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Job-seekers searching for a new career discovered dozens of opportunities at the Cleveland ISD Job Fair on June 7. Teachers, principals and other staff members of Cleveland ISD set up booths in the high school campus cafeteria with each booth representing a different campus or department of the school district. Department booths included the school district’s police department, the transportation, maintenance and technology departments, the nutrition department and the DAEP department. view article arw

With the goals of retaining experienced teachers and having competitive pay among area schools, Henderson ISD trustees on Tuesday approved raises for the 2018-19 school year. The new teacher salary schedule “reflects adjustments necessary to increase the difference between district salary and state minimum in an effort to become more competitive with other area school districts,” according to the board agenda. view article arw

Pearland ISD approved a $175.4 million budget Tuesday that includes an $8 million deficit, but also allows for a three percent increase to teacher salaries and the addition of 11 new positions aimed at mental health needs for students in the 2018-19 school year. To cover the deficit, the district will use some of its reserves. Doing so will leave the district with 84 days’ worth of operating funds, which is below the goal of 90 days but well above the two-month reserve the TEA requires. view article arw

Frances Rocha, assistant superintendent for the Edcouch-Elsa school district, referred to her recent appointment to the city commission as a “very new” and “challenging” role. Commissioners selected Rocha, 68, to fill the seat left vacant by former Commissioner Robert Escobar, who stepped down last year to run an unsuccessful bid for mayor. Rocha, an Elsa native and 1969 graduate of Edcouch-Elsa High School, previously served on the city’s Economic Development Corporation board. However, it’s her first time as a city commissioner. view article arw

Two new principals have been announced for the upcoming school year for two Killeen high schools. This announcement was made on Wednesday and the superintendent John Craft appointed Micah Wells and Kara Linette Trevino as the new principals. Micah Wells was appointed as principal for Shoemaker High School and Kara Linette Trevino was appointed as principal of Killeen High School. view article arw

The Texas school district where eight students and two teachers were fatally shot last month has implemented security measures increasing the number of police officers and guards on campuses. The Santa Fe Independent School District said the increased security presence began Wednesday at the district's four schools southeast of Houston. view article arw

Brown Primary Principal Michael Caudill has been named assistant superintendent of Smithville schools after Cheryl Burns was promoted from assistant superintendent to the district’s top administrator in April. Caudill’s appointment was effective June 7. “I am excited for the challenge and look forward to working with Ms. Burns as we strive to make Smithville ISD the best school district in Bastrop County and one of the best school districts in central Texas,” Caudill said. view article arw

A pay raise may be coming for school staff working for the Killeen Independent School District. The school board is expected to vote on a proposed two-percent pay raise. Teachers, cafeteria workers and bus drivers all gathered at the administration building to voice their concerns on Tuesday night. Many shared stories of struggling to make ends meet with the money they are being paid. view article arw

Teachers in Killeen will soon be seeing a bump in their salaries. On Tuesday night, Killeen ISD's school board unanimously approved a two percent pay raise for teachers and other district employees. The board also approved the hiring of engineers and architects to complete school construction and renovation plans laid out in the $426 million bond program. view article arw

Less than a month after a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, located about 70 miles south of Montgomery County, officials with the Conroe Independent School District are considering a plan to add 46 officers to the district’s police department over the next two years. view article arw

Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Kristin Harper as the new principal of Seven Lakes Junior High. Harper will be replacing Principal Imelda Medrano. view article arw

Roxton Independent School District approved hiring Sabrina Rosson as a part-time principal of the district for the upcoming school year.  At the end of the school year, former Roxton principal Katie Exum took a position as assistant principal at Aikin Elementary School, according to Superintendent Kelly Pickle.  view article arw

Magnolia ISD announced Monday the appointment of Mike Overman as the new director of conference facilities for the Magnolia ISD District Conference Center, which is scheduled to open in August. “I am excited to be a part of this significant time as we prepare to open the new event center in our district and community,” Overman said in a news release. view article arw

Longview ISD teachers and staff might see another pay increase if the board approves it, an administrator announced Monday night. The proposed deficit budget that members of the board of trustees received Monday estimates $73.69 million in expenses and $67.05 million in revenue. That’s just more than $2 million above the $71.66 million in expenses expected in the 2017-18 budget trustees approved in August. This year’s expected revenue is about $1 million more than last year’s $66.2 million projected revenue. view article arw

Roxana Jimenez, a mathematics teacher at Pace Early College High School, has been chosen for a TEX2 teacher externship with the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium to be held this summer at the University of Texas at Austin. Jimenez said she applied for the program after participating in the 2016 Lift Off program, also sponsored by the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium. view article arw

CISD Board of Trustees appoints its newest assistant principals The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved Meagan Pruett at Corsicana Middle School, Molly Corrington at Collins Intermediate, Verlena Bodie at Bowie Elementary School, Ariana Hernandez at Carroll Elementary School and Tiffany Farmer Jose Antonio Navarro Elementary as assistant principals. view article arw

The jury trial of a former Lufkin charter school counselor facing two felony charges of aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child by sexual contact has begun. John Wesley Carter, 47, of Huntington, appeared in court Monday before District Judge Paul White at the Angelina County courthouse. Carter entered a not guilty plea on both charges. During opening arguments, prosecutor Ken Dies said the jury will hear testimony about when the victim started crying in a classroom in March 2016 and told a teacher what was emotionally hurting her. view article arw

