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Congratulations to the following New Supers

Tanya Monroe, current Superintendent of Brownfield ISD, has been named New Super of Comfort ISD.

Dr. Eric Wright, current Superintendent of Fredericksburg ISD, has been named New Super of Hays CISD.

James Cowley, current Superintendent of Calhoun County ISD, has been named New Super of Groesbeck ISD.

Scott Sheppard, current Assistant Superintendent School Administration Secondary Principal of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, has been named New Super of Huntsville ISD.

 

31 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Hardin ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Vacant Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Executive Director; Search By: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Vacant La Vernia ISD; Search By: Walsh Gallegos & Education Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
Vacant Rocksprings ISD; Search By: Rocksprings ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Lorenzo ISD; Search By: Region 17 ESCINFO
Vacant Lumberton ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant North Lamar ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services with Letha Hopkins and Randy Hancock InfoINFO
Vacant Olton ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Fredericksburg ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Sharyland ISD; Search By: Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano L.L.P InfoINFO
Vacant Perryton ISD; Search By: Region 16 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Temple ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Aldine ISD; Search By: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Aledo ISD; Search By: Education ConsultingINFO
Vacant Cedars International Academy; Dr. Mark Diaz, current Superintendent of Cedars International Academy, will be conducting the search for his replacement. InfoINFO
Vacant Pine Tree ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Conroe ISD; Search by: Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. InfoINFO
Vacant Troup ISD; Search by: The Board of Trustees of Troup ISD InfoINFO
Vacant Alice ISD; Search by: Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Reagan County ISD; Search by: Reagan County ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Tulia ISD; Search By: Tulia ISD School Board InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Midway ISD; Randel Beaver; Retired superintendent from Archer City ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESC infoINFO
Lone Finalist Port Neches-Groves ISD; Dr. Mike Gonzales; Elementary Principal of Beaumont ISD; Search By: Port Neches-Groves ISD and Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Creel INFO
Lone Finalist Red Lick ISD;  Brandon Dennard; Assistant Superintendent of North Lamar ISD; Search By Red Lick ISD School BoardINFO
Lone Finalist Valley Mills ISD ; Mike Kelly; Middle School Principal of China Spring ISD; Search By: Valley Mills ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Tarkington ISD ; Dr. Marc Keith; Assistant Superintendent of Port Neches- Groves ISD; Search By: Tarkington ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Cedar Hill ISD; Billy Snow; Chief of Transformation and Innovation of Dallas ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Paradise ISD ; Dr. Paul Uttley; Superintendent of Vega ISD: Search by Paradise ISD School Board and Robert Criswell INFO
New Super San Benito CISD; Search By: JG Consulting - James GuerraINFO
New Super Hutto ISD ; Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas; Assistant Superintendent of Fredericksburg ISD; Search By: JG Consulting INFO
New Super Nocona ISD; Dr. David Waters; Assistant Superintendent, Llano ISD Search By: Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super La Feria ISD; Cathy Lee Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum at Judson ISD; search by Walsh Gallegos & Educational Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Hamlin ISD - Dr. Randy Burks , interim superintendent ,Hamlin ISD; Search By Region 14 ESC & Ronnie Kincaid infoINFO
New Super Hays CISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
New Super Lexington ISD; Dr. Tonya Knowlton; Principal; Harleton High School Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Teague ISD; Chris Skinner; Principal of Teague ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
New Super Venus ISD ; James Hopper, Superintendent of Anahuac ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Bushland ISD; Chris Wigington, Superintendent of Big Spring ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Comfort ISD; Tanya Monroe; Superintendent of Brownfield ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Groesbeck ISD; James Cowley; Superintendent of Calhoun County ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Huntsville ISD; Scott Sheppard; Assistant Superintendent School Administration Secondary Principals of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Search By: DRV Education Search Services infoINFO
New Super City View ISD; Tony Bushong; Principal at Klondike ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESC InfoINFO

Paxton: School voting action appears to violate state law

January 1905:50 AM
 

A resolution encouraging students and public school employees to vote, adopted by school districts across the state, might have violated a state law that prohibits using public education money for partisan purposes, an opinion by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday.  Texas Educators Vote, a partnership of mostly pro-public education groups, last year circulated a resolution calling for the creation of a “culture of voting” that was adopted by 103 school districts, including those in Austin, Del Valle, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Jarrell, Lockhart and Thrall, according to the organization’s website. view article  arw

TEA drafts corrective action plan for special education

January 1904:52 AM
 

AUSTIN – At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has drafted an initial corrective action plan regarding the support and delivery of special education services in our state’s public schools. The initial draft addresses all issues identified in a recent federal monitoring report, including the proper identification of special education students and assuring access to appropriate services at the local level. view article  arw

