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Joe’s Commentary: 2015 TREs

July 3009:00 AM
 

Repost! I am going to change the topic (at least for today), then we will get back to setting tax rates. I have heard some ask why there are only 20 districts having Tax Ratification Elections for this year. Well, there were only 29 in 2014 - and we may get to that level this year. Those of you who were considering a TRE, but decided not to have one will have varied reasons. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Todd Wilson, Elementary Principal, Vernon ISD, has been named New Super of Chillicothe ISD.

Dr. Kevin Rogers, COO Lewisville ISD, has been named New Super of Lewisville ISD.

Rob O'Connor, Superintendent, Marble Falls ISD, has been named New Super of Sharyland ISD.

Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, Residence, NV Department of Education, has been named New Super of San Antonio ISD.

John Frossard, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD, has been named New Super of Beaumont ISD.

 

51 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Yantis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services (Temporarily Postponed)INFO
Vacant Kenedy ISD; Walsh Gallegos, Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant, Mr. Gary Patterson suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Garrison ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Arnie Kelley and Garrison ISD Board. - Search has been postponed INFO
Vacant Hillsboro ISD; Search by Horn Smith Wood & PrestonINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by Levelland ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Runge ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant School of Excellence in Education; Search by: Walsh Gallegos, Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.  suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Abilene ISD; Search by Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Burkburnett ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Alvord ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Fort Worth ISD; Ray and Associates, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Queen City ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Roxton ISD; Search by the Roxton ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Vacant Waelder ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Throckmorton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lamesa ISD; Search by Lamesa ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Vacant Louise ISD - Garth Oliver, Principal,Pearsall ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Hardin ISD ; Search by Hardin ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Burkeville ISD; Searcy by ESC 5 Field Services  InfoINFO
Vacant Southside ISD; Search by O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath Timeline Announcement ApplicationINFO
Vacant Sherman ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Hearne ISD ;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Goliad ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Spurger ISD; Search by ESC 5, Danny Lovett InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Rice ISD - Lynn Jantzen, Superintendent,Dew ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Ferris ISD - James Hartman , Superintendent,Sonora ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
Lone Finalist Midlothian ISD - Lane Ledbetter, Superintendent,Graham ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & Associates INFO
Lone Finalist Mathis ISD - Benny Hernandez, Superintendent,LaPryor ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Pringle-Morse CISD - Scott Burrow, Director of Special Programs,Tulia ISD; Search by the Pringle-Morse CISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Cameron ISD - Allan Sapp, Moorehead JH Principal ,Conroe ISD; Search by Cameron ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Retiring Superintendent, Collin ClarkINFO
Lone Finalist Spring Branch ISD - Scott Muri, Deputy Superintendent ,Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, GA; Search by Thompson & Horton LLP (David Thompson, Mike Moses)INFO
Lone Finalist Mesquite ISD - David Vroonland, Superintendent,Frenship ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston Educational ConsultantsINFO
Lone Finalist Midway ISD - Alan Umholtz, Superintendent,Yorktown ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Culberson County Allamoore ISD - Dalia Benavides, Principal North Elementary,Lamesa ISD; Search by Lead Your School InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Erath Excels Academy - Mike Scott, Principal,Santo ISD; Search by Erath Excels Academy Board of Trustees Info No longer taking applications INFO
