Schools across San Antonio slashing budgets and cutting costs by rolling back staff, but that one district is actually looking to make some major hires. Right now the Northside ISD is leafing through hundreds of resumes to fill 355 positions, in a district seeing success amid the struggle for schools. Michael Owens has a few kids. view article arw

Dr. Donny Lee, a former administrator at Bullard Independent School District, now the Superintendent of Schools at Oakwood ISD, was recently recognized for his efforts in education, as he was presented the 2017 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ Outstanding Texas Principal Award on Tuesday, June 12, at the Hilton Hotel in Austin. Lee was selected as a representative for the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the 2017-2018 Region VII Outstanding High School Principal of the Year in July 2017. “Putting students first is my top priority,” Lee said. “I’m honored to have been selected for this award by fellow high school principals.  view article arw

Although the storm has passed and district facilities are in repair, Hurricane Harvey continues to have a lasting impact on Humble ISD. The storm caused a dip in property values that equated to about an $8 million loss of revenue from Humble ISD’s $455.8 million 2018-19 budget, according to Mike Seale, the district’s chief financial officer. Humble ISD is a school districts that typically sees property value growth, on average the district expects to have about 6 percent growth year-over-year, Seale said. However, Seale estimates the growth this year was about 2 percent. view article arw

Klein ISD could cut hundreds of teacher and staff jobs to offset a $30 million budget deficit after voters last week rejected a nine-cent property tax hike. The district's board of trustees will hold meetings Friday to discuss the looming budget crisis. The property tax hike would have given Klein ISD an additional $29 million, offsetting most of a budget deficit of more than $30 million. District officials had planned to cut about $8 million from its upcoming budget if they tax increase had passed. Now, officials say they must cut an additional $22 million in spending. view article arw

Former Academy Softball Coach Gus Beuershausen has been indicted for sexual assault. The Academy Independent School District fired Beuershausen when allegations surfaced on April 13. Beuershausen was arrested by the Texas Rangers and was charged with sexual assault of a child under 17 years of age. view article arw

From Cleburne ISD to the world

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For Cleburne resident Jill Goodgion August represents a first in some ways and the continuation of another chapter in others. “I told my grandchildren that God may use them in some way someday,” Goodgion said. “And I can’t tell them to answer that call if I’m not willing to do it myself so I hope I’m showing them by example.” Goodgion, who retired in 2015 after having taught for 25 years at first Alvarado ISD and then Cleburne ISD’s Marti and Cooke elementary schools, intends to depart for New York on Saturday then relocate to the Christian International School of Prague in the Czech Republic in August.  view article arw

Tim Lambert, Principal of Texas Middle School, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the Region VIII Outstanding Middle School Principal of the Year.  view article arw

Seguin ISD tapped an assistant principal and an interim principal to head up a pair of elementary campuses. The board voted unanimously, in two separate motions, to name Robert Arriola as principal of Rodriguez Elementary and Mary Hernandez to lead Weinert Elementary. “We’re very excited to have Mr. Arriola coming on board to serve in the capacity of principle for Rodriguez Elementary,” SISD superintendent Matthew Gutierrez said. view article arw

After 42 years of public service, Chief Appraiser David Valle of the Hays Central Appraisal District (CAD) will be retiring effective at the end of July. Valle sent in his letter of retirement to the board of directors on May 17. The board appointed Deputy Chief Appraiser Laura Raven as the interim chief appraiser at its June 11 meetings. Raven will take over on Aug. 1. Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway said that Raven seemed like a good fit for the temporary position in order to keep the day to day operations of the Hays CAD running. view article arw

On Monday, a staff member of McAllen Independent School District (ISD) fired back at allegations that he made inappropriate use of school funds and technology. During a grievance hearing held before the McAllen Board of Trustees, Patricio “Pat” Karr, Jr., Department of Technology Director for Network Services and Support, read a presentation verbatim which refuted the observations made in an audit report. The report, first made public by an independent reporter and published in The Progress Times, made observations that Karr allegedly created rules within the district email system to receive notifications of data, including the names of certain employees and student information. The audit also alleges that Karr made “unnecessary purchases,” totaling more than $10,000. view article arw

