesday, April 23rd. - js - webmaster@texasisd.com read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Brian Bobbitt, current Superintendent of Malta ISD, has been named New Super of New Boston.

Dr. Bryan Taulton, current High School Principal of Hardin ISD, has been named New Super of Goodrich ISD.

Chad Gee, current Superintendent of Yorktown ISD, has been named New Super of Kennedale ISD.

Elida Bera, current Deputy Superintendent of Judson ISD, has been named New Super of Kingsville ISD.

 

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Vacant Boles ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Douglass ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant West Sabine ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Ennis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Buna ISD; Search by: ​Region 5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Houston ISD; Search by: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates adINFO
Vacant Cameron ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Electra ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Vacant Bowie ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Hitchcock ISD ; Search by: Hitchcock ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Sanger ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Waxahachie ISD; Search By: Ray and Associates adINFO
Vacant Newcastle ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Vacant Joaquin ISD; Search by: Haglund Law Firm, P.C.INFO
Vacant Woodville ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Flour Bluff ISD; Search By: Joe Kelley, Flour Bluff ISD Interim Superintendent of SchoolsINFO
Vacant Malakoff ISD; Search by: Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant La Joya ISD ; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo and Jaime Munoz adINFO
Vacant Texas Rural Education Association ; Search by: TREA and Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Warren ISD ; Search by: Region5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Gonzales ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Poolville ISD ; Search By: Poolville ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Vacant Hubbard ISD ; Search by: Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant San Diego ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Chico ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Channing ISD; Search by: Region 16 ESC adINFO
Vacant Harleton ISD; Search by: Harleton ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Abernathy ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Vacant Crandall ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
Vacant Mercedes ISD; Search by: Waterford School Services adINFO
Vacant Seminole ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Vacant Brownsville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Lovejoy ISD; Search by: JG Consulting INFO
Vacant Bellville ISD ; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Whiteface CISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Vacant Central ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Nursery ISD; Search by: Chris Ulcak, Outgoing Superintendent/ Principal adINFO
Vacant Oakwood ISD; Search by: Dr. Donny Lee adINFO
Lone Finalist Blue Ridge ISD - Matt Kimball , Assistant Superintendent ​,San Angelo ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Edgewood ISD  - Kristin Prater , Director of Student Services ,Edgewood ISD ; Search by: Arrow Education Services IncINFO
Lone Finalist Riesel ISD - Brandon Cope , High School Principal ,Riesel ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
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 Hawley ISD - Cassidy McBrayer , Superintendent ,Whiteface ISD; Search by: ​CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
Lone Finalist Latexo ISD  - Michael Woodard , Principal ,Latexo High School; Search by: Latexo ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Corrigan- Camden ISD - Richard Cooper , High School Principal ,Groesbeck ISD; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Henderson ISD - Thurston Lamb , Chief of Schools,Duncanville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Cleveland ISD  - Chris Trotter , Chief Administrative Officer ,Tomball ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Alvin ISD - Carol Nelson , Associate Superintendent of Human Resources ,Alvin ISD ; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP AdINFO
Lone Finalist Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr. Veronica Alfaro , Interim Superintendent and Human Resources/Payroll Testing Coordinator/ Elementary School Principal ,Santa Gertrudis ISD ; Search by: ​Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist George West ISD  - Dr. Jim Rosebrock , Chief Academic Officer ,Corpus Christi ISD ; Search by: George West School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Petersburg ISD - Dr. Brian Bibb , High School Principal ,Seymour ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
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
New Super Pettus ISD  - Michael E. Homann , Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance ,Medina Valley ISD ; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
New Super Hermleigh ISD - Cassie Petty , Elementary Principal ,​Post ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
New Super Stamford ISD - Will Brewer , Administrator ​,Wylie ISD; Search by: Ronnie Kincaid adINFO
New Super Spring Hill ISD - Wayne Guidry , Superintendent ​,Hubbard ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Jim Ned CISD - Glen Teal , Superintendent ​,Abernathy ISD; Search by: Ronnie Kincaid adINFO
New Super Pleasant Grove ISD - Chad Pirtle , Assistant Superintendent ​,Liberty Hill ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, IncINFO
New Super Onalaska ISD - Anthony Roberts , Principal ,Onalaska ISD Junior-Senior High School ; Search by: Onalaska ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Plains ISD - Robert McLain , Superintendent ,Channing ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
New Super Silsbee ISD - Gregg Weiss , Principal ,Hawkins ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Fairfield ISD - Dr. Jason Adams , Superintendent,​North Lamar ISD; Search by: Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees INFO