Lone Finalist Dew ISD - Darrell Evans, Superintendent,Bosqueville ISD; Dew ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Marble Falls ISD - Dr. Chris Allen, Deputy Superintendent,Lake Travis ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos, Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant, Gary Patterson For more info contact suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Lone Finalist Seguin ISD - Stetson Roane, Superintendent,Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD; Search by Walsh Gallegos, Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. in conjunction with Dr. Ann Dixon - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
Lone Finalist Progreso ISD - Martin Cuellar, Adult Education Supervisor,Region 1 ESC ; Search by: Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
Lone Finalist ESC XIII Service Center - Rich Elsasser, Deputy Executive Director for Academic Services at Region 13; Search by ESC 13 Board of Directors InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Fruitvale ISD - Rebecca Bain, Curriculum Director,Fruitvale ISD; Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Munday CISD - Troy Parton, Superintednent,Paducah ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Sonora ISD - Ross Aschenbeck, Superintendent,East Bernard ISD; Search by ESC 15 Vacancy Announcement  Sonora ISD Info INFO
Lone Finalist Graham ISD - Sonny Cruse, Deputy Superintendent,Huntsville ISD; Horn, Smith, Wood & PrestonINFO
Lone Finalist Yorktown ISD - Carl Krug, Superintendent,Hale Center ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Lockhart ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Little Elm ISD - Lowell Strike, Asst. Superintendent,Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
New Super Jacksonville ISD - Chad Kelly, Superintendent,Taft ISD; Search by  TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Walnut Bend ISD - Kelly Carrell, Principal,Miami ISD; Search by Walnut Bend ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Whiteface CISD - Cassidy McBrayer, Asst. Superintendent,Snyder ISD; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 Executive DirectorINFO
New Super Medina ISD - Penny White, Superintendent,Yantis ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Maypearl ISD - Ritchie Bowling, Asst. Superintendent,Howe ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Brenham ISD - Walter Jackson, Area Superintendent,Alief ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Moulton ISD - Todd Grandjean, Principal,Granger ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Borden County ISD - Billy Collins, Superintendent,Schleicher County ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Plains ISD - Dr. Stephanie D. Howard, Exec. Director for Curriculum & Instruction,Ector County ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
New Super Mineola ISD - Kim Tunnell, Chief Leadership & Performance Officer ,Tyler ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Clarendon ISD - Mike Norrell, Superintendent,Adrian ISD; Search by Clarendon ISD Board More InfoINFO
New Super Red Lick ISD - Nick Blain, Interim Superintendent,Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
New Super Moran ISD  - Danny Freeman, Principal of South Elementary,Breckenridge ISD; Search by Moran ISD School Board InfoINFO
New Super West Orange-Cove CISD - Rickie Harris, Asst. Principal,Cedar Hill ISD; Search by WOCCISD InfoINFO
New Super Hempstead ISD - Dr. Angela Gutsch, Superintendent,Queen City ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
New Super Santa Anna ISD - David Robinett, Secondary Principal ,Santa Anna ISD; Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Littlefield ISD - Robert Dillard , ​Superintendent ,Munday CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super El Campo ISD - Kelly Waters, Asst. Superintendent,El Campo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD - Tim Little; Search by O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath AnnouncementINFO
New Super Sharyland ISD - Rob O'Connor, Superintendent,Marble Falls ISD; Search by Waterford School Services InfoINFO
New Super Lewisville ISD - Dr. Kevin Rogers, Chief Operations Officer,Lewisville ISD; Search by Ray and AssociatesINFO
New Super Chillicothe ISD - Todd Wilson, Elementary Principal ,Vernon ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of Trustees - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Castleberry ISD - John Ramos, Superintendent,Lamesa ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO
New Super Taft ISD - Jose Lopez, Executive Director for State and Federal Programs,Mission CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Arp ISD - Dwight Thomas, Asst. Superintendent,Arp ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Rising Star ISD

