A North Texas fitness instructor is tackling teacher stress, and burnout with a focus on health and mental wellness. It’s a special fitness challenge for just teachers who want to destress outside of the classroom.  Will Clewis is a former teacher now on a mission to make it happen and it’s Something Good.  “Gonna try it one more time. Two claps, two claps, one clap, and Go. AHH!” fitness expert Clewis said to a class of teachers at Adams Elementary School in Arlington. view article arw

Longview Independent School District trustees approved two measures concerning staff pay during a special-called meeting Wednesday, Feb. 26th.  Board members unanimously approved an amendment to attendance guidelines for the Longview Incentive For Teachers (LIFT) program and finalized the stipend schedule for the 2020-21 school year.  The LIFT amendment now includes exceptions to the attendance rule for catastrophic and bereavement leave, family emergency or medical, disability as well as school-related absences or closures.  Assistant Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry said easing some of the restrictions is an effort to reflect the spirit of the LIFT program in rewarding academic growth. view article arw

Why would judge order Mrs. Williams husband to resign?  There may be more to the story. - js TERRELL, Texas — A former Terrell ISD school employee pled guilty to theft in the 86th District Court of Kaufman county yesterday.  Sharraine Lajuan Williams, 53, of Terrell, was charged and indicted with one count of theft of property greater than or equal to $2,500 and less than $30,000 late last year after a Terrell ISD audit determined that Williams had potentially embezzled over $60,000 from students involved in high school cheerleading and drill team; programs she oversaw till she was put on administrative leave from her post in May 2019. Williams later resigned in August 2019 according to the district. view article arw

Arlington art teacher Stacy Bailey was placed on administrative leave in August 2017 after showing her students a picture of her soon-to-be wife. On Monday, Mansfield ISD awarded Bailey $100,000 after a federal judge ruled her suspension was unconstitutional.  As part of the settlement, the school district agreed to provide mandatory training to human resources and counseling staff on LGBTQ issues in schools, and to require the Mansfield ISD board of trustees to vote on whether to add protections for sexual orientation into its policies, according to a representative for Bailey. view article arw

The Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a measure that should help the district recruit more bilingual teachers in the 2020-21 school year.  Currently, the district offers incoming bilingual teachers a $4,000 stipend in addition to $500 for relocation costs. With the move, the district will now be able to offer incoming bilingual teachers a $6,500 stipend with an additional $500 for the cost of relocation.  In other business, board members also approved a measure that will bring an additional full-time employee to the district’s fine arts program view article arw

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — Mansfield elementary school teacher, Stacy Bailey has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against the district after she was suspended for having “ongoing discussions” with students about her sexual orientation in 2017. “The agreements the district and I made in this settlement are a positive first step in making things better for gay employees, gay students and gay families in Mansfield,” said Bailey. view article arw

HOUSTON — Madison High School's principal remains suspended after the Houston Independent School District said she took part in an inappropriate Christmas party held by the school's faculty last year. Principal Carlotta Brown and HISD area superintendent Felicia Adams were both suspended pending the district's investigation. view article arw

Killeen ISD Early College High School Principal Kathleen Burke is a finalist for H-E-B’s secondary principal of the year in the state of Texas.  In a large meeting room on the Central Texas College campus Monday, Burke entered to a chorus of “surprise,” with banners, balloons, her own family members, school district and college administrators and a crowd of cheering students. view article arw

Six Texas educators were named as finalists for the 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. They were spotlighted as some of the best educators in Texas. H-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas. This honor was kept as a surprise from each educator. They learned they were finalists when H-E-B representatives visited their schools with cookies and flowers. view article arw

Teacher pay on school board agenda

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Teacher pay will have its moment in the spotlight during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Denton school board.  Officials are scheduled to present Denton ISD’s rubric for teacher pay raises as well as how much the state might compensate the district for such raises. Additionally, board members will look over a proposal to increase pay for substitute teachers by more than 20%. view article arw

Lamar Ben Perez, principal of Lamar CISD’s Ray Elementary, is one of five elementary school principals who are state finalists in the HEB Excellence in Education Awards program.  Perez was surprised Wednesday morning at his campus by representatives of the grocery chain, his family and members of the Lamar Consolidated ISD administration, led by Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle, and the entire student body.  Perez received a $1,000 check for himself and a $2,500 check for his school. If he is the overall winner, he will receive an additional $10,000, with the school earning a check for $25,000. view article arw

