To help address staffing shortages with some of its instructional support staff, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday to increase the pay for those employees. Effective immediately there will be a $1,200 retroactive annual salary increase for special education instructional support aides for the following staff: academic life skills, academic and vocational life skills, behavior intervention classroom and functional life skills, as well as communication aide and transition aide. view article arw

A New Mexico police department will be reviewing its policies after an internal review into an incident between a school resource officer and a middle school student. Officer Zach Christensen, a school resource officer at Mesa View Middle School, resigned Oct. 1 after an internal investigation by the Farmington Police Department. view article arw

The Leander Independent School District recently issued an apology to families because of problems caused by a shortage of bus drivers. However, in a letter sent out Oct. 16, the district discussed how it’s addressing these issues. The letter stated, “We know that a shortage of bus drivers, logistical issues and higher-than-expected enrollment presents challenges to our families and our transportation department.” view article arw

A janitor with Lufkin ISD was arrested Wednesday and charged with indecency with a child with sexual contact. Gregory Lomax, 63, is in the Angelina County Jail, where he is being held without bond. view article arw

The Round Rock Independent School District is one step closer to a long-term school resource officer program, following board action Oct. 17. In a 6-0 vote, with Trustee Nikki Gonzales absent, the board approved a revised interlocal agreement that outlines staffing, roles, responsibilities and training requirements for a Williamson County-led SRO program. As it stands, few details have been revealed publicly. The interlocal agreement is labeled “confidential,” according to board president Chad Chadwell. view article arw

Comal ISD teacher Veronica Castillo was named the Bilingual Educator of the Year for Education Service Center Region 20 on Oct. 10, according to a CISD news release. Castillo teaches first-grade dual-language at Kinder Ranch Elementary School. view article arw

A Hamlin Middle School teacher was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child.  Anthony Quintanilla, 47, the estranged husband of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, turned himself in to Nueces County Jail on Wednesday afternoon before two warrants could be served against him.  Nueces County Jail officials said Quintanilla is accused of sexual assault of a child and an improper relationship between an educator and student. His bond has been set at $300,000. view article arw

On Wednesday afternoon, officials with the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced the appointment of Rosa Maria Mireles Menchaca as the new Associate Superintendent of High Schools. Menchaca began her professional career in 1988 as an English teacher at Riverside Middle School, and has since held positions as dean of instruction, assistant principal, and principal in the El Paso area. view article arw

Lufkin ISD administrators and staff kicked off the fourth cohort of the Leadership Academy Wednesday.  The Leadership Academy is a group of 15-20 LISD employees selected to improve their leadership skills and learn more about the district while planning their futures.  “More than anything else, the goal is to help grow leadership from within,” deputy superintendent Kurt Stephens said.  The members of the academy had to fill out an application, write an essay and have a recommendation from the principal at their campus. They were chosen based on qualifications like years of service and whether they had their master’s degrees or certifications. view article arw

The Longview ISD transportation director, Dale Bohannon, has resigned from the district effective Dec. 31. In August, Bohannon was fired but then filed a grievance, district spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross said. He has been and will remain on administrative leave. view article arw

The Axtell Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday night to propose the termination of a teacher accused of having “inappropriate interactions” with students, less than a week after placing him on paid administrative leave. Superintendent J.R. Proctor said Wednesday that the school board voted to propose the termination of Michael McGilvray’s term contract. Proctor placed McGilvray on paid administrative leave Oct. 9, while authorities investigate allegations of inappropriate interactions with students. view article arw

A woman who was killed in a fatal wreck on Saturday in Sevier County, Ark. was an elementary school teacher in McLeod, Texas. The district superintendent says the child killed in the wreck, was teacher Jessica Baig’s daughter, a fifth-grader at the school.  “We’re not worried about academics this week, we’re worried about emotional well being,” Superintendent Cathy May said. view article arw

Several educators and administrators from the Socorro Independent School District participated in this year’s Camp Bliss: A Day in a Soldier’s Life. The yearly event promotes a partnership between Fort Bliss and community educators in order to provide a better support system and learning environment for military students and their families. view article arw

The Texas Education Commissioner will decide if a teacher gets her old job back with the Fort Worth ISD. The Fort Worth ISD board voted in June to terminate the employment of Georgia Clark. Clark had taught at Carter-Riverside High School until she posted messages on Twitter complaining to President Trump about undocumented immigrant students on her campus. view article arw

Trustees did not hire just a new police chief last week, Sweeny ISD Board President Earl Mathis said, they hired someone as close as family. Marcus Way took his oath as the district’s new chief Oct. 8 as the district’s board of trustees, family members and other attendees looked on. view article arw

Barbers Hill Independent School District continues to provide strong salaries for teachers. Last week, revealed that the district, which is located between Baytown and Anahuac, provided the highest-average base salary for high school teachers (per district) in the Houston area. And records from the Texas Education Agency also show that the district leads the way in teacher salaries for the middle and elementary school teachers as well. view article arw

From the outside looking in, this is your average 4th grade classroom at Tradition Elementary. The usual sights, and sounds from a teacher that is actually, a student? Wait, what??!! Citlaly Pina is a senior at East Central High School who spends 2 hours every day as a teacher-in-training. It's part of the district's teacher prep program. And the results speak for themselves. view article arw

The student population is growing — and not enough teaching jobs are available to keep up. A new report found that since the Great Recession of 2008, the country lost 60,000 jobs in education. Not only that, but 247,000 more teaching jobs should have been created to keep up with growing student enrollment as the population increases.  view article arw

Beginning this academic year, a district located on the East Texas Border, West Orange-Cove, bridged the gap between teacher vacancies and students without access to a quality education program by partnering with online education service company Proximity Learning. Bearing that U.S. teacher shortages are at an all-time high, West Orange-Cove Superintendent Dr. Harris realized the potential of providing personalized education to all students regardless of background, location or social circumstances. Proximity Learning for the past nine years has pioneered the Enriched Live Instruction Model to staff teacher vacancies nationally. view article arw

A teacher at Academy Elementary School was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, Superintendent Billy Harlan confirmed Friday. view article arw recently requested open records for Lubbock-Cooper ISD for employee salaries. This is the fourth local government agency that has looked at in an effort to compare salaries. view article arw

Focused on ensuring student success, Rusk ISD school board members on Monday approved the creation of a college/career coordinator position to “help our students successfully navigate through high school and earn their degree,” said schools superintendent Grey Burton. By adding the new position – which would be posted immediately in hopes of having the new coordinator in position before Christmas – other school counselors would be freed up to focus on other needs presented by students. view article arw

Thursday night at the Pieper Ranch Middle School volleyball game, students parents and staff were decked out in pink for a special dedication in honor of Kimberly Poorman. In November 2018, Poorman won the KENS 5 Excel Award for Comal ISD. Just a few months later, she learned her family was growing from three to five; she's pregnant with twins. view article arw

Richard Chiamulera, 32, a former Woodlands High School girls basketball coach and English teacher, pled guilty to multiple child sex assault charges, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. view article arw

Due to receiving about $19.5 million from additional one-time revenue sources, the Spring ISD school board was able to approve several one-time expenditures, including a $1,000 retention supplement for all of their employees. Spring ISD received $19,528,661 in one-time revenue, and of that, $5.1 million will go toward retention supplements for all Spring ISD employees in good standing. view article arw

An Axtell Independent School District high school teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate allegations of inappropriate interactions with students, Superintendent J.R. Proctor said. The district is not releasing the name of the teacher at this time, as Axtell ISD is working closely with law enforcement to investigate the matter, Proctor said Wednesday. view article arw

A third-grade teacher at A.C. Williams Elementary School in Commerce was a recipient of the “We Teach Texas” Leadership Fellow Scholarship. Meagan Heath was chosen by Texas A&M University-Commerce as its recipient. The award is given out by the Texas A&M University System, and each member institution picks a single representative to receive the scholarship. view article arw

Full- and half-time Spring ISD employees can expect a one-time retention supplement in their Nov. 25 payroll following approval by the SISD board of trustees Oct. 8. According to an Oct. 9 news release, part-time SISD employees will receive a half-time payment of $500, while full-time employees will receive $1,000. “We are very happy to do this for our employees,” SISD board President Rhonda Newhouse said in a statement. view article arw

A third-party data breach has impacted Round Rock ISD, as well as thousands of school districts and universities across the nation. view article arw

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Vernon school officials are reaching out to the community for help with a shortage of substitute teachers. Superintendent Jeff Byrd said there is a shortage of people who are willing to work for the salaries the district can pay as well as an ongoing shortage of certified teachers. “If you’re able and you’re retired [or] you want a part-time job we are pleading with you to come to help us,” Vernon Superintendent Jeff Byrd said. view article arw

A Vernon educator, previously charged with failing to report an alleged sexual assault that reportedly happened on her campus, is on paid administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation. Vernon ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd said Cindy Underwood has been on leave for two weeks. Byrd said he couldn’t comment on the content of the investigation or whether local law enforcement were assisting with the investigation. Captain Wayne Hodges with the Vernon Police Department said they do not have an investigation regarding Underwood. view article arw

Silvia Salinas says she will always be a hometown girl from Brownsville, regardless if she has risen to one of the highest positions in Dallas ISD as executive director of athletics. “I am very proud to be from Brownsville, and I always will be because my background has helped me become who I am,” said Salinas, who has worked in the Dallas ISD athletic department since 2004 and was promoted to its top athletic post earlier this school year. view article arw

The head football coach at MacArthur High School was arrested in North Central Texas over the weekend, accused of impeding the breath of a person he was assaulting, booking records show. Ben Cook was taken into custody Sunday and released the same day on a $10,000 bond by the Brown County Sheriff's Office. view article arw

Cleveland ISD's top educators were recognized during a recent meeting of Region IV. view article arw

Corsicana Independent School District and Kerens ISD celebrated National Custodian Appreciation Day Wednesday, Oct, 2.  view article arw