On Tuesday, chants could be heard outside Blanket ISD. "We'll scream it, we'll shout it -- Williamson!" The Lady Tiger Basketball team just one example of the outrage felt following Monday's school board decision not to renew the contract of its head football coach and Athletic Director Brent Williamson after a 5-2 vote. The ruling means Williamson's one-year tenure would be done at the end of the school year. view article arw

Each month Garland ISD recognizes their employees with the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) recognition to acknowledge those GISD employees who have displayed superior commitment, innovation, leadership, work ethic, accomplishments and initiative. This month’s GEM honorees are Shay Kimble and Melissa Ramirez-Pham. view article arw

A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn't immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116 insurance co-pay too high. While her husband told the Wall Street Journal that he picked up the prescription the day after she refused it and she then started taking the medication, Heather Holland, 38, died three days later on Feb. 4. Doctors told The Associated Press that while it's ideal to start taking antiviral medication as quickly as possible, it's no guarantee that one's condition will not drastically worsen. view article arw

After emerging from a near three-hour closed session Monday night, Boyd ISD trustees turned in a split vote on extending the contract of Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster. The board voted 3-3, meaning Foster’s current two-year contract will have just one year left. Foster has been with the district since December 2016. She was previously the principal for two years at Tom Bean High School. School Board President Bill Childress deferred questions about Foster’s contract and work within the district to Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West. view article arw

Dallas ISD leadership wasted little time in appointing a new leader for its Office of Transformation and Innovation. Earlier this month, Angie Gaylord, former executive director of professional and digital learning, was named acting deputy chief in charge of transformation and innovation. She fills the void left by the departure of Billy Snow to become superintendent of Cedar Hill ISD. And she takes the helm at a critical point of the year, when parents and students are applying for specialty schools and the Public School Choice 4.0 selection process is in full swing. The office will make decisions this month on the next iteration of transformation and innovation schools. view article arw

Chico ISD hopes to have its new head football coach and athletic director selected by the end of February, Chico ISD Superintendent Don Elsom said Tuesday morning. The school district posted the job opening on Jan. 26, signaling that head coach Lane Wilson would not return. Wilson coached the Dragons the past three seasons, going 12-20. In that span, Wilson snapped a 15-year playoff drought dating back to 2001 and made the postseason each of the past two years. view article arw

Two educators at Alvord High School have switched roles. Former AHS Principal Michael Thurman is now a teacher and coach at the high school and middle school, while coach Aaron Tefertiller is now principal at AHS. The change was announced on the district’s Facebook page Friday, saying that it would be a day of transition. The two men began their new roles on Monday, with Thurman taking over teaching Tefertiller’s social studies classes. Superintendent Randy Brown said the change had been in the works for a couple of weeks and was initiated by Thurman. view article arw

A Kyle, Texas, coach and teacher resigned Wednesday prior to his arrest for possession of child pornography. Police said Jonathan Proud, 29, a power-lifting coach at Lehman High School, received nude photos from an underage former student, an arrest affidavit viewed by KVUE and CBS Austin details. view article arw

A parent of a Meadow ISD student is not happy with the comic book that was provided to her daughter by her teacher as reading material. The comic book in question is Conan: Shadows Over Kush. That particular comic book is rated for people ages 16 and older. Cassidy Dixon's daughter is 11 years old and in the 5th grade at Meadow ISD. Cassidy says when her daughter Julianna opened the book at home, she immediately noticed it was not appropriate and handed the book to her mother. The comic book, or graphic novel, is graphic in nature and some of the photos may not be suitable for some readers.  view article arw

A former Sharyland Pioneer High School teacher has been accused of having sexual contact with a student, according to the criminal complaint against her. The alleged victim reported to McAllen police last month that on "numerous occasions" during the summer of 2017, he "made out" with 31-year-old Vanessa Sarai McManness of McAllen, a former teacher at Sharyland Pioneer High School, according to the criminal complaint. view article arw

The Amarillo Independent School District announced a new program to grow current students into teachers for the district.  view article arw