DONNA - Donna ISD announced both Donna High Head Football Coach Ramiro Leal and Donna North Head Football Coach Joe Marichalar will not be on the sidelines next season. view article arw

HOLLIDAY, Texas (TNN) - Holliday ISD will be holding a recruitment fair on Saturday morning, a tactic that has greatly helped them in recent years.  "We developed a team approach to hiring where we have an interview committee, maybe for different jobs on each campus," superintendent Kevin Dyes said.  Each school has its own team at the district-wide recruitment fairs, where administrators and teachers can interview candidates to see if they would be a good fit at Holliday ISD. view article arw

Teacher pay will have its moment in the spotlight during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Denton school board. Officials are scheduled to present Denton ISD’s rubric for teacher pay raises as well as how much the state might compensate the district for such raises. Additionally, board members will look over a proposal to increase pay for substitute teachers by more than 20%. view article arw

Mexia Independent School District approved the hire of former SSHS coach and player Triston Abron as their next head football coach and athletic director on Monday night. view article arw

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s hourly support staff will soon receive a pay raise after trustees adopted a 5% pay increase at the Feb. 24 Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board meeting.  After examining surrounding districts, GCISD staff discovered that pay to its hourly workers is “well below the market pay for their respective positions,” meeting documents show.  GCISD is a "destination district" for area employees, including bus drivers and custodians, district staff said. view article arw

When Jerry Dillard retired from Hallsville ISD, he was only beginning his next role in the district. Despite his 2016 retirement after 37 years of working for the district, Dillard still serves as a substitute teacher and bus driver. He also helps drive for the University of Texas at Tyler Innovation Academy in Longview when they need someone for field trips. view article arw

A former teacher with the Quinlan Independent School District has pleaded not guilty to an indictment alleging he had an improper relationship with a student.  Arthur V. Galope Jr., 43, of Quinlan, was indicted by a Hunt County grand jury in January on one count of improper relationship between educator and student.  He was arraigned during a Friday morning hearing in the 196th District Court. Judge Andrew Bench accepted the plea and scheduled an interim hearing for March 30.  Galope was arrested on the charge in March 2019 and was released on a $150,000 bond. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees voiced concern Wednesday about why it took a year for district police to arrest three employees accused of inappropriately touching children, but said Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan deserves time to review the cases.  In separate interviews, four trustees said they are troubled by an unexplained gap between the disclosure of sexual misconduct allegations and the arrest of three men by HISD police in the past week. One of the accused educators switched schools within the district and continued to teach for nearly six months before his arrest Monday. view article arw

First graders and their teacher alike were shocked as their story time was interrupted with an entourage of adults coming into their classroom bearing gifts and celebrating.  H-E-Buddy and Katy Independent School District and H-E-B officials greeted Mrs. Kathryn Mills and presented her with cookies, flowers and $2,000 — $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school — because she had been chosen as a finalist for the 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo ISD is investigating a coach at Amarillo High School for inappropriate behavior.  AISD has released a statement saying:  “Upon learning about a complaint of inappropriate behavior involving one of our employees, Amarillo ISD immediately notified Amarillo Police and CPS, and the employee was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations. Because this is an active, ongoing investigation, the district cannot release additional information at this time. AISD has no tolerance for this type of alleged behavior, and we will continue to cooperate with the appropriate agencies as they investigate this matter.” view article arw

The academic programs require student application and admission, but the education center also has an elective arts track that has solidified the school in the area of Fine Arts, thanks to the addition of music education, and the man who’s been a part of Townview’s music department from the beginning.  Dean Hill directs the school’s marching band.  The Townview Big D Marching Band has the distinction of being a 125-member band with no school halftime performances. view article arw

After serving 12 seasons as head football coach and athletic coordinator at Johnson High School, Ron Rittimann is leaving the Jaguars to become the new Athletic Director at Alamo Heights Independent School District and head football coach for the Mules. Rittimann takes over for retired head coach Mike Norment, who led the Alamo Heights football team for the past 24 seasons. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) Tyler ISD has announced the passing of one of their school board trustees Thursday morning.  Freeman Sterling was elected to represent District 3 in May of 2019 and had a long-standing career in education.  “Mr. Sterling was so revered in Tyler ISD. From his time as a teacher and later a principal for the District, to his work mentoring teachers after retirement, and most recently as a Trustee, his calm and peaceful presence was characteristic of the love he shared for our teachers, staff, and students. His spirit of service will endure, well past this moment of grief. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas — Midland ISD has announced its new Chief of Staff, Dr. Katie Atkins.  Atkins has 15 years of experience in education outside of Houston and comes to Midland from Tomball.  She received her doctorate and master's degrees in education from the University of Houston and her bachelor of science dress in English and has her teaching certificate from Howard Payne University. view article arw