Good Friday and Easter 2019

April 1808:43 AM
 

Lamb is a Lion: Henderson ISD hires Duncanville ISD administrator to lead district

April 1808:42 AM
 

“We’ve learned a lot from him, so we just wanted to honor him,” Duncanville ISD Director of State and Federal Programs Mari Zamora said, shortly before Henderson trustees voted unanimously to hire Thurston Lamb to lead the Lions as superintendent. view article  arw

Superintendent Search: Fairfield ISD Hires New Superintendent

April 1808:29 AM
 

Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Dr. Jason Adams, Superintendent of North Lamar ISD, as the district’s new superintendent for Fairfield ISD. Details and updates will appear on our search page.

Superintendent Search: Nursery ISD is Searching for A New Superintendent

April 1808:29 AM
 

Nursery ISD is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Superintendent Search: Petersburg ISD has announced a Lone Finalist

April 1808:29 AM
 

Petersburg ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Brian Bibb, High School Principal of Seymour ISD, as Lone Finalist for Petersburg ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress. 

Superintendent Search: George West ISD has announced a Lone Finalist

April 1808:29 AM
 

George West ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Jim Rosebrock, Chief Academic Officer of Corpus Christi ISD, as Lone Finalist for George West ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress. 

Superintendent Search: Oakwood ISD is Searching for A New Superintendent

April 1808:29 AM
 

Oakwood ISD is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Power outages prompt school cancellations and delays

April 1807:29 AM
 

LEON COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - Due to power outages caused by overnight storms, some Brazos Valley school districts have announced delays and cancellations for Thursday morning. Centerville ISD is closed all day Thursday due to the outages.  Normangee ISD is delaying classes by two hours.  Buffalo ISD is delaying classes by two hours. view article  arw

Severe weather leads to school closures

April 1807:26 AM
 

ELYSIAN FIELDS, Texas - Classes have been canceled at Elysian Fields ISD Thursday in the wake of severe weather.  The district's website has limited information, but does say that EFISD is closed 4/18/19 due to road flooding. view article  arw

With a Possible Update to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Former Council Members Recall Local Scandal - How a TOMA misunderstanding changed Austin politics

April 1806:14 AM
 

Sometime soon this session, the Legis­lat­ure will send to Gov. Greg Abbott an update to the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) to reinstate provisions, struck down by the state's highest criminal court, governing "walking quorums" – serial private meetings of public officials that allow them to make decisions that should by law be done in public. Lawmakers will be proud of themselves for having done so, for "government transparency" is a sacred shibboleth among reporters and politicians alike – even (or especially) among those who routinely meet privately, make political and policy agreements privately, and reflexively count votes privately. "Hypocrisy," as La Rochefoucauld mused centuries ago, "is the tribute vice pays to virtue." view article  arw

Bloomington superintendent resigns

April 1805:50 AM
 

The Bloomington school superintendent has resigned, according to the school board.  Barnett was placed on paid administrative leave during a specially called meeting April 2. Board and school district officials have not commented about why Barnett was placed on administrative leave, citing personnel issues.  The resignation is effective July 2, 2019. Barnett is still on paid administrative leave, Ellsworth said.  Elvis Whaley, a district administrator, is still the temporary acting superintendent.  Ellsworth said the board will discuss whether to hire a superintendent search firm to find Barnett’s replacement at the next board meeting, which is scheduled Monday. view article  arw

Lee to take helm at Buna ISD

April 1805:38 AM
 

After two years as the Oakwood Independent School District Superintendent Donny Lee is resigning to take the same position with the Buna Independent School District, 35 miles north of Beaumont.  Lee, who was hired by the Oakwood ISD in June of 2017, will start work in Buna June 1. His last day in Oakwood will be May 31. view article  arw

