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Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff released the following information regarding education savings account vouchers that are being proposed by several Texas organizations: read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Jaime Velasco, Superintendent, Italy ISD, has been named New Super of Pettus ISD.

Oscar Muniz, High School Principal, Coolidge ISD, has been named New Super of McLean ISD.

Aaron Waldrip, Principal, Brownfield Middle School, has been named New Super of Wellman-Union CISD.

Scott Beene, Superintendent, Big Sandy ISD, has been named New Super of Anderson-Shiro CISD.

 

31 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Pleasant Grove ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Frankston ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant ESC 20 Associate Director, Administrative & Instructional Services; Search by ESC 20 InfoINFO
Vacant Cuero ISD; Cuero ISD Board of Trustees  InfoINFO
Vacant Roosevelt ISD; Search by Roosevelt ISD Board & Jimmy Parker InfoINFO
Vacant McAllen ISD; Search by JG ConsultingINFO
Vacant Westwood ISD; Search by John Hardy of Hardy, Cook & Hardy InfoINFO
Vacant Leander ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLP INFO
Vacant Runge ISD; Search by Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
Vacant Paint Creek ISD ; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Huckabay ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Buckholts ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Vacant Yorktown ISD; Search by: School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
Vacant Perrin Whitt CISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant Caldwell ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Region 15 ESC Executive Director; Search by ESC 15 Board of Directors InfoINFO
Vacant Water Valley ISD
 ; Search by the Water Valley ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Jim Hogg County ISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates InfoINFO
Vacant Hereford ISD; Search by Region 16 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Donna ISD; Search by Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. INFO
Vacant Weslaco ISD; Search by Weslaco ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Manor ISD - Dr. Royce Avery, Area Superintendent,El Paso ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Lampasas ISD 
  - Chane Rascoe, Superintendent,Moody ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Hale Center ISD - Steven Plyburn, Superintendent,Crowell ISD; Search by ESC 17INFO
Lone Finalist Rule ISD - Rick Moeller, Superintendent,Paint Creek ISD ; Search by the Rule ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Klein ISD - Dr. Bret Champion, Superintendent,Leander ISD; Search by Thompson and Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Brooks County ISD  - Dr. Maria Casas, Former Superintendent,Mathis ISD; Search by Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Lazbuddie ISD - Steve Wolf, Principal ,Motley County ISD; Search by Dr. Gary Bigham Info AnnouncementINFO
Lone Finalist Coupland ISD - Tammy Brinkman, Director of Curriculum & Instruction,Iola ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C.  InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Rockwall ISD - Dr. John (J.J.) E. Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services,Carroll ISD; Horn, Smith, Wood & PrestonINFO
Lone Finalist Mason ISD - John Schumacher; Search by Education Solution Services INFO
Lone Finalist Scurry-Rosser ISD - James Sanders, Assistant Superintendent,Ennis ISD; Search by Scurry-Rosser ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Brownsboro ISD - Tommy Hunter , Superintendent,S&S CISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Marshall ISD - Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent,Coldspring ISD; Search by the Marshall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Grand Saline ISD - Micah Lewis, Superintendent,Frankston ISD; Search by Grand Saline ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Chico ISD - Don Elsom , Superintendent,Latexo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Katy ISD - Dr. Lance Hindt, Superintendent,Allen ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Galveston ISD - Kelli Moulton, Superintendent,Hereford ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Highland Park ISD (Amarillo)  - Jimmy Hannon, Superintendent,Water Valley ISD; Search by Potter County Board of Trustees Info INFO
