Austin ISD's leaders all say that equity is an important goal, and the district wants to add to its executive team an equity officer who'll be asked to "promote and sustain educational equity and inclusiveness" for 80,000-plus students, according to AISD's job posting. view article arw

Following a closed session, the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 on two separate motions to approve a proposed non-renewal of a term contract for longtime elementary principal Linda Voss and Odessa High School tennis coach Josh Moore and advise them that any requested hearing will be conducted by the board of trustees. Trustee Carol Gregg made the motion to authorize the superintendent or his designee to give Voss notice that “we have voted to propose the non-renewal of their employment contract.” Nelson Minyard seconded it. view article arw

Two new principals are set to helm Bush Elementary and Oak Ridge High schools, after their appointments April 16 by the Conroe ISD board of trustees. Jarod Lambert, Hailey Elementary School assistant principal, and Anthony LiVecchi, Oak Ridge High School 9th Grade Campus principal, were both unanimously approved for their new positions at Bush and Oak Ridge High during the board’s April 16 regular meeting. Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null credited the administrators for their ongoing work in the district, before giving both staffers a chance to address the board. view article arw

The Del Valle school district is taking steps to retain its employees, boosting pay for teachers and bus drivers alike. The school board voted Tuesday night to increase the minimum wage for all classified employees, which include custodians, cafeteria workers and receptionists, to $15 an hour. The board also bumped the hourly wage of bus drivers to $16. Trustees also approved giving other employees 3 percent raises from the district’s median salary, which averages to about $1,600 more annually, and increasing stipends $1,500, bringing them to $4,500 for those who are certified to teach bilingual education. view article arw

Mark Schallhorn, employee with Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD’s Educational Services Division, was recently recognized as one of the district’s Employee of the Nine Weeks during the monthly school board meeting. Schallhorn runs the district’s science resource center and the outdoor learning center. “He is dedicated and passionate about sharing science with students,” said Susan Shipp, C-FB ISD science director. “He manages both (facilities) with precise organization, saving the district money, but most importantly making sure all students have the science resources they need to be successful in the classroom.” view article arw

Crosby ISD has selected a new leader for its athletic department and Crosby High School’s football team. On Tuesday, April 16, at a special meeting, the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Jerry Prieto to fill those positions. Prieto comes most recently from Veterans Memorial High School in Corpus Christi, where he helped start the program in 2015 and has served as the football team’s offensive coordinator. view article arw

The sun had barely crept over the horizon Tuesday morning as Brian Herman turned onto US 281 and crossed over into Burnet County, but his spirits were still bright as he headed in for his first day of work at his new job. The night before, the Marble Falls ISD Board of Trustees had voted to hire the former Lockhart Lions’ coach, making him the new leader of their Class 5A football program and boys’ athletic coordinator a little over a month after former Mustangs’ head coach Mike Birdwell resigned on March 11. “We’re on top of the world right now,” said Herman, who announced his resignation as Lockhart Lions’ head football coach in December. “I’m fired up and excited. Marble Falls is a place we always wanted to be. It’s got a great school system and it’s beautiful up here.” view article arw

Kaufman County authorities have arrested a former Forney High School boy’s soccer coach following a two-year investigation into hazing allegations. Kris Duplissey was arrested and charged for failing to report abuse that involved allegations of sexual assault. He resigned from the school district in 2018. view article arw

 Del Valle school leaders have voted to raise the minimum salary for bus drivers to $16 an hour. According to the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), the school board also voted to raise salaries for other support employees to $15 an hour and passed pay raises for all teachers and employees in the 2019-2020 school year. view article arw

After spending his entire career in education at Jacksboro High School, Principal Brad Burnett is moving on. But he’s not going far. Jacksboro Independent School District Superintendent Dwain Milam announced Tuesday morning Burnett has been named as the new assistant superintendent. He will be replacing Wade Wesley who is currently serving in that position and retiring at the end of the school year. view article arw

Joe Paneitz, a teacher at Humble ISD's Career & Technology Education Center, felt like he was on top of the world when he was announced the Teacher of the Year at the Humble ISD Education Foundation Gala on April 12. The foundation held their annual gala at the Humble Civic Center to raise money for grants and other projects for students and teachers. view article arw