UPDATE: Alto schools to reopen Monday

April 1708:40 AM
 

Alto ISD posted on its Facebook that classes will resume Monday, April 22, pending final building inspections. According to the post, building inspections were completed Monday. view article  arw

Alto ISD District Need

April 1708:39 AM
 

Superintendents,- As you all know, one of our Region 7 districts received severe damage due to last weekend’s storms. Alto ISD is in need of several portable buildings while their facilities are under repair. If your district is able to help, please contact Kelly West, Alto ISD Superintendent at kwest@alto.esc7.net.

Equity Center Template

April 1706:23 AM
 

This is a very easy revenue template that compares FY19 Current Law Revenue to FY20 CSHB 3. It includes a tax collection calculator and a minimum salary schedule based on the basic allotment of CSHB 3. Adam Pierce from Equity Center is the contact person for questions; his email is adam@equitycenter.org view article  arw

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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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New Updated Template from Omar (Release 2)

April 1606:24 AM
 

Omar Garcia with BOK Financial Securities has a new release (Release 2 dated 04/15/2019) that is now available for download.  This new release is only for the purpose of comparing 2019-20 current law to most of the 2019-20 school finance provisions in HB 3, with some corrections from Release 1 (see Notes tab).  As always, please stay tuned for any new developments. - You should move data over to this release - js arw

Texas Senate gives local governments more breathing room for property tax revenue growth

April 1606:23 AM
 

Repost!  After a key Republican holdout agreed to bring a priority bill to the floor, the upper chamber increased an election trigger on revenue increases from 2.5% to 3.5%. But now both chambers must reconcile how they want to tackle rising school district taxes.  The Texas Senate broke a logjam Monday that had paralyzed a piece of priority legislation for weeks — blunting a controversial provision in a property tax reform package and then advancing the bill, without having to deploy a procedural “nuclear option" to move it.  A vote on Senate Bill 2, a top imperative for state leaders, had been expected last week. But an apparent lack of support stalled the vote in the upper chamber, where the backing of 19 senators is generally required to bring a bill up for debate. After Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened to blow past decades of tradition and bring the measure to a vote with a simple majority, state Sen. Kel Seliger, a vocal dissenter, relented Monday, allowing the bill onto the floor. He did not support its passage. view article  arw

Preventive Law: We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help

April 0108:31 AM
 

This Spring, several districts across the country have received letters from the OCR concerning their Civil Rights Data Collection (“CRDC”).  The CRDC is a data collection conducted every other year, and per Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ January 2019 announcement is part of “a new initiative to address the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in order to protect children with disabilities.”  A critical component to the initiative requires data quality reviews of 2015-2016 data submissions regarding instances of restraint or seclusion.

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.

Action Alert: Please Contact Your House Member on HB 281

April 1802:45 PM
 

Action Alert: Please Contact Your House Member on HB 281  HB 281 by Rep. Mayes Middleton is in the House Calendar Committee, and we expect it to be set for floor debate very soon. This bill would have a negative impact on how administrators and TASA employees could represent you at the Texas Capitol. HB 281 would prohibit public money from being spent on lobbyists or associations that have lobbyists. This would result in the elimination of governmental relations for TASA and other similar organizations.  Some legislators do not think you should have representation at the Capitol. The bill currently has 53 joint and co-authors. See which House members have signed onto the bill. These individuals need to hear your opposition!  Talking points on the impact of HB 281:

Texas’ retired teachers served our children. They deserve a pension that serves them. [Opinion]

April 1808:45 AM
 

Retired Texas educators dedicated their lives to educating our children. Now many are facing a financial crisis, since most have not seen any cost-of-living increase to their monthly pension in more than a decade, while their health care premiums are eating away at what little money they do get. The Texas Legislature has made clear this session that it wants to address this crisis by strengthening the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), the 17th-largest pension system in the world. A bill in the Texas House by Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, is a thoughtful approach that sends an important message to Texas educators — our work matters. view article  arw