For the 28th time this off season, there is a coaching change in our area. As Lorenzo Head football coach and Athletics Director Kevin Roberts is leaving the program for an Assistant High School Principal position at Ponder ISD. view article arw

Sherry Miller, a music teacher at Skipcha Elementary School in Killeen ISD, began a two-year term June 1 as chair of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association’s statewide Curriculum and Instruction Committee. Miller was re-elected in February during the 2018 TCTA Annual Meeting in Austin. She was previously elected to the post in 2017 to fill a vacant seat on TCTA’s 10-member Executive Board, which comprises the statewide elected leaders of the association. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees will vote Tuesday on a proposed 2 percent pay raise for teachers and other employees. In addition, the board will authorize starting work on the $426 million bond program for construction and renovation. view article arw

The West Orange – Cove School Board has approved the 2018-2019 Teacher Pay Scale, which includes a minimum $2,000 increase for all full-time teachers. Based on years of experience or step, some teachers may see a larger increase in pay. Additionally, the Board has approved stipends for teachers in hard to fill areas. Stipends of $7,000 are available for secondary math and Spanish teachers. A $3,000 stipend is available for secondary science teachers. view article arw

Katy ISD appoints principals

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A veteran educator who has led both elementary and high schools campuses in the Houston Independent School District is the new principal of Katy ISD's alternative education campuses. Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Diego Linares as the new principal of Raines High School and Katy ISD's Opportunity Awareness Center. view article arw

MacArthur High School's former band director will not return to the school after the Irving ISD school board did not accept his request to withdraw his resignation. The school district, through its legal counsel, said Darrin Duff resigned as band director after he was investigated for failing to "report suspicions regarding an alleged improper relationship between another district employee and a district student." It did not identify the other employee. view article arw

It’s so hard to say goodbye, especially after serving the same employer more than five decades, but Carolyn Gordon, 76, is leaving El Campo ISD. Well-wishers, who represented former co-workers, now since retired, to current district staff filled the small board room in the administration building, 700 W. Norris, to give Gordon, and fellow district retiree, Dianne Cerny, the perfect send off. view article arw

The work done by Alief ISD teachers, in southwest Houston, exemplifies the resilience of instructors throughout southeast Texas in the weeks and months after Hurricane Harvey. Social studies teacher Justin Williams made sure his sixth graders prepared well for STAAR testing, even after the hurricane left him — and more than 1,400 other teachers in the district — homeless for some weeks. Teacher Tiffany Robinson knew that 11 school days lost to Harvey’s floodwaters might hurt her students' ability to pass a biology STAAR exam required for graduation, so she stepped up with after-hours prep sessions. A big end-of-school-year salute to the intense commitment of Texas teachers who put their students first after the horrific natural disaster. view article arw

After multiple sclerosis forced Sam Harrell to retire as the head coach at Ennis High School in 2009, the community raised money for him to have a stem cell procedure.  view article arw

Genevieve Via Cava was a special education teacher in New Jersey for years before passing away in 2011. Before she died, the educator made a promise to give her school a million dollars one day. Via Cava kept that promise and a new scholarship has just been created with her amazing gift. “I thought it was a joke, but then we got the paperwork,” Superintendent Emanuele Triggiano of the Dumont school district said, via NorthJersey.com. view article arw

A relative says Santa Fe ISD officer John Barnes is in "great spirits" after being released from the hospital. Barnes was injured on May 18 when he confronted the suspect in the deadly Santa Fe High School shooting. Doctors said the former Houston police officer was shot in the upper arm near his chest. view article arw

Tyler ISD has named returning educator Geoffrey Sherman as the new principal of Hubbard Middle School. The district made the announcement Thursday after the board of trustees approved hiring Sherman during its monthly workshop meeting. view article arw

Tyler ISD is looking to give its teachers a raise. During a first look at the district’s 2018-19 budget at the monthly Board of Trustees workshop meeting, Tyler ISD proposed a $1,500 raise for teachers, as well as a $1.75 per hour raise for bus drivers and 3 percent of midpoint for all other employees. The district also is looking to hire four additional police officers, to be stationed at its high schools. view article arw

Over 300 local and area educators gathered today to learn the latest tools for working with children who may fall under the spectrum of autism. Over 300 local and area educators gathered today to learn the latest tools for working with children who may fall under the spectrum of autism.   view article arw

The upcoming Killeen Independent School District school board meeting will be one of the busiest of the year. The school board will meet in public session starting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 to tackle an agenda packed with major business ranging from teacher, bus driver and cafeteria worker salaries to the design of the largest school ever built in Killeen ISD to the renovation of the city’s oldest high school to making schools safer from potential intruders. view article arw

Enrollment in the Austin Independent School District has been on a six-year slide with no end in sight. Consequently, the number of teachers has been steadily decreasing. During the same period, however, the number of administrators, the highest paid group of professionals in the district, has held fast, while their average base salaries have increased by 32 percent since the 2011-12 school year. view article arw

The Austin school district’s new campus police chief, Ashley Gonzalez, introduced himself to the public at a media event on Thursday, June 7, 2018. view article arw

Lewisville ISD announced Wednesday the appointment of Adam Gray as the new principal of Vickery Elementary. Gray serves as the principal of Polser Elementary, a position he has held since 2014. Gray replaces Patricia Cheatham, who took a central administration position in Coppell ISD. “Vickery Elementary has a tremendous reputation and an amazing school culture,” Gray said. “I look forward to partnering with students, staff and parents to take Vickery to even greater heights.” view article arw