City View ISD names new superintendent

January 1808:29 AM
 

City View I-S-D now has a new superintendent after being without one for a year. The board of trustees voted to hire Anthony Bushong to fill the opening on Monday. view article  arw

AG Opinion - Re: Restrictions on the use of a school district’s public funds to provide transportation to and from polling places and for political communications for or against a particular measure or candidate

January 1806:17 AM
 

Absent an educational purpose in providing students transportation to the polling locations, a court would likely conclude that the transportation serves no public purpose of the school district and therefore violates article III, section 52(a) of the Texas Constitution.  Opinion No. KP-0177 

Preventive Law: Should You Release De-identified Data?

January 0808:31 AM
 

If you closely read contracts for technology products and services your district uses, you will frequently see provisions in the contract regarding who owns the data within the technology application. “What data?” you ask. For example, you may have contracted with a provider to operate cloud- or Internet-based services for your student information system (SIS) or your special education data. These online services are just giant databases where you store all the information you once would have kept in dozens of filing cabinets. You can now enter into the database all the sensitive and personal information about students that you traditionally kept under lock and key. All that information is considered “personally identifiable information,” or PII, about each student. That PII also constitutes “educational records” about the student, and is information that is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

2017 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

November 1309:00 AM
 

Election information related to all Tax Ratification Elections in 2016

Texas Education Agency releases plan to reform special education

January 1908:40 AM
 

The Texas Education Agency released a preliminary plan for reforming special education Thursday. In the plan, the TEA addresses federal concerns about Texas' failure to serve students with disabilities, in part by proposing to hire state-level teams to support school districts in improving conditions for special-needs students and monitor those that are doing especially poorly. The plan will cost an estimated $84.5 million over the next five to six years. view article  arw

Flu cases on the rise, schools taking precautions

January 1908:40 AM
 

Flu season is in full swing this year and its affecting local schools. Lubbock ISD and Lubbock Cooper ISD are taking the necessary precautions to keep their kids and faculty healthy. "We see an incline every single year," Director of Health Services for Lubbock-Cooper ISD Kaity Rose said. An increase in students coming down with the flu has steadily increased over the years. view article  arw

At least eleven school districts close in TX due to flu outbreak

January 1908:40 AM
 

At least eleven school districts have closed in Texas due to a flu outbreak. Each school that closed had at least 20% of their student population call out sick on Wednesday. Gunter School District said they had 253 of their students out sick, which is about 30% of their student population. view article  arw

Mumford Elementary School nominated for Blue Ribbon honor

January 1908:38 AM
 

Mumford Elementary School has been nominated for the prestigious Blue Ribbon honor, the Texas Education Agency announced this week. The school was among 26 in Texas to earn the honor this year. The elementary school was the only school in Brazos Valley to make the list. It's the district's second time since 2009 to be nominated for the honor. view article  arw

Paradise names Dr. Paul Uttley lone finalist

January 1908:38 AM
 

Paradise School Board named Dr. Paul Uttley the lone finalist for superintendent after a special meeting Thursday night. According to the district’s press release Uttley, the superintendent of Vega ISD, was selected from a list of 71 applicants who applied for the position. The board chose Uttley following a superintendent search that started in November 2017. view article  arw

Burkeville ISD announces school closure

January 1908:37 AM
 

The following is a press release from the Burkeville Independent School District: The Burkeville Independent School District will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 19, due to an area-wide water outage. At ~3:00 p.m. today, the district's water supplier began experiencing weather related problems effecting their entire system. As of now, they are unable to determine when water will be restored. view article  arw

Waco ISD superintendent rolls out transformation plan to save 5 schools

January 1908:37 AM
 

Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson gave the first detailed look Thursday night at his recommendations for saving five Waco Independent School District campuses from possible closure by the state. The literacy-driven plan with an emphasis on early childhood education involves repurposing several campuses and partnering with the local nonprofit Prosper Waco. view article  arw

Pflugerville ISD superintendent: Growth has put strain on facilities

January 1908:37 AM
 

The Pflugerville school district is in the midst of a growth spurt, a fact that Superintendent Doug Killian said has put a strain on school facilities and its budget. Killian gave a presentation on how the school district has continued to grow and how district staff has navigated that growth during a Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 9 at Pfluger Hall. view article  arw

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Construction Essentials Webinar Workshops

February 2018

If your district wants to build, you need to start out with the right foundation. How can you obtain valuable construction insight without leaving your office? Join Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C. for our timely Construction Essentials Workshop webinar sessions.

