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AUSTIN — Five of the top employees at the youth lockup north of Dallas have been terminated amid ongoing efforts to right the state's juvenile justice agency. Superintendent Mike Studamire, Assistant Superintendent Deidra Reece, Manager of Security Operations and Support Programs Cathryn Hudspeth, Manager of Facility Programs and Services Ron Stewart and Dorm Supervisor Carl Motley have all been let go from their positions at the Gainesville State School since the fall. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department, the agency that runs Gainesville and the state's four other youth lockups, has also suspended its equine therapy program. view article arw

Wesley Null, vice provost for undergraduate education at Baylor University, and I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. Texas legislators are revising the state’s school finance laws. We wanted to put before the public the importance of paying teachers well. Some legislators are enthusiastic about what they call “outcomes-based funding,” which would send more money to affluent districts and less money to needy districts. This would be a huge mistake for obvious reasons. It’s reverse Robin Hood. view article arw

Lovejoy ISD named an interim superintendent Wednesday after longtime district leader Ted Moore abruptly resigned. The board of trustees confirmed the resignation, saying they were unable to comment further to protect the confidentiality of "adult victims." In a letter sent to families in the Collin County district, Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustee President Chad Collins wrote, "Tonight was a very difficult evening for the Lovejoy Independent School District. According to Ted Moore's contract, the district must accept his resignation submitted today effective 5 p.m." view article arw

Karen Slay, an instrumental advocate for state legislation regarding children’s safety in pickup trucks who later served as a Lubbock ISD trustee and Texas PTA president, died this week in Lubbock following a battle with cancer. She was 58. Slay served eight years as a Lubbock Independent School District trustee and 12 years on the board of the Texas PTA before serving as the Texas PTA’s president from 2012 to 2014, according to A-J Media archives. “Thank you, Karen, for everything you did to make Lubbock ISD, our community and our state a better place for our kids,” Lubbock ISD wrote in a statement. “Your impact will not be forgotten and you will be truly missed.” view article arw

A Jefferson Independent School District teacher has been released on bond following an arrest last week. According to Marion County judicial records, Shannon Griffin, 47, was arrested by the Jefferson ISD Police Department on Friday, February 8, for allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old male student. view article arw

It’s no secret, Mrs. Leah Voth's classroom is the place to be at Royse City High. "I teach three levels of graphic design, journalism, yearbook, student leadership; I’m the student council advisor and the senior class advisor," Voth explained. She wears a lot of hats, and for the past 20 years she has made it her mission to take learning well beyond her classroom. "She has taught me that being yourself isn’t just okay, but that it is everything," Evan Gonzales, one of Voth's students, said. view article arw

A Jefferson ISD teacher was arrested on a charge of improper relationship with a male student following an investigation by Jefferson ISD Police. Shannon Griffin, an English and theater teacher at Jefferson High School, was arrested by Jefferson ISD Police on Feb. 8 and booked into the Marion County Jail, Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said on Wednesday. view article arw

The Mount Pleasant Independent School District said that it is conducting an investigation regarding the arrest of a district teacher for a first degree felony. According to a statement released by the district, because of privacy laws, there will be no information released on the investigation until the completion of the investigation. view article arw

The Granbury High School choir director who was behind the wheel when he and his girlfriend died in a car crash in November of 2018, was intoxicated according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office in a news report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Jeremy Bowen, 28 and Ashley Morrison, 26, died early Sunday, November 4, 2018 in a single-vehicle crash off I-20 west of Weatherford. view article arw

Lorena Salas was unanimously confirmed as principal for Denton ISD’s new Union Park Elementary School during the Denton school board meeting Tuesday night. Union Park Elementary, which is still under construction, is situated along the U.S. Highway 380 corridor and is scheduled to open in August. view article arw

Officials with Child Protective Services and the Bowie Police Department are investigating an incident involving a high school coach and a teenage student that reportedly occurred on Feb. 1 and led the coach to be placed on administrative leave. The police report was filed on Feb. 5 by School Resource Officer Travis Fuller after he was contacted by CPS staffer Sherry Stone late in the afternoon on Feb. 4. The alleged incident occurred about 1:52 p.m. on Feb. 1 in practice gym three. CPS requested a police investigation due to the nature of the incident.  view article arw

School districts in East Texas have been experiencing a shortage in bus drivers recently. Social media postings and signs put up in communities are all trying to send potential candidates one message: bus drivers needed. Drivers passing Nacogdoches High School will notice a school bus sitting next to Stallings Drive. Just as there’s no driver in the bus, Nacogdoches ISD director of transportation Stacy Lampkin says there’s a shortage of bus drivers in the school district. view article arw

After being placed on administrative leave in January, McGregor head football coach and athletic director Judd Thrash may learn his fate on Thursday. McGregor Independent School District is holding a regular school board meeting on Feb. 14. According to the agenda, the board will consider and discuss the investigative report related to issues within the athletic department, including consultation with the legal counsel. There will be a possible vote related to the issues disclosed. view article arw

Rene McIntyre was recognized as the new principal of Sheridan Elementary School during the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 11. McIntyre replaced former principal Gina Guidry on Jan. 15 after Guidry retired. view article arw

A McAllen ISD teacher is a finalist for a state education award. Officials from H-E-B surprised Rachelle Downey of Lamar Academy with the news Tuesday. “We appreciate all of your outstanding work and everything that you do for all of your students,” H-E-B presenter Linda Tovar said as students applauded. She is a finalist in the Lifetime Achievement Secondary category. H-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas, and among the largest in the nation. view article arw

Since 2016, more than 1,300 teachers have either left or been dismissed from their jobs at the Katy ISD. The district lost 1,353 full-time teachers and 19 part-time teachers between January 2016 and December 2018, according to information received through a public records request. view article arw