During the April 8 Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the following promotions were approved for the 2019-20 school year board the board, Melisssa Smith - Principal, Vanston Middle School, Malori Wooten - Assistant Principal, Floyd Elementary, RoShanda Jenkins - Principal, Lawrence Elementary, and Suzanne Langston - Principal, McKenzie Elementary. Smith began her career in education in 2005 as a science teacher and coach at Lake Highlands Freshman Center. In 2007, she joined MISD as a science teacher at West Mesquite HS.  view article arw

The Carroll ISD school board approved the creation of a new districtwide, full-time position—a leadership and culture coach for the 2019-20 school year—at its April 15 meeting. The job was created for CISD basketball coach Eric McDade, who stepped into this role during the 2018-19 school year, according to meeting documents. McDade also taught teen leadership—also known as Lead Worthy—classes at Carroll High School. view article arw

Pay increase to make district more competitive in Dallas-Fort Worth Richardson Independent School District plans to raise new teacher salaries above area average, a move that might boost recruitment of graduates of UTD’s teacher certification program. Currently, the new teacher salaries for RISD are $52,275, which is below Frisco, Garland and Plano ISD’s $53,000 and McKinney’s $53,850. Assistant Director of Student Teaching and Field Experience at the Teacher Development Center Barbara Ashmore said despite the salary differences, RISD has been one of the most popular destinations for UTD teacher certification graduates. view article arw

Some Amarillo ISD voters are continuing to ask for transparency ahead of tonight's school board meeting. The Parents for Transparency Coalition is a newly formed Facebook page. They said they want a full, external investigation after the resignation of former Amarillo High Volleyball coach Kori Clements, early this year. view article arw

During tonight's meeting, the Cleburne ISD board of trustees approved Cleburne High School Assistant Principal Jeri Hall as the district's new athletic director and Burleson ISD's Hughes Middle School Principal Ben Renner as the new principal at CHS. Hall will replace Mark Walker, and Renner will replace Le'Ann Downs.  view article arw

In Texas, out of 1,247 school districts the Texas Education Agency categorizes 459 of them as rural. That more than likely means those 459 are facing either a teacher shortage, or a teacher retention issue. Within the past few years the rural districts struggles with teachers going to and sticking around rural schools has been highlighted by the state and officials have been putting more focus the issue. More specifically, rural schools are suffering from what administrators call a “revolving door,” meaning teachers come to the district and leave within a year. This was part of the catalyst that forced administrators at Crosbyton Consolidated Independent School District to think a bit more creatively. view article arw

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Monday night, Taylor ISD named a new athletic director and head football coach, Robert Little. “I need you all to help me spread the word, ‘win state,’” Little said after the announcement. He said the two words are the goal and will motivate teams to continue to get better. view article arw

The claim: “Nearly half of public school teachers in Texas are working a second or a third job, not for kicks, not for extra spending cash, but just to make ends meet.” — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, campaigning in Keokuk, Iowa.  On the first day of his campaign for president, March 14, O’Rourke made the statement in response to a man who said teachers in his district are struggling and paying out-of-pocket for school supplies.  Politifact ruling: While it is true that Texas teachers are paid less than the national average, the survey O’Rourke relied upon did not delve into their reasons for seeking secondary employment. view article arw

Personnel decisions are front and center before Prairiland ISD trustees at a 7:30 p.m. Monday meeting in the administration building, 466 FM 196 South. view article arw

The Royse City Herald-Banner published a report regarding the Royse City Independent School District’s plans to outsource its custodial services earlier this week. This online version of the report includes comments from a current member of the custodial staff at the school district who raised concerns about the announced plans for shared services.  A custodial worker at the Royse City Independent School District says a plan to outsource cleaning services has left employees worried about their future. Royse City ISD Trustees on Monday gave Superintendent Kevin Worthy permission to begin negotiations with SSC Services for Education, a company that offers various maintenance services to school districts, private schools and institutions of higher education. Trustees also approved a 3 percent raise for all its employees. view article arw

A school district administrator with a history of drunken driving arrests found himself behind bars again last week. The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested Ronny L. Cabrera, 49, of McAllen — the principal of the La Joya school district College and Career Center — after a traffic stop on April 4. Ronny Cabrera HCSO Booking Photo 041019 via Odyssey“Cabrera was displaying symptoms of intoxication,” according to an affidavit written by the state trooper, who indicated Cabrera had bloodshot eyes, unsteady balance and smelled of alcohol. “Cabrera was subsequently placed under arrest after a series of standardized sobriety tests.” view article arw