  - Mary Jane Atkins, Retired Superintendent,DeLeon ISD; Search By Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
New Super Marlin ISD - Michael Seabolt, Superintendent,Louise ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Abernathy ISD - Glen Teal, Asst. Superintendent,Andrews ISD; Search by Abernathy ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Hawley ISD - Jimmy Burns, High School Principal,Dimmitt ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultant InfoINFO
New Super Canyon ISD - Daryl Flusche, Administrator,Frenship ISD; Search by Bob Griggs and Associates INFO
New Super Brazosport ISD - Danny Massey; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLCINFO
New Super Highland Park ISD - Tom Trigg; Search conducted by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
New Super Brookesmith ISD - Guy Birdwell, Principal,Loop ISD; Brookesmith ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Union Hill ISD - Troy Batts, Superintendent,Throckmorton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Kermit ISD - Denise Shetter, Superintendent,Winona ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Florence ISD - Paul Michalewicz, Asst. Superintendent,Grape Creek ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Alpine ISD - Rebecca Watley, Director of 588 Special Ed Coop,Region 18 ESC; Search by the Alpine ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Community ISD - Roosevelt Nivens, Assistant Superintendent,Lancaster ISD; Walsh Gallegos, Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant, Dr. Ann Dixon - No longer accepting applicationsINFO

Now Taking PRE-ORDERS for our Budget Management Notebook

July 2808:55 AM
 

Our Budget Management Notebooks have been used and found to be extremely helpful by school districts all over the state. Our easy to read labels, and example inserts will help you to become organized as well as efficient in your budget management! All Budget Management Notebook orders include a group training session with Joe, via GoTo Webinar along with email support. Dates will be announced at a later time. You will be notified via email once dates are decided. Budget Management   Notebooks are $217 including shipping. You may order or request more information about our notebooks by clicking on our link or by contacting our office.    view article arw

Free Webinar Opportunities

July 0908:40 AM
 

  • "The Digital You: How to NOT Get Fired Over Facebook & Create a Liability for Your District" Sixty five percent (65%) of online adults have a Facebook page. Almost every week, teachers and administrators are getting fired because of photos or comments they put on their personal page. They are also losing their identities because of the personal information that is on their page (even simple things like your birthday and hometown). Your staff need to know the potential pitfalls of using social media and how to navigate safely. 
  • "Anonymous apps: What Teachers Need to Know About Sexting and Cyberbullying" Facebook is still the most popular and frequently used social media platform among teens with 71% between the ages of 13 to 17; half of teens use Instagram and nearly as many use Snapchat. Senate Bill 407 requires schools to educate staff and students on the tough topics of Sexting and Cyberbullying. Are you aware what the minimum action that is required if a student brings a situation to your attention? 

Conroe: CISD bond includes $94.5 million in repairs, upgrades

August 0308:41 AM
 

While most of the projects proposed for the Conroe ISD bond referendum are brick-and-mortar based, some must-do repairs and upgrades are slated as well. About $94.5 million of the $516 million bond is set aside for what the district calls “priority one” projects — replacements and repairs that need to be completed for legal and safety reasons, or that are critical to school operations. view article arw

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted, Sources Say

August 0308:40 AM
 

A grand jury in Colin County has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on two charges of first-degree securities fraud and one count of third-degree failure to register, two people close to the case told NBC 5 on Saturday. view article arw

Electrician at Center of Beaumont ISD Scandal Sues, Alleging Massive Conspiracy

August 0308:39 AM
 

Two figures at the heart of the recent scandal in Beaumont ISD, who were often presented as emblems of the district’s lax financial controls and toxic personal politics by reform activists, have fired back against dozens of officials and reporters they say targeted them out of racial bias. view article arw

Texas to require cameras in some special ed classes, but who foots bill?

August 0308:38 AM
 

Texas special education advocates say a new law requiring video cameras in some classrooms will protect those students most at risk of being abused. The law says school districts must install cameras in special education classrooms if parents, teachers or school staffers request them. The law also requires that parents be allowed to view the videos. School officials worry that the law passed this spring — believed to be the first in the nation — will require districts to spend millions without the state providing additional dollars. view article arw

Tax Ratification early voting begins Monday

August 0308:38 AM
 

Early voting for the Aransas County Independent School District’s Tax Ratification Election (TRE) begins Monday, Aug. 3, and continues through Aug. 16. Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at the district’s administration building, 1700 Omohundro St. Voting hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. view article arw

How can cameras in Texas’ special ed classes be used?