KINGVILLE, Texas — UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): The KIngsville ISD superintendent contacted KRIS 6 News, letting us know the student has recanted her account of what happened. The investigation is now over, and we're told the substitute teacher has been cleared in the incident.  Kingsville ISD officials are looking in to claims a substitute teacher abused an elementary school student. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD experienced an unexpected increase in its special education population during the 2019-20 school year. Staffing allocations were determined based on an estimated 12% increase, and the actual increase was closer to 29%, according to district information.  LTISD has seen annual increases in its special education population, and the department currently services about 1,081 students. view article arw

MARSHALL — The Marshall ISD school board approved a teacher salary increase Tuesday for the 2020-21 school year as well as a new teacher pay incentive.  Trustees unanimously voted 6-0, with trustee Helen Warwick absent, to approve a 4% teacher pay raise.  The increase affects all personnel on the teacher pay scale, including librarians, counselors, coaches, nurses and teachers.  Trustees will discuss a pay increase for all other district staff later this year during the budgeting process, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said Tuesday.  “We wanted to do this now because this is a recruiting tool as we enter into the season for job fairs,” Gibson said. “We want to put out there what our salary is, and this pay increase will keep us ahead of a lot of the other districts we compete with out there. This pay increase approved today makes a total of a 7 percent pay increase for teachers in the past two years.“ view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Holliday ISD will be hosting a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.  As an applicant, you will get the opportunity to tour the campuses, have lunch, meet with current staff and be interviewed by campus teams.  If you are a certified teacher, this is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with Holliday ISD.  The purpose of the job fair is to pre-screen and interview potential teachers for anticipated openings in the 2020 to 2021 school year as well as to create a pre-screened and pre-interviewed pool of applicants should there be an opening. view article arw

Elkhart Independent School District announced Wednesday the official hiring of Luke Goode as the new Elkhart Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. Goode was approved as the new head football coach and AD following the departure of coach Jason Fiacco who accepted the role of Athletic Director of Cleveland ISD on Jan. 10.  Most recently, Goode was the offensive coordinator at Mesquite Poteet High School for his second go-round with the Pirates and has worked in Lufkin ISD and Lone Oak view article arw

Riesel ISD names new police chief

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Riesel ISD has a new police chief. D.L. Wilson was named the school district's new police chief at the January 30 school board meeting and officially started on the job February 10. While Wilson is focused on the safety of everyone in the school district, the community has welcomed him into the new role. view article arw

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of Sue Harrison as the new director of human resources for the district Feb. 18. Harrison previously served as human resources coordinator for Round Rock ISD as well as a variety of human resource roles in public education and for communications industry companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Sue also previously served as a campus administrator and assistant director of staffing for RRISD, according to a news release. view article arw

With mounting criticism around the departure of its chief internal auditor, Dallas ISD will look to a familiar face to help steady its internal audit department.  Former interim Superintendent Alan King was chosen by the district’s board of trustees to serve as the interim chief internal auditor on Tuesday.  Dallas ISD’s board voted 7-0 — with trustees Karla Garcia and Maxie Johnson absent — to approve King in the role, following an hourlong, largely closed-door meeting. Trustees also unanimously accepted the resignation of auditor Steven Martin, effective at the end of the month.  “At this point in time, to our internal audit [department] and with our internal audits that we’ve been discussing, there’s not a better choice in the city to lead this work,” said trustee Miguel Solis, who put forward King’s name for approval.   (02/20) view article arw

HOUSTON – The principal of Livingston High School Academy resigned and a teacher was fired after an audit revealed that students were admitted to the academy fraudulently and that teacher was helping students cheat, according to a press release from the Livingston Independent School District.  The audit, which was conducted at the direction of the LISD superintendent, revealed “substantial admission and academic policy violations,” at the academy, the school district wrote. view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved a teacher pay increase for the 2020-21 school year, as well as a new teacher pay incentive. Trustees unanimously voted 6-0 with trustee Helen Warwick absent to approve a 4 percent teacher pay raise on Tuesday, effective for the 2020-21 school year. view article arw