Attend these one hour webinar sessions from the comfort of your desk or conference room. You can participate by yourself or share the sessions with others in your district. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and a telephone.

All sessions will be presented by David P. Hansen.

 

Webinar Series Descriptions

  • 10 Things You Need To Know Before You Build - In this training you will learn about bond publicity, seeking architects and taking the steps that will allow you to hit the ground running once you pass your bond. Remember - in construction, time really is money.
  • What Can I Expect From My Architect? - Learn what your architect can and should do for you. From pre-bond planning through final payment, the possibilities may surprise you.
  • What Can I Expect From My Contractor? - Learn about the role of the contractor in the Construction Manager at Risk, Construction Manager-Agent and General Contractor methods of delivery.
  • Listen Up Contractor! I've Got Something To Say - Learn 5 things you can do when your project starts to head south.

 

Registration Details

$100 per session

$350 for all four sessions

Prices are per computer.

 

Webinar Dates

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Build | 2/6/18 | 12pm - 1pm

What Can I Expect From My Architect? | 2/13/18 | 12pm - 1pm

What Can I Expect From My Contractor? | 2/20/18 | 12pm - 1pm

Listen Up Contractor! I’ve Got Something to Say | 2/22/18 | 12pm - 1pm 

 

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Beaumont ISD votes to merge Central and Ozen

January 1908:36 AM
 

Citing irreparable damage from Tropical Storm Harvey, Beaumont ISD will close Central High School and move its student body to Ozen High School, creating two 6A schools in 2018-19. The board of managers voted unanimously to approve the merger Thursday night.  All staff positions from both campuses will be retained, Superintendent John Frossard said. While some positions will be duplicated, that will be addressed over time through attrition.  A committee that includes students and teachers from both campuses will choose a new name, mascot and colors for the school, which will more than double in size. view article  arw

Andrew White says he misspoke in saying half of new Texas teachers lack college degrees

January 1908:33 AM
 

Andrew White, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor who’s called for $5,000 pay raises for public school teachers, declared that half of the state’s newest teachers lack college degrees. White, a Houston investor, said, "I know this: One way to fix education is to pay teachers more, so that we can attract the best teachers and keep the best teachers. So, we have a problem in this area right now. Fifty percent of our new teachers don’t have college degrees. Right?" view article  arw

Victoria ISD attempts to recoup $164,000 in state funds

January 1908:32 AM
 

A total of 4,369 students were absent Dec. 8, the day it snowed, which equals about $164,000 in state funds the district could lose. The district opted to delay the start of school by two hours that day, said Tammy Knobles, the district's student services director. The overall district attendance rate was about 68 percent that day, which is well below the district's 2016-2017 attendance rate of 95 percent. view article  arw

Trustee requests censure of fellow board member in Confederate name flap

January 1908:32 AM
 

Austin district trustee Ann Teich asked fellow school board members Wednesday afternoon to consider censuring Trustee Ted Gordon for publicly criticizing the board. The request, made during a board operations meeting, is the latest move in ongoing board clashes related to the trustees’ delay in deciding whether to remove the names of Confederate figures from five schools. view article  arw

Sam Rayburn ISD, Honey Grove ISD announce school closures due to flu

January 1908:31 AM
 

Two more North Texas schools decided to close due to the number of students and staff members exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Sam Rayburn Independent School District and Honey Grove Independent School District announced their decision to close Thursday. Both SRISD and HGISD will return to school Tuesday. The districts believe the consecutive days off will allow time for cleaning and sanitizing. view article  arw

Houston ISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones elected board president amid many challenges

January 1908:31 AM
 

The Houston ISD board has elected District II Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones as board president, succeeding Wanda Adams in the post. Trustee Jolanda Jones, who represents District IV, was elected as first vice-president. District VII Trustee Anne Sung was elected as second vice-president. Sergio Lira, who was elected to the District III seat in a November special election, will serve as the board's secretary, and District VI Trustee Holly Flynn Vilaseca will be assistant secretary. view article  arw

Water issues keep Port Arthur schools closed Friday

January 1908:30 AM
 

Port Arthur ISD and Lamar State College Port Arthur will be closed Friday due to problems with the city's water system. "After assessing the water levels at each school, we have determined that we do not have enough assurance that the schools would be able to function," PAISD said in a Facebook post. "Therefore, we will close school tomorrow and work with the City to get the District back on track." view article  arw

