Dallas ISD is going back into Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's old cabinet to find its new chief financial officer. Larry Throm, who worked as CFO in Hinojosa's first stint in Dallas, will replace Jim Terry, who left the district in June. Hinojosa admitted he coaxed his old colleague out of retirement to fill the role; Throm left DISD in 2010 to work for Austin-based school finance consultants Moak Casey and Associates and had been retired for the past six months. He’ll start back on the job at the beginning of August. view article arw

Henderson Independent School District on Tuesday approved the hire of 14 teachers. view article arw

 Educators across Texas recently had their names and social security numbers posted for anyone to see on the website of a nonprofit group that provides services to school districts. Weeks after administrators first started finding out about the security issue, the organization responsible for the breach still hasn’t made the extent of it clear. “Somebody’s mistake could potentially cost me a lot of money,” Jayne Serna said. view article arw

Summer Creek High Principal Nolan Correa has been promoted to Humble ISD associate superintendent for support services, according to an announcement from Terry Kraemer, assistant superintendent for high schools, to parents and staff on Wednesday, July 12.Correa will be responsible at Humble Independent School District for building and opening new schools, maintaining and updating established campuses, operating the 42 school cafeterias and providing the school bus transportation services for the 42,000 students within the district. view article arw

KENS 5 received a call from a Judson ISD employee Thursday afternoon stating that summer staff would not be paid on time for their July monthly payment. The delayed payment is reportedly a result of an error made by the district over the July 4th holiday, according to Steve Linscomb, the district’s director of communication. view article arw

A Frisco middle school teacher has been arrested after text messages were discovered that suggest he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student. Travis Chupe, an eighth grade teacher at Staley Middle School in Frisco ISD, was arrested around 2 p.m. Wednesday and charged with improper relationship with a student and indecency with a child. Both are second-degree felonies punisha view article arw

Pine Tree ISD has hired a new band director and theater director. Aaron Turner, who has been Pine Tree's assistant director of bands since 2014, will take over as the new director of bands. Turner previously taught at Kingwood High School in Humble ISD and has more than 20 years of experience with church choral and orchestral programs. Band Director Mark Melton will continue as fine arts director, jazz band director and beginning trumpet teacher in addition to his role as the UIL Region 7 music secretary. view article arw

After 10 years at Boyd ISD serving as a classroom teacher, coach and assistant principal, Daniel Bourgeois is getting the opportunity to lead a campus in the district. Trustees named Bourgeois the principal at Boyd Intermediate School Thursday night. He has been the assistant principal at the high school since February 2013. view article arw

The Texas Association of School Boards is taking action after employee information became visible on the Internet. That information included names and social security numbers. The TASB has sent those employees letters to inform them of the occurred and we were able to get our hand on one of them. view article arw

Natalie Mahany, a third grade teacher at Rooster Springs Elementary in Dripping Springs, has been named the 2017 Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mahany has been a teacher for 18 years. She will continue into her 19th this fall and has served in the district for nearly all of her teaching career. view article arw

Northwest ISD Monday announced new job titles for some district employees as part of a larger plan to align staff into either academics or business and operations divisions. According to a press release, the changes did not add district staff. Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations Jon Graswich was named deputy superintendent for business and operations. He’ll oversee the district’s finance department, purchasing and contracts, facilities and human resources. view article arw

As the oldest of seven children, newly-minted Crockett Middle School Principal Maribel Aranda would line her brothers up and teach them. That desire to pass knowledge on to other youngsters translated into Aranda spending 25 years with Ector County Independent School District in every job from a PE aide to classroom teacher and principal. Born in Ojinaga, Mexico, Aranda said she has lived in Odessa since sixth grade, aside from a few years in Andrews. Starting off at Odessa College, Aranda has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. view article arw

California teachers received the largest average pay increase in the nation last year and about four times the national average, according to a new report. The report, Ranking of the States 2016 and Estimates of School Statistics 2017, was published in May by the National Education Association. It annually tracks trends year over year and compares states on a number of measures including teacher pay, student enrollment, and spending. view article arw

 An Alvin ISD maintenance worker is out on bond after being accused of having an improper relationship with an Alvin High School senior. view article arw

Leander ISD officials are looking for a few good teachers—and custodial, food service, grounds and transportation workers too—who they'll try to recruit at an upcoming job fair this Saturday. view article arw

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Chico School Board Thursday created two new positions and approved several bids. Board members supported creating an instructional technologist position and an academic services coordinator position. Neither job was filled as of press time Tuesday. view article arw

There is more than one way to skin a cat. A Texas cowboy walked into a New York City bank and asked to borrow $5,000. The banker was not impressed, but he did ask the Texan what he had for collateral. With that, the cowboy handed over the title to a new $250,000 Ferrari that was parked outside. The banker shook his head, and told the customer he would have to charge interest of 12 percent on the loan. view article arw

The Columbus ISD school board voted unanimously to adjust the teacher pay scale so that district teachers will get raises at the July 9 CISD school board meeting. “We could never pay our teachers what they are worth, but this is a great way to reward our people,” CISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Morris said. view article arw

Over the past three seasons, the Texas Association of Sports Officials have seen a dramatic drop off in people signing up to officiate all sports on all levels of UIL competition. The SFA chapter of TASO is responsible for supplying at least 5 officials for over 20 schools in the Pineywoods. view article arw