Lone Finalist Bartlett ISD - Travis W. Edwards, Field Agent,ESC 14; Search by the Bartlett ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Lone Finalist Columbus ISD - Brian Morris, Assistant Superintendent,Hallsville iSD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Crowell ISD - Pam Norwood, Director of Special Programs,Chapel Hill ISD, Mount Pleasant, TX ; Search by ESC 9 & Darren Francis - No longer taking applicationsINFO
Lone Finalist Big Sandy ISD (ESC 7) - Jay Ratcliff, Superintendent,Martinsville ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Natalia ISD - Dr. Freeman Hensley Cone, Executive Director of Secondary Education/Co-Interim Asst. San Marcos CISD; Search by the Natalia ISD Board of Trustees  - no longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Blue Ridge ISD - John Wink, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,Tatum ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Wall ISD  - Russell Dacy, Wall High School Principal,Wall ISD; Search byv Wall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Chester ISD - Cory Hines, Principal,Martins Mill ISD; Search by the Chester ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Sheldon ISD - King Davis, Dept. Superintendent,Everman ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
New Super Pecos - Barstow - Toyah ISD  - Jim Haley, Superintendent,Cuero ISD; Search by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Paducah ISD - Brian Patterson, Superintendent,Darrouzett ISD; Search by Jerry Baird InfoINFO
New Super Terrell County ISD - Amanda Ann Magallan , Principal Lamar Elementary,Midland ISD ; Search by Kenn Norris, Interim Superintendent Info INFO
New Super Winona ISD - Cody Mize; Search by Consilience LLC - Wes Hickey & Jennifer Jones InfoINFO
New Super Falls City ISD - Todd Pawelek, High School Principal ,Poth ISD; Search by FCISD Board of Trustees and Interim Superintendent Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Cotton Center ISD - Jeff Kirby, Elementary Principal ,Waelder ISD; Search by Cotton Center ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super La Grange ISD - Bill Wagner, Asst. Superintendent,La Grange ISD; Moak, Casey and AssociatesINFO
New Super Three Rivers ISD - Dr. Mary Springs, Superintendent,Santa Gertrudis ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Jacksboro ISD - Dwain Milam, Superintendent,Collinsville ISD ; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
New Super Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super Poth ISD - Paula Renken , Interim Superintendent,Poth ISD; Poth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Petersburg ISD - Drew Howard, Principal ,Peaster ISD; Search by ESC 17 and Petersburg ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Cross Roads ISD  - Richard Tedder, Interim Superintendent,Cross Roads ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Anderson-Shiro CISD - Scott Beene, Superintendent,Big Sandy ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super North Hopkins ISD - Darin Jolly; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Wellman-Union CISD - Aaron Waldrip, Principal,Brownfield Middle School ; Search by the Wellman - Union Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super McLean ISD - Oscar Muniz, High School Principal ,Coolidge ISD; Search by McLean ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Pettus ISD - Jaime Velasco, Superintendent,Italy ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Mineral Wells ISD  - John Kuhn, Superintendent,Perrin-Whitt CISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
New Super Aubrey ISD - David Belding, Superintendent,Millsap ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
New Super Beeville ISD - Dr. Marc A. Puig; Search by Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. with Educational Consultant Gary Patterson. INFO
New Super Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr, Corey Seymour, Lead Secondary High School Principal ,Cedar Hill ISD; Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.and  Dr. Ann Dixon, Search ConsultantINFO
New Super Moody ISD - Gary Martel, Superintendent,Diboll ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Webb CISD - Heriberto D. Gonzalez; Search by J. Cruz & Associates, LLC Info RequirementsINFO