August 0308:38 AM
 

Texas is believed to be the first state to require video recording in special education classrooms if districts are requested to do so by a parent, school trustee or staff. So what does that mean for teachers and families? Well, the state is still ironing out the details and the Texas Education Agency is expected to collect input and then issue guidance on the new law.  So here’s somethings we do know (kind of): view article arw

West Texas schools struggling with teacher shortage

August 0308:37 AM
 

ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - The start of a new school year is right around the corner, and while students and parents are getting ready, school districts across West Texas are having trouble finding qualified educators to fill the classrooms. The Texas State Teachers Association tells us school districts are feeling the pressure and are stepping up their recruiting efforts. Clinton Gill, the organization development specialist for TSTA, says state law only allows 22 students per teacher from kindergarten to fourth grade, but any grade beyond that does not have a maximum. He says the shortage in teachers increases the amount of students in a class which can ultimately hinder learning. view article arw

El Paso: EPISD “penny swap” would fund also technology, arts

August 0308:36 AM
 

An upcoming El Paso Independent School District "penny swap" election would generate money for everything from fine arts to new school buses, in addition to much-touted employee raises. If voters living within EPISD's boundaries approve the measure this month, it would generate $13.8 million annually for the district, primarily from state matching dollars. More than $9 million would go to employee raises, but the remaining funds could be directed to technology, new buses, fine arts, athletics, summer programs and more, district officials said. view article arw

Editorial: Vote yes on EPISD ‘penny swap’ plan

August 0308:35 AM
 

El Paso Independent School District voters have an opportunity this month to inject millions of dollars into the school system without impacting what they pay in taxes. Voters should seize this opportunity and vote yes on EPISD's tax-ratification election. EPISD officials have labeled the plan a “penny swap,” moving 3 cents of the property tax rate from its interest and sinking fund, which repays debt, to its maintenance and operations fund, which pays for teacher salaries and other day-to-day school operations. view article arw

Safe and sound: HCISD recognized for district safety for eighth year

August 0308:33 AM
 

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Risk Management Fund recognized the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District during the regular Board of Trustees meeting on July 14. Clem Zabalza division director of TASB Loss Prevention and Training Services was on hand to present HCISD with a $3,000 Loss Prevention grant, which recognizes district members who take proactive steps in mitigating hazards and exposures in the work place. view article arw

Dallas ISD trustees plan for decision on $1.6 billion bond

August 0308:33 AM
 

Dallas ISD board of trustees president Eric Cowan told News 8 on Sunday a special meeting will be called later this month to decide whether to advance a $1.6 billion bond proposal to voters. Cowan says the board will meet on Thursday to devise a timeline on when to vote on the bond proposal for school facilities. view article arw

New Palmer school includes storm shelter

August 0308:33 AM
 

Beyond focusing on 21st century learning at a young age, Palmer ISD’s newest campus will offer students and staff a safe place if severe weather hits the area thanks to a F5 tornado shelter built right into the walls of some of the classrooms. On Monday, community members will have a chance to see the new campus for the first time at a ribbon cutting and open house, starting at 7 p.m. at 113 W. Farm-to-Market 813. Voters asked for the campus as part of a $15.2 million bond passed in view article arw

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TACS ANNUAL SAN ANTONIO CONFERENCE & GOLF TOURNAMENT

SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2015 The TACS Annual San Antonio Conference will be at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel on the Riverwalk and the Golf Tournament will be at the SilverHorn Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio. For more information and to register for this conference please go to the TACS web site: http://www.tacsnet.org Registration deadline is August 13, 2015.