The Lake Travis board of trustees decided on a school name, announced an incoming middle school principal and reviewed employee survey results during a June 19 meeting. view article arw

The North East Independent School District board of trustees approved a one percent salary increase for employees at a board meeting Monday. The board also voted include a one percent retention incentive, according to the district. view article arw

During the audience portion of the June 11 Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees meeting, retired Mesquite ISD educator Sharon Davenport spoke about substitutes and what she would like to see, specifically more pay and incentives for substitutes. “About a year ago, I think it was stated that the district had about 500 substitutes on their list, but of that 500 about maybe one-third of those are active,” she said. Davenport said she would like to see a pay increase for the substitutes, and recently she discovered substitutes are getting paid less per hour than crossing guards. view article arw

Two experienced principals have been named to lead Hyer and Armstrong Elementary Schools. Debbie Burt, the principal at Vaughan Elementary and GATE (Gifted and Talented) Academy in Allen ISD, has been named principal at Hyer. Betsy Cummins, principal at Abbett Elementary School in Garland ISD and a former Armstrong Teacher of the Year, has been selected as the principal at Armstrong. "We are very pleased to name these two outstanding leaders as our newest principals in Highland Park ISD," HPISD superintendent Tom Trigg said. view article arw

The McAllen school board may discuss a damning audit of the district technology department on Monday. During a review of district security systems, staff discovered major problems with the Network Services and Support division of the technology department, according to a copy of the audit report, which a source provided to the Progress Times on the condition of anonymity. view article arw

Education wasn’t always on the forefront of Emily Froese’s mind but after a change of major in college, she’s hasn’t looked back. Froese is principal of Coppell Middle School West and is excited to start another chapter as the district opens a new campus for CMS West. When she’s not leading her campus, Froese loves to exercise, travel and to go camping. view article arw

Craig Weston is the new principal at Carson Elementary. Decatur ISD trustees approved a one-year contract for Weston Monday night. He will replace LeeAnn Farris, who resigned following the school year. Weston is currently the principal at Park Glen Elementary in Keller. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis said the district went through a thorough process before hiring Weston. view article arw

Midland Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) counselor, Angela Verner, has been selected to serve as a Fellow for the Texas OnCourse Leader Fellows Program.  Verner was one of 21 leaders selected out of 200 applicants to serve a two-year term to represent Region 18. Texas OnCourse is a comprehensive statewide college and career planning initiative developed in 2015 by The University of Texas at Austin. view article arw

During a panel at a Teach for America (TFA) summer institute in Memphis, new participants in the program heard from four high school students, who shared experiences and advice for those entering the teaching profession, Chalkbeat reports. view article arw

The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Matthew LeBlanc as Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Monday night’s board meeting. view article arw

Northside I.S.D. Job Fair

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Northside Independent School District is looking to hire for more than 335 positions. The district is holding an Auxiliary Job Fair on Wednesday, June 20 starting at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District Superintendent David Young on Friday temporarily addressed one of the recently opened vacancies in his administrative cabinet, naming a new interim executive director of human resources. Young also named a new director of human resources to work beneath the temporary executive, according to a news release from the district. Larry Blair, a retired superintendent who has run Mansfield and three other ISDs and served in an interim superintendent role in four other districts after his retirement, will serve as the interim executive director of HR, the release said. view article arw

Daniel Bourgeois just finished his first year as the principal at Boyd Intermediate, overseeing grades four through six. Now two more grades will be under his leadership. Monday, Boyd ISD trustees added middle school principal to Bourgeois’ duties, making him the lead administrator on the campus shared by the intermediate and middle school students. “I’ve known Daniel for 10 years, and he does a great job in whatever role he’s put in,” said Superintendent Ted West. “He did a great job working with the intermediate staff this year. It’s a natural time to expand his role and add the two grade levels. Those two schools share a footprint and a lot of facilities.” view article arw