Watchdog: The Texas school district that forgot to hold elections for a decade

July 2508:36 AM
 

They teach the history of American democracy in the tiny Sidney ISD in central Texas, but the superintendent and school board didn't live those lessons. The district did not hold an election for a decade. Board members extended their own terms.  The strange case of Sidney school district's decade-long spree without an election has never been told publicly. Even most taxpayers in Comanche County, where the district with only one school campus is situated, don't know the story.  It began with an improbable anonymous complaint to the State Auditor's office about a school district that forgot democracy. The complaint was passed on to a new special investigations unit of the Texas Education Agency. Investigators found a complete breakdown of democracy.  view article  arw

Beaumont:  Breaking: BISD’s Board of Managers to resign

July 2206:55 AM
 

Beaumont ISD's Board of Managers will resign in May 2017, members announced at Thursday night's board meeting.  "We have reached the end of our two year original assignment, and we will continue our duties until we step down," Board President Jimmy Simmonssaid. "However, each of us has decided that we will not serve beyond the end of May 2017." view article  arw

Preventive Law: The Importance of Distinguishing Between Standard Grievances and Claims of Harassment and Discrimination under Policies DIA and FFH

July 0608:31 AM
 

Most Texas school district administrators are familiar and comfortable with their district policies concerning grievances filed by employees, and students or their parents.  District policies DGBA, related to grievances filed by employees, and FNG, concerning grievances filed by students or their parents, require administrators to conduct what is commonly referred to as a “Stop, Look, and Listen.”  In these processes, the administrator will typically review the written grievance filed by the employee, student or parent, meet in person with the grievant, and make a determination as to whether the requested relief can be granted.  Often these matters are resolved without a comprehensive investigation.  Trouble can arise, however, when administrators mistake or confuse the limited requirements of a “Stop, Looks and Listen” under polices DGBA or FNG with the more rigorous requirements of investigating claims of harassment or discrimination under district policies DIA or FFH.  Below are five tips for successfully handling complaints of harassment or discrimination that can help administrators remain in compliance with district policy and federal law, and limit potential liability for both the school district and the administrator in his or her personal capacity.

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2015 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

August 2109:00 AM
 

Election information related to all Tax Ratification Elections in 2015

Vernon ISD employee pay raises

July 2608:49 AM
 

Vernon Independent School District officials approved pay increases for the district's employees at Monday’s board meeting. Vernon Interim Superintendent Gary Harrell said hourly employees will see a 25 cents an hour pay raise, and Vernon ISD teachers will get their standard step increases like they do every year. view article  arw

Midland:  MISD board OKs preliminary budget, sets tax rate hearing

July 2608:40 AM
 

Midland ISD voters may be asked to help the school district cover its budget shortfall this fall by approving a 5-cent tax rate increase.  Trustees initiated the tax rate election process during Monday’s regular board meeting by approving the district’s preliminary $232 million budget and by setting notice of a tax rate hearing for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8. If on that date trustees call for an election, it will take place this fall. If an election is set, trustees will be seeking an increase in the maintenance and operations tax rate from $1.04005 to $1.09055.   Though it is proposed that the maintenance and operations tax rate increase by 5 cents, the overall tax increase will only be 3 cents b ecause district leaders plan to refinance some bond debt and lower the interest and sinking rate by 2 cents. view article  arw

Spring Branch ISD Joins Texas Experiment To Create ‘Districts Of Innovation’

July 2608:39 AM
 

When school starts in August, most teachers and kids will fall back in the familiar routine of lesson plans, homework and tests. view article  arw

School district applies for additional TEA funding

July 2608:39 AM
 

Fractional Funding:  Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees will once again apply to the Texas Education Agency to modify the district’s compressed tax rate, which will provide additional funds for the district without changing the overall district tax rate. Trustees also during a workshop session received a preliminary projected budget which would leave about $55,300 in district coffers based solely on 2016-2017 estimated revenues and expenditures.  District Business Manager Sherry McGraw explained to trustees earlier this month that this is a standard measure which qualifying districts have to request in order to receive additional funding.  view article  arw

Local leaders hope power soon goes to elected Beaumont ISD trustees

July 2608:38 AM
 

Following the Texas Education Agency's announcement this week that members of theBeaumont ISD board of managers will be replaced with new appointees when they resign in May, local leaders say they are hopeful that an elected board of trustees will soon be in control of the district. view article  arw

Krum and Ponder:  Oil, gas values affect 2 ISDs

July 2608:38 AM
 

A handful of area school districts and cities saw their tax rolls shrink as the value of oil and gas wells dropped considerably since last year.  For the towns of Dish, Corral City and Ponder, the shrink is slight. But the Krum and Ponder school districts may have to make big adjustments, as both saw double-digit declines.  The Denton Central Appraisal District released the final certified tax rolls Monday. For many governmental entities, the final numbers were a little lower than early estimates. Denton County, area cities and many special taxing districts derive a good portion of their budgets — and property tax rates — from those tax rolls. view article  arw

Raise Your Hand Texas Names New Leadership, Augments Policy, Research and Programs Staff