Waco ISD: Plan to save struggling schools unveiled, district passes state grade

January 1908:30 AM
 

The Waco Independent School District’s ‘report card’ from the state was revealed Thursday night in the midst of five schools facing possible closure. According to the Texas Academic Performance Report, which analyses everything from test scores to violent incidents, attendance to teacher education, overall, the district “met standard” for the 2016-2017 school year. view article  arw

Online charter school ECOT could close next week

January 1908:30 AM
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio— As one of the nation’s largest online charter schools faces the possibility that it could abruptly close after this week, students like Isabella Aquino who have found a haven in the Ohio e-school face uncertainty about how they would continue their education.  “I have no idea,” said the 16-year-old junior, who takes some college classes and is disinclined to brick-and-mortar schools because of their less flexible scheduling and her past experiences, including with a teacher who she says bullied her over her Christian beliefs. view article  arw

Tulia ISD is Searching for a New Superintendent

January 1908:29 AM
 

The Board of Trustees of the Tulia Independent School District is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Boyd ISD superintendent receives extension

January 1908:29 AM
 

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West will remain in the top post in the district through the 2020-21 school year after receiving a contract extension Thursday night. Boyd ISD trustees voted unanimously to extend West’s current two-year contract by one year after a positive evaluation. The new contract will run through June 30, 2021. Compensation was not addressed at the meeting. His current contract pays him $100,000 per year. view article  arw

Petition urging NISD board not to renew superintendent’s contract gathers 1,600 signatures

January 1908:29 AM
 

This petition has been around for a couple of weeks, however, I think it is very unfair so I did not post the articles.  I am posting it today for superintendents in other districts as a warning to take note and get ready, their online petition will be coming.  School Boards should develop a reaction to this type of input. - js NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An online petition urging the Nacogdoches school board not to renew Superintendent Sandra Dowdy's contract has obtained over 1,600 signatures.   That's according to the site, change.org. Signers feel the response sends a strong message to the district troubled by "improvement required" ratings.  Dowdy says it's a distraction to teaching and learning.   East Texas News heard from both sides Wednesday.  The petition's title is direct: Non-renewal of NISD Superintendent's Contract. Proponents say it was created … view article  arw

Shallowater ISD secretary nominated for national LifeChanger award

January 1908:25 AM
 

An administrative secretary at Shallowater Intermediate School has been nominated for the 2017-18 LifeChanger of the Year award. Angie Smith was nominated by her principal, Donna Bowles, who said Smith is the face of the school, creating a warm environment and greeting everyone who comes in the building. view article  arw

Moody ISD to hold town hall meeting

January 1908:25 AM
 

Moody Independent School District will have its second Mid-Year Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday. According to a district release, the meeting will be at Moody High School Commons. District officials will share information on what has happened in Moody in the past year, listen to questions, and discuss future initiatives, including a possible tax ratification election this year. view article  arw

Reagan: High schools: Outside the Box, Jan. 19

January 1908:25 AM
 

From inside the lines to out, Express-News staff writer Terrence Thomas takes a look back and a look ahead at the high school sports landscape: view article  arw

Help wanted: Halfway through the year, teacher vacancies are hurting southern Dallas students the most

January 1908:25 AM
 

When Dallas ISD board member Bernadette Nutall visits a campus, she asks the school’s leaders how she can help. “Normally, it’d be ‘I need curtains for my auditorium,’ or ‘I need this’ -- soft cost stuff,” Nutall said. “Now, it’s ‘I need a English I or Algebra teacher.’” Three months into the school year, Dallas ISD had 171 teacher vacancies, according to district reports. While that accounts for only 1.65 percent of its 10,000-teacher workforce, a disproportionate percentage of those vacancies are in the southern parts of the school district. view article  arw

Longview, Union Grove ISDs say they won’t have to make up snow days

January 1908:25 AM
 

Both the Longview and Union Grove independent school districts announced Thursday that they would not have to make up days after shutting down for two days this week. view article  arw

Mesquite ISD offers overview of workforce

January 1908:25 AM
 

Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services Lanny Frasier presented his last effectiveness report to the Board of Trustees at the Jan. 8 meeting. The MISD personnel department serves a total of 5,400 employees – 61 percent of that are professional staff, 51 percent are teachers. Of the professional staff, 15 percent are paraprofessionals, 21 percent are auxiliary personnel and 3 percent are other/supporting staff. view article  arw

Counselors on hand at Devine HS following student’s self-harm attempt, superintendent says

January 1908:25 AM
 

The Devine Independent School District is providing counselors to its high school students after a student committed an act of self-harm at the school Thursday morning, DIHS Superintendent Scott Sostarich said. The incident happened on campus and the student was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio for treatment. view article  arw