Frankston Independent School District may be on the hunt for another new head football coach and athletic director, which would be the district's fourth since 2017 and sixth since 2014. According to Frankson ISD, they will consider taking action to approve a separation agreement with Kevin Chase at their upcoming school board meeting. The development comes after an exclusive report by KETK regarding Coach Chase being at the center of a federal lawsuit brought on by a former student-athlete he coached at a Central Texas school district. view article arw

Lake Dallas ISD announced that Olivia Stalnaker, Lake Dallas Middle School science teacher, has been selected for the TEX² teacher externship with NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium to be held at The University of Texas at Austin this summer with follow-up taking place during the first semester of the 2018-19 school year. This program is in partnership with the Texas Teacher Externship Program based at the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin. This externship is one of twenty programs around the state and one of close to 400 educators participating in externships through this TEA-funded program. view article arw

Educator salaries have been a topic of intense national scrutiny in 2018, with teachers walking out in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and more recently, Arizona, to demand better pay and benefits. While no such walkouts have occurred in Texas, educator salaries in the country’s third-most populated state often face scrutiny, too The National Education Association reports an average annual salary of $40,725 for first-time educators in Texas – more than $2,000 above the national average of $38,617. view article arw

The College Station school district has named Molley Perry as its next chief administrative officer.  Perry serves as the district's executive director for special services and accountability. She will continue to oversee the district's accountability and special services, while adding the human resources, technology, student services and community education departments. view article arw

Rusk ISD hires 2 principals

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The Rusk School Board met Monday evening to discuss employment contracts for the next school year. RISD Superintendent Scott Davis had three recommendations for the board to hire for the 2018-19 school year: Jamie Bradley, Jessica Sanderson and Brittney Yates. The board approved of all the recommendations. The board also confirmed the hiring of Jason Wilcox as principal of Rusk Intermediate and Ashley Oliver as assistant principal at Rusk Elementary. view article arw

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) - A Killeen ISD counselor named secondary counselor of the year in the Texas Education Agency's Region 12 on Thursday.Deborah Fay, a counselor at Killeen ISD’s Manor Middle School, has served as a counselor for the past 14 years. Fay said she was inspired by her middle school counselor to pursue this career. She believes that counseling is an evolving art, using solution-focused methods and impact therapy. view article arw

A woman surrendered herself to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Thursday after allegedly been involved in a physical relationship with a high school student.  According to Bedford Police, it was brought to their attention that 33-year-old Shannon Hathaway, a Harwood Junior High School Counselor, was having an inappropriate relationship with a former 17-year-old student on May 9.  The relationship was ongoing during the previous school year, 2016-17, and the male student was in the ninth grade at the time. view article arw

A former Dallas-area middle school counselor is arrested for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student. According to Bedford Police, 33-year-old Shannon Hathaway turned herself in on Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued on charges of improper relationship between an educator and a student. view article arw

Two middle school principals were promoted Wednesday to lead Killeen Independent School District high schools, district officials announced in a news release. Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft appointed Micah Wells as principal of Shoemaker High School and Kara Linette Trevino as principal of Killeen High School. view article arw

A former Slaton ISD teacher and coach was indicted Wednesday (June 13) by a federal grand jury. KAMC News reports 28 year-old Dustin Ray Leonard was arrested in May for enticement of a minor. Leonard is accused of using a cell phone to solicit a student for sexual contact. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District officials have an abbreviated calendar this year to determine what the pay scale will be for employees in the 2018-19 school year. Due to a new rule affecting retroactive pay regarding the Teacher Retirement System's health insurance program, districts like Abilene must finalize their pay scale before the start of the next contract year, which begins in mid- to late-July for some administrators and office staff. view article arw

The Denton school board approved the district’s $263.8 million budget Tuesday night, which included a $4.67 million compensation plan to boost employee salaries. The new plan will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year and bring a 2 percent raise to all employees from the midpoint salary, meaning employees below the median will see a larger increase than those above the median. The starting salary for teachers, librarians and nurses will increase from $52,000 for a 10-month contract to $53,000. view article arw