July 2608:36 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Raise Your Hand Texas recently announced Alison Badgett as its executive director, following Dr. David Anthony’s retirement after five years at the helm. Badgett previously served as director of research and strategic development for the organization and was selected after a comprehensive search, during which she filled the interim executive director role. Prior to joining Raise Your Hand, Badgett was the executive director of several public policy and advocacy organizations. Badgett is currently pursuing a doctorate in global education from the University of Southern California. She has a master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College in philosophy and education, a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in politics, and is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School. view article  arw

DFW Public Schools Have Some of the State’s Lowest Vaccination Rates, And the Numbers Are Getting Worse

July 2608:33 AM
 

The latest numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services aren't great. Texas parents are still taking advantage of a Rick Perry-sized loophole the then-governor created in the state's requirements for school kids. For the 2015-2016 school year, parents of nearly 45,000 school-aged kids filed for non-medical exemptions from vaccines for their kids, a nine percent increase over the previous year. Non-medical exemptions, available to anyone who says they want one, are up 1,900 percent since Perry first permitted non-medical exemptions for reasons other than religion in 2003. view article  arw

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Title IX Administrator Conference

October 19, 2016

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A Title IX Conference specifically designed for K-12 administrators!

Join us for our second annual forum for Title IX coordinators to develop an understanding of their duties and responsibilities, participants will learn about the history of Title IX, surveying their districts for possible issues, and how to handle incidents when they arise.  This conference is designed to provide realistic support to school administrators to both protect their students and their districts in matters such as promoting gender equity in athletics, providing an environment free from gender-based harassment, and understanding the rights of pregnant students.   

This conference is appropriate for Title IX Coordinators, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Campus Administrators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, School Board Trustees, and Teachers.

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Austin Marriott North

2600 La Frontera Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78681

 

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$250 - 1st attendee

$150 - each additional attendee from same district

 

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Texas charter schools see obstacle to growth

July 2608:33 AM
 

Tucked away in a bustling Southeast Austin shopping center, the Wayside REAL Learning Academy charter school has tried to shed its past as a Target store. A mural of a pondering child has replaced the red logo on the building’s front. Brightly painted classrooms break up the once-expansive retail space.  “We are incredibly resourceful in a very limited footprint in order to provide everything that we can do, and it’s largely just due to affordability,” said Matt Abbott, executive director of the school. view article  arw

El Paso ISD offers Parents four Pre-Kindergarten Options

July 2608:32 AM
 

The El Paso Independent School District this upcoming school year will offer four different options for families interested in enrolling their children in prekindergarten classes. view article  arw

Law firm fights back after being dropped by Edcouch-Elsa district

July 2608:32 AM
 

EDINBURG — A law firm that secured a more than $11.2 million award for the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District filed a lawsuit against the district for breach of contract after the board voted to terminate the law firm without reason the day after it received some of the funds for that award.  “On April 27, 2016, at the EEISD school board meeting, plaintiff, voted to terminate interveners contingent contract without just cause. Additionally, the EEISD school board voted to have the district’s general counsel, Benjamin Castillo, of party defendant, O’Hanlon, Rodriguez Betancourt & Demerath, represent them in this litigation,” the lawsuit states.  Attorneys for Dietzmann, Mark Weisman and Reynaldo Ortiz, contend the school board fired their clients without providing “just cause.” view article  arw

Teachers resign from local school districts for new opportunities

July 2608:32 AM
 

The Belton and Salado school districts said the most common reasons that their teachers resign are to pursue jobs at a different school district or to relocate to a different city. view article  arw

Texas prepaid tuition program enrollment deadline approaches

July 2608:30 AM
 

 The deadline is July 31 for Texas families to enroll their newborns in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and prepay for all or some future tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Newborns are children younger than one year at the time of enrollment. view article  arw

Rio Hondo ISD’s Garza awaiting grievance hearing

July 2608:30 AM
 

 School district Police Chief Nick Garza’s lawyer hopes the district will reinstate him before a scheduled grievance hearing. view article  arw