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Anti-Public School Evangelicals Now Control Alabama and Texas Education Boards

August 0308:32 AM
 

Someone who is qualified for a job is generally expected to have sufficient capacity, passion, knowledge, experience and skill that matches or suits the position they seek and makes them eligible for an office or position. In fact, qualification can be thought of as denoting fitness for a job through the fulfillment of necessary conditions such as education, training, and a high degree of experience in the appropriate discipline. view article arw

Why teachers can’t hotfoot it out of Kansas fast enough

August 0308:32 AM
 

Teachers can’t hotfoot it out of Kansas fast enough, creating a substantial shortage expected only to get much worse. Why? Well, there’s the low pay. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average teaching salary in 2012-2013 (the latest year for which data were available, in constant 2012-2013 dollars), was $47,464, lower than the pay in all but seven states (Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia), though not by much in most of them. view article arw

Red Oak: RISD approves new employee health plan

August 0308:31 AM
 

Red Oak ISD School Board members approved a plan to lessen the increasing health care costs for employees covered by Teacher Retirement System of Texas ActiveCare at a board meeting on July 20. The plan increases the district’s contribution to employees who are covered by ActiveCare plans. ActiveCare rates for 2015-16 are increasing from 5 percent to 15 percent depending on the level of coverage. Previously, the district contributed $225 per month per covered employee towards premiums. The new plan approved by the school board increased the districts contribution on all levels. view article arw

Ken Paxton: By the numbers

August 0308:31 AM
 

AUSTIN - For years, Ken Paxton flew under the radar. As a member of the state Legislature he was rarely in the spotlight. Now, less than six months into his gig as attorney general, rarely a week goes by without seeing the McKinney attorney and real estate investor's name in headlines.  Most recently, Paxton's making the front page not just for his efforts to oppose same-sex marriage and fight legalized abortion, but also for the ongoing investigation into whether he violated state securities laws. view article arw

Tax ratification election set for Sept. 5

August 0308:29 AM
 

The Little Elm ISD Board of Trustees has called a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for Sept. 5.  Little Elm ISD has proposed a change in the tax rate for the school year that will require voter approval. It is important to note this will require a restructuring of the tax rate but will not increase the taxes residents pay. view article arw

Berkeley superintendent candidates a ‘strong bunch’

August 0308:29 AM
 

After a six-month search that included a false start, Berkeley County School District could have a new leader soon. The board is set this week to have one-on-one interviews with three finalists: Jerome Stewart of Midlothian, Texas; Brenda Blackburn of Montgomery County, Virginia; Samuel DePaul of Colquitt County, Georgia. view article arw

New Caney ISD School Board amends, increases general pay raises for teachers

August 0308:28 AM
 

The New Caney Independent School District Board of Trustees approved amendments to the 2015-2016 Compensation Plan during their regular meeting Monday, July 27. “The initial plan approved by the board in May included a 3 percent general pay increase for all pay structures,” Scott Powers, director of communications and community relations for New Caney ISD, said. “The amendment was an additional 1 percent added to the general pay increase for teachers.” view article arw

Require training for school police, educators will help students cope

August 0308:28 AM
 

The Texas Legislature allocated funds to community mental health centers to provide training to school personnel in Mental Health First Aid training.  The Texas Legislature allocated funds to community mental health centers to provide training to school personnel in Mental Health First Aid training.  The Texas Legislature allocated funds to community mental health centers to provide training to school personnel in Mental Health First Aid training. Some students show up for school with more than just school supplies. Some struggle with mental illness, suicidal tendencies and anti-social behavior. Most school personnel are not trained to handle those problems, which are sometimes difficult to identify and respond to. Yet failure to do so creates other problems: from bullying to disciplinary actions, from truancy to dropping out of school, according to experts. The Texas Legislature this session passed four thoughtful laws to better equip educators, school police and others to deal with behavioral and mental health issues. view article arw

Red Oak: ROISD approves new employee health plan

August 0308:26 AM
 

Red Oak ISD School Board members approved a plan to lessen the increasing health care costs for employees covered by Teacher Retirement System of Texas ActiveCare at a board meeting on July 20. The plan increases the district’s contribution to employees who are covered by ActiveCare plans. ActiveCare rates for 2015-16 are increasing from 5 percent to 15 percent depending on the level of coverage. Previously, the district contributed $225 per month per covered employee towards premiums. The new plan approved by the school board increased the districts contribution on all levels. view article arw