Proposed law would eliminate STAAR test passing requirement for Texas students

April 1808:45 AM
 

Two Texas lawmakers are working to pass a state law that would eliminate standardized test passing requirements to pass students to the next grade. House Bill 1480 (HB 1480), co-authored by Representative Ray Lopez (D-San Antonio) and Rep. Van Deaver (R-Bowie County), would remove requirements for students to pass standardized tests like the STAAR for grade promotion. Social studies and United States history assessments would be eliminated entirely if the bill passes, accelerated learning communities would replace grade placement committees and some state agency responsibilities would be rejiggered instead of standardized testing. view article  arw

Senator Cruz pitches education plan on Texas tour

April 1808:45 AM
 

On the heels of a close November election, Senator Ted Cruz returns to Texas after filing an education reform bill. The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act would allow new federal tax credits for businesses and people to donate to scholarships to send kids to a variety of different schools. view article  arw

Killeen: Area’s largest district opens situation room when weather threatens

April 1808:45 AM
 

When bad weather threatens, Killeen ISD has some major decisions to make to keep kids safe, and it all happens in the situation room, where the director of school safety, the transportation director, and the deputy superintendent work on emergency operations planning in case bad weather takes a turn for the worse. “We were monitoring yesterday and last night,” Director of School Safety John Dye said Wednesday. “What is the status? What's going to be happening?” view article  arw

San Antonio: New program would allow high school students to graduate with an associates degree

April 1808:45 AM
 

Some local students interested in a career in nursing will have an opportunity to earn an associate's degree while in high school. The proposed program in the works at Fox Tech High School and would be the second within the San Antonio Independent School District. view article  arw

San Jacinto College offers high school students path to degree

April 1808:45 AM
 

For high school students who are looking to get a jump on their college education, the San Jacinto College Dual Credit program may be a good fit for them. It allows students to enroll and take college courses while they're still in high school.  Channelview High School senior Diojni Valle is getting ready to graduate with a high school diploma. She'll also receive an associate's degree from San Jac as well. She did it by doubling up classes during her junior and senior years of high school.  view article  arw

Top student robotics teams in the world compete for championship at GRB

April 1808:45 AM
 

The best student robotics teams from across the world will compete for the championship in Houston. The Space City is hosting the 28th annual FIRST Championship from Wednesday, April 17th through Saturday, April 20th.  The main competitions will happen inside the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Other activities will be held across the street from the GRB at Discovery Green and the final round and awards ceremony at Minute Maid Park. view article  arw

School districts assess bus driver shortage

April 1808:45 AM
 

Maintaining enough school bus drivers is an issue schools not just in Texoma but across the nation face regularly. Even when schools are properly staffed, having enough drivers for extracurricular activities can be a challenge and having those drivers maintain their certification has become difficult. While school district officials needing bus drivers is a common issue, it's not one folk with WFISD are having to deal with right now. view article  arw

Thorndale Baseball helps Franklin with tornado clean-up

April 1808:45 AM
 

A Central Texas baseball team is helping storm survivors. The Thorndale High School Baseball team took the day off to volunteer in Robertson County Wednesday. view article  arw

Brazos Valley students attend HYPE Career Expo in Bryan

April 1808:45 AM
 

Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley hosted its 7th annual HYPE – Career Expo on Wednesday in Bryan. The event was held at the Brazos County Expo Center. view article  arw

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Asks for Record-Breaking $1.76 Billion

April 1808:42 AM
 

On May 4, 2019, Texas’ third largest school district will ask voters to approve the largest school bond debt package in state history. Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, located northwest of Houston, reports a student enrollment of 116,249for 2018-19. The district has grown significantly over the past few decades, although growth has slowed recently, with an increase of about 3,000 since the district’s last bond election in 2014. CFISD officials predict the district will grow by another 3,000 to 4,000 students by 2025. view article  arw

Beaumont ISD veteran Allen to take over as superintendent

April 1808:41 AM
 

Educator Shannon Allen, a Beaumont native who came up through the ranks of its public schools, on Wednesday was announced as the new superintendent of Beaumont ISD. Allen will be the first woman to hold the position when she takes over July 1. She will replace John Frossard, who retired. view article  arw