West Oso ISD discusses budget with interim superintendent at helm

July 2608:30 AM
 

The West Oso ISD school board met for the first time with the district's new interim leader Conrado Garcia, as questions linger about why superintendent Elizabeth Saenz was placed on leave. Some parents are worried about how the district will be financially impacted with two salaries being paid for one position. Those concerns arose, as budget talks were front and center at Monday night's meeting. view article  arw

Vernon ISD employee pay raises

July 2608:30 AM
 

Vernon Independent School District officials approved pay increases for the district's employees at Monday’s board meeting. Vernon Interim Superintendent Gary Harrell said hourly employees will see a 25 cents an hour pay raise, and Vernon ISD teachers will get their standard step increases like they do every year. “The legislature on occasion will adjust the state minimum salary schedule. The state minimum salary schedule has 20 steps, and every school district in the state has to pay teachers at least as much as what the minimum state salary schedule is,” said Interim Superintendent Harrell. Harrell said Vernon has changed that standard a little, and actually pays above the state standard for some tenured teachers. view article  arw

After selling a $50.3 million stadium to voters, McKinney ISD plans to deliver it in 2017

July 2608:30 AM
 

Dirt should start moving in a couple of months on the new 12,000-seat stadium and events center at McKinney's gateway -- one of the biggest ticketed bond projects in the school district's history. view article  arw

Grape Creek ISD Looks to Hire Interim Superintendent

July 2608:29 AM
 

Just in time for the new school year, Grape Creek School Board members are expected to officially hire interim superintendent, Angie Smetana, to fill the position as new superintendent of Grape Creek ISD.  view article  arw

Former Zapata County ISD superintendent terminated from new job after seven months

July 2608:29 AM
 

Former Zapata County ISD Superintendent Raul Nuques was terminated from Hearne ISD after serving the district seven months. In a 5-2 vote, trustees voted to terminate Nuques on July 19. view article  arw

Splendora ISD superintendent submits resignation letter, interim to be selected

July 2608:29 AM
 

The Splendora Independent School District board members will meet this Wednesday to appoint an interim superintendent and select a potential superintendent search firm. view article  arw

Hearne school board terminates superintendent Nuques

July 2608:29 AM
 

Raul Nuques, the superintendent of Hearne schools since December, was fired by the school board Monday night. view article  arw

Leander ISD discusses 2016-17 budget, tax rate

July 2608:25 AM
 

Leander ISD board of trustees said it does not want to adopt a higher tax rate for the 2016-17 school year, which begins Sept. 1. view article  arw

Spring Branch ISD Joins Texas Experiment To Create ‘Districts Of Innovation’

July 2608:20 AM
 

When school starts in August, most teachers and kids will fall back in the familiar routine of lesson plans, homework and tests. But one district in Greater Houston could throw out the rule book, reinventing how it does school. The Spring Branch Independent School District has become an official “district of innovation.” view article  arw

Collinsville ISD board approves expansion contracts

July 2608:15 AM
 

Awarding contracts for the second phase of construction and renovations for the Collinsville Independent School District, the district’s board of trustees held a special meeting Monday evening to approve proposals that brought the construction total to a number under budget. view article  arw

Navarro ISD set to unveil new $76K scoreboard

July 2608:15 AM
 

Navarro Independent School District will add a final touch to the Erwin Lee Field just in time for football season ­— a 32-foot-long Spectrum scoreboard equipped with LED lights, and a sponsor/spirit sign. view article  arw

VOTE: Which D-FW stadium is the best for watching high school football?

July 2608:15 AM
 

We're just over a month away from the day the first high school football games will be played at the Ford Center at the Star, the domed stadium at the Dallas Cowboys' new Frisco headquarters. view article  arw

Fort Bend ISD Receives $460,000 in Grants

July 2608:15 AM
 

The Fort Bend Education Foundation recently presented Fort Bend ISD with a check for nearly $460,000. view article  arw

Conroe ISD Wins Transparency Award

July 2608:15 AM
 

The Conroe Independent School District is the first local governmental entity to receive a Contract and Procurement Star award from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar's office. view article  arw