The Woden Independent School District's superintendent spoke out today on the arrest of a former teacher, Kelly Searles, who is charged for allegedly having inappropriate contact with two students. When Woden resident, Angel Babbs, first heard about Searles' arrest, her thoughts immediately jumped to a loved one. "It's very disturbing, considering my child does go to school there," Babbs said. view article arw

A Texas teacher has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male student. Jamie Lynn Goforth, 37, a teacher at Caldwell High School, turned herself in Sunday at the Burleson County Sheriff's Office, the department said in a press release. view article arw

To show appreciation for the work that school counselors do everyday, students at Freer ISD recently delivered flowers, cards and gifts to their school counselors. Counselors at Freer ISD are Cynthia Zepeda, Kathy Garcia, Dina McQuagge and Nori Tamez. view article arw

A 37-year-old teacher at Caldwell High School in Burleson County is accused of having an improper relationship with a 15-year-old student, according to reports. Jamie Goforth surrendered to the police on February 9 after an investigation by the Burleson County Sheriff's Office revealed an alleged improper relationship with a 15-year-old male student which began October 2017, according to KBTX. view article arw

A former security guard for Keller ISD has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for molesting a child he knew, officials said. Larry Craig Madore, 45, received 45 years for molesting a minor and 30 years for other charges of sexual misconduct. All the charges were related to the same victim but varied based on her age at the times of abuse, said Sam Jordan, spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office. view article arw

With the opening of a second high school for Montgomery ISD and continued growth in Willis and New Waverly ISDs, superintendents provided updates to a group of retired teachers known as their yearly, "State of Schools." As their yearly meeting to learn more about the school districts in the area, the North Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association hosted the superintendents on Monday where they shared more information of what is going on in their respective districts. view article arw

An elementary school teacher in Weatherford died of complications from the flu after she delayed picking up her medication because of its cost. Heather Holland, a mother of two and second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School, reportedly held off on getting her prescription drugs because of a $116 copay. Holland’s husband, Frank, told the Weatherford Democrat that his wife thought the price was too high for her family. view article arw

A pension is a promise, one that was made to all the education employees who are covered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. An important decision about the future of your pension fund is looming at the February 14-16 TRS board meeting in the Rio Grande Valley. Both active and retired school employees have a lot at stake when the trustees decide whether to change a key assumption determining how much money needs to be contributed to sustain promised benefits for the long term. view article arw

Teachers normally aren’t happy when their classes are interrupted, but on Monday one Lindale High School teacher’s class came to a halt in the best possible way. Speech and debate teacher J.P. Fugler had the lights off, discussing a lesson when Principal Valerie Payne walked in, flipped on the lights and brought in a dozen people with cameras, a giant check and an H-E-B grocery bag mascot. view article arw

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Further investigation into allegations that a former Woden ISD teacher had been involved in an inappropriate texting relationship resulted in her being arrested on four felony charges because she is now accused of having improper relationships with two students. Kelly Diann Searles, 45, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on two second-degree felony improper relationship between an educator and student charges and two second-degree felony indecency with a child by sexual contact charges. No bond amounts have been set for Searles’ charges yet. view article arw

Eric Wilson, principal of Bryson School has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as Region 9 Outstanding Principal of the Year. TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 region Education Service Centers in the state.  view article arw

Toby Tucker was named the new athletic director at Canyon Independent School District at about 8:30 p.m. Monday during the district’s board meeting. Tucker has been the director of school operations at Region 16 since 2012 and also owns Tucker Communications and is a co-owner of the Amarillo Venom with his wife, Stephanie Tucker. Tucker was the superintendent at Claude ISD from 2009 to 2012 before joining Region 16. view article arw

The district’s Spanish immersion pilot programs at Cedar Creek and Bridge Point elementary schools have, by in large, been a success this school year, and strong interest from local families exists to see it expanded to more campuses, Deputy Superintendent Jeff Arnett reported Jan. 30 to Eanes ISD board trustees. However, despite the positive feedback, program costs, current overall campus enrollment projections and a difficulty to staff the program with qualified teachers could hinder the program’s ability to grow. view article arw