Diane Pinkney has been driving a school bus for more than 10 years for Channelview ISD. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she would be driving children to school. She applied for the position mainly because she needed benefits. It has turned out to be the best thing for Diane, who says she enjoys mentoring kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. She also says she likes helping them walk a straight path that can one day lead them to a better future. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District has removed Andrews Elementary Principal Gabriela Soto after parents and teachers accused her of discriminating against immigrant parents. A group of school advocates held a press conference Monday to publicize these accusations. Parents said Soto made negative comments toward immigrant parents and wouldn't let parents serve on the PTA board because of their immigration status. They cited a picture Soto posted of new PTA board members with the caption "Make Andrews Great Again." view article arw

Houston ISD parents confronted the board of trustees Thursday after they say a beloved principal was forced to resign. A letter went home to parents at the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School last week. Principal Choalin Chang announced he was stepping down, but parents are convinced he was pushed out despite leading a high-performing school. They called a news conference Thursday to voice their concerns. view article arw

Ruth Cherry Intermediate School Principal Richard Pense will be leaving his role to be the head administrator of the new Bobby Summers Middle School in Fate. The Royse City Independent School District Board of Trustees recognized Pense’s hiring at its board meeting Monday. Pense earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University before finishing his master’s degree from Texas A&M University Commerce. He has worked in the district for 20 years and has been the principal for the intermediate school for the last four years. His family has lived in the area since 2004. view article arw

Fallout stemming from a state chess tournament continues to muddle the school district. Earlier this week, parents accused the district of endangering their children when a bus driver transporting chess players planned to keep driving despite faltering air brakes. Meanwhile, Jack Garcia, the district’s former longtime after-school program director, appealed his reprimand for the unauthorized purchase of $17,000 worth of plane tickets whose cancelation led to the bus trip to and from Houston. view article arw

A Temple High School teacher was placed on administrative leave Wednesday following a report of a potential improper relationship with students, according to a news release from Christian Hernandez, director of communications for Temple ISD. The district was notified Wednesday morning by Temple Police that there may have been such a relationship. The unnamed teacher was immediately placed on paid leave. "Like most school districts, we don't have a policy in place for unpaid leave," Hernandez said. view article arw

Temple Police officers received a report on Tuesday night of an improper relationship between a Temple ISD teacher and student. The report was taken at 6:22 p.m. The Temple Independent School District was notified by the department on Wednesday morning about a report of a potential improper relationship between a teacher and students at Temple High School. view article arw

Educators at Ashley Elementary were honored Monday by the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees and representatives from STOPit, the company FISD uses to provide online anonymous reporting for bullying and other school safety concerns. Principal Kim Frankson, Assistant Principal Jess Johnson and Counselor Laurie Ortel were presented with the Helping Hands Life Saver Award, the first time STOPit has ever handed out the award. view article arw

The Abilene Independent School District made several administrative changes during Monday night's school board meeting. Executive Director of Special Education Connie Mangin and Director of Communications Phil Ashby will retire at the end of their current contracts, which expire in June. The district named Dan Dukes, executive director of student services, to fill Mangin's role, a lateral move within the administration.  view article arw

It would be a bit of an exaggeration to call it a "crisis" at the moment.  But make no mistake: It’s a downward trend that's causing concern and could negatively affect student-athletes in a big way, if it hasn’t already. Can you guess what we're referring to? Officiating high school sports has always been a thankless job, when often, the only time a referee gets noticed is when he or she makes a glaring mistake. view article arw

Four schools in the San Angelo Independent School District are getting new principals. The announcement was made in a news release Monday, April 8. view article arw

A former counselor at a Lindale ISD elementary school has been arrested and accused of furnishing a prescription pill to a student last month. Monica Paige Mize, 45, of Lindale, is charged with second-degree delivery of a controlled substance to a minor. Lindale ISD police obtained a warrant for Mize’s arrest on March 20. She was booked into the Smith County Jail two days later, and she posted a $10,000 bond the same day, according to jail records. view article arw

An Austin ISD principal is on leave and under investigation after multiple grievances were filed against her, claiming she discriminated against undocumented families, students and staff. The education advocacy group East Austin Schools Manifesto Coalition organized a press conference outside Andrews Elementary Monday. view article arw