Alvin ISD is proud to announce the 2018-19 district Principals of the Year. Lisa Hicks of Glenn York Elementary was named Elementary Principal of the Year, and Craig Rhodes of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Junior High was named Secondary Principal of the Year. The principals were chosen among their peers as inspirational leaders throughout the district.  view article arw

Northwest ISD’s Mary Seltzer has been named the district’s new director of student services. Seltzer has been the principal of Lakeview Elementary School in Trophy Club since 2014, according to a news release from Northwest ISD. Before that, Seltzer served as the assistant principal at NISD’s Samuel Beck Elementary School in Trophy Club. “I will miss the students and my colleagues in the Lakeview community,” Seltzer said.  view article arw

Argyle ISD school board members approved a new principal for Argyle Intermediate School and worried over slow construction during its meeting Monday evening. Dawn Jordan was awarded the job following a unanimous vote by school board members. “This [position] became available in the fall and I applied for it then,” Jordan said. “It just felt like home when I came here — it felt like home. view article arw

The fate of McGregor ISD’s head football coach and athletic director Judd Thrash, now on paid leave pending an investigation, could be decided at a school board meeting Thursday. The McGregor ISD board is posted to take action on an investigative report into Thrash and undisclosed “issues” within the athletic department. view article arw

AUSTIN — Stephanie C. Quinn works year-round at New Braunfels ISD as a curriculum specialist, but after hours she consults for smaller districts as far away as the Panhandle and Gulf Coast. Her husband, an assistant principal, has started bar tending at music festivals in Austin. The couple needs the extra money to cover their soaring health insurance costs. Premiums for family coverage under the state-sponsored plan for Texas educators start at over $1,000 a month — roughly twice as much as a decade ago. To avoid that cost, Quinn and her husband split the family onto two insurance plans, but still face big bills.“It’s over $1,000 a month out of my pocket every month just for medical stuff, sometimes up to $1,500,” said Quinn, who has four children, ages 6 to 17. “We’re trying to offset that.” view article arw

Police are investigating allegations that PTA funds have been mismanaged at a Beaumont elementary school. The Beaumont Independent School District Police Department is now investigating allegations surrounding mismanagement of PTA funds at Amelia Elementary School according to a BISD spokesperson. view article arw

Texas lawmakers say they're putting teachers first this legislative session. In fact, one of the first bills filed in the state senate -- SB 3 -- would give each of the state's 350,000 classroom teachers a one-time pay bump of $5,000. However, while our state leaders figure out the math, many Southeast Texas teachers are struggling to survive on current teacher pay. view article arw

Texas A&M University is helping prepare teachers for the workforce and hoping they stay and serve in Bryan. The university recently received a $220,000 grant from the Texas Education Agency to support 10 teachers in their last year of school. Odhalys Pereida is a first-year teacher at Crockett Elementary. She's also newly bilingual certified. It's a need the staff at Crockett says they're trying to fill. view article arw

A City View ISD employee is without a job and a criminal investigation could be underway after alleged embezzlement is discovered. According to Superintendent Tony Bushong, the employee involved worked at the tax office, but CVISD isn't releasing the name at this time. "I'm hired to represent a district, and that district is not just the students that go to school here, but it's every person that pays taxes for this school district and to make sure that money is going to the right things and that we're following state laws and we're doing the right things so for me its one of the most important jobs that have," Bushong said. view article arw

College honors Muenster teacher

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Weatherford College honored a Muenster elementary teacher at its 2019 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration Jan. 25. Cicily Waneck teaches fifth and sixth-grade social studies and reading at Muenster Elementary School. Waneck has taught for 14 years at Muenster out of her 23 years total in teaching. She says she loves seeing students “get excited about learning,” according to a letter nominating her for the award. view article arw

A principal with Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD was killed in a crash overnight, according to a release from the district Thursday morning. District officials say Monte Howell was the principal of Crockett Middle School. view article arw

A Pre-K teacher is all the talk at her school this week. Edgewood ISD chose her from among 700 teachers to receive our KENS 5 Credit Human EXCEL award. The school district says Denisse Aguilera has a wonderful love for children and says it goes back to her childhood. view article arw

James Earl Cude, 54, agreed to meet a Dallas detective who was posing as a 13-year-old boy on Grindr, a social networking app for the LGBTQ community. view article arw

Former Rising Star ISD educational aide arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child. Johnna Boucher, 44, was released on $75,000 bond from the Eastland County Jail Wednesday, according to a spokesman with the jail. view article arw

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released details regarding the crash that killed a Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD principal overnight. Troopers were called to the crash around 7 p.m. Wednesday on FM 869 just southeast of Pecos. view article arw

A former Whitesboro Independent School District educator has been arrested for online solicitation of a minor. Dallas station WFAA reported Thursday that Jim Cude, who previously worked for Whitesboro ISD for 16 years, was arrested after he allegedly sent “sexually graphic messages” to an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old boy on a dating app. Cude currently serves as the band director for North Mesquite High School, but has been placed on administrative leave, WFAA reports. view article arw

Southlake's Carroll ISD is dealing with another offensive video. For the second time this school year, a video has surfaced of Carroll students repeatedly using a racial slur. The school district became aware of the video on Tuesday evening, Carroll ISD assistant superintendent for board and community relations Julie Thannum said. view article arw

The superintendent for City View ISD says an employee has been fired following an internal audit. Tony Bushong wrote in a statement, “As a result of an internal audit, I discovered yesterday [Monday], February 5, 2019 that significant discrepancies existed within the accounts of the City View tax office.” view article arw

Elizabeth Miller is the principal at Chavez Elementary School. This year is her first at her new campus. Her husband, Clint, is also a principal in Little Elm ISD. view article arw