On Saturday morning students and teachers met at Cameron Park Zoo for a not so typical professional development teachers retreat. Like most personal development training sessions the goal is to better equip teachers with the tools to become better teachers and to get better results from their students. view article arw

While Dallas ISD's move to build its own school bus system will be complicated by a national shortage in drivers, administrators are hopeful they can launch next year with enough drivers to get students to class. The district is building its own transportation system after voters decided to close down provider Dallas County Schools, a government agency mired in financial mismanagement and questionable business deals. view article arw

A Caldwell High School teacher has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student. Jamie Lynn Goforth, 37, of Caldwell turned herself into the Burleson County Sheriff's Office on Sunday. The Burleson County Sheriff's Office said it began investigating Feb. 2 after being notified by school district officials of the possible relationship. view article arw

A middle school Spanish teacher accused of moonlighting as an associate for a drug cartel will continue to receive a paycheck from his employer, at least for now. McAllen school district officials suspended Jorge Ignacio Cavazos on Feb. 1, days after he was arrested by federal agents in connection with federal drug charges, according to public records acquired by The Monitor. view article arw

QUESTION: There was discussion in the news recently about the salary disparity between teachers and superintendents, brought on by the middle school teacher who refused to sit down during an open school board meeting in which a $30,000 raise for the superintendent was approved. She wanted to know why the teachers, who are in the trenches doing the job, had not had a raise in such a long time. Naturally, we are wondering about how pay between teachers and superintendents compares in the Hallsville and Longview area. view article arw

Cleburne ISD Superintendent Kyle Heath was honored Tuesday night in Austin as the Texas Computer Education Association 2018 Administrator of the Year. It was a big night of recognitions for Cleburne, as members of the CISD board of trustees also received the TCEA School Board of the Year Award.  Both honors were presented for outstanding service to the advancement of technology in education. The district was notified in December that its governing board would be honored by TCEA, and that Heath was a finalist in the administrator of the year nomination process. The awards were presented in conjunction with the TCEA annual convention and expo. view article arw

Harlingen: school counselor week

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The school counselor mediates. The school counselor helps with healing. School counselors also help students with academics, career choices and numerous other aspects of their lives. That’s why the Harlingen school district is celebrating National School Counselors Week at the local level. “Our counselors in the district do everything, from visit with students regarding social and emotional issues and academic issues,” said Sandra Tovar, director of counseling for the district. “They provide counseling, whether it be individual counseling or group. They go in and do classroom presentations. It could be character education, dealing with how to be responsible citizens, how to be honest.” view article arw

The windowsill of Don Rollins' office in the Vidor High School band hall is lined with UIL trophies, two rows deep, celebrating the band's accomplishments. His Grammy Award for Best Country Song of 2003 is wrapped in foam in a cardboard box under his desk. The Vidor native, who won the award for co-writing "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" for Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, returned in 2014 to his hometown and high school, where he runs the program that first got him hooked on music. view article arw

Houston ISD postponed its vote on cutting teachers and administrators at Thursday night's board meeting. More than 100 people were signed up to speak at the meeting, meaning it was a packed house. The district is facing a $208 million shortfall. After hearing concerns from parents and other speakers, the board decided to wait and vote on the issues next month.   view article arw

The superintendent of the Wichita Falls Independent School District has come to the defense of two elementary-school principals who were arrested on charges of failing to report incidents of sexual abuse in their schools.   Crockett Elementary School principal Kory Fancher Dorman, 45, and Katie Haynes Northwest Academy principal Cindy Sue Underwood, 35, were both arrested within the past week. Each has been charged with failure to report — a class-A misdemeanor that carries a punishment of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. If you suspect a child is being abused and the incident needs to be investigated within the next 24 hour, call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 800-252-5400. Less-urgent situations can be reported to the DFPS at texasabusehotline.org. view article arw

Six teachers from area schools were among the 31 teachers from across the region honored by Weatherford College at the 2018 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration Jan. 26 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. In its 22nd year, the Harvey Academy honors exemplary teachers in the memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at WC for 23 years and was considered among his peers as a “master teacher.” view article arw