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott officially invited Texas legislators to head back to the pink dome July 18 for a 30-day special session to pass legislation that will keep five state agencies – including the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Medical Board – open. Once those agencies are taken care of, Abbott wants lawmakers to turn their attention to several items that failed during the 140-day regular legislative session and others that weren’t a part of it. view article arw

Temple Independent School District hired a new principal for Kennedy-Powell Elementary School and a new assistant principal for Temple High School. The TISD board of trustees voted Monday evening to appoint Dr. Kelly Madden as principal of Kennedy-Powell and Candace Martin as assistant principal for Temple High. Assistant Superintendent Joe Palmer announced the recommendations for both positions to the board. He said Madden was not able to attend Monday’s meeting but would be present for the August meeting. view article arw

Three teachers from San Benito CISD received an all expense, tuition-paid scholarship towards earning a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Early Childhood Special Education through the district’s partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Border SPICES (Special Interventionists in Childcare and Education Services) scholarship program. view article arw

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will invest $50 million over the next decade to provide scholarships for future teachers. The new Raising Texas Teachers initiative, announced at the University of Texas on Monday, will award $8,000 annual scholarships to college students pursuing a teaching career through the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Raising Texas Teachers also will provide technical support for teacher preparation programs in Texas. view article arw

 Aspiring teachers at the University of Rio Grande Valley received news of a new scholarship opportunity aimed at helping create better prepared teachers. UTRGV was one of 10 universities selected throughout the state to be selected by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation to be part of the first Raising Texas Teachers initiative. Through the program, 500 students will be selected annually to receive an $8,000 scholarship per year from the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. view article arw

Tyler ISD welcomed new principals during its most recent board of trustees meeting Monday. The board voted unanimously to approve the contracts of two new elementary school principals, a middle school principal and a new principal for John Tyler High School. Dozens of friends and fellow teachers were on hand to congratulate the new leaders. view article arw

Laurie Vondersaar is the new Leander ISD senior executive director for Information Technology Services, Superintendent Dan Troxell announced July 10. “As the new head of LISD’s Information and Technology Services, Ms. Vondersaar’s rich background and industry experience will guide the district as it strives to meet the ever-increasing needs of 21st-century learners,” Troxell said. “In providing support services, our focus will continue to be on providing excellent customer service to our students, teachers and staff.” view article arw

The San Antonio Tricentennial Commission and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures are partnering to offer "summer school" for educators. The program is called the San Antonio Tricentennial Summer Institute and the goal is to reintroduce the city’s history to teachers in preparation for next year's celebration of 300 years since the city was founded. view article arw

Karnack ISD Superintendent Amy Dickson will have dual roles in the district this coming school year as she is taking on the role of principal of the district's lone pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade campus. Lydia Fields formerly served as the Karnack Elementary School campus' principal. "Due to the current status of school finance in the state, combined with our enrollment, we were looking at ways to save the district money," Dickson said. view article arw

A coach at Huntsville High School has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student. According to police reports, Dillon Gaffney was arrested on an out of county warrant out of Matagorda County. He is listed as the head women's soccer coach and social studies teacher on Huntsville ISD's Website Gaffney was transferred to the Matagorda County jail following his arrest. view article arw

Former McCall Elementary School Principal Jason Beaty was told in February by Aledo Independent School District Superintendent Derek Citty that his contract would not be recommended for extension until the school’s STAAR test results improved, according to previously redacted information in his resignation letter. “In February, I was told that my contract would not be recommended for extension at the next board meeting,” Beaty wrote in the previously redacted portion of the letter. “I received no warning during T-PESS beginning nor mid-year evaluations, nor had I been placed on a growth plan prior to this decision.   “I was told by the superintendent that when my STAAR scores improved, he then would recommend a contract extension to the board at that time.” view article arw

Calvin Walker, a former Beaumont ISD contract electrician facing criminal charges of fraud and money-laundering in a Jefferson County court, is one of a half-dozen people being sued by Sabine Pass ISD and Jefferson County for delinquent taxes. view article arw

An Angelina County grand jury handed up more than 70 indictments in its June session, including 21 for a former Hudson ISD kindergarten teacher accused of having sexual relationships with several high school students.  On April 22, Lufkin police arrested Heather Robertson, 38, of Lufkin, on warrants for four counts of improper relationship between educator and student, according to a previous Lufkin News report. On March 2, two additional improper relationship charges were filed against her, along with six charges of sexual assault of a child.  The grand jury indicted Robertson on six charges of improper relationship between educator and student, along with 15 sexual assault charges, according to county records. Robertson remained in Angelina County Jail on a collective bond of $600,000 as of Thursday afternoon. view article arw

A former security guard at a Houston ISD charter school is accused of creeping on boys in bathroom stalls after an 11-year-old came forward, prompting investigators to confiscate the man's phone.  And based on what investigators found, Yandry Jimenez Rivero, a 20-year-old Cuban national who worked for a private security contractor, has been charged with improper photography/visual recording, a state jail felony. view article arw

Quanah ISD confirmed tonight that Mike Hale, a teacher, coach and principal, passed away.  The school district released a statement tonight. view article arw

For the second time in three years, Donna school district’s police chief has been fired. The school board’s termination of Roy Padilla comes a little more than a month after he was suspended. view article arw