Column: Returning patriotism to the classroom

August 0308:26 AM
 

I was standing at the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado when I first heard the news about the attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that took the lives of five American servicemen. My heart ached for those men and their families. Those soldiers guarded the freedoms that allow us all to take vacations, explore this wonderful country, and spend time with our families – freedoms so many people around the world don’t have. view article arw

Dallas ISD study shows Teach for America gets results

August 0308:26 AM
 

This morning, we published an editorial praising the good works Teach for America has done in our Dallas public schools and offering some data to support that praise. Teach for America has been working in our schools since 2009. Now, a Dallas ISD study released to us yesterday shows that these young teachers are outperforming their peers across a host of subjects and a host of years. view article arw

Trustees approve new code of conduct, policy

August 0308:26 AM
 

Most of the Kilgore ISD’s Board of Trustees’ actions during its regular meeting July 27 were for the student code of conduct and Texas Association of School Board policy updates. During the meeting, the board approved a new student code of conduct with the flexibility for Superintendent Cara Cooke to make necessary revisions to clarify any questions. view article arw

Odessa: Principal at Goliad moves downtown with goal of helping struggling campuses in ECISD

August 0308:26 AM
 

Having helmed a struggling school, newly appointed Ector County ISD Director of Accountability and Student Improvement Annette Macias said she would do her best to help the district navigate its way through the sea of data it sends out and receives. view article arw

Splendora ISD encourages ‘homegrown’ educators with CTE program

August 0308:26 AM
 

With the strong success of the early college high school program at Splendora High School, administrators and program coordinators have worked tirelessly to add continuing education programs to the curriculum, allowing students to get a jump-start on life after graduation. view article arw

Rockwall: Bailey gives RISD bond presentation at chamber

August 0308:25 AM
 

Rockwall ISD Superintendent Jeff Bailey gave an informative presentation on the 2015 Bond Referendum at the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning. Bailey outlined what the bond would entail, why the bond committee recommended it to the board of trustees and why the board voted to support it. view article arw

Data show low funding, diverse students in Texas public schools

August 0308:25 AM
 

Summer vacations are reaching their end as the start of school approaches for more than 5 million Texas children. Data detailing part of how public schools are faring in Texas, released in July, show a diverse student population, low school funding and a system that still has a ways to go before becoming an optimal system. view article arw

Teaching staff still in high demand

August 0308:25 AM
 

Matt Kramer, co-CEO for Teach For America, a stop for many of the nation's top college graduates, wrote in HuffPost Education that it always has been hard to convince people to go into teaching. view article arw

Kilgore: KISD continues cafeteria construction discussion

August 0308:25 AM
 

One week after discussing the revised plans to the new Career Technology Building behind Kilgore High School, Huckabee representative Will Salee returned to Kilgore to discuss the KHS and Kilgore Intermediate School cafeterias. During Kilgore ISD’s regular board meeting July 27, Salee brought a new schematic and design for the two cafeterias view article arw

West Rusk: 3 seats up for election on WRISD board

August 0308:25 AM
 

Three seats are up for election this November at West Rusk County Consolidated Independent School District. All positions in West Rusk ISD are at-large. Positions held by Sandra Smith and Kenneth Copeland are on the ballot as well as the seat formerly occupied by Jason Bigbie, who resigned earlier this month after his family moved out of the West Rusk district. view article arw

Donna ISD receives grant to train teachers on improving discipline

August 0308:25 AM
 

Donna ISD recently qualified for a $50,000 grant that school officials said will change how the district addresses troubled students. The district will begin implementing what is known as “restorative discipline” at Veterans and Sauceda middle schools. Teachers and staff at the sixth, seventh and eighth grade level will receive the new training. view article arw