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

A North Texas coach is out of a job over allegations he made racially-charged remarks to players. Tim Denton coached football and track and field at Lovejoy High School in Collin County. He was fired this week over claims he made inappropriate comments to players. view article arw

Dr. Rodney Rodriguez has been named the new senior director of RGV FOCUS, a collective impact initiative focused on cradle to career education initiatives across Rio Grande Valley school districts. The announcement was made this week by Educate Texas and Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas. view article arw

The principal of Early College High School is under fire. Veronica Coss has been placed on administrative leave over reports of discrimination. Former staff member Stephanie Martin stood in front of the Round Rock ISD board members last week detailing the harassment and disparaging comments she said Coss has made toward students. “The following are things I personally heard her say If I shared everything it would take a longer time than I am allotted here,” Martin said. “Immigrants don’t teach their kids how to behave, we need to ween 504 children off their accommodations, ADHD kids just need to exercise.” 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

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hirings of a chief financial officer for LISD and a principal for Reagan Elementary School at its Oct. 3 workshop meeting. Marianne Norman, currently an assistant principal at Canyon Ridge Middle School, was hired as principal for Reagan in Cedar Park, while Elaine Cogburn was selected as the new CFO. Norman replaces Steve Crawford—a 21-year employee of Leander ISD—who, in a July 18 press release, was named the principal of Four Points Middle School by former Leander ISD Superintendent Dan Troxell. view article arw

A jury trial is underway this week at the Bowie County courthouse for a former New Boston Independent School District coach accused of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old male student. Zachary Tyler Moody, 43, is charged with improper relationship between educator and student and with two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact alleged to have occurred in a locker room in April 2017. All three alleged crimes are punishable by two to 20 years in prison. view article arw

A former Greenville Independent School District official is accused of using his status as a public servant to steal from the taxpayers. Ralph Lee Sanders, Greenville ISD’s former chief human resources officer, is one of two people charged with felony theft in the case, which is being prosecuted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Sanders and Tevin Brookins were indicted by a Hunt County grand jury in August and each charged with theft by a public servant of property valued at $2,500 to $30,000, according to a local news report. view article arw

A Bastrop High School teacher who was fired last month after an allegation surfaced accusing the educator of having an “inappropriate relationship with a student” has until midnight Oct. 15 to appeal the termination, according to a Bastrop school district spokesperson.  The school board on Sept. 17 unanimously approved a recommendation by Superintendent Barry Edwards to terminate the teacher. According to the Texas Education Agency, a teacher who has been fired has up to 20 days after the school board’s decision for termination is communicated to them to file an appeal with the state education commissioner. view article arw

A former New Boston Independent School District teacher and coach was sentenced to probation Thursday after a Bowie County jury found him guilty of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old boy. The jury found Zachary Tyler Moody, 43, guilty of an improper relationship between educator and student and of indecency with a child by sexual contact for groping a student in a locker room hallway April 10, 2017.  view article arw

Tyler Independent School District has hired a new Executive Director of Communications – and it’s a face that many KLTV/KTRE viewers may recognize. Longtime KLTV/KTRE anchor Jennifer Hines will join the executive leadership team at Tyler ISD and step in to helm the district’s Office of Communications and Public Relations along with TV Operations. The news was announced Thursday, during a special-called Tyler ISD board meeting. view article arw

One of Tyler Independent School District’s top administrators has resigned. The district confirmed on Wednesday that Assistant Superintendent of Schools Rawly Sanchez submitted his resignation, and it was accepted. It is unclear what led to the departure. view article arw

A jury on Tuesday recommended 10 years of probation and a $10,000 fine for Calvin Walker, a former contract electrician convicted last week of defrauding the Beaumont Independent School District. Jurors deliberated approximately 2½ hours before announcing the verdict that would keep Walker out of prison. The same jury on Thursday found him guilty of submitting false invoices to BISD in 2009. view article arw

A Wichita Falls man is in jail after police said he was racing his corvette on Southwest Parkway without pants overnight. Police said Stephen Stradley was arrested around 6 a.m. after crashing a 1999 corvette last night around midnight in the 1700 block or the major roadway in the area. According to police, his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. view article arw

Tyler ISD Assistant Superintendent of Schools Rawly Sanchez is no longer with the district. view article arw

One of the two people indicted in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from Greenville Independent School District is a former official of the district. Former GISD Chief Human Resources Officer Ralph Lee Sanders and Tevin Brookins were both indicted by the Hunt County grand jury on charges of theft of property by a public servant of the value between $2,500 and $30,000 on Aug. 23 of this year. view article arw

A former Terrell ISD school employee who was indicted by a grand jury and booked and released from jail last week could be responsible for over $80,000 in misappropriations of student funds according to arrest warrant affidavits. view article arw

Barbers Hill Independent School District continues to provide strong salaries. In fact, 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. view article arw

A pair of Northwest school district principals have been honored by the Texas Association of Secondary School principals for Region 11. Byron Nelson High School’s Dr. Ron Myers and Northwest High School’s Ryan Barnhart were named Outstanding Principal of the Year and Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year, respectively. view article arw

A former Beaumont ISD electrical contractor was sentenced to 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine. Calvin Walker was found guilty on a felony fraud charge on Thursday, September 26, 2019, after prosecutors said he used fraudulent billing practices to profit more than $1 million. He was found guilty after five days of testimony by a jury of ten women and two men who were selected from a pool of 200 Jefferson County residents. view article arw

UPDATE: The district has issued an additional statement clarifying that the monies allegedly stolen as a result of the incidents referred to in the indictments were not in any way connected to the reported shortfall, all of which was accounted for and covered in the forensic audit, information from which triggered the AG's investigation. view article arw

A Round Rock high school principal has been placed on paid administrative leave, just days after a former teacher publicly alleged the principal made racist remarks.  District leaders said they are investigating allegations against Early College High School Principal Veronica Coss.  In a letter to families, Natalie Nichols, an area superintendent, said “Coss has been placed on administrative leave for the protection of all involved during the ongoing investigation. Our students and staff are important to us and we will work to ensure there is no disruption in the education process during this time.” view article arw

Monday September 30, the Andrews Police Department arrested Andrews Middle School Choir Director Gary Lynn Ragland, 59, for possession of Child Pornography, a 3rd degree felony. Ragland was arrested after the Andrews Independent School District contacted police and told them a web filter used to monitor and safeguard students indicated that pornography was being searched for on